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Old 02-23-2011, 12:36 PM   #11
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We have always bought RV TP when we had our hybrid. I have read lots of opinions on this. I believe it's how you clean out the black tank at the end of a trip that counts. Does anyone use the water softener trick to keep the tank "slick"?
What is the trick and how do you get soft water?
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:46 PM   #12
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Using Calgon Water Softener in the black tank is supposed to keep the sides and probes slick so that solids will be easier to remove. I do that, and so far have not had a problem with my black tank.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:48 PM   #13
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we have used Charmain for 2 yeas fulltime everthing is fine
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:50 PM   #14
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Using Calgon Water Softener in the black tank is supposed to keep the sides and probes slick so that solids will be easier to remove. I do that, and so far have not had a problem with my black tank.
What about regular salt? Like for actual water softners? It may take awhile to break down but cheap.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:53 PM   #15
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What about regular salt? Like for actual water softners? It may take awhile to break down but cheap.
NO. The salt used for water softeners is only a catalyst for the regeneration process.....it is not the same.
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:58 PM   #16
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Please explain to me, what is the difference between RV Toilet Paper, and what you buy at the local store? Other than price.
Use Scotts RV toilet paper, works great and breaks down fast in your holding tank and not on your hands! Scott® Bath Tissue Products | Bathroom Tissue Rolls

you can find it at Walmart
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I use RV DIGEST-IT and everything gets broken down, I do not use the Calgon.

RV DIGEST-IT, is worth every penny and I have been told it is the best product out there.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:32 PM   #18
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This is an interesting read: RV Waste Water Treatment

The 2nd section is on the Geo method. Seems like the author of the website no longer uses the Geo method. I use the Calgon in my black tank, along with a deodorizer, but I do not use bleach in the tank. I would be a little leery of mixing bleach with other chemicals.
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Scoob, google Calgon Water Softener and you will get the formula. It is a chemical with very specific qualities that keep dirt from sticking to stuff; like clothes and black tanks. It is not salt.

As to RV Digester; I bought a quart and man does this work like a champ.

I still use Calgon and laundry soap; but after a month of dry camping I find the RV Digester is needed. I do the 24 hour soak and dump when we get into hookups.
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if you are unsure if your home TP is safe for septic/holding tanks, then take one square of it and put into a glass of water and shake up the glass. if the TP falls apart then you have nothing to worry about. We use Quilted northern, it is safe to use and cost's less/feels better.
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As for a easily broken down home paper, angel soft would probably be the best bet.
I personally have never put anything but quilted northern in my trailer toilet and have no problems, and quilted northern is a lot harder to break down than rv paper or value paper.
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