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Old 08-10-2008, 11:25 AM   #1
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2008 Itasca Spirit my fourth rv and first motorhome. The toilet stops up very easily. Had to use a snake several times on each trip. This never happened before. Any advice?
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2008 Itasca Spirit my fourth rv and first motorhome. The toilet stops up very easily. Had to use a snake several times on each trip. This never happened before. Any advice?
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Old 08-10-2008, 05:38 PM   #3
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MICK... welcome to irv2...
plz go to your profile page and update the signature block to include your equipment.
i don't understand your post. are you saying that your black tank does not drain properly or that you have a buildup of debris in the chute when you open the flush valve or something else entirely?
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Make sure you use alot of water when you flush, you may have a off set toilet drain to your black tank and paper is clogging at a bend.
The more water will help when dumping also use Scotts paper for septics it will brake down more easily.
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Welcome to iRV2 I can't help with your problem BUT I did update your signature so others know...
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mickcoin, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have youjoin us here. Sorry to hear of the toilet problem. Can you confirm that the drain make a bend? Can you see the tank water level straight down? You could even have a burr on the edge of a joint that is causing the paper to hang up on. Let us know what you find. Good luck and enjoy the website.
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Yes there is a bend. The toilet backs up in the bowl. My wife swears she doesn't use a lot of paper.
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Welcome Mickcoin to IRV2.com. OK for the toilet. Is you black tank vent on your roof closed off/plugged.
OK, my first suggestion is to make sure you have plenty (NLT 1/2 toilet bowl),full of water to start with...and (not just as the very/very bottom of the bowl), most toilets use gravity to get things cleared out of the bowl, and need the extra water to clear the pipes.
Next, really limit/cut out the use of number two ply toilet paper, use one ply instead, 'cause it breaks down much better/faster.
The two ply stuff can plug up any RV, especially when it's time to flush the black tank out. Also make sure you are really flushing/bottom spray cleaning your toilet from the basement area.
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My last trailer had this bend on the pipe from bowl to tank.I still get mad when I think about it. Solution for us was to make sure we filled bowl with water before flushing.The result is a black tank that fills real quick. Dry camping was a pain.
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:22 AM   #10
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mick...,
use find, then search for "poop stick." there is a lot of info on this subject. the poop stick fixed my toilet.
now i use a container with approx 12 oz of extra water every time i flush the toilet when paper was used.
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Not sure how other's will take this, but it beats a stopped up toilet. I do not put paper in my toilet. Yes, thats what I said - no paper. I use wet wipes and they for sure cannot go in holding tank. Soooooo I have a narrow trash can with a foot leever in the toilet closet, all wipes go over in it, I then take it out every day and spray it with clorox before putting it back. Hey having to rout out a stopped up tank is a lot worse than carrying out a small can of wipes.
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