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Old 02-23-2018, 10:16 AM   #1
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sequense to keep my stationary black water tank.Clean

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I have my 29' 5th W park in an RV park.I'd like to keep mu black water tank clean.Is there an RV site where I can learn to clean it and deodorized?I live alone and I was tols that I can emptied it
every two week or more.Many thanks for your interest.araucano.
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For 3 months during the summer I park in a RV park hooked up to the sewer and electricity. The coach doesn't move during that time. I leave the Gray water tank open and the Black water tank closed. I usually dump the black water when it nears the 3/4 mark. Every 3rd or 4th time I dump the black water tank, I hook up a separate hose and fill the tank with fresh water and dump it. I have 2 macerator toilets so the solids are turned to liquid and I rarely if ever have a build up in the tank. If your toilet isn't a macerator then I'd probably flush the tank every time or every other time you dump the black tank. Also, I'd suggest you use a chemical in your tank every time you dump although many will disagree with this procedure. I use a product called Piranha as it digests most of the bacteria that will form in the tank and, it leaves a Cinnamon smell that works especially well with a gravity dump toilet. If your toilet doesn't have a macerator feature I'd suggest that after you dump the tank and close the valve, you fill the toilet at least 4 times and dump the fresh water into the tank each time you dump the toilet and add chemicals. Finally, when you know you have to dump the tank, I'd suggest that a day or two before dumping, you close the Grey water tanks valve. After dumping the Black tank, dump the Grey water and that will flush out the sewer hose.
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Go to YouTube.com and search RV Education. You will see many different videos on this topic. Ron Polk of RV101 has a good video on black water tanks. Also, you can go to RVGeeks.com and they have good videos on a wide range of RV topics. Good luck!
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Leave the black tank valve closed until full or almost full. Fill toilet bowl with water (leave room though) as water is a black tank friend. Being full helps flush solids. If you have a tank sprayer, use it after dumping the tank to help rinse. Use a clear connector section at the valve so you can see what is going on. Use gray water to help flush the hose. Some say to keep gray valves closed as well so you don't have food scrap build up. Those and other solids are swept out when you pull the valve on full gray tanks.
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Leave the black tank valve closed until full or almost full. Fill toilet bowl with water (leave room though) as water is a black tank friend. Being full helps flush solids. If you have a tank sprayer, use it after dumping the tank to help rinse. Use a clear connector section at the valve so you can see what is going on. Use gray water to help flush the hose. Some say to keep gray valves closed as well so you don't have food scrap build up. Those and other solids are swept out when you pull the valve on full gray tanks.
X2 !!

Think of it this way

Fast flowing river will move boulders
Slow moving creek can't even budge a pebble

FULL TANK....DUMP......WHOOSH!!
Fast flowing river

Very little in tank...dump....trickle/trickle....leaving stuff behind


Clear adapter between dump line and sewer hose allows you to see effects of dumping/rinsing
Straight and Elbow styles


Water is your FRIEND...especially when you are PARKED and have water on site
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Old 02-23-2018, 11:26 AM   #7
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Just to add to everything I agree with here... if you use a 45 instead of a 90, everything will flow better.
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I'll just add my two cents worth.

Unless you will be using the park toilet most of the time you won't get two weeks without emptying the black tank! We only get about 4-5 days max, but we don't use the park toilets at all.

I highly recommend using Happy Camper tank treatment! It is organic, no perfume odors, and thoroughly breaks down all the "stuff". If you buy it in the 130 treatment size it will cost about 61 cents per treatment. We have used it since 2000 and never have any odors!

https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Campers...tank+treatment
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Good info and didn’t know about Piranha. RV sewer clean out guy that comes into our park said Pinesol good. One cup to 40 gals of black tank volume. It is a degreaser and helps clean tank. Use the lemon scent. Yes water is good when flushing.
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Many on this site use the GEO method.
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Fill the black tank 25% with water after you dump and use lots of water with each flush and you will not need any chemicals.
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I'll just add my two cents worth.

Unless you will be using the park toilet most of the time you won't get two weeks without emptying the black tank! We only get about 4-5 days max, but we don't use the park toilets at all.

I highly recommend using Happy Camper tank treatment! It is organic, no perfume odors, and thoroughly breaks down all the "stuff". If you buy it in the 130 treatment size it will cost about 61 cents per treatment. We have used it since 2000 and never have any odors!

https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Campers...tank+treatment
Hmmmmmmm. We are full timers and NEVER use the park/campground facilities and get 10 days on our black tank. I would think a nice class A like yours would have a black tank at least as large as our 50 gallon.
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I personally don't think chemicals of any kind are necessary, but the enzyme types can maybe help. Our strategy, successful for over 20 years, is to be generous with the water when flushing and try to get that big WHOOSH! when emptying. About once a year I would treat the tank with a dose of Roebic K57 or Rid-X in a full tank and try to let it sit for 3-5 days. Doesn't have to be unused in that time, though. The enzymes do a good job of eating away any accumulated slime on the walls and valves.
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