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Old 03-25-2014, 12:01 PM   #15
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Like they said, fill it least half with fresh water and let her rip. Then fill your toilet bowl to the rim 3 times and do a quick flush if you don't have a sani-con connector to flush the tank with. I can go 10-14 days in a campground on the black tank unless it starts to get real stinky, in which case it gets a flush NOW. And when you flush after a use, don't spare the water with solids. Lift the handle and put a little extra water in it while you are sitting there and you may not have to use the sprayer after.
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You've already got really good answers.

Since DW and I usually do just 3-4 days at a time I always add water and empty before putting it away.

ALSO!!! After I flush and clean it really well, I always add several gallons of clear water to both tanks it to help keep seals wet. You don't want them drying out on you.
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I always dump when leaving a site for the next trip unless it is less than 150 mi and the tank is only 1/4 full. I always dump when traveling for several days to a destination. I never store and will fill w/ water to get over 1/2 full to dump and backflush before storage!!!
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I don't like storing waste in the black tank. If you are not going to use it for a while add some water to it and dump. I think 1/2 or more is enough to dump with. It's all about waste to water ratio so by adding water you shouldn't have any trouble.
That's what I do, too.
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I've been dumping mine, when full, for the last 40 years. But, I also dump when I leave a campground, no matter how full it is. Never had a problem.

Only dumping when full is a fallacy, as long as you have enough water in your black tank. Add a couple gallons of water to you empty tank, after dumping, and you can dump at any level.

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I'm sorry, but every time I see this discussion, I can't help but think of the scene in the movie RV of Robin Williams dumping the black tank for the first time.
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I'm sorry, but every time I see this discussion, I can't help but think of the scene in the movie RV of Robin Williams dumping the black tank for the first time.
Go back to post #18.........the best part of the movie
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what if your dry camping with out a place to dump? do you then seek out a dump station at the end of the trip or wait til the next time you use the rig?
we will be dry camping this weekend and after that wont use the rig for another 2-3 weeks
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what if your dry camping with out a place to dump? do you then seek out a dump station at the end of the trip or wait til the next time you use the rig?
we will be dry camping this weekend and after that wont use the rig for another 2-3 weeks
I would try to find a place to dump and flush before storing.
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I bought a Flowjet that allows me to dump at home, through a garden hose, through a bathroom window if I need to.
I purchased it because I was travelling to Newfoundland in late Sept a few years ago, and new that many campgrounds would be closed, so I wanted to expand my options for dumping. It also allows you to dump uphill if need be. Takes a few minutes, as you're pumping through a 5/8" hose, but it has a macerator built in, so no clogging issues.

If you boondock a lot, might be a worthwhile purchase.

And btw...I've stored for a few months with a 1/4 tank with no issues...and I never use any additives in my tank. Our rig uses an electric flush toilet, so there's no "flapper" that opens when we flush, so there's never an odor in the coach caused by opening the black tank via the flapper.

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