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Old 04-02-2023, 02:59 PM   #29
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Had a gray tank block up from cooking grease.
Never had a black tank issue with TP use and valve open for months or closed and opend when needed.
I am as careful with my gray tank as I am with my black tank. When we cook and have grease or sauce or food scrap buildup in pans, I always take them outside and rinse them out with the hose before bringing them to the sink for washing. Decaying food can smell and clog things up as bad as poop.
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Old 04-02-2023, 03:27 PM   #30
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Your answer covers it. But we never leave the gray tank valve open. The late RV Tech Guru, Gary Bunzer advised that both tanks should have a enzyme added, (we use Pure Power Blue), and the gray tank allowed to fill before emptying. He said leaving the valve open allows soap scum to build up on the tank walls, which is a medium for smelly bacteria. He said that leaving the valve open is a primary source of noxious tank odors.
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Old 04-02-2023, 03:35 PM   #31
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Nope! Didnít flush TP down on our yacht and donít flush it in the RV
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Old 04-02-2023, 04:44 PM   #32
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We used to use TP and never had a problem with stoppage. However we no longer put TP in the black tank. The difference we experience is that the dumping and cleaning time is much quicker and uses less water. I am guessing because the hydraulics of draining is better and TP is not holding back solids on the tank bottom that needs more flushing. This is a personal choice for us.
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Old 04-02-2023, 05:04 PM   #33
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Toilet paper isn't the issue - it's wipes. I thought with a 2" ID pipe and me dumping a 5 gallon bucket of water when I drain the black tank everything would be peachy. Not so. I came to a dump station one afternoon before going to my site and nothing came out of the black. Zero. It led to hours of running a snake into the tank, catching that in an oil change bucket, thence into a Lowe's 5 gallon bucket, and many trips on foot back to the dump station. I now keep a small lined wastepaper basket for the wipes - a hard lesson learned. But especially keeping lots of water in there when you dump as you describe toilet paper off the shelf won't be a problem.
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Old 04-02-2023, 05:20 PM   #34
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I may go back to regular toilet paper after reading this blog however, I sure as heck wish my sensors would work. My front bathroom black water tank is always at 2/3 regardless of whether I just dumped it or not, and the rear black water tank is almost always at 1/3. Very frustrating. Happy camping.
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I may go back to regular toilet paper after reading this blog however, I sure as heck wish my sensors would work. My front bathroom black water tank is always at 2/3 regardless of whether I just dumped it or not, and the rear black water tank is almost always at 1/3. Very frustrating. Happy camping.
When my sensors don't register correctly, I fill the tanks about 1/3 full with water, dump in a half bottle of Dawn (the smaller one), and head to my next destination. When I dump the next time, they usually work
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Obviously 3/4 of those who replied should never visit Mexico.
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Wonder how many who put used TP into a bin, actually had an issue, compared to how many heard from a friend of a friend's friend?

Use plenty of water!
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Old 04-02-2023, 06:32 PM   #38
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We always use the same paper as we use at home (not 1 ply RV paper) and everything goes in the toilet. I never dump at less than 75% full. Never a problem through 5 different rigs and 30+ years. The "sloshing" down the road breaks the solids up.
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Iíve spent to many dollars over the last 23 yrs & 7 new class Aís to use the campground showers and not use my bathrooms like I do at home. So far all that has worked great.
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Costco TP and it ALWAYS goes in the black tank. One ply paper doesnt ever occupy space in our MH. Happy Campers treatment in both gray and black tanks and no issues for many years!
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Where do they put the used paper?
Maybe I donít want to know.
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Where do they put the used paper?
Maybe I donít want to know.
You had to ask...
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