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Old 03-09-2014, 12:38 PM   #1
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Black & Gray water tanks

I have a question about what - if anything to use to help dissolve and deodorize and keep black water tanks clean and operational. Also, I have been advised by some well meaning RV friends to use only certain kinds of dish, bath and hand soap for the gray tank. Would like to hear veteran RV folks opinions.
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I have a question about what - if anything to use to help dissolve and deodorize and keep black water tanks clean and operational. Also, I have been advised by some well meaning RV friends to use only certain kinds of dish, bath and hand soap for the gray tank. Would like to hear veteran RV folks opinions.
This works great.

Happy Camper - Odorless Holding Tank Treatment Black and Grey Water
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Another vote for "Happy Camper". I don't think there is anything out there that will beat it. It is totally safe, you can eat it without harm!
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I have a question about what - if anything to use to help dissolve and deodorize and keep black water tanks clean and operational. Also, I have been advised by some well meaning RV friends to use only certain kinds of dish, bath and hand soap for the gray tank. Would like to hear veteran RV folks opinions.
I think it depends to a great extent on how you use your RV. Those who use it intermittently and store it in the off season seem to be quite pleased with the Happy Camper products. We live in our coach full time, and we use no chemicals at all, and plenty of water. No flow problems. no odor problems. Other fulltimers have found the same, although you will hear diverse opinions on the subject, I'm sure.
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If your black tank should get clogged up put a bag of ice in it then go for a drive this sometimes works
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I think it depends to a great extent on how you use your RV. Those who use it intermittently and store it in the off season seem to be quite pleased with the Happy Camper products. We live in our coach full time, and we use no chemicals at all, and plenty of water. No flow problems. no odor problems. Other fulltimers have found the same, although you will hear diverse opinions on the subject, I'm sure.
X2 for us with a slight variation.

I routinely added about a cup of cheap dishwashing liquid to the black tank along with about 10 gallons of fresh water.

I also routinely dump the bucket from our ice maker into the black tank just prior to hitting the road to break up anything which might be clinging to the tank walls.

Lots of folks swear by the Geo Method which you can find using our search feature.

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Another vote for "Happy Camper". I don't think there is anything out there that will beat it. It is totally safe, you can eat it without harm!
Question? Eat it before or after its been in the black tank???????

Just asking..........
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.......... It is totally safe, you can eat it without harm!
Boy, there's a visual I didn't need!!!

Used to have a little sign in the head on our boat, mounted just above the TP:

"Except for this paper,
nothing goes in the toilet
that hasn't been eaten first."

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Another vote for "Happy Camper". I don't think there is anything out there that will beat it. It is totally safe, you can eat it without harm!
Hmmmmm, I've been using Happy Campers product for a few years and can certainly vouch for it being a very good product.
Just never really thought of eating though.
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Dennis, where do you purchase HC in B.C .
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The GEO method has been a huge help for two issues I've had with the black tank on my coach. Purchased our latest used DP in October, on our first trip I noticed the black tank wouldn't drain.
The coach must have sat unused for a very long time, long enough the contents of the black tank dried up leaving glass like shards of "material" that plugged up the drain at the termination valve. Repair facility evaluated the issue and recommended replacing the tank (est $1200). Long story short - using an adapter at the drain pipe I was able to back flush the tank with a graded hose enough to get the tank mostly drained of its liquid contents. I then started the first of three GEO methods in succession. Each time I'd add the calgon and detergent with approx 15 gallons of warm water then take the coach for a drive before parking and adding another 15 gallons or so of water to the tank, let it sit for a few days and repeat. After each treatment the glass like shards became more dissolved and the tank drained easier each time. After a few of these treatments it's good as new. Black tank level sensors started to show accurately after the GEO treatment as well.
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Another vote for the GEO method...not expensive and works well.

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We use a cup of Pine-Sol on each tank draining. No other chemicals introduced to black or grey tanks, no odors. Allowing an aerobic process will prevent those obnoxious anaerobic odors!
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Another vote for the GEO method...not expensive and works well.

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