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Old 07-28-2013, 10:19 AM   #21
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Won't help with your immediate problem, but make sure on the way home that you fill the black water tank with water to at least 1/2 way and add some ice chips or cubes to the toilet before leaving. I would also add some laundry detergent and some water softener (e.g., calgon). The ice, detergent and water softener should help clean the tank well. After the trip home, dump the tank and flush it several times with fresh water.

You might also try lubricating the toiler seal with some vaseline or similar lube and make sure that there is always some water in the toilet.

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Old 07-28-2013, 11:11 AM   #22
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I know you don't want to here it, but for an instant cure, 4 or 5 gallons in the black tank, one cup of bleach, lots of sloshing on the way to the dump.

I believe bleach is fine if used properly, though I've only used it twice in a situation like yours. It worked like a champ. Read up on the geo method later for more info on bleach.

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Old 07-28-2013, 11:26 AM   #23
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Most campgrounds have a mobile service that comes to your site to pump the tanks empty. That is the honey wagon. I would call the office to see if that service is available there?
Look at it this way, your trailer will stink bad with month old stuff in the black tank. We have suggested every option for you. Bottom line..
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Old 07-28-2013, 11:59 AM   #24
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You have to go to the dump station and empty your tank. I suspect you got some dried up sediment in the black tank. You should have your tank about 3/4 full to get a good dump. I would take a 5 gallon bucket with you to the dump station and dump and fill the black tank several times till you see clear water come out.

I am impressed that you can go 15 days on a black tank without dumping. Make sure when dry camping that you use sufficient water when flushing. Dry campers tend to use less water and then end with a large amount of solids in the tank and not enough water to dump the tank properly.
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Old 07-28-2013, 03:14 PM   #25
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You might want to make sure it's not your toilet. Look here:
We thought it was the black tank, too. Not so!
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:20 PM   #26
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the OP hasn't even said if they put any black tank additive in it at all.
that's the first question to get answered.
second, when they dumped, did they leave the black tank empty or did they add the recommended 3-5 gallons of water back.

so, if they allowed the tank to dry out and had no toilet additives, no wonder they have a stink.
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:25 PM   #27
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I think that until the OP is willing to hook up and go empty the tank, there is not much anyone can say or do to eliminate the problem.
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:29 PM   #28
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There is no magic bullet to proper black tank maintenance.
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:07 PM   #29
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IIRC the only additives he mentioned was "four orange packets", whatever those are.

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The campground had a rolling "honey pot" for me to borrow - leftover from the days before they installed septic hookups in most of the campground. Sweet relief!

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