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Old 04-27-2014, 08:37 PM   #1
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Black and Gray Water Holding Tank Treatments

Hello all,
My wife and I are new to owning a 2008 Lexington 283. We are reading books, watching DVDs, and reading the Forums to gain knowledge about maintaining our mh. We have seen that there so many products for treating the black and gray water holding tanks we just don't know which to choose. So, we would appreciate receiving recommendations on what the best products are based on your years of experience.
Thank you in advance for time and assistance.

Geoge and Susan Boyle
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Old 04-27-2014, 08:55 PM   #2
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We have been using Happy Camper in our MH for a while and we are very happy with it. We never notice any smell from our tank and it always empties easily. Additionally when we are going to be traveling, we will usually put 3-4 gallons of water in each tank with 1/4 cup of dawn dishwashing liquid. The sloshing action boncing down the road cleans the tanks. We always empty that water when we arrive at our new destination, and flush with clean water. It has been a great formula for us and has worked well.
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This subject is discussed almost daily, seems that everyone has a different routine. But there is one additive everyone agrees on and that is water, use whatever product you like but don't spare the water.

With a used coach it's hard to determine how the tanks have been maintained. I would encourage you to fill the black tank at least half full of warm water with some dish detergent and take the coach for a little drive ending up at a dump station, I would dump the contents then fill and dump until you are satisfied that the tank is clean. You can purchase a clear piece of pipe to attach between the dump valve and your drain hose that will allow you to see that clear water is coming out of your tanks. Now use whatever you like as long as it includes plenty of water.
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Another vote for "Happy Camper" tank treatment! (no relation) We have been using it for many years with complete satisfaction! You can only buy it online direct from the company. If you buy the large container it will be less expensive than anything else out there that I am aware of. They give a 100% money-back guarantee of satisfaction! It is so safe that you can eat it without harm! No, I haven't tried that!
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X2 on the Happy Campers.

http://www.amazon.com/Happy-Campers-...=cm_cr_pr_pb_t
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This subject is discussed almost daily, seems that everyone has a different routine. But there is one additive everyone agrees on and that is water, use whatever product you like but don't spare the water.

With a used coach it's hard to determine how the tanks have been maintained. I would encourage you to fill the black tank at least half full of warm water with some dish detergent and take the coach for a little drive ending up at a dump station, I would dump the contents then fill and dump until you are satisfied that the tank is clean. You can purchase a clear piece of pipe to attach between the dump valve and your drain hose that will allow you to see that clear water is coming out of your tanks. Now use whatever you like as long as it includes plenty of water.
If you add enough water to keep all solids completely covered there is no need to buy anything else. Full-timers on escapees.com use that method for many years and never have problems or odors.
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Just bought a used MH...think I'll try the dawn soap and warm water first. Followed by some happy camper. Using plenty of water!
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Mizzly gave you the BEST advice. However I tried the link and it didn't work. Google "the GEO method" and you will find it.
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I use the GEO method also, haven't used anything else for a couple of years. I buy the cheap liguid laundry detergent and powdered dishwasher detergent, it has water softener in it, at the Dollar store or $.99 store. Since I started using it never have any odor.

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.... My wife and I are new to owning a 2008 Lexington 283....... what the best products are based on your years of experience...
Geoge & Susan...... As is often the case, the answer really is "it depends". If you're fulltiming, you'll be fine 99.9% of the time if you remember two things: plenty of water, and don't flush with the overhead fan running.

If you use your coach intermittently, a preventive chemical treatment is likely prudent, to guard against the problems arising from alternate drying and wetting. Lots of good advice already given, but you should still not flush with the overhead fan running!
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