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Old 06-07-2011, 06:53 PM   #15
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Wayne, I would like to try the Calgon method in our motorhome, where can I purchase the type you use?











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Old 06-07-2011, 07:20 PM   #16
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I use calgon in my grey and balk tanks ,keeps the "stuff " moving

Walmart.com: Calgon Water Softener, 1 qt: Household Essentials


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Old 06-07-2011, 07:40 PM   #17
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Wayne, I would like to try the Calgon method in our motorhome, where can I purchase the type you use?











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Old 06-07-2011, 09:21 PM   #18
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Actually leaving the black tank valve open for any significant length of time can lead to the "brown tower of doom" where solids pile up can harden in layers. Not a mess you want to clean up. The black tank needs lots of water to keep things clean.

Also, if you dump your gray tank AFTER dumping your black tank it will flush the hose... otherwise you're left to figure out how to clean "gunk" out of your hose after dumping the black tank.

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Tallyrver and tomwalt,

Thanks for info on locating Calgon.

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Sorry I got them backwards. Must be Tuesday

Or as we say, "bass ackwards".
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As posted, Wally World has it, and just about every major grocery store has it. It is a water softener. My experience is that it is not always in the soap area, but typically is on the same isle. A bottle will go a long way. I started out putting in one cap full. I decided to try two cap fulls and my personal opinion is that the results are better.

There are occasions where I may just simply forget to put in the Calgon. When I pull the dump handle I can feel a little resistance, especially if it as been several days. After the first time of using the Calgon on a trip the dump handles usually pull smoothly. So there has to be some lubricity when using the product.

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[QUOTE=Wayne M;873896]DieselClacker,
As posted, Wally World has it, and just about every major grocery store has it. It is a water softener. My experience is that it is not always in the soap area, but typically is on the same isle. A bottle will go a long way. I started out putting in one cap full. I decided to try two cap fulls and my personal opinion is that the results are better.


Wayne, thanks for the info, will try and find some at Wally World next time I am there.

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So is it ok to leave the black and grey valves open when not in use. We are week-enders and usually when we are done I leave the black and grey tanks open??
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So is it ok to leave the black and grey valves open when not in use. We are week-enders and usually when we are done I leave the black and grey tanks open??
Although I see no advantage leaving both open, I can't see much harm in doing it. I never let black water find it's way into the grey tank but I doubt there would be a lot of germ migration via open valves to empty tanks. You also obviously have to remember they're open when you get back into the rig.

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I leave the grey open - otherwise I would have to empty it every 2 - 3 days (very small tank). Dump the black at 3/4 full, use the flusher to clean the tank and rinse the hose.

I put Calgon and Dawn in the black tank always and grey tank sometimes and add a small amount of water when I travel or store the motorhome. I would NOT leave the valves open because there could always be something left "hiding" in the tanks and that would dry it out. Better to leave some water in there to keep the tanks cleaner.
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I would not leave the valves open when in storeage or not in use, first you should always have about 5 - 10 gal of water in the black tank with chemicals and some water and chemicals in the gray. Besides if someone was to flush and you went to open the cover to hook up the hose .......yuck...... You never know.
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If you leave the black tank open, make sure you have a liquid trap in your drain hose before it goes into the ground, That way you don't have fumes coming back up your hose and into the black tank.
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We have a sprayer in our black tank which we use to rinse it every-other-dump. However, when we aren't in it for quite some time, we add water and dump probably 4 or 5 times to get the last bits of waste out. It is amazing how much remains after just a rinse. But with the partially filled tank and flush...the motion of the water seems to break it loose.

One time thought we would leave the grey open and just use the black flush to clean the tank and hose. We did get odor back into the coach and so now we just keep both of them closed. Not a big deal to go out there and pull the lever to open.
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