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Old 01-04-2014, 12:24 PM   #1
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Cant dump tanks!!

I just returned home from a trip and when I came in I could not find a place to dump my black and grey water tanks... No problem I was going to do it the next day... I was going to dump my tanks when I lost all power steering... That is kind of scary in a 40 foot diesel pusher.. My question is. It has been a week now. What should I do about my tanks. It is in the shop right now, I hoping to have it back in about a week.

Will this be ok? Thanks in advance
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Old 01-04-2014, 12:29 PM   #2
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Did you tell the shop? They might have a dump. Hopefully, it isn't really cold there and you aren't running the risk of the tanks freezing. Poop sickles are not pleasant. Otherwise, you should be fine, but it might be a bit stinky.
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Hi speedman42,
Like Gormleys posted, pay the shop a few bucks extra and have them dump the tanks. Consider, for peace of mind, going to the shop and put some chemicals into the black tank. While it is being fixed, those micro bacteria eaters will be doing their thing.
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If it not freezing no problem if it is I'd worry about everything.
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A macerator provides many more dumping options. I have dumped in toilets without any bad experiences. But I would ensure I had dumoed my tanks if the tem goes below freezing and there was no other freeze protection option.

You could dump antifreeze in the tanks to provide some protection.
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I doubt if you could put enough antifreeze in black or grey tanks to protect from freezing. Barlow, KY is going down to 12 Monday night. I use a Sewer Solution to dump at home through a basement window into a floor drain. If the Repair shop doesn't have dump station, if it can be driven, check with local sewage treatment plant. Another way to empty tanks is to locate an outside sewer clean out at home, friend, or neighbor. The cold will slow down smell build up, but it's best to drain to protect tanks and valves from freezing by emptying.
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I am lucky enough that the shop is going to leave it inside until it is fixed. It is very cold here right now. thanks everyone for your help. what kind of Chemicals do you suggest using?
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I am lucky enough that the shop is going to leave it inside until it is fixed. It is very cold here right now. thanks everyone for your help. what kind of Chemicals do you suggest using?
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I often have sewage in my black tank for 2 weeks or more.
If the shop is heated you will have no problem with the black tank content.

Is for chemicals, I've used liquid Rid-X, and only Rid-X, in both the black and grey tanks for over 10 years.
One capful of Rid-X in each tank, (2 in the black in hot weather).

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Speedman if you are looking for chemicals do a search on IRV2 there are literally thousands of posts with everyone telling their stories about their favorite brand and why it is so much better.

If you want just something quick for this occasion go to Walmart in the RV section and they have two or three different brands/types. PIck one that meets your monetary requirements and get it.
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Use a chemical that is formaldehyde free. Any additive that promotes bacterial break-down is best. Formaldehyde types can kill odor, but also kills bacteria that aides in dissolving solids.
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