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Old 02-20-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Hi All. new to the forum, but not new to camping. over the last 14 years, we've had 3 popups, 1 5th wheel, and 2 travel trailers. Our current rig is a 2003 Layton Scout 250. we were PuP-ers until January, when we decided that with my back problems and the permanent nerve damage in my legs because of the back injuries, it was time to move back into a TT.
We bought it used, obviously, but got a steal of a deal. needed a little bit of R&R (repair and restore) work, which we did ourselves as it wasn't much to do. have already been out twice in it, having joined the Friends Of Ga State Parks, that's where we'll typically stay.
we enjoy dutch oven cooking, hiking as much as i physically am able, hunting and fishing while we camp. just started this past weekend with geocaching, looks like it could turn into a nice hobby.
i like to write up a review for anyone who is interested in the CG we stay at, at least i have done that for the last few years over on the pop up forums.
Lastly, the grandkids of the PO used the Scout as a party place, and i've had trouble getting the black water tank to drain and then seal properly. today i took off the gate valve, and i won't mention the exact items i found in there stopping up the works, but man, some people. guess they didn't realize even though they had it hooked up to their septic tank at home, they needed to leave the valve closed and only drain when it was over half full. open to suggestions on what to use to loosen the stuck on 'solids'. just let it sit with water in it to soften? add some type of chemicals or pine cleaner? don't remember having this problem with either of my other campers with holding tanks.
thanks for all the suggestions that i know will be coming!
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Old 02-20-2012, 08:12 PM   #3
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Hello papachaz57, welcome to the forum. On your next trip our with the Layton pour a half bottle of Pine Power (or Pine Sol) down the toliet and fill it about half full of water. When you get where your going and set up, drain the tank and flush with plenty of water. That should take care of the problem. Dawn liquid dish soap with calgon water softner will should do the job also.
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:07 PM   #4
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thanks history! i had wondered about dish soap, and i'd heard about pine power/pine sol. i think i may go ahead and put some in it and let it be soaking, or would that be bad for the seals? i'm replacing the gate valve as it was messed up from some of the 'things' they dropped in getting wedged in.....
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Howdy and welcome to the forum. I have read that putting ice cubes into the tank, then driving around for a while helps to loosen things up! Good luck! This video has some good info...

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Welcome to the forum. We live in Milledgeville.

We stayed at Skidaway Island SP near Savannah recently, Couple of moderate hiking trails in the park.

We really liked and will probably go back.
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Hello and Welcome! Glad to have you with us. Hope you are able to get out and enjoy your TT soon. Safe travels.
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Hi folks! Welcome to IRV2! Sure glad to have you! I would suggest you try the Happy Camper Extreme tank treatment. They guarantee satisfaction and you'll find a lot of good reviews on their products. In case you're wondering, no, we don't own it! Good luck & God bless!
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