Originally Posted by cma659
I use the Calgon all the time works well I put it in when the season starts and when I leave the campground with a couple gallons of water so it coats the whole tank and make draining easier and nothing sticks also put the desolving packets in for a fresher smelling tank.
The water softener addition is part of the "Geo Method" of black water tank maintenance....see: http://cbruni.googlepages.com/
I have read several places where the addition of bleach (as suggested by the Geo Method) is probably not a good idea, as it kills the "good" bacteria in the black water tank. Even though the black water tank is basically a "chamber pot" instead of a septic tank where the bateria break down the solids, I would think that some bateria in the RV tank to start the process is probably not a bad think. But the bacteria reaction cause some of the smell also, so what is a fellow to do??
I had good results with adding an enzyme to the Thetford recirculating toilet in my Trailmanor, and I think I am going to continue that with my Surveyor black tank, as well as a non-formaldehyde deodorizer. Plus, I am going to add some water softener to keep the sides of the tank and the probe slick as suggested by the Geo Method.
I used RV TP in my Trailmanor, but after reading this thread I think I am going to switch to the cheap single-ply TP and see how it goes. Even though our Trailmanor had a recirculating toilet, we had very little smell, and hope that our experience with a black water tank will be even more odor free.
Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
2006 Ford F150 Super Cab 4x4
2008 Surveyor 263