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Old 07-03-2012, 07:21 PM   #15
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Geo method and add 5 gal of water after flushing.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:14 PM   #16
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Geez. I've been following the dang directions all this time and doing it all wrong! Tanks, I mean, tanks for all the info! On a side note, when I flush my toilet, I get odor out of my AC! How is that!?
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Old 07-04-2012, 07:50 AM   #17
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Geez. I've been following the dang directions all this time and doing it all wrong! Tanks, I mean, tanks for all the info! On a side note, when I flush my toilet, I get odor out of my AC! How is that!?
You have a crappy AC unit

I can't even imagine how that would happen. Generally speaking, odor can come out of the toilet (don't run exaust fan when flushing) or out the outside roof vent for the black tank. I'm not aware of a roof AC unit (or forgot) that pulls outside air into an RV, if there is, than I would say you have one. Eliminating odor in the tank is the key to all.
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We use this product, and have been for years. Never had any sort of problem either. Only place we have ever found it was on the internet. After ordering you will usually receive it within 3 or 4 days.
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Why would sensors be affected by water softeners?

Salts??
It is not the water softeners that affect the sensors, the old internal sensors after time just seem to quit working like they should and give false readings. RV manufacturers need to start using the external sensor (however, they are more expensive). That is why they don't use them unless you buy a "real expensive " motor home!
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You have a crappy AC unit

hahahaha... good one.
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In addition to the Tornado spinner put a clear see-thru elbow on the tank outlet so you can see if your flush is complete. Any other way is just guessing. I put a new Tornado Spinner (from Camping World) perpendicular to the short end of the black tank--in the old opening--and turned the water supply. Got two little pieces that looked like rust scale off a steel tank. This on a 1989 Foretravel DP!! I think this was because while we were hooked up to water & sewer I did multiple flushings until water was clear. Oftentimes you can't do a thorough job at a dump station while others are waiting in line. So, try to do a thorough job where you can take your time.
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Just finished my very first black tank dump. Wow. That was not a good experience. Ranked up there with when my dogs tangled with a skunk. I am going to have to back up and research again.
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What were the problem.
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Your black tank is a miniature septic tank. Use a WASTE DIGESTER to start a chemical reaction within the tank to break down the solids, paper, etc. It also controls the odor with the same chemical reaction. NEVER use just an odor control, as it doesn't break down the solids and it tries to control the odor by masking it ( and never very well ) Quite frankly it will make your coach smell like a charter bus..BLECH ! I've been using Odorloss and BioActive since they came on the market and never had a sensor or odor problem. And I use the Tornado tank flush every time I dump. You can use Calgon, Dawn, Pine Sol or whatever else, but "nothing" will digest the waste and odors like the chemical that is made to do such.
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It is not the water softeners that affect the sensors, the old internal sensors after time just seem to quit working like they should and give false readings. RV manufacturers need to start using the external sensor (however, they are more expensive). That is why they don't use them unless you buy a "real expensive " motor home!
Both our Dutch Star DP's have had the external sensors and black tank rinse. Neither is considered to be a "luxury" motorhome by Newmar.

I think I've used the tank rinser less than 5 times in 12 years.

Your tanks are simply holding tanks, not septic tanks. The waste simply isn't in your tank long enough for much, if any, enzyme action.

I've always used the chemicals and have NEVER had a plugging problem, maybe in another 50+ years of RV'ing?
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I have 2 separate hookups for sewage line. In the rear is the galley's grey tank only and up front is the bathroom grey and black tank. I normally just leave the sewage hooked to the galley and the line open. No issues there. Then today I dump black and I ensured that I had filled the grey as well. I go to hookup the sewer line up front and take the cap off to find a good bit of sewer had leaked onto the cap and yes, the valve had been shut completely. So now I get to work with a little mess under me while I hookup. I put the turbo clear collar on with the hose. I drain the black and turn on the hose, which also leaks water on the valve knob. After turning it on, it doesn't work very well at all. I understand it had 2 positions for flushing the black tank or the hose. Both didn't work well, in my opinion. It didn't purge like it did on the YouTube video. So I drain the grey and unhook back to normal sewage hookups at galley. I figure my black didn't get cleaned properly as I don't have a "wand" to backup where my "turbo" failed. I added through dawn and pine power and about 4 gallons of water to the black tank.
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How do you clean and maintain your black tank? How often? What do you use? Etc...

Tanks,,, I mean Thanks!
We have a flush thing on the outside of our TT to flush the black water tank after dumping the contents. It helps, but nothing works like a hose with full pressure pointed down the commode straight into the tank. It removes the entire contents that tend to stick right under the drop hole no matter how much water is added to the tank before dumping. We don't bother with all those products for odors as there are none in our RV. If it smells outside dumping the tanks, who cares? It's outside at the dump station. We found they do little to kill the odor at dump time anyway... and they do nothing to keep the gauges clean. If you have no hose handy when dumping, then fill the commode to near the top and DUMP! That amount of water hitting the "pyramid" will disperse it and flush it out. You may have to do it several times.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:52 PM   #28
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tank flush

New to this stuff. I bought a non potable hose that I was going to hook up to the flush inlet. Without a clear pipe I won't be able to see when it's clean anyway. Also, I have SaniCon but an RV tech said it wasn't any good. Don't know if he meant it didn't work or was worthless.
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