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Old 07-15-2010, 10:49 PM   #21
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I saw a fellow once put down his leveler blocks (Lego blocks) on the curb side at the campground dump site. It put quite a tilt on his 5th wheel. I suppose this caused his tanks to drain better or more completely. He and his wife had it down to an art and didn't take but a few seconds longer to deploy and gather up the levelers.
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Old 07-17-2010, 03:58 PM   #22
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sounds like they have it down to a science, we however, are on a permanent site and just the thought of having to pull that to the dump site is more that I would want to get it to,, we have planted around the hitch and all around the site, have a deck to contend with and lastly, we probably would never get it back in the exact place it came out of, being that the trailer was first and then came all the extras, so I will keep trying to find a solution for the stinky problem....
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:56 PM   #23
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Black tank odor

Had the same problem, but the camper I bought was owned by a moron, and came with 2/3 full black tank that apparently had been in there all summer in north Alabama, and was most likely not treated at all.
Repeated through cleaning of the tank with the wand helped, but the problem returned over and over again.
Having exhausted every possibility, I noticed the dump valve was a couple feet from the tank, so the one gallon of water with the chemicals was only treating the drain line...
I changed my procedure to 5 gallons of water and chemicals as directed.
Now I only have a slight odor during long term use (week or so) which is to be expected.
Give this a shot. It won't cost very much!
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:24 PM   #24
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Please Folks

Water softener salt is NOT water softener.

It is SALT. NaCl - Sodium Chloride

It is used in water softener ion exchange columns to FLUSH OUT the resin.

It does NOT soften water at all.

Calgon Liquid is sodium polymetaphosphate
sodium polymetaphosphate - PubChem Public Chemical Database

It coats the sides of the tank with "slipperiness" to keep poo and grease from sticking to the walls. Period.
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Old 10-20-2010, 06:54 AM   #25
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we closed up for the winter with basically still the same problems that we have had all year long, we tried and tried to flush the tank with repeated application, still no success. We can not get this tank to completely empty out. After repeated flushes, we still had about 2-3 inches of water that was left in the tank. This was measured by dropping a stick directly down the toilet. We are at wits end about this mess. There is nothing suggested here that we havent tried,, still with no success...
We will have to look into more options this spring..Just filled the tank with some antifreeze so that we dont have any problems with freezing and we will get back into it this spring.
Someone suggested that maybe there is a trap that is directly under the toilet, which is why I am measuring that water level that is left behind.,,doesnt seem likely, We obviously have a problem here, just dont know how to tackle it..
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:17 AM   #26
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The other problem that bothers me is that the tank NEVER empties completely out. I think that could have some play in this also...I have posted this question before and am finding out that it is a common problem among some of these models...Dont really understand why, and it doesnt seem to matter which way the trailer is leaning, we have tried different methods of leveling up but still cant seem to get it to empty completely.
blue eyes, did you ever check the to see where the drain comes out of your black tank ?? Mine comes out the of the rear in the middle. The only way I can dump completely is to have the trailer level side to side, and the tongue way high. If the dump station isn't busy, I will go to the trouble of driving my truck up on blocks and using the tongue jack to make that position happen. After that, I have to try to get the tongue down by raising the trailer tires via blocks with the port side high, so that I can completely drain the gray tank.......that drain comes out the front starboard side. If the dump station is busy, then I try to do all of that at home......I have a conveniently located sewer clean-out.
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Old 10-20-2010, 08:17 AM   #27
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Sorry, we have not been able to help so far.

Are you saying you have or have not used RV Digester and waited 48 hours prior to dumping?
RV-Digest-It.com - RV-Digest-It

I have heard good things about it clearing stubborn clogs and buildups at the drain opening. Once there is a pile of composted poo at the valve, only time, bacteria, and a hard flush will help.

As a last resort there are companies that specialize in turbo power washing RV tanks. They are not cheap, but they are cheaper than replacing the tank.

For Mtnguy: He is in a permanent site and can not move easily.
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I had a similar problem, I used RV Digest-it and then I had a professional company clean out the tanks. Have you tried the RV Digest-IT? use the entire bottle and leave it in the tank atleast 24 hours I would also add fresh water to the tank to help soften anything that may be in there.
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yes, we have used the Rv Digest, the whole bottle, filled it to the top on a Sunday, they pumped on Tuesday, and all was still the same. We placed a stick directly down the toilet and there was between 3 and 4 inches of liquid still in the tank,, I am sorry mtnguy, but I have never checked when the outlet is on the tank, I know that being permanent is also causing a problem, we just cant flush out the way that we need to..However, we have ran MANY tanks of water through and still havent had any success. I am at wits end..
I have tried every suggestion that you all have recommended,,and I greatly appreciate all the help..just cant seem break it loose...FR had told me that it isnt necessarily uncommon for water to be let in the tank after pumping.....I dont think 3 to 4 inches is standard...
Are these tanks all made to be a straight down drop from the toilet? Is a build up most likely what we have going on here...very frustrating..
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y I am sorry mtnguy, but I have never checked when the outlet is on the tank, I know that being permanent is also causing a problem, we just cant flush out the way that we need to..However, we have ran MANY tanks of water through and still havent had any success. I am at wits end..
Oops, I didn't know your trailer is on a permanent site. That would negate the tipping the trailer thingy.
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