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Old 06-28-2015, 02:29 PM   #41
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Glad you remedied the problem. I know from experience how hard it is to clear the mountain. So, here goes-1) keep your black tank valve closed until ready to dump with tank being at least 3/4 full, 2) water is your friend concerning the black tank, so use at least a bowl full when you go #2, 3)RV Digest-it has been mentioned. I use it and it works pretty good. It's a liquid. I bought mine from Amazon Canada as I'm in Canada. Along with that you can use the Geo Method...google it. 4) never ever use wipes, just TP made for RVs or as some have used, COSTCO's Kirkland brand. Did I mention use water???? Some people use whatever brand they use at home but they use WATER. 5) I use a clear elbow at the drain so I can see what's coming out of the sewage treatment plant(black water tank). I also use an end of line shut off valve so I don't get any surprises on my feet when I take the cap off. When camping I always leave my gray water valves open until it's getting close to dumping the black tank. Then I save the gray water to rinse the drainage hose and the pipe leading to the hose. These are a few hints to help you. It's a lot more fun camping when these problems are avoided. Stay safe.
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Old 06-28-2015, 02:40 PM   #42
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Pipeman gave you the best advice in all these postings.....I agree with him. If you feel like you need to use the wet-ones......use your rv toilet paper,,,,THEN,,,,,use the wet ones,,,,,to make "things" a little nicer,,,,,but don't EVER flush them down the toilet. Somebody on this thread said that water is a black tank's best friend. True,,,,the more the merrier. I'm a full timer and have full hook up,,,,,when I dump, I also turn on my internal flush for a few minutes before I shut the valve and add my chemicals. But I also save some grey water for a good gushing flush after the party's over before I shut it and add chemicals. It's going to be slow recovering from the mess in there, but it'll clear up....don't know about your sensors, though...could be a wet-one hanging on it, but diligence with the flushing wand will clean it out so well that you could eat out of it....uhhhhhh...did I say that?
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Old 06-28-2015, 02:51 PM   #43
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I've carried a black flush valve for years, it's real handy to have, does a much better job than the wand. There are 2 models available. I, like the picture above, for 5th wheels and motor homes, where the black tank isn't directly in line with the black drain valve, the other one, without the gate valve is for trailers where the black tank is in line with the black drain valve.


Only use toilet paper recommended for septic tanks, wet wipes don't dissolve. The best toilet paper I've found is Angel Soft. I did a test, and put samples of numerous toilet papers in a clear container and Angel Soft dissolved the best.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:03 PM   #44
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Awesome, thanks again.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:19 PM   #45
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Clogged tnk

We had a similar problem when a relative flushed paper towels down the tank. I tried the wand, back flushi g etc...then an elderly man told us to go to home depot or Walmart and buy a box of RID-X that is used in household system..Let it set overnight and then flush it out...it worked great.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:30 PM   #46
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I can see Tomrob now......his wife comes home and he has a dozen empty mayo jars on the counter with toilet paper all over the kitchen,,,,,and his wife puts down the groceries, and says,,,,,"What in #@!! are you doing? YOU'RE COOKING SUPPER TONIGHT"
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:36 PM   #47
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Oh I forgot to add, when it comes to looking at the idiot lights for the level of your black tank, I just wait for the bubble to form when the tank gets close to full. It's a very reliable indication for you to start to think about dumping the black tank. I never depend on those lights other than for the fresh water level. You'll see the bubble when you flush or you may feel it, when you flush...
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I agree, Pipeman,,,,,being fulltimers,,,,we usually go 6 days before dumping....and we use a LOT of water to keep things flowing. Those sensors aren't worth a flip once anything gets on them. The sound and the bubble is the best way to know where you're at.
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Old 06-28-2015, 03:48 PM   #49
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but diligence with the flushing wand will clean it out so well that you could eat out of it....uhhhhhh...did I say that?

Yuck.....I think I'm about to bring up the lunch I've just eaten now...
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About a month, been using wet wipes the hole time
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