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Old 08-01-2016, 02:03 PM   #1
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Toilet chemical questions.

1) Any advise on whether to use a dry chemical vs. a liquid product?

2) Any issue dropping in a dry packet meant for a 40 gallon tank vs. the 13 gallon in my pop-up?
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Old 08-01-2016, 02:09 PM   #2
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Dry vs wet is a personal choice. The dry packets are easy to use, but the wet should mix with existing fluids quicker. Should be no issue with putting a packet in the size you have. Should do a better job.
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Old 08-01-2016, 02:39 PM   #3
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We just switched from Happy Camper (dry) to Rid-X for RV's (wet). Both worked fine. I won't even get into the treatment vs. plenty water debate. Hello and welcome from Michigan.
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We've been using Cascade Complete. It has bleach and soap in it. 1 capful per five gal. of capacity add a pint or so of water so it sloshes around and you're in business. No expensive potty chemicals that don't seem to work.
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I prefer the dry packs, less mess, I do not use formaldehyde products as they are not ecologically good for the environment. I also use RV toilet paper as it seems to break down faster and better. I came to this conclusion when I was an RV tech and had to replace dump valves and of course the tanks were almost always full so a raincoat, gloves hat and still got dumped on..
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I prefer water.....

I can't stand the smell of 'chemical poop'

Besides......
If odor barriers built into RV system work no smell in RV.
If odor inside them something is broke or being used in a way to create odor
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I also use the dry packs. They dissolve quickly seem to work fine. You should avoid the formaldehyde ones. I have also just used plain liquid soap (about a pint per 40 gallon black tank capacity) and that seemed to work fine also.
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I prefer water.....

I can't stand the smell of 'chemical poop'

Besides......
If odor barriers built into RV system work no smell in RV.
If odor inside them something is broke or being used in a way to create odor
No chemical poop for me either, just water and "Don't Squeeze The Charmin" toilet paper.
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We use Happy Camper. It's powder and comes with a scoop sized for 40 gallons. The CG we spend our winter in does not have sewer hook ups but does have a "honey wagon" n/c for long term. This means the holding tank is really used to hold waste. When it got warm enough you could smell it a little. The treatment prevented that. It also helps not to run the bath fan when you flush because it will pull the odor up from the tank. Good old Scotts for paper.

Sure plenty of water works great on full hook ups when you can dump it at any time. In our situation it's not a good idea to use too much water or the tank fills up and they will charge for extra pump outs. I do tip the honey wagon guy since it's not the most glamorous job.
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Bleach and soap don't do much. Happy camper and ridx are bacterial, so they work to break down the waste. I use happy camper in both tanks and it works great. I also use Calgon water softener ocassionally for removing build up.
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Happy Campers Extreme to clean the tank and sensors of residual waste from poor use and maintenance by previous owners.

Happy Campers for normal use.....never have to worry about ANY orders inside the coach or out.

Sure...lots of water is great if you have an endless supply of water and can dump every two days.

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Happy Campers Extreme to clean the tank and sensors of residual waste from poor use and maintenance by previous owners.

Happy Campers for normal use.....never have to worry about ANY orders inside the coach or out.

Sure...lots of water is great if you have an endless supply of water and can dump every two days.

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I have 80 gallon fresh water on board
2 adults....go 7-10 days
Dump when when need to fill fresh water tank

This whole thing about waste tanks, OCD.......
No one pays that much attention to waste system in S&B

IF you have odors inside RV it isn't from NOT using chemicals.
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Apples versus Oranges, Bananas versus Grapes!

And the debate rages on and will continue! Just one persons opinion not taken from the waste tank bible.



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I prefer water.....
I can't stand the smell of 'chemical poop'
Besides......
If odor barriers built into RV system work no smell in RV.
If odor inside them something is broke or being used in a way to create odor

I agree!
If odor of any kind is getting into the living area of a RV either something is broken that needs fixing.... or someone is not doing something correctly.
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