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Old 05-23-2011, 06:32 PM   #29
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This is a great how to for your tanks. It is several pages long and gives several good tips on how to not have problems.

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I've been RV'ing since 1957 and so far I've never had to replace a bowl gasket in ANY RV we've ever had. Even after 10 years with our '88 Type B and now 9 years with our 2002 DSDP. Guess I've been lucky or maybe I've got slippery "stuff"!!
We were baffled by this too Mr_D. Not being the original owner we had no way to know what had happened before we bought it. It started slowly by the water leaking out a little at a time. After a while it would not last for two minutes. None of the parts looked worn but I must say that I did not study them for long before tossing them in the trash bin.

We filter our water at the park faucet so I wonder it the previous owner did not and something in their supply, like sand or some minerals cause wear on the gaskets. Oh well, works now and it wasn't near as bad a job as I had imagined.
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:55 PM   #31
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OK. I didn't know about the Dawn/Calgon treatment. How much of each do you use per gallon of holding tank capacity?

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Our sensors are external to the tank and we have built in flusher. I use the flusher with each dump and when we leave to go south for the winter after shorter trips in the summer, I put the Dawn/Calgon treatment in for the first dump. Mainly for the grey tank but it don't hurt the black either. First stop is about 250 mile drive and I fill both thanks with water then dump. I can not flush the grey and do not leave the valve open as I figure it works like the black tank in that it sucks the junk out but I want to make sure it is as clean as possible at least once a year in case the wife has to dig in to it to fix a problem. Oh, I guess that would be me not her. Yes I maybe wasting money but I don't smoke so it is a lot cheaper to waste it that way.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:10 AM   #33
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I don't think you are waisting money at all. It is personal preference and I think you are right on track. I apppreciate all the advice from everyone on the tanks and keeping them clean and functional. Lot's of wisdom in this forum and I appreciate it. :O)
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DW and I eat a bowl of Fiber One cereal before going to bed each night, has made a huge difference
Now, that's what I would call getting a real "head start" on keeping your holding tank clean!!!
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OK. I didn't know about the Dawn/Calgon treatment. How much of each do you use per gallon of holding tank capacity?

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for my 40 gallon black tank, i use 1 capful of liquid calgon from wally world and 1 capful of liquid detergent, not necessarily dawn. if the weather is hot, i also use 1 packet of tst orange treatment to control odors. we full-time and i dump about every 7-10 days. this keeps my antiquated level indicating system working well.
prior to dumping my gray tank, my dw adds 12-16 oz. of bleach to 25-40 gallons water. this flushes and sanitizes my stinky slinky so it doesn't smell so bad.
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I tell everyone that they can't poop in the toilet - use the campground facilities instead!!!
Then we don't have to clean the black tank!!!
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OK. I didn't know about the Dawn/Calgon treatment. How much of each do you use per gallon of holding tank capacity?

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I don't think it has to be too exact. There's several "recipes" out there, but I just dump about 1/2 cup of each, fill with water and drive to the next site.
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If you think about what is really going on inside of a black tank with "crud" stick to the walls, you have to ask yourself several questions. Will spraying a chemical or soap on these hardened particles remove them best, will spraying a water jet from 2 or 3 nozzles clean it all or will the water just channel to the drain, or will having ice banging around in the tank and hitting these hard particles loosen them the most. We have come down on the side of the ice being the most effective for cleaning the tank. The chemicals and spray may be effective for keeping a cleaned tank clean. Remember most tanks are very wide and very shallow. Think about it. Now get your mind out of the sewer.
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My curiosity is getting the best of me. In all of my years using a Motorhome, I have never had issues with holding tanks. When you drive 300 miles a day, it's got to be one tuff turd to not dissolve with all that sloshing around. Stuff hanging on the wall and little piles of dung hanging on like morter. I'm thinking a change of diet is in order. Even a cement mixer can dump it's load and empty it's barrel. I think Camping World need to put a Proctologist on staff and start stocking a heavy duty stool softener !!!!
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Been RV'ing since 1957, that was before many RV's had holding tanks, in fact not many had toilets.
Never had any problems with tanks plugging up, but I do wait till they are full or I add enough water to get them that full, and I've never used the Calgon treatment although my parents did in their ForeTravel.
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My curiosity is getting the best of me. In all of my years using a Motorhome, I have never had issues with holding tanks. When you drive 300 miles a day, it's got to be one tuff turd to not dissolve with all that sloshing around. Stuff hanging on the wall and little piles of dung hanging on like morter. I'm thinking a change of diet is in order. Even a cement mixer can dump it's load and empty it's barrel. I think Camping World need to put a Proctologist on staff and start stocking a heavy duty stool softener !!!!
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lol!!! But I'm afraid to let CW touch my coach . . . let alone . . . well, you get the idea. Having a hard time erasing the mental image, but I need to.
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LOL you know it is amazing how one practical question can turn into a comedy show. Anyhow what you are saying sounds pretty practical. LOL Thanks for the advice.
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