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Old 03-30-2011, 08:58 AM   #15
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No chemicals - water only. I have been RVing since 1972 and recently completed 10 years of fulltiming. I have never had black tank problems or an odor in the RV and we often boondock 2 weeks in the hot west. Just think of all the money I've saved by using nothing but water.
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Note: I understand everyone who uses only water and I do so myself .. except in boondocking situations or when I rinse out the tank for storage.. Most of my problems come from the fact I use high volume fans as I run off the batteries. They tend to pull enough fumes up when someone flushes after days of sitting to be noticable. Hence the need for chemicals. We never remember to shut the fan off in the front of the coach when we use the head.
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Old 03-30-2011, 10:32 AM   #17
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No chemicals for us either...one cap of Calgon per tank added with a gallon of water when the tank is empty. The Calgon aides in the flushing process.
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Old 03-30-2011, 02:48 PM   #18
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Normal everyday use with full hook up.. WATER, nothing more

Occasional use epically on non-sewer sites or where I"m going to be a long time between holes in the ground (Sewer hookups) Biological waste digesters, NOT chemicals.

Tank cleaning when I'm shutting down for the winter (Not that I do tht any more)

1/2 cup each, Calgon water softener and Dawn regualr, six gallons of water

Dump, dd the above, drive 50-100 miles, dump again.

TST, and other stuff you can pay for, no matter what the color.... I basiclly do not touch.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:10 PM   #19
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I haven't used any chemicals since I installed these: Amazon.com: Camco 40593 RV Cyclone Plumbing Vent Cover: Automotive
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Used to use the "Blue" stuff from Camping World until I got some splashback that I caught in the kisser! I had Smurf Teeth for the rest of the afternoon! Now I use Calgon and Tide dissolved in a five gallon bucket of water on occasion...tastes better too. So far, no odors either. Bob
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I've pretty well switched from chemicals to using septic tank enzymes. Someone above mentioned Rid-X. There are others also. When I intend to store for a longer period, I fill both tanks with water, and the septic tank enzyme. Let it set a few weeks, and then dump. Seems to work a lot better than the chemicals. Also, I empty my tanks at home, and we have a septic system, so the enzymes get double duty!
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Lots of water is the key. We add liquid Calgon (just after dumping) to assist in the next tank dumping.
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Note: I understand everyone who uses only water and I do so myself .. except in boondocking situations or when I rinse out the tank for storage.. Most of my problems come from the fact I use high volume fans as I run off the batteries. They tend to pull enough fumes up when someone flushes after days of sitting to be noticable. Hence the need for chemicals. We never remember to shut the fan off in the front of the coach when we use the head.

TYry running the fans blowing in.They will still move the air but will push the fumes into the tank.
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we use 1 tst orange packet, 1 capful of liquid calgon, and 1 capful of sun or other cheap detergent in the black tank. i add 1-2 cups of bleach to the gray tank just prior dumping the gray tank to clean and deodorize the stinky slinky.
wally world has the liquid calgon.
plugging the sink drains while in motion helps keep the drain traps from emptying and stinking up the moho.
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odorlos worked great for us, will only use this when we get back on the road.
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Chemical?

I would have to say liquid laundry detergent.

And we use the liquid water softener as well.

Works like a champ, inexpensive, dependable.
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