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Old 12-14-2014, 05:54 PM   #11
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I'll chime in there.. and WELCOME to the forum!

X3 or 4 or whatever we're up to on the GEO method and a minimum 1/2 tank dumps. I prefer dumping with a full tank.

If you drink from your fresh tank.. here is a handy tip. I usually do my dump and water fills on the same trip. Even if I still have a nearly full fresh water tank... it's a great time to "refresh" whatever water supply you have on board after it's been sitting stagnant for several days or a week.

I generally, fill a 5 gallon bucket from my fresh tank, then flush the rest down the black tank before dumping (or until full). If I have anything left, I will let it run down the sink into the gray tank as well.

After dumping I use the 5 gallons to prep the black tank for use, then will go seek out fresh water and refill my potable.
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:27 AM   #12
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It's not rocket science
If the tank is at least 1/2 full and I feel like dumping
I dump
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:07 AM   #13
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I truly appreciate all the answers. I will follow your advice. And my name is not ham but I am a ham radio operator
Welcome from VE3TXK. You will find this site great for all sorts of questions. And Herk is usually right on the money with his answers.

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Old 12-15-2014, 07:28 AM   #14
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I never travel with more than 1/3 full black tank which contains at least one packet of laundry detergent and a mixture of equal qtys of SuperClean, Pinesol & water and if I have traveled for at least 2 or 3 hrs and have full hookups, I dump/turboflush immediately as the black tank contents are mixed and broken up as well as they will ever be. Whatever gets added that night will have the LD/SC/P/W added until the 1/3 full mark and will be dumped/turboflushed the next night immediately after stopping. IF you travel with 5-8 gal of solution in the black tank and have full hook ups at night, I highly recommend dumping as soon as you hook up the water for the turboflush. If I am just parking for the night, I hook the water/turboflush up immediately after stopping and before putting the jacks, etc. down and let it flush while I set up.
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Old 12-15-2014, 07:49 AM   #15
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I dump when the tank is nearly full. I don't go by the lights at all. When the toilet burps when I flush, I know it's getting to the full point. By burping I mean when there is a bubble of air that happens when I flush. I use RV Digest-It in the black tank as well as some laundry detergent and Calgon. Personally, when traveling, I don't dump until almost full. As was said, there are a lot of different answers. Take from all of them and do your own thing. You'll eventually find out what works for you. Just make sure that you use lots of water so you don't get the dreaded pile dit dah dit dah dit dah de VE3PJF
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Good post, I'm learning here. Did not think of adding detergent to the tank but why calgon ? Does it prevent water deposits or does it make the chemicals work better ? Thanks Mike
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Old 12-15-2014, 02:11 PM   #17
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Ham Camper...

Just to be clear...I believe Lou (Herk) meant to say 15-30 seconds at a time when using the Turboflush (black tank flush), NOT 15-30 minutes, unless this is a technique I've not heard before. Definitely would not close the dump valve more than 15-30 seconds with the turboflush running.
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Galgon makes everything slippery so in theory no sticking.
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Good post, I'm learning here. Did not think of adding detergent to the tank but why calgon ? Does it prevent water deposits or does it make the chemicals work better ? Thanks Mike
Google "Geo Method".
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Welcome from VE3TXK. You will find this site great for all sorts of questions. And Herk is usually right on the money with his answers.

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Hey Chris,
Tnx for the note. The call here is W8PO. Nice hearing from u
And HI to VE3PJF also!!
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