Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-31-2011, 03:10 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Port Clinton Ohio
Posts: 20
New tank requirements

New to camping and have a new Sabre 5th wheel, do I need to do anything with the grey or black tanks before using them?
I have read about using Calgon water softener in the tanks, should I do this before I use them for the first time?
When using this method do you need to use deoderizer or other additives in the tanks?
Thanks for any info.

scottsman411 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2011, 03:14 PM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 855
No you do not need to do anything to the black and gray holding tanks. Only thing you should do is sanitize the potable water system. when you get ready to go, add your favorite brand of tank deodorizer to the black tank via the toilet and be sure to add a couple of gallons of water before use.

donn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2011, 03:23 PM   #3
Senior Member
tmmar's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Long Island (Nassau County), NY
Posts: 4,195
Welcome to the forums and congrats on your new camper!!!

As donn said, nothing needs to be done with the black/grey water tanks. I would add some Calgon and water to the black water tanks. We also use some holding tank deodorizer to the black tank. If you put the calgon and water in before you leave, it will slosh around and coat the tank.

Again, congrats and welcome!!

Tom and Margaret
2014 Berkshire 390bh-60

tmmar is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2011, 07:56 PM   #4
Senior Member
backin15's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 385
I installed Quickie flushes on both tanks before they were used. I thought it would be funner to do before they were smelly.
backin15 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-31-2011, 09:36 PM   #5
Senior Member
Nigels's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 632
We have some orange packets of chemical for the black tank they came with a start up kit but we never used them. We have camped now for over 100 days and have never used any deoderizer or chemical in the tanks and we don't have any smells. However we dump all the tanks every two to four days and the black gets flushed each time. So far so good.
Nigel & Bev
Brit Driver & Canadian Naviguesser

2011 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8280ws
2011 Dodge Ram 3500 4x4 Diesel
Nigels is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:04 PM.