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Old 11-02-2014, 09:02 AM   #21
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Ummmm, did I read this correctly? Some are wiping and then placing that used TP in the trash can? This must be realllllllly old school, no longer have a sense of smell, or serious septic issues?
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:06 AM   #22
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Ummmm, did I read this correctly? Some are wiping and then placing that used TP in the trash can? This must be realllllllly old school, no longer have a sense of smell, or serious septic issues?
It's called "Preventive Maintenance".
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:08 AM   #23
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It's a HOLDING TANK it does not care what you use because it will soon be gone.
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:23 AM   #24
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This was my daughter's science fair project last year. We only tested non-RV papers and found that they all broke down when agitated. Scott's was the quickest but the worst quality (my ass is very snobby). We use Cottonelle at home and in the camper. It took the longest to break down but with proper water use has never been a problem.

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Old 11-02-2014, 10:09 AM   #25
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Interesting topic.....

We have been using Kirkland / Costco TP for years...'septic safe' and we've had no problems clogging.

As others have said .."water" ..is the key additive.
When flushing use lots of water, this way if the solids are covered with water it helps reduce odours .
Then when it's about 3/4 full top up the tank with water and open the valve full...using the hydro flush if you have one.

Also using the 'water softener / laundry soap / bleach' mixture every time you empty your tanks will keep them clean and less odour.
It is NOT necessary to use those expensive RV Holding tank products....it is not a septic tank in our RV's...the waste is not held long enough to do the break down process...that is why they are called 'holding tanks'.

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Old 11-02-2014, 10:12 AM   #26
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It's called "Preventive Maintenance".
Exactly. No "why does my tank say it's full when I just drained it" questions here. I know it's not paper on the sensors if I get that...
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:35 AM   #27
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"4mula1fan" ..... well I can suggest a couple of reasons your tank gauge is not reading properly:

#1 if it's not paper sticking to the probes....it's what ever else you put in there creating the false reading.

Do you have a rinse system built into your tank ? If , yes, have it turned on full while you empty your tank.
Try filling and emptying your tank a couple of times after dumping the solids.

When you move to the next site , or home, add the solution ...1/2 cup water softener + 1/2 cup powder laundry detergent.... fill the tank about 1/3 full.... this will slosh around while you drive cleaning the inside of the tank...and the probes.
The water softener will stick to the sides of the tank making them slippery for the next load to slide out leaving less stuck to the walls.
Believe me.... this works.... for black and grey tanks.

#2 Possibly the probe wires are shorting out on the outside of the tank causing the false reading.
This would not surprise me coming from Forest River.
In my case I had the opposite problem.... my black tank would only read 'zero' .
I tried everything, rinsing and rinsing etc. the tank, with no results.
I removed a section of the under-belly and found that the 3 probe wires were nicely sliced from the factory.
When they fitted the under-belly cover around the discharge pipe the knife blade caught the wires and severed them.

Even if the holding tank gauges are not 100% accurate it's all we have to go by....so it's kind of 'good' that we keep the probes clean and working the best we can.

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Here is one of many test see if it helps the dry butt issue. Sure there is alot more besides the one the members did a couple of years ago. Do you oen test but remember ths is plain water and no chemicals to help break down the soilds to. Hope it helps someone.
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Kirkland paper, lotsa water and the blue tank treatment from Walmart.
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"4mula1fan" ..... well I can suggest a couple of reasons your tank gauge is not reading properly...
We've had 2 new Flagstaff trailers with gauges in them and the black tank gauges never were accurate in either of them. The other tanks were ok, but neither black tank were even close. Both read 1/3 when we brought them home from the dealer and neither had had anything in them but clear water. I even sloped the trailer so the tank outlet was down hill on both trailers making sure they were empty. I just make it a point to empty them every 5-7 days and then put 3-4 gallons of water/Pinesol/SuperClean mixture back in them after emptying. I always tow with this solution/mixture and empty as soon as we park and connect to a sewer.
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