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Old 07-11-2015, 09:36 AM   #11
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My 2 cents...

I see most replies like to leave some water and additives in the black tank when the rig is not being used.

I always use the GEO Method...

I think this is probably a 'personal preference' ...to leave tanks wet or to leave tanks dry...as I like to have the tank 'CLEAN' and Dry when not in use.

Doing so means that my last flush of the tanks is very thorough by seeing only 'clear' water (via clear elbow) coming from the tanks and using the tanks internal spray / rinse.

IMO....It all depends on how soon you are going to use your rig again.
If it is next weekend...then sure... leaving water etc. in the tanks would be fine.
However, if it is going to be several weeks or months all that water is more than likely going to evaporate via the vent stacks leaving any chemicals to dry out and crust up inside the tanks. (with exception to rigs covered or inside buildings, vent stacks won't have the wind blowing over the stack)

I'm not saying that what I do is right or wrong..... I leave that up to my wife

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Old 08-15-2015, 11:13 AM   #12
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I have used the GEO method for my black tank & it seems to work OK. My question now is , has anyone put liquid fabric softener in black tank & what were the results? I know if you do that to baked on stuff on your baking pans, it will completely loosen all residue & just thought it might do the same on black tank. Always looking for an easier way to clean my tanks.
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Old 08-15-2015, 11:18 AM   #13
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I have used the GEO method for my black tank & it seems to work OK. My question now is , has anyone put liquid fabric softener in black tank & what were the results? I know if you do that to baked on stuff on your baking pans, it will completely loosen all residue & just thought it might do the same on black tank. Always looking for an easier way to clean my tanks.
I started doing that two trips ago, hoping to get the black tank sensors to show correct fill level, no help yet, but who knows...if it works, I'll pass it on.
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Old 08-15-2015, 12:30 PM   #14
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First of all.... Congrats on using the Geo Method .

You will find it will prove to be very effective and economical.

I have used the Geo Method for years, on several different rv's.
Solved problems like - odors , clogged sensors - removed scum on sides of tanks, and more.

The Method's main ingredients are Laundry detergent (powdered) and
water softener (powdered) FYI... I buy the cheapest laundry soap and use the water softener sparingly, as I find it does not have to be used too it's fullest every time.

IMO.... The laundry soap provides the fragrance and cleaning where as the softener provides a slippery film that adheres to the tank sides, both are powder which break down over time.

There have been some using a 'liquid' softener and I do believe have had some good success with it.

Your Question: "has anyone put liquid fabric softener in black tank & what were the results?"
My reply:
It does sound like it may have the same results....However, I personally have not tried it 'yet'....but I just may do so.

In closing:
The whole thing about 'holding tanks' they are just that...and never are meant to be 'septic tanks'..as all those Expensive RV chemical pushers would lead you to believe. ...IMO... I do not believe that 'any' of those chemicals "break-down" the solids in a 3 or 4 day period...waste of money!

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Old 08-15-2015, 12:43 PM   #15
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I started doing that two trips ago, hoping to get the black tank sensors to show correct fill level, no help yet, but who knows...if it works, I'll pass it on.

Ninemmsig........

Just a quick tip:

For the best results ..I have to 'help unclog the sensors' is to put your solution (soap and softener) into your "dumped empty tanks".. put in at least 3 to 4 pails of water (in each tank) before you leave to the next site (or home) ...the sloshing on the road trip will agitate in the tank and work it's magic.
If you are just going to another site...you are ready for action..... if you are going home and laid up for a while...try to keep the tanks good and wet until you head out...unless it is going to freeze...then drain.

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Been using liquid detergent & water softener; haven't tried the powdered, but will. Also in my area you can't always find water softener. That is why I was wondering about the fabric softener. I know dryer sheets work good on baked on residue in baking pans, & on bugs on vehicles, etc., so it was just a thought that regular fabric softener would do the same in black & gray tanks.
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I have used the GEO method for my black tank & it seems to work OK. My question now is , has anyone put liquid fabric softener in black tank & what were the results? I know if you do that to baked on stuff on your baking pans, it will completely loosen all residue & just thought it might do the same on black tank. Always looking for an easier way to clean my tanks.
I always use the liquid softener, mainly because I can never find the powder. I've been happy with the results. But I also restrict toilet use to "number 1" only. Any more than that and its off to the bath house!
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That should work really good, unless it's raining. We put no paper in ours. A little inconvenient, but we're used to it now & it works for us.
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I love the Geo Method but find it is rather expensive, so am rotating month by month with the ZymeOut (no formadehyde in it) - we did use the Geo Method for two months but the readings are still not correct on the monitor, so something is still stuck there I think. We live full time in our fifth wheel so it does not travel anywhere and that, I know, would make a difference as it cannot "shake" any particles loose in the tank. (When the washing machine shakes, I always like to think that it helps with that
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