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Old 09-24-2014, 07:29 AM   #11
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X2 , But I have to say this GEO method sounds interesting.
It works if your diligent in its use.

Hardest part is installing the geo method after dumping to leave cg and adding a few gallons of water.


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Old 09-24-2014, 07:49 AM   #12
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Unique RV Digest-it works for me. I've been using it for the last couple of years now. It seems to break down the solids. I also use a water softener to make things slippery & a couple of capfuls of liquid laundry detergent. I have a clear elbow and watch what drains out. So exciting!!!! As said use water. We dry camp most of the time.
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Old 09-24-2014, 08:05 AM   #13
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My experience with a BLACK tank
Yes I use Chemical the kind that looks like Rid X in a little pouch.
Yes I wait till the tank is near full
Yes I have a clear elbow
Yes I add a bag of Ice for the ride home after I dumped (new pouch)
Yes I back flush after second dump at home into my sewer clean out in my front yard (oh so that's what that capped pipe in my yard is)
Yes I back flush till running clear
Yes new pouch and a couple gallons for storage and next trip.
Happy Black Tank!!!
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:00 AM   #14
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Here is what I use to really get the tank clean. RV Swivel Stik Tank Rinser
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:01 AM   #15
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It works if your diligent in its use.

Hardest part is installing the geo method after dumping to leave cg and adding a few gallons of water.


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When traveling with the camper it may be harder or more of a pain. But with the seasonal site we have this year it should be a can of corn
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:04 AM   #16
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When traveling with the camper it may be harder or more of a pain. But with the seasonal site we have this year it should be a can of corn
Perfect!

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Old 09-24-2014, 09:13 AM   #17
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I read the Geo method and it sounds interesting
But my research says the the rid x style of RV toilet packets breaks down solids in 2to4 days (enough to keep things semi liquid during a normal trip.
Also I added a bag of Ice to a empty tank (2gallons water) and drove 20 minutes to my home then took another 10-15 to set up my dump and there was a light crackle in the tube from the tiny bit of ice still in the system
Sooo no, it doesn't melt (standard gas station bag) in 5 minutes and yes the melted ice is nice and brown on the second dump
Did you ever look at the little detergent cups and softener cups your better half uses to do laundry?
Ours are all sticky and gummed up with residual product
I don't want that in my tanks
Best thing to do is back flush till running clear
If you don't have back flush just refill the entire tank with water after the ice dump and let her fly again
Have fun and do what works for you
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I've been using the geo method since I read about it on these forums, plus I put a "potty tab" into the black tank as well. Calgon water softener, Purex laundry detergent, and a potty tab in the black, Calgon/Purex only in the gray. I always fill the tanks before dumping. Before I had a black tank flush, I'd just refill my black tank with clean water and dump again, then add the chemicals for the next trip and some water. Never had any issue with buildup or smell. Now the black tank flusher takes the place of that 2nd fill/dump, but I still do that with my gray tank.
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Old 09-24-2014, 09:25 AM   #19
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Yeah, the only thing that "breaks it down" is driving on Ok highways!
Now, now, that's not fair...... You forgot about Detroit's highways!

My family's not shy to use the black tank, so I'm often at 1.5-2 days before I'm full. No time at all for chemicals to really do any good other than masking smell.

To take care of solids I just use the tank flush to fill 'er up 2-3 times after the initial dump and then dump again. Usually that 2nd or 3rd dump I no longer see brown or paper bits in the elbow, so I figure I'm 'clean enough'. Throw in a couple of gallons, some TST, and then drive home.

The TST I put in before I leave the campground sits there until we get back to a campground for our next trip. Sometimes next weekend, sometimes next month. If it's sat for a while I might throw some more TST in when we get there, but usually I don't and just rely on what was added before going home the previous trip.
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Always an interesting topic. Here is a site The Fit RV that may shed some light on a few myths. (just cause the clear elbow shows clear, it ain't necessarily so) I also use the geo method. Our dumping ritual is really simple. Since we have a black tank flush, we first fill the black tank using the flush. DW watches the indicator lights (ours actually work) and when the tank is full we pull the valve. We repeat this usually twice. At that point DW has the water softener and soap mix ready and we put that down the toilet. Done per the method, that's about 4 gallons of water and mix sloshing around for the next X miles. Total time involved ant the dump station is around 15/20 minutes. Bottom line, no smells and no problems. Our kids use the chemical (Happy Camper) method. Not so good. We notice the difference right away when we visit their camper.
The "fitRV" guy also tested the ice in the tank cleaning method. Interesting results. He's also going to test some different chemical options in the future.
Finally, we are somewhat minimalist in the use of bleach. A cup per holding tank with about a gallon of water seems to work for us.
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