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Old 11-12-2012, 08:23 AM   #1
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Black Water Tank Cleaning

I took my first trip with my new to me 2006 Surveyor SV264 to Pigeon Forge, Tn this past week and I loved the whole RV thing but I have a question about cleaning the black tank. I had found out about the Geo method touted on these forums so I made a mixture of it in a 5 gal. bucket and added it thru the toilet prior to my trip so it could slosh around while pulling it to the campsite. Later I was amazed at how quickly the tank fills, within 2 days it was ready to be drained. I noticed a lot of RV'ers using the onsite restrooms and maybe that's the reason I'm not sure. I decided to run a rinse cycle thru the tank after the initial dumping so I ran a hose inside the camper to the toilet and refilled the tank and then dumped again and I was surprised at how much didn't come out on the first try. Since as I mentioned I purchased the camper used I would like to do a thorough cleaning of it for the next trip but wasn't sure which chemicals would be best to accomplish this, should I stay with the Geo method for my next trip or use another type of chemical in-between using the Geo method that would break down the waste better?
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Old 11-12-2012, 09:04 AM   #2
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I found the best way to clean the is to buy a tank flusher wand. It attaches to a hose and then you hold it down the toilet into the tank and turn on the water. It really works well. After I used ours a few times, I grew tired of dragging a hose through the camper so installed a black tank flush on the outside.

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:29 AM   #3
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I've never used chemicals in my tank and have never had any odor or cleaning issues. I'll squirt a little dawn in the tank when we arrive to keep things slick but thats about it. You may want to get a Tornado tank flusher. It works extremely well without dragging hoses and dripping wands through Rv. I installed mine in about 2 or 3 hours. I'm currently pulling up stakes to head home and my Tornado did an incredible job rinsing my black tanks with minimal effort by the operator. Squeaky clean!
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Old 11-12-2012, 10:48 AM   #4
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I hope that your not relying on the tank level monitor to tell you if the tank is full or empty...they are notoriously inaccurate. It'd be hard to believe that you can fill the black tank in 2 days even when starting with 5 gal in the tank. The black tank is probably about 30 gal and should be enough capacity for 7 -10 days for 2 people.

With you camper, you should be able to look down the hole into the tank and see how full it is.

Black tanks empty best with lots of water...don't try to save on water when using it.

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Old 11-12-2012, 10:56 AM   #5
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Black Tank cleaning

X2 What Dave said! Its best to leave for the CG with at least 5 gals. of water in the tank. I use the geo method and suggest you do the same
Herk will chime in here and say the same thing, and suggest that you fill the tank and let it set for a few days and then drain it with a clear elbow to see just how much you are getting out. The Geo Method cannot hurt a thing no matter what people will tell you, after all its the same stuff you run down your sewer at home. jdadoug
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:03 PM   #6
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you have no idea how well the previous owners maintained the black tank. so, expecting the GEO method to clean out a tank that you have no idea how clear it is, is asking too much.
you need to get a tank wand and use lots of water. also, as others said, if you're using the infamous tank monitors as a true indicator of full, forget using them.
i would shine a light down the toilet and see how clear it is. who knows, the previous owner could have left a huge pyramid that's now hardened.
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:51 PM   #7
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Dave_Monica, thanks for "don't try to save on water when using it" as I am always trying to flush as fast as I can, thinking I am saving water......but it makes sense to use water so it helps flush out the BW tank!
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Cant say enough about the clear 90 or 45 fitting. Also Dave is right on about using plenty of water.
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Old 11-12-2012, 05:46 PM   #9
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Another tip to try. If heading to the dump station and the black tank is only partially full, I empty from the gray water tank into a 5 gal pail and pour down the toilet into the black tank until it's near full. A full tank emtpies much better and the dump station water hose seldom has any fitting on it to be of use.

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Old 11-12-2012, 06:55 PM   #10
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That's a great idea, especially when the dump station has no water source nearby.
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