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Old 03-06-2020, 05:10 PM   #1
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Black tank

Black tank question.
Have read many posts on black tank care but wonder if anyone has uses the product “Rid-X” to help clean tank sensers?
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Rid-X is an 'active enzyme/bacteria product that over time will digest waste matter


It is NOT a sensor cleaner
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Old 03-06-2020, 06:03 PM   #3
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Your black tank is a holding tank not a septic tank. Most people usually dump at least once a week. The waste in your tank won’t be there long enough for RidX to have any effect.
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Old 03-06-2020, 06:14 PM   #4
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Use Happy Camper and RV toilet paper. To clean sensors, find Calgon water softener at Walmart. Put a bottle of that in your tank with 10 gallons of water and drive around. Flush well. That will clean out all the old crud in there. Do it once a year then use Happy Camper weekly, lots of water to flush and try to keep the tank cleaner.
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All you need is water. Lots of water. Deodorants, enzymes, bacterial treatments, and the like are a waste of money, and some contain harmful chemicals that actually kill the bacteria in park septic systems.
Start with putting a couple of gallons of water into the tank after dumping. Always use lots of water when flushing the toilet. Use whatever TP you prefer at home. Do NOT put wet wipes, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, or anything but TP and human waste in the tank.

When it's time to dump, add more water.

Finally, if you're on FHU, do NOT leave the dump valves open. That allows the water to run out and leave the solids behind, and you can end up with the dreaded poop pyramid.
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We have a vacuum pump toilet system (Opus-Magnum)
I use 1/4 jug of Calgon liquid with a good long squirt of Dawn dish soap then flush down after each tank dump.. so far so good (60 gal black tank)
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Finally, if you're on FHU, do NOT leave the dump valves open. That allows the water to run out and leave the solids behind, and you can end up with the dreaded poop pyramid.

Do you have any actual experience with that statement? For 7+ years we have left our black tank valves open when we have FHU's and we have not had any issues like you sated. That's from our actual experience.
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I read in another thread that putting ice cubes in the tank with 10 gal. of water when your driving down the road will clean 'junky' stuff off the sides of the black tank.

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I read in another thread that putting ice cubes in the tank with 10 gal. of water when your driving down the road will clean 'junky' stuff off the sides of the black tank.

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Theoretically that could work, but logically the ice would melt pretty fast being put into a waste tank and you would need to hit some aggressive turns and stops in the first 3-5 minutes before that ice melted. Our solution is to put 2 dish washer soap pads along with 2-3 gallons of water into the black tank on travel days of 100 or more miles. When we stop, I will set up and open the tank valves and through the clear elbow observe alot of gunk being flushed out. By the second or third travel day, the tanks will flush mostly just clear soapy water.
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All you need is water. Lots of water. Deodorants, enzymes, bacterial treatments, and the like are a waste of money, and some contain harmful chemicals that actually kill the bacteria in park septic systems.
Start with putting a couple of gallons of water into the tank after dumping. Always use lots of water when flushing the toilet. Use whatever TP you prefer at home. Do NOT put wet wipes, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, or anything but TP and human waste in the tank.

When it's time to dump, add more water.

Finally, if you're on FHU, do NOT leave the dump valves open. That allows the water to run out and leave the solids behind, and you can end up with the dreaded poop pyramid.
Yup - leave the valve closed on full hook up. We've been next to two different rigs that had the dreaded poop pyramid because water would drain out quickly with the valve open and the poop would stay. With the valve closed, the water pushes the poop out and "flushes" the tank.
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Do you have any actual experience with that statement? For 7+ years we have left our black tank valves open when we have FHU's and we have not had any issues like you sated. That's from our actual experience.

Individual results may vary but there is plenty of reading material just on irv2 alone.

https://www.google.com/search?q=poop...earch=irv2.com
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The only thing I put in the black tank besides human waste, TP and lots of water is the used dish water that I dump down the toilet every day. That provides enough Dawn detergent to keep the sensors clean and help break down the solids.
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We have used similar products from Roebic, e.g. Roebic K57, to clean the gunk from tank walls and possibly sensors too (if you have the type that protrude into the tank). It appears that a 3-5 day soak is enough to enable the active enzymes to make a difference. What I would do every couple of years is dump the tank, fill with fresh water and add a pint of Roebic K57 or K37, and let it sit as many days as practical (at least 3). Then drain and flush. It worked for me, but my system has external sensors and it was only the slime on the tank walls that interfered. Internal sensors have more direct problems, e.g. tangled paper and clinging solids.


We have a septic at home and regularly use Rid-X, Roebic or similar enzyme product but, as others point out, that's a septic system rather than a holding tank. Septic systems are always full and continuously digesting waste and spilling liquid, whereas RV holding tanks are temporary waste storage of water + waste and only do a moderate amount of digestion between dumps.
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I use Tank Tech Rx. I really like this product. As others have stated, lots of water and a good toilet paper with minimal use is key.
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