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Old 05-17-2018, 09:55 PM   #1
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Black Water Gauge Clean Up TIP

I want to share a tip with yíall.
I canít take credit for this.

I asked about finding a RV inspector in or near the Houston area. A forum member told me about Ed (RV Survey).

Heís the one that gave me the tip.

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This is for when your BLACK WATER gauge is messing up, & showing a false reading (crap on the gauge).

He said that, the next time you are ready to drive/tow your unit, to dump a 50 cent box of baking soda AND 10 or 20 pounds of ice down the toilet.

The driving around will slosh everything loose in that tank, & should break up all that gunk on the gauge.

He also said that you might have to do it a few times to really clean it up.

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Just wanted to pass this on.
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Not sure about the baking soda but there are a couple videos of the ice trick on YouTube that disprove the ice trick. Although I have to admit I would probably try it out of desperation if the other methods didn’t work, any port in a storm.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:56 PM   #3
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Ice is expensive water......not enough mass to do any scrubbing
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Tough crowd here. Lol
I like the idea and Iíve tried it a few times. Iím going to do it today actually on our maiden voyage in case there is anything there. It is not a perfect solution but I would call it a preventative tip for me.
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Tough crowd here. Lol
I like the idea and Iíve tried it a few times. Iím going to do it today actually on our maiden voyage in case there is anything there. It is not a perfect solution but I would call it a preventative tip for me.
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Gauges are crap to begin with. So when you use the bathroom they get worse.
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I have heard about the ice cube trick. but what I use when I want it clean is dawn calgon (about 1/2 cup each) and water (about 1/3 tank for the lower sensors the upper one has yet to gunk up.

Last time I dumped only the bottom sensor falsed. I can live with that.. It's the top sensor that I don't want wet.
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My brotherís trailerís BW gauge falsifies, too.

After totally dumping, the gauge will flicker between 2/3 & full.
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Check out the active thread Myths about RVing ... What are yours?. Ice cubes in the black tank is one of them.
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The GEO Method. https://sites.google.com/site/cbruni/
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Old 07-04-2018, 11:14 PM   #10
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Interesting article.

I learned of a similar method from another FTer recently. It's almost the same as mentioned in that article.

He suggested using a cup of Calgon with a cup of Dawn dishwashing liquid.

Keeps the Blackwater tank clean, but also stops any odor.
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Baking soda is a water softener which will make the tank sides slippery & less likely to have gunk stick to them. Another cheap alternative for a water softener is 20 Mule Team Borax.

Both are a fraction of the cost of what Calgon is.

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I wash the dishes in a pan in the sink (using Dawn), then dump the dish water down the toilet. I used to also pour in a little Calgon but didn't notice any change when I stopped. Dirty dish water and using a lot of water when flushing the toilet has kept everything working great and I don't have to pay for any unnecessary chemicals.
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I never use the expensive stuff. Get the cheapest softener, and soap you can. I get mine at the Dollar Store or Winco
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That geo method should be in the Myths thread too. I haven't used anything but plenty of water since we began camping in a self-contained RV over 40 years ago. The contact gauges do not work because it's very wet inside the holding tanks, allow them to dry and they read correctly. How you allow them to dry is still a mystery to me.
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