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Old 10-01-2014, 10:18 PM   #1
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Black tank additive

What do folks use as a deodorant/chemical additive in the black tank. I have been using a "off the shelf" additive but one of my friends told me I would be better off using plain old dish soap with a good smell. Any thoughts? :-- )
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:35 PM   #2
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I use a liquid water softener , calgon I believe , that I can get from the local big box . I think it helps to break solids loose and also keep any build up from forming.
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I just use those little bottles of TST from Walmart.
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We too use Calgon water softener added to the black tank as well as a capful of Dawn dish washing detergent. I always make sure that we have at least 1/4 of the tank filled with water when adding these two things.
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For 12 years all I used (along with a whole lot of other folks) was water. Works great.
The waste system is sealed except for the roof vents and unless you get odor from there or have a vent fan on when you flush you should have no odor unless you have a problem that needs to be fixed.
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What do folks use as a deodorant/chemical additive in the black tank. I have been using a "off the shelf" additive but one of my friends told me I would be better off using plain old dish soap with a good smell. Any thoughts? :-- )
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we use happy campers - works very well for both black and grey
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For 12 years all I used (along with a whole lot of other folks) was water. Works great.
The waste system is sealed except for the roof vents and unless you get odor from there or have a vent fan on when you flush you should have no odor unless you have a problem that needs to be fixed.



17 years of water only RVing and no smells unless there was a problem that needed to be fixed. Before throwing your $$$$ down the crapper why fix any problems you have and try using lots of water.
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It isn't completely about odor. Tank additives help with the break down of solid wastes. True, if you keep the right amount of water in there you aren't likely to have a problem but on those occasions where the house guest who has a fetish for using reams of TP, I could see them being of some assistance.
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We too use Calgon water softener added to the black tank as well as a capful of Dawn dish washing detergent. I always make sure that we have at least 1/4 of the tank filled with water when adding these two things.
I do the same. I dumped my black tank this weekend the filled and dumped two more times. The third dump was clear. I know many just use water but I found my gauges were not working (usually showing full even with empty tanks) so I started adding the calgon and dawn and the gauges are now usually accurate - usually...
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We have been using the calgon and dawn detergent method (search for the GEO method) this year, and are surprised how well it has worked so far. Not very expensive, and it breaks down the stuff in the black tank, which now flushes clean (using the clear elbow adapter) after dumping and rinsing several times. There are probably many ways to achieve the same results.
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Switched to Happy Camper this year and have been very happy with it.
X2 on the Happy Campers. It is by far the best and most cost effective product I have tried. As advertised, we use Ordinary 2 Ply Toilet Paper and in three years have not had any issues. I use the Extreme Product once a year or so to give both tanks a thorough cleaning. The regular stuff also works great to clean the tub on the washer both in the coach and at home.
The large tub will last us for at least two years or more when used as directed.

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