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Old 07-04-2015, 01:42 PM   #1
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My Toilet Tissue Woes

My motorhome's sewage system was poorly designed. My gravity discharge toilet dumps directly into a small portion of the black tank, which in turn drains into the main black tank. I found out a long time ago that using the wrong type of toilet tissue can result in sewage clogs.

Like many of you, I found that RV toilet tissue is no better than many of the regular toilet tissues sold for home use. We used Angel Soft for many years with decent results. We then discovered that Sam's Club toilet tissue worked well, and it was a lot nicer to the bum...

I subscribe to several RV blog's and YouTube channels. I was watching a YouTube channel recently where the author conducted toilet tissue tests. The clear winner of his test was Charmin Ultra toilet tissue. Thinking it may work better then Sam's Club tissue, we bought a pack of Charmin Ultra before heading out on our current trip. 24 hours into our trip and we have suffered the worst toilet clog we've ever experienced. All a result of the toilet tissue creating a mound below the toilet discharge. This leads me to believe that the common toilet tissue test of shaking a sheet of toilet tissue in a jar of water isn't exact science.

Heading to a local supermarket today to pick up a pack of Angel Soft until we can get to a Sam's Club.

The moral of my story of course, is if it ain't broke, don't fix it…

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Been using Kirkland brand TP for many years. Before that it was whatever we had in the house. Been RV'ing since 1957 (before RV's had holding tanks or even toilets) In all those years I've NEVER had a blockage. Keep the valves closed till you need to dump, have the tanks ¾ full at least, open the black first then use the grey to rinse the hose out afterward.
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Old 07-04-2015, 04:31 PM   #3
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Been using Kirkland brand TP for many years. Before that it was whatever we had in the house. Been RV'ing since 1957 (before RV's had holding tanks or even toilets) In all those years I've NEVER had a blockage. Keep the valves closed till you need to dump, have the tanks ¾ full at least, open the black first then use the grey to rinse the hose out afterward.

His clog appears to be do to the design of the toilet/black tank system even prior to emptying. Unless you had a similar design I doubt if you would have a similar problem.
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My Bounder had an angled pipe going to the tank. Early on , we had a clog ( toilet paper ) due to not using enough water when flushing. Never happened again after we started flushing more water each time.
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Old 07-04-2015, 04:53 PM   #6
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A pre-black tank! That's just a really bad idea. Charmin and others need the water to break up. I've seen several of those tests and the one thing they always give the TP is plenty of water. Sitting in a pre-tank of sorts would allow the water to drain first. In one YT test I saw recently, the RV TP broke up fast, but had a full glass of water too.
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Do you half fill the toilet with water before going #2 .
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Do you half fill the toilet with water before going #2 .

Kinda personal question isn't it?
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Do you half fill the toilet with water before going #2 .
Not exactly water, but ...
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Use more water before you use and when you flush.
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Never had a problem with any RV, type of chemical (if any) or TP mfgr. until we bought the current RV. I figure it's the pipe/tank design that causes our drainage problem.
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I instruct all newbies to my toilet to give it a very good flush if anything but liquid is going down. I did have one instance of pyramiding but cleaned it with a stick. No problems after that. I must admit I do look down the hole at least daily. Kirkland works well for me.


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The fix is to use LOTS of water when flushing, especially if you have a black tank set up as the OP has or an angled pipe. Regardless, everyone should use copious amounts of water. You don't need chemical or concoctions - just water.
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