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BLACK TANKS: (demonstration video at the end)
I am not going to pretend I know everything. Although what I do know may help you. When it comes to holding tanks there are many people out there who have differing opinions on what works the best. I have tried several methods and then I would find an article or see a Youtube video somewhere and change my mind on what method I wanted to use. As I have said before I have moved more towards the natural end of things when it comes to my life. I want to use as little chemical and un-natural products as I can and keep a more healthy lifestyle. One of those ways was changing my method for my holding tanks. Like I said I tried several other methods. This included using the TST chemical cleaner that is sold at RV dealerships and Walmart. Then I changed over to the Geo-Method which was highly raved about in articles I found pinned on Pinterest.
I have several products that I now like to keep around my place. The first is this wonderful, powerful, all natural black & grey tank powder solution. It’s called Happy Campers. I got a $65 container of it right before we moved back into the rig. This will keep us good for many months to come. But the issues is when I went to double-check the link again the website (small owned business) closed down. You now can buy it through Amazon.
This stuff shown below is also available on Amazon.
So as I said above I clean my grey tank every 3 months or so, although I do keep it open unless I’m filling it up to flush it when I dump my black tank.
If you are interested in other methods that will help clean your black tank here are some I recommend. The first one is the tank wand. We have something similar but ours is straight. It works if you have nothing else to use but I found it messy to have to drag my expanding hose from one side of the rig all the way inside the front door and into the front bathroom. It worked out fine when I had the back toilet. Especially since the door to the bathroom was right there.
As for the Tornado System this is something you can buy and install if your rv doesn’t come with a built-in factory rise system. It’s inexpensive and from the reviews online I’ve read well worth installing like I said especially if you don’t have something like this built-in already.
Ok lets talk toilet paper for a minute. There will be people who tell you that you can use anything in your toilet as long as you keep your tank flushed, use enough water when using the toilet and keep (insert whatever here) to use as a black tank solution. Dealers will tell you don’t use anything but RV toilet paper. Well that can get very expensive. I have read a lot online and checked this question in a lot of forums and the general consensus seems to be this. As long as it’s thin enough to dissolve pretty rapidly then you will be fine. But the best way to find out for yourself is to do the toilet paper test. Check out THIS post from The Touring Camper to see how. Personally we use Scott 1-ply. It dissolves really fast and I have never had a tank back up issue, at least in our main bathroom. The back toilet was another nightmare and a completely different situation. The pipes for that toilet were like 75 degree’s when you flushed before it hit the black tank and always got stuck in the curve. Hence another reason I removed the toilet completely from that room! You can get the toilet paper pictured in below (second photo) from Walmart for about $3.50 for 4 rolls. Pricing differs depending on where you live.
**An important fact is to make sure to always flush with plenty of water! It’s ok if you have to dump your tank more often because it fills up quicker. It will prevent any “poop pyramids” from forming in the tank. Yes people in the RV world really call them that! Which then dry out because there isn’t enough water. Then it’s a total mess trying to clean that “shit” out. Pun completely intended. Below is a video explanation on how to properly dump and clean black tanks.