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Old 07-03-2012, 01:20 PM   #1
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Question Black Tank Maintenance

How do you clean and maintain your black tank? How often? What do you use? Etc...

Tanks,,, I mean Thanks!
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:29 PM   #2
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I have been using one cup of Borax and one to two cups of Fab powdered laundry detergent (Cheap at Walmart, only $2.97). We dump every 3-4 weeks. When we dump we use the tank flush and rinse till the water runs clear. I haven't used any RV deodorant all summer and that is including the 90+ temps we have been experiencing. I am really pleased with the results. I had more odor with the deodorant last summer any time the heat would go past 85* and we also experienced strong odors when driving. Not the case this year.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:01 PM   #3
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Plain water and lots of it. Occasion bag of ice when driving and empty.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:11 PM   #4
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Two items every RV owner should have is a black/grey water tank rinser, Tornado Permanent Tank Rinser - Product - Camping World and a water heater tank rinser, Water Heater Tank Rinser - Camco RV 11691 - Water Heaters - Camping World. Using sufficient water when utilizing the toilet will normally result in lower maintenance and less need for chemicals. We use the black tank rinser about every other time when we dump the tank. The wand will help keep calcium/other mineral deposits from entering your water lines a possibly slowing the water flow. About 2-3 times per year on the wand coupled with a water/bleach mix and a white vinegar/water mix about 1-2 times yrly keeps everything running smooth.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:40 PM   #5
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Try using the GEO method.A cup of Calgon (Calgon Water Softener- Calgon prevents limescale build-up). A cup of detergent and pleanty of water. in this instance the Calgon keeps stuff from aculmalating in tank, on walls and in pipes. My tank indicators never gave a correct reading when using the so-called "Must Use" camping chemicals. After using the GEO method I get good readings instead of False high or full . And as another benefit.... The GEO Method is Cheaper than the camping stores chemicals. And it is safe. Google GEO METHOD and then try it for yourself. good flushing ed
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:54 PM   #6
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I have used the Calgon Water Softner and RV chemicals but sensors will eventually not work like they should. Softner is hard to find sometimes and is costly. Have not used yet, but several people on other posts have used Pine Power(buy at Dollar General Stores) (NOT PINESOL) and is about $2.00 for 48 onces. Suppose to clean tank and sensors and make the tank smell like pines!
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:04 PM   #7
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We just use lots of water since we do not drycamp and when I getting ready to go home I"ll use the tank rinse to flush it clean. I will then put a generous amount of Dawn dish washing soap and about 10 gallons of water in. When I get home I"ll drain the tank and rince again then put a couple gallons of fresh water in the tank so I will not get any dry buildup. I only used tank chemicals the first time out before the expearenced RVers told me I was waisting my money. I have been camping for about 6 years and never had any oder problems plus my tank level sencers still work with no problems.
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Try using the GEO method.A cup of Calgon (Calgon Water Softener- Calgon prevents limescale build-up). A cup of detergent and pleanty of water. in this instance the Calgon keeps stuff from aculmalating in tank, on walls and in pipes. My tank indicators never gave a correct reading when using the so-called "Must Use" camping chemicals. After using the GEO method I get good readings instead of False high or full . And as another benefit.... The GEO Method is Cheaper than the camping stores chemicals. And it is safe. Google GEO METHOD and then try it for yourself. good flushing ed

haha.. I just got through Googling the net for info and came across two sites explaining the GEO Method.

It makes sense. I especially agree with the agitation that traveling with a half tank would provide.

Thanks...
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I have used the Calgon Water Softner and RV chemicals but sensors will eventually not work like they should.
Why would sensors be affected by water softeners?

Salts??
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Two items every RV owner should have is a black/grey water tank rinser, Tornado Permanent Tank Rinser - Product - Camping World
Which wall of the tank, black or gray, do you install that on?
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Your get the best coverage toward the top of the short side.
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Your get the best coverage toward the top of the short side.
Cool, thanks! I'll have to look into that sometime down the road.
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We never "clean" the tank except flush it after camping season with water. We use a bacteria method for solids break down and odor control in season. All chemicals do is kill bacteria, which defeats the whole process.
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Another important thing, after draining black tank add 5/7 gals. water. I started this when we were dry camping and got more days before having to dump. Doesn't make sense but it works. I think it helps keep solids floating when there isn't much water in the tank. I use about 3 gals in the slidein camper which has a smaller tank.
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