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Old 12-14-2014, 02:24 PM   #1
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Travel trailer toilet question

I have heard different opinions on when and how to dump the holding tank while travelling. If you are travelling every day should you dump every day when you stop? Or should you wait until the black tank is full? Also when you do empty the black tank should you put water in with the chemicals to start with?? I am pretty new to having a TT so I would appreciate any helpful hints!
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:21 PM   #2
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Not sure where you're getting "different" opinions, but after 10 years on various RV foums, nearly 100% say to only dump the black tank when full.
you may have to add water, if you won't have the opportunity to dump for awhile.
And a 100% will say to always add water after dumping. The only different opinions will be on what tank additives to use.
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:23 PM   #3
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You are going to get a huge variety of opinions on this question and there isn't a right or wrong answer to the question.

If we were traveling day to day it would be to much hassle to dump everyday in my opinion. Think about having to hookup everyday yuk. Plus I rinse the black tank for a little while when I dump.

I just dump when needed when we are on the road or when we have been in one place for a few days. It's more about easy and convenient for me.
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:28 PM   #4
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You want to have enough liquid to break everything down. When we travel I dump maybe every 3 days only. Once camped we know we can go 5 or 6 days without dumping you want as much possible water in there to help with the break down of paper and solids. After you dump if you have a BWF, Flush your system for atleast 15 mins. Buy a clear elbow for that and you will be surprised at will still come out. After your done I put Chemicals in, others use the non-chemical GEO METHOD. If you use Chemical packs or liquid which is cheaper add 5 gals of water and then your done. If your at a CG and people waiting in line I consider it rude to try and flush my tanks. Save that for either full hook-ups or a lot of Flying J stations have a dump station that you can pay 5.00 bucks or so to use. I have never been denied by a State or COE CG to pull in and use there dump station free, even if I don't stay there. THe only trick I know of is more the water the better when you flush. It's better to have to dump then not have enough liquid in the tank that will harden like concrete. I know this is a s**** subject but is just part of life. By the way two people answered why I was typing you can see by them about the difference in what people do. Buy the way WELCOME, and happy and safe travels to you.. PS: is your name HAM?
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Personally, I would not consider dumping a partial tank unless I was in full hookups with a turboflusher installed. Turboflush in bursts of at least 15-30 minutes; then allowing it to partially fill before reopening the dump valve and continue with another burst of turbo flushing.

If no sewer hookups and turboflusher you must wait till the full light comes on (or add water until it does) to get a good push to move stuck solids from the floor of the tank.

Always add about 3-5 gallons of water (and whatever you add - I use a capful of laundry detergent and a water SOFTENER like Calgon Liquid) before using it again.

I have never had smells with this procedure.
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:42 PM   #6
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Personally, I would not consider dumping a partial tank unless I was in full hookups with a turboflusher installed. Turboflush in bursts of at least 15-30 minutes; then allowing it to partially fill before reopening the dump valve and continue with another burst of turbo flushing.

If no sewer hookups and turboflusher you must wait till the full light comes on (or add water until it does) to get a good push to move stuck solids from the floor of the tank.

Always add about 3-5 gallons of water (and whatever you add - I use a capful of laundry detergent and a water SOFTENER like Calgon Liquid) before using it again.

I have never had smells with this procedure.
Ham that is GEO METHOD I was talking about....
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I think what the OP is asking: Do you add chemicals before you dump and do you dump everyday while traveling?

Add chemicals to an empty tank along with a gallon or 2 of water. I also add a capful of Calgon water softener. While you travel down the road the solution will slosh around in the tank mixing with the "ingredients". I'd say, if you're traveling everyday, I'd go no more than half full on the tank. A full tank adds weight and I've heard some horror stories of the waste tanks not being fastened well during construction.

Hope that shed some light on the OP's question.
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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
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:31 PM   #9
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:42 PM   #10
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I'm in a motorhome, but here is what I do.

I wash my dishes in a rubbermaid tub. Then I dump that water down the toilet. This causes my black and gray to fill up evenly. I can go two days doing this. Otherwise, I'm dumping my gray tank every day. (I use my own shower, I don't use the CG shower.)
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