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Old 07-22-2012, 05:47 PM   #1
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Best Black Tank Sanitizer & Toilet Paper

Can anyone tell me what is the best black tank sanitizer to use to keep the smell down when the toilet is flushed so you don't get the smell jumping out at you before you can get the water back into the bowl. Also what is the best toilet paper to use and is it possible to use any of the household toilet paper. DW hates the RV paper.

As always thanks for your help.

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Old 07-22-2012, 05:51 PM   #2
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None of them are "sanitizers" that I know of, they use chemicals to hold down the odor.

Have used the same TP in the MH as in the stick house for YEARS. Just be sure it's "septic system safe" and you'll be fine.

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Old 07-22-2012, 05:54 PM   #3
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I actually use Scott RV Tissue I found at WM in the RV section. Seems as nice as regular, works well in MY system. Tried household when I first got this rig and quickly got a pyramid.

As for chemicals, I have yet to find any that is 100% effective in high heat. Some swear by the use of the GEO method which I have used in cooler climates with good luck just haven't had the guts to use in this high heat.
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Old 07-22-2012, 08:25 PM   #4
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Welcome aboad. You will find a lot of good info here. Just ask questions and someone will have the answer.

We use household paper and the Geo method. Plenty of water in the black tank is the trick. After empting I put in 5/7 gals. water before using it. That will help prevent the pyramid. When we were dry camping and not moving for weeks at a time I found that adding the water before using after dumping gave us more days before needing to dump again. Didn't seem right but it worked. I think it kept things floating instead of pileing up under the toilet.

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Old 07-22-2012, 08:45 PM   #5
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Test your TP by putting a couple of sheets in a mayonaise jar half full of water and shake. If the paper breaks up, it's safe for RV use. If it doesn't break up, use it for bugs on the windshield, it's too tough for septic tank use.

To keep odors from coming up as toilet is flushed, a positive pressure is needed in the RV. This can be done by a solar powered tank vent, Solar-Powered Plumbing Vent Fan - Ultra-fab Products 53-945001 - Vents - Camping World

or a Cyclone vent top like this Cyclone Sewer Vent - Camco RV 40595 - Vents - Camping World

It also helps NOT to have an exhaust fan on drawing air from black tank in as toilet flushes.

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Old 07-22-2012, 09:36 PM   #6
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Scott toilet paper (household stuff) works great and dissolves quickly.

I know that a lot of people use the GEO method, but I'm willing to admit that my poop does stink! I've been using AquaChem for 30+ years and it keeps the odors down.
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:00 PM   #7
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Black Tank

As stated, the chemicals for the black water tank are to help dissolve the solids and eliminate the odors.

As far as TP goes, I have been using the Kirkland brand TP from Costco for several years with no problem. Secret to avoiding blockages when draining is to use lots of water when flushing.

I bought the little bagged toilet chemicals from Camping World because they were on sale. Worked just fine! If you have a continuing problem with black tank odors, check your vent tube. Some times they become blocked, or they have angles in them. Sometimes just changing the outlet cap helps. I put one of those venturi, weather-vane styles and NO ODORS!

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Old 07-22-2012, 10:13 PM   #8
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Tried this stuff last week in the hot temps at Myrtle Beach. Worked better than any other product I've used. Full Timers 4 oz Toss-in Sample Packet - Dometic 379700054 - Sewer Deodorizers & Treatment - Camping World
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Old 07-22-2012, 10:19 PM   #9
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or a Cyclone vent top like this [URL="http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/cyclone-sewer-vent/31992"]Cyclone Sewer Vent - Camco RV 40595 - Vents - Camping W. [/QUOTE]

I bought one works well. Installed in about ten minutes once you have the required items together.
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Everyone has their favotite black tank chemical or treatment plan. I have been using Odorless for a number of years and happy with it.

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Old 07-23-2012, 06:28 AM   #11
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We use this product and have used it for years. Never had a problem!
Seems to be sold on line only, but when ordered we receive it within just 3 or 4 days. www.5starhappycamper.com

As far as T/P goes we use Angel Soft.
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Regarding the TP, we use two ply Angel Soft. Regarding chemicals, we have been full timing for over 5 years and only use it a couple of times a year. We have found that the trick is to use plenty of water in the black tank. Do not have the bathroom fan running when you flush the toilet. Run it during use, turn it off when flushing, turn it back on if necessary for a few minutes after use. If the tank starts to smell, then drain and flush it and add more water. We have found that the smell is not an issue when following the above procedure unless the outside temperatures get up to 95 or higher. Then we either flush again or add some chemicals.
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I use "Happy Camper" tank treatment. http://www.5starhappycamper.com/ It dissolves EVERYTHING! They give you a 100 % satisfaction guarantee so there's no way to lose! If you buy it in the large container it is a lot less expensive than anything else I've seen out there! We never notice any odors. Good luck & God bless!
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:51 PM   #14
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we use costco tp and it works great like others have said we all have our favorites but we like UNIQUE treatment also when flushing i fill the bowl full of water before flushing, this gives a rush of water into the tank avoiding the pyramid effect and ensures plenty of water into the tank

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