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Old 04-10-2015, 10:45 AM   #11
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I can't figure out why it's called GEO method, but that's besides the point. It seems as though everyone has a different "recipe" for how they clean their tanks. Like I said, I'm a first timer, so I just bought the green liquid at the camper store that treats the black water tank. I'm assuming most people don't use that stuff from the posts I've read about GEO. What are some of yalls "recipes" & why?
Asking for a (Recipe) for black & gray tanks in like asking for (Col.Sanders Chicken Recipe)! Read and use ANY you find,They all claim they Work! Just Don't MIX chemicals that are not compatible! Youroo!!
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:37 AM   #12
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I can't figure out why it's called GEO method, but that's besides the point. It seems as though everyone has a different "recipe" for how they clean their tanks. Like I said, I'm a first timer, so I just bought the green liquid at the camper store that treats the black water tank. I'm assuming most people don't use that stuff from the posts I've read about GEO. What are some of yalls "recipes" & why?
https://sites.google.com/site/cbruni/
Here is what the GEO method is all about and why it is called that. The exact recipe isn't that critical as long as you stick to the concept of water softener and soap and occasionally bleach. It is wrong to have too little of the mix but nothing wrong with too much. I use a laundry detergent called Trend from Family Dollar I think (or one of those Dollar stores) which has the softener and soap mixed together. Take about 3 to 4 cups. Also need to adjust to tank size. A 30 gallon black tank takes about 3 to 4 cups and a 60 gallon tank takes 7 to 8 cups.One thing I think the article doesn't say is to put several gallons or so of water into the tank first before adding the GEO Method mix, or whatever you use. This is to fill up the drain tank pipes that lead to the dump valve which is outside of the tank and any useful additives that go in there will do nothing in your tank. It's dead space. It is also good to have this bit of water in there before using so the dreaded mountain of poo doesn't start to build up.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:22 PM   #13
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Welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new TT! As others have said, CO2 detectors, smoke alarms, and probably a few other items continually draw power, even if all the lights etc. are shut off. I use wing nuts on the battery cables and take the cables off if the unit isn't going to be used for awhile. Lots of experience on this forum, don't be afraid to ask. Again, welcome and happy camping.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:31 AM   #14
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Bunkie, you asked a question that I think got overlooked. Antenna, the crank for that is usually inside right under the antenna. Its in the ceiling. Not sure about a TT but a 5ver its usually in the bedroom.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:49 AM   #15
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I can't figure out why it's called GEO method, but that's besides the point. It seems as though everyone has a different "recipe" for how they clean their tanks. Like I said, I'm a first timer, so I just bought the green liquid at the camper store that treats the black water tank. I'm assuming most people don't use that stuff from the posts I've read about GEO. What are some of yalls "recipes" & why?
Been trying the orange stuff from Walmart, smells like it works because the bathroom does not smell bad.
I have the tank flush deal so the tank gets sprayed for some time when empty.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:58 AM   #16
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Just another quick input about the black/grey water tanks. If your camping in hot weather for a length of time, say a 4-5 days, your grey water tank can smell just as bad as the black. You can add some toilet chemical to the grey also to deodorize it.
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Old 04-12-2015, 12:18 PM   #17
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I am a new RVer also can we use. Rid X product to the black tank
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Old 04-12-2015, 12:25 PM   #18
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As for the question about how low your tanks drain is it can be helpful to a post a picture or two. 8" does sound low but my TT is in storage so I can't check how low my drain is.

As for getting ready for the first trip or two I would recommend keeping things simple. As you camp more you will figure out your camping style. For 1st day maybe have a light lunch ready. I used to arrive at camp hungry after skipping breakfast and lunch. 1st night dinner is something that just needs reheating at most.
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Old 04-13-2015, 10:16 PM   #19
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Returned yesterday from our first camping trip. We had an absolute blast, when I have more time I'll post a few pics. Now that we're back & we won't be using the TT again until the weekend of the 25th - should I keep my TT plugged in the entire time? Or should I let the refrigerator thaw out & plug it back in in ~10 days? Pros/cons? Is there a right or wrong way to do it?

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Old 04-13-2015, 10:29 PM   #20
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Unfortunately most all battery cutoff switches do not cut off the carbon dioxide / LP gas detector and that alone will drain the battery.
My Roo 19's battery disconnect is inside the TT and it kills everything. If it didn't, there would be no point in having it.

My understanding is that disconnect switches usually kill everything except the things that have their own switches, such as tongue jacks and slideouts (I don't have either of these).

I'm expecting my new Mini Lite to be the same.
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