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Old 06-28-2015, 06:19 PM   #51
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Glad to hear things are back to normal.. Being I have a 2 year old I could not imagine putting a wipe down any toilet but hey we live and learn! LOL.

All good advice above. I hated the RV TP so we did the mayo jar test and use the same TP we do at home. I think it is Charmin for some reason. I considered adding the Horst probes but as was said, I just learned to look down the black hole and wait for the bubble for when it is full. Then I flush twice to clean the tank. I have used the Geo method a few times but I am not sure if it helped or not, not saying it did not, just did not do it enough to find out. Maybe I'll try it again for our trip to OH this week.


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Old 06-28-2015, 09:33 PM   #52
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Flush king should work. Make sure tank valve is open and sewer line connected.

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Old 06-29-2015, 07:09 AM   #53
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As an X maintenance guy and father of daughters,,,
The words Flushable should be removed from every thing except TP !!!
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Old 06-29-2015, 07:28 AM   #54
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Use this now:

and love it.

... and for those of you who have the misconception that the built in "tank flushing" device will blow out a clog, think again. It is a tank rinser and nothing more in my opinion. Have used the flush king for many years and still do, probably not as many times at a clean out, as the rinser does have a legitimate value.
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Old 06-29-2015, 07:42 AM   #55
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I have owned and used two; one by CAMCO and one by flush king. Both had the hose attachment break off during use. Turboflushing for 10 to 15 minutes when available using a clear elbow and religious use of the GEO method (laundry soap and CALGON water softener) after every dump has worked best for me.

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Old 06-29-2015, 07:58 AM   #56
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Mine plugged once, wand got it cleared I had loaned our camper to a friend and someone put female items down but sensors didn't work right for almost a year. Made sure after that everyone knew not to do this.
Think about things before you do them make life easier not harder.
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Old 06-29-2015, 08:22 AM   #57
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As others have said, water (and lots of it!) are your black tank's best friend.

We disagree with others in that we use the same TP in the RV as we do at home (Quilted Northern) and have never had a problem over the years (but, then again, I am a fanatic about LOTS of water in the black tank )

Like Lou, I use the turbo rinse 15-20 min after EVERY black tank dump

We agree with others about NOT putting wet ones in the black tank (might as well be putting cloth in the tank!)

Never ever forget that your black and gray tanks are HOLDING tanks not septic systems! Remember this when emptying them as well: Let them hold as much as they can before you dump! (If we are out for a short weekend, I will use a hose and completely fill our black tank with water)

The chemicals you use to maintain your holding tanks are critical as well. Lou is correct, the GEO method is the best out there.

For us, we have found the best soap to use is Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. Amazing degreaser - the best out there IMHO.

All of us have our own home brew formulas for tank chemicals but the core ingredients are pretty much the same.
Equal Parts:
Pine Sol
Dawn Dishwashing Liquid
(I also add 8OZ of RV-Digest-it to the above)

I make it in 2 Gallon lots, which is usually enough for the whole season. To dispense in the toilet, I got one of these:
Chemical Dispensing Systems for RV & Marine | Blue Streak LLC

This brew is tank agnostic BTW - I will put 4-6OZ in both my Galley & Gray water tanks after I dump them.

Hope this helps.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:20 AM   #58
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had the same problem a few days ago. used the wand and backflush. works great.
keeping a few gallons in the tank while driving helps.
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Had to poke a TP plug down once years ago in the North woods,,,
Just used a branch from a tree,,, never used regular TP again !!!

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