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Old 05-31-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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HELP!! Plumbing seems stopped up!!

We are camping NOW and all of a sudden it seems that the plumbing is stopped up! Eeeeek!! We put the necessary chemicals in and I don't allow anything that STINKS in the bathroom! If it does, you have to go to bathhouse! It was perfectly fine til hubby went to dump when we left to go to another campground this morning. What could it be and any suggestions as to what to do????? HELP
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When using and flushing the toilet you must use plenty of water so when dumping there is enough water pressure to drag everything, paper, etc,etc out of your black tank, whether you use chemicals or not.
If the pipe is not direct into the tank and offset to tank, plenty of water is critical.
The black dump valve needs to be fully opened than closed and dump hose flushed with the water from gray tank.
Some people before driving put allot of ice cubes into tank to brake up any build up from stuff placed in tank.
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Thank you

So since we are new to the RV world, what should we do if we haven't been using enough water when flushing? Is there a process to go through to get it moving?
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The sinks are actually ok now, just the toilet still messed up :/
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The sinks are actually ok now, just the toilet still messed up :/
Don't know when your next stop is BUT, if you are on the road do the ice cube trick while rolling. Also remember that you should keep 3-4 gallons of water in the black tank. I never leave the black tank empty. Even after dumping you need to refill. The cem. tablet is not your problem. Leaving the tank empty might be.
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The sinks are actually ok now, just the toilet still messed up :/
1st, use lots of water when using the toilet. I use a product called Happy Campers (see link below) and never have any issues. Use this product as directed an enjoy your RV. Use household toilet tissue as advertised. No need to buy the special "RV Paper". Also, this stuff is cheaper than most of the other stuff you will see on the market.

http://www.5starhappycamper.com/
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1st, use lots of water when using the toilet. I use a product called Happy Campers (see link below) and never have any issues. Use this product as directed an enjoy your RV. Use household toilet tissue as advertised. No need to buy the special "RV Paper". Also, this stuff is cheaper than most of the other stuff you will see on the market.

http://www.5starhappycamper.com/
As stated above, when you dump the black tank, add a few gallons of water along with a spoonful of Happy Campers and head down the road. Or same thing if you are staying put. Just make sure to flush with lots of water when using the toilet AND when dumping the black tank. Get yourself a Clear Plastic Elbow from your friendly local RV Parts Store to put on the outlet of the dump before the Slinky Hose so you can see when the contents are running clear during the dumping process. This will tell you everything in the tank has been flushed out. Then, close the Black Tank Valve, open the Gray Tank Valve to drain the Gray Tank. Now, run some water through the Slinky Hose to ensure it is clean and you are in business.

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Want to make sure I understand your question. Are you saying when your husband pulled the black tank handle to dump nothing is coming out? Also, does your black tank gauge show that the tank is full?

Finally, I have to ask this question...by any chance was the black tank valve left open the entire time you were camping?
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Ian said what I thought while reading your thread. NEVER leave the black tank drain valve open. Only drain the black tank when it reaches 3/4 full - of mostly water, even if you must add some water through the tank flushing attachment. If the black tank is plugged and will not drain, obtain a Camco dual flush pro attachment and follow directions. http://www.rvadenver.com/39062.jpg
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You can use a garden hose in the toilet (valve held open) to fill the black tank, then drive it around to slosh things around and loosen them up. Read this link about the GEO method

https://sites.google.com/site/cbruni/

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Thanks so much for all the responses! I finally got it clear, had to get a big stick to push the clog on through.
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Thanks for the update. Glad you unclogged it
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I keep a metal rod in our bathroom, It's one of those rods used to pull the manual awning out, and use it to push thru the TP clogging the toilet. No offence to women, but the ones in my camp use too much TP all the time.
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