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Old 12-22-2014, 10:01 AM   #15
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Happy Campers is amazing. Great product!

Aaawh, we're not THAT great!
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:37 AM   #16
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Thumbs up Tank additive

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Extremely effective IMHO -
I'll second that. Best stuff I have ever used..
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:11 PM   #17
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How does one safely use bleach in a waste tank?

Is this a rinse and wash idea, or actually adding it to the tank like tank chemical? If the later, what are the thoughts about chem burn to the tank dump seals
First, bleach (or sodium hypochlorite) probably won't hurt your holding tanks or plumbing. Most holding tanks are made from polyethylene or ABS, and RV plumbing is probably PEX or ABS. Bleach can damage some plastics, but not these.

However, if you are unfortunate enough to have PB (polybutylene) plumbing in your RV, don't use bleach because you're living on borrowed time. PB was used years ago and it was a disaster (check the previous link).

Second, will bleach destroy those "seals" in your RV?
  • Do you mean the gaskets used in the holding tank drain valves? It's not likely bleach will harm or "burn" these, since these gaskets are probably made of Santoprene.
  • Do you mean the rubber gaskets used in RV toilet valves? Yes, bleach could damage these because these seals are probably made of soft rubber. However, it's pretty simple to avoid damaging these seals -- just keep the toilet valve open as you pour the bleach in.

Finally, will bleach damage a septic field? It could, if you use enough of it. However, bleach should be diluted before adding it to your tanks. But even used full strength, bleach breaks down rapidly.

Plus, remember that when bleach is poured down the toilet in a typical household septic system, the bleach goes right into the septic field. However, in an RV, the bleach may be in the holding tank a few days before you dump it into a park's septic system.
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Old 12-22-2014, 12:15 PM   #18
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Water lots of water is what I use here in FL, less then 145 miles NE from OP location.

I do add a little 1-2oz of Rid-X to tank since I am on a septic system here.

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It's my understanding there is typically not enough time for a holding tank to act like a in ground ceptic tank's bacterial action.

I use a holding tank chemical all the time.
You understanding is wrong. Bacterial action does happen in a black tank.
If you ever dumped a black tank using a sewer solution hose you would see and understand it.
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The enzymes in RID-X begin working as soon as they come in contact with water. The bacteria take 2-4 hours to germinate and then begin to break down solid waste. If the temperature and conditions are favorable, then the bacteria will multiply to the maximum level that the environment will allow in about 2-4 days. Since septic systems vary, the speed at which the bacteria and enzymes break down waste varies.
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I know a lot of people like the GEO method, but for me, it means chasing down products, mixing them and storing large containers.

We just started using Happy Camper and love it. Small container, no mixing and easy to add.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:43 PM   #20
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I use the GEO method a couple of times a year (Calgon water softener seems to be readily available around here) but mostly I let the tanks fill up before dumping. If I need to dump a partially filled tank (like before storage), I'll fill the black tank at least half way with hot water and then go dump both tanks.

The only time I get an odor is when I overflow the grey tank into the shower.
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If you are asking about the fresh water tank...Bleach
If you are asking about the black tank...Happy Camper
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I use the GEO method a couple of times a year (Calgon water softener seems to be readily available around here) but mostly I let the tanks fill up before dumping. If I need to dump a partially filled tank (like before storage), I'll fill the black tank at least half way with hot water and then go dump both tanks.

The only time I get an odor is when I overflow the grey tank into the shower.
Yep. Cheap laundry detergent and Calgon and lots of water. I don't dump my tanks until they are at least 1/2 full.
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Just use Borax, the camping world stuff is just flushing cash down the toilet!
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I posted my thoughts on holding tank management and a few products I tried in this post.
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I posted my thoughts on holding tank management and a few products I tried in this post.
Nice article - and another + for Happy Campers...
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Freshners are pretty much a waste of time and money, it smells like what it is if it stinks it needs to be emptied and flushed with clean water. Build up on the insides of your tank is what stinks removing that buildup is the solution. Everyone has their own way of treating and cleaning their tanks, I use enzymes and I like to flush the tank with several pails of water down the toilet after dumping that blast of water removes the sediment on the bottom of the tank. Deodorants just make it smell worse, poo and flowers smells like poo and flowers. We are full time the only time we have any odors from the black tank is when I have a lazy streak.
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Black Tank: Another vote for lots of water with a Happy Camper mixer.
Grey Tank: Just use Dawn dish soap while doing the dishes.
Fresh Water Tank: Once a season we will run bleach through the plumbing.

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