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Old 08-20-2013, 08:08 PM   #1
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Black tank storage

I can't find a specific thread addressing this. It may be a few months before we can get away again. Do you dump and leave the black holding tank totally dry or leave a little new water and conditioner? Or is there another school of thought on the subject?
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Back in the old days (pre full timer) before storage I would dump, rinse and repeat until the water flowed clear then fill with about 5 gallons of clean water and add a chemical pack.
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Old 08-20-2013, 08:51 PM   #3
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Leave the valve closed, and some water or RV antifreeze in the tank to keep the seals wet. Although I've never heard of it happening, an open valve provides an entrance for rodents to enter and cause damage by chewing on things like seals.
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Back in the old days (pre full timer) before storage I would dump, rinse and repeat until the water flowed clear then fill with about 5 gallons of clean water and add a chemical pack.
That's what I do after every trip. During the summer, I give it a bowl full flush just about every time I go in it to do or check something. I also make sure the traps always have water in them.
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Before I return the RV to storage, I always rinse thoroughly, add 5 to 10 gallons of fresh water and throw in a pack of "smell good". I always have plans on when we will go on the next outing but at this stage of our lives you never know when plans will change.
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I always put a few gallons of clean water in there immediately after dumping. That way, when I travel it sloshes around and washes all the crud off the sensors. I've had this trailer for 2 years and used it about 60 nights and the tank sensors still work great.
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I leave a gallon or 2 of clean water in there but, not 5-10. Why use up that much of the holding tank. Mine only holds 30 gallons.
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I leave a gallon or 2 of clean water in there but, not 5-10. Why use up that much of the holding tank. Mine only holds 30 gallons.
My black tank hold 62 gallons, I would rather have more water sloshing around when driving to storage and back.
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