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fixn2gocamp 01-17-2009 05:30 PM

Whew. After an exhaustive search and enough research to qualify to do brain surgery, we have purchased a 2008 Fleetwood Fiesta 31M. We like the layout, the features, the price and think it's a great entry level coach for us to start in...2-3 years weekends, then hopefully, FT. Very excited to be joining the community...

Ok, my question. And it's probably silly. Do the "tabs" that you use in the toilet work? Is there one product or another thats better or worse? That is the area I want NOTHING to go wrong with. And the one I seem to find the least printed info about....

Thanks, happy camping.

UFO Pilot 01-17-2009 05:45 PM

You will get any number of answers on your question. We have been using SupremeGreen Toss-Ins for 3 years and haven't had any problems with odors, etc. I flush the black tank thoroughly, add some water and toss in one of the chemical bags.

Rick Long 01-17-2009 08:07 PM

Almost all are some type of enzyme... they work.. as long as you don't put something in the tank to kill the enzyme.

JOMARFL (FMCA 401058) 01-18-2009 01:18 AM

Like stated, you'll get a lot of different responses, however; the tabs work great. We just started using them about 3 months ago and I think they work far more superior than the liquid ever did.

Enjoy the Fiesta, we've got one and love it. If you ever down this way, holler and we'll stop by.

Have fun, be nice

fixn2gocamp 01-18-2009 03:21 AM Thank you for the responses everyone...glad to hear you like your Fiesta, JOMARFL... we were very close to getting a Hurricane, but felt the Fiesta as "tighter"..if that makes sense. Sticking close to home while learning. I guess cirlce of adventure will widen as time goes by. We'll get down there one day....

Olive 01-18-2009 03:21 AM

I've been RVing for over 30 years and for probably the last 10 years I use what I read on another forum many others use which works great - nothing. I have been a full-timer for 8 years. I have been in hot areas and cold areas and have never had a problem with odor or draining. I like to boondock so there are times when my tank goes for a few weeks without emptying.

The key to not having tank issues whether you use a chemical or not is use enough water.

The other thing I don't use is the RV t paper. The only times I've used that are the four times I've bought a new RV and received a free pack. I use any that says safe for all septic systems. Some brands now also say safe for RV and septic systems. For many years Scot was about the only one ok to use but now there are several brands.

Welcome to the IRV2 family. You will find a lot of good info here.
I wish you the best with your new coach.

exrench 01-18-2009 09:06 AM

The concept of using a digestive enzyme in the black tank is of little value since the municipal sewage treatment plant takes charge of the tank contents when you dump it.For that reason ,avoid formaldehyde preparations as they destroy the enzymes that are supposed to" do the job"In reality,you just do not store that "stuff"long enough to make anaerobic composting practical in your tank.In short,there is nothing that you can put in the waste tanks that will make the contents"NICE"

Route 66 01-18-2009 09:19 AM


.In short,there is nothing that you can put in the waste tanks that will make the contents"NICE"
Which is why many of us use no additives in our holding tanks..........and have no odor problems.

stevelp 01-18-2009 03:14 PM

Blue Streak. I have used the power,and tabs both. None of the drop inproducts worked for me. I installed the Blue Streak system, and havent had any problems with oder since. It works grat.

Gary RVRoamer 01-18-2009 04:34 PM

Another vote for "nothing". You don't need any of that stuff.

fixn2gocamp 01-19-2009 02:24 AM

Thank you all again.....I really like the "nothing" idea...not into chemical treatment of anything if avoidable. I'm going to try the nothing idea....espcially now, without only weekends and short trips. I have 6og FW tank and will be camping where there is can afford to use it a little more generously. I appreciate all the good advice. Another owner has also told me that he uses Scott "safe of all septic systems" and has never had a problem with it.

I appreciate the advice.

Chickadee 01-19-2009 03:00 AM

Richard & Samme: Yup, we're a "use nothing" rig ourselves and have been "real" full-timers since fall of 05. When time comes to 'dump' the black tank, we make sure we've flushed it well after it has drained (using the sprayer/flusher built into the holding tank) previously stated, don't hesitate to use a good amount of water when flushing each time. Now, having said this, we have, on infrequent occasions, drawn odor out of the black tank into the rig when flushing the commode, ONLY if we've had the overhead vent fan or fans going, or sometimes when we've had the air conditioners running which we guess must slightly build pressure in black tank during a flush sequence and pushes a little odor up and into the rig. In locations where we're using the overhead vent fans (ie. Fantasic fans), and/or the air conditioners quite a bit, we WILL introduce a deodorant into the black tank between dumps just to eliminate that odor from the black tank that may be due to exhaust fans or pressure from a/c. Steve & Lynette

JOMARFL (FMCA 401058) 01-19-2009 03:24 AM

Wow, a lot of no chemical users, never thought of trying since we've always "done" that. Will have to try and see if it works and save that money for M&Ms, Hershey W/Peanut bars and Milky Ways

Going to Orlando in a few weeks for weekend jaunt, will try it then.

Be Nice, Have Fun

Elkhartjim 01-19-2009 04:42 AM

Another "nothing" user....just lots of water, particuliarly after dumping. I put in at least five gallons after dumping.

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