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Old 10-21-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
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Toilet paper debate

At a recent gathering, the topic of using RV specific TP versus household TP came up. The theory being tossed out was if a sheet of household TP dissolved when put in a container of water, it should be considered safe for RV usage.

What say you?

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Old 10-21-2013, 07:00 PM   #2
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Any two-ply toilet paper suitable for septic tanks can be safely used with a black tank maintained with Happy Camper Odorless Holding Tank Treatment.
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We've been using what ever we had in the house since I started RV'ing in 1957 (no toilets in RV's then). Have never had a problem in all that time. Secret is to use enough water when flushing and have the black tank at least full before dumping.
Anything that is septic system safe is just fine and a lot cheaper than the "special" stuff.
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Here ya go:
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:07 PM   #5
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Septic safe. No facial tissues!

Plenty of water. Digester of your choice. Happy Camper is a good choice.
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:12 PM   #6
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Any two-ply toilet paper suitable for septic tanks can be safely used with a black tank maintained with Happy Camper Odorless Holding Tank Treatment.
IMHO, there is no debate. Use whatever 2 Ply paper that is on sale and add Happy Campers to the tank.

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:: Happy Campers - Information, Text Title :: - CAN Site
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You'll find a wealth of threads on this subject here & it's all a matter of preference. Just put RV toilet paper in the search box &....happy reading (wherever you might be sitting )

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Old 10-21-2013, 07:20 PM   #8
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Save a buck. Us any septic safe paper. Use the GEO system in place of all the specialty chemical products. Keep valves closed until you have at least 3/4 full and then DUMP. Rinse with some kind of back flush rinse system. All these special papers and special chemicals are designed to separate you from your cash. We have been told that some places will NOT let you drain your holding tanks if you use chemicals. Have you noticed many States that had dump stations at rest areas have been Closed? Why, Chemical dumping killed all the bugs in their septic systems and made it to costly to maintain. Travel Safe... ed
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Several years ago when I was researching this subject related to boats, the conclusion was the cheapest toilet paper (Dollar Store) was the best because it digested the easiest. Boats and RV's are basically the same. Boats may be a little more finicky because the black tank has to be pumped out, not drained. Both have holding tanks. Both Industries want to sell you the very expensive "special" toilet paper. Just use whatever paper you like or have on hand, literally, and forget it. It will all go down the tube if you use plenty of water to flush.
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....Secret is to use enough water when flushing and have the black tank at least full before dumping......
Thank you Mr_D. You have verified what took me several years and the third RV to figure out that it was DW and I and not the RV and the lack of the proper angle to insure a good dump.
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The only things to go down a toilet are:
Septic Safe TP
Any bodily fluids that come out to require said TP
Water

The things NOT to go down a toilet are:
Toilet wipes
ANY female products
Diapers
Diaper wipes
Napkins
Tissues
Basically anything that is not on the first list
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I use any TP thats square, white and all rolled up , all different kinds and never had any trouble ever and I lived on the same septic system for over 35 years. I dump at home alot too
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Save a buck. Us any septic safe paper. Use the GEO system in place of all the specialty chemical products. Keep valves closed until you have at least 3/4 full and then DUMP. Rinse with some kind of back flush rinse system. All these special papers and special chemicals are designed to separate you from your cash. We have been told that some places will NOT let you drain your holding tanks if you use chemicals. Have you noticed many States that had dump stations at rest areas have been Closed? Why, Chemical dumping killed all the bugs in their septic systems and made it to costly to maintain. Travel Safe... ed
One would not be saving a buck or any time using the GEO method over using Happy Camper. Happy Camper is less expensive and is only one product opposed to three. Happy Camper is unlike those colored chemical treatments because it promotes the proliferation of beneficial aerobic bacteria while the bleach component of the GEO method kills them. In short, the Geo method is a myth. Sounds nice, using only household products, and probably works OK, but it is unnecessary and in one aspect (bleach) counterproductive to a healthy black tank system. Why "clean" a holding tank just to foul it again with use?
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One would not be saving a buck or any time using the GEO method over using Happy Camper. Happy Camper is less expensive and is only one product opposed to three. Happy Camper is unlike those colored chemical treatments because it promotes the proliferation of beneficial aerobic bacteria while the bleach component of the GEO method kills them. In short, the Geo method is a myth. Sounds nice, using only household products, and probably works OK, but it is unnecessary and in one aspect (bleach) counterproductive to a healthy black tank system. Why "clean" a holding tank just to foul it again with use?
Being F/T, it is neither. The stuff is not contained long enough for digestion.

But, back on topic, any TP is just fine. It is a 3 inch hole on both ends. Plenty of agua.
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