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Old 07-30-2013, 02:39 PM   #1
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Black water tank cleaner

Which enzyme cleaner have y'all had the best success with? Thanks!
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Happy Camper

We've used Happy Camper for a couple of years. I've also used calgon and dawn dish soap and dozens of other chemicals. HC works best for us.

The key to a happy blank tank seems to be the following:

Use plenty of water
use only septic safe TP
do not put any other kind of tissue down the toilet
don't drain the tank until it's 3/4 full or you risk the dreaded 'pyramid of poo'
traveling with liquid in the black tank is good for it.

Have a backwash adapter on hand.
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Happy Camper is the only way to go for me! I've NEVER had any smell since we started using it and it breaks down everything in there! The stuff is so safe that you can eat it without harm! Works for me!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Why would you want to clean a black water tank!?!? It will always be dirty.
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The black tank is just a holding tank, the "stuff" is not in there long enough for enzymes to work. At least you should be dumping the tank more often than once every month or longer.
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We've used Happy Camper for a couple of years. I've also used calgon and dawn dish soap and dozens of other chemicals. HC works best for us.

The key to a happy blank tank seems to be the following:

Use plenty of water
use only septic safe TP
do not put any other kind of tissue down the toilet
don't drain the tank until it's 3/4 full or you risk the dreaded 'pyramid of poo'
traveling with liquid in the black tank is good for it.

Have a backwash adapter on hand.
Thanks!!!!
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:45 PM   #7
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have been useing calgon and dawn dish soap for years.Use lots of water, I always fill the tank full with water before dumping. I then put calgon and dish soap back in it with about 5 gallons of water while driving. Never any smell and its always clean
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Once dumped, and rinsed, we add 3-5 gallons of water and cheap Pine sol. Cleans while you drive and adds a nice smell. Also add a little to the gray water drains, stays in the trap, adds good smell and a little in the gray tank doesn't hurt it either.
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Happy Camper only takes one ounce of product (about 60 cents) for 40 gallons of waste tank capacity dissolved in two gallons of water flushed down the toilet into an empty tank. Dump when you are at least half full, repeat the above, and you will have a healthy, odor-free black tank system. Water softener, detergent, bleach, blue/green/purple/orange chemicals, and copious amounts of extra water are costly, unnecessary and wasteful.

If there is built up material in the black tank, proper use of Happy Camper Extreme Cleaner is an effective way to restore your black tank to proper working order.
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Why does everyone feel the need to spend money to "clean" a tank that is essentially always dirty? Just use water - that is all you need. Fill 2/3 or more or until you get the "burp" when flushing, then dump. Add some water and keep using good amounts of water with each dump - that's all you need.

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Once dumped, and rinsed, we add 3-5 gallons of water and cheap Pine sol. Cleans while you drive and adds a nice smell. Also add a little to the gray water drains, stays in the trap, adds good smell and a little in the gray tank doesn't hurt it either.
I use pine-sol as well. Love the smell of fresh pine trees
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Why does everyone feel the need to spend money to "clean" a tank that is essentially always dirty?
Good question Barb!

But I've never yet encountered anyone suffering from this aberrant psychosis, able to explain their compulsion.

It seems to be an anxiety disorder primarily suffered by those of advanced age; so it could be be something associated with dementia.
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Why does everyone feel the need to spend money to "clean" a tank that is essentially always dirty? Just use water - that is all you need. Fill 2/3 or more or until you get the "burp" when flushing, then dump. Add some water and keep using good amounts of water with each dump - that's all you need.

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in my case, a little tst orange, liquid soap and calgon keep the smell down and keep the tank quantity indicators operational. i fulltime and dump every 10-15 days.
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And you could get the same results just using water, and throwing a pan full of dishwater down every so often. Plus, if you are fulltiming, you know how long it takes to fill the black tank until it burps, so why worry about the notoriously inaccurate tank sensors. But if you want to waste the money, go ahead.

And if you are getting smells, then you have something loose in your system.

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