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Old 06-15-2015, 07:51 AM   #21
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Once or twice a year, when leaving a cg I hook up the black rinse hose, open the drain and let it run for half hour or so while we pack up and hook up. Put black tank chemical in after each dump. No other treatment needed.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:01 AM   #22
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Nothing but plain ol' water...and plenty of it.
Back flush after every dump and that's it!
No need for pricey chemicals.
Chemicals and bacteria both need time to digest the solids, and this is not happening over a few days.
Waste of money in my opinion
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:11 AM   #23
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I like to treat my black tank with dignity and respect.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:15 AM   #24
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I have used these on my older used RV and now on my New Roo with great success but then again I flush all my tanks before I leave each campground until my water is crystal clear. These have kept any smells even with waste sitting in my black tank for 2 weeks in between trips. Always put 1-2 gallons of water in before dropping one down the Toilet, also never touch them with wet hands they will stick to your hands

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We use those in the blue. Haven't seen the purple.

I am curious to the reasoning behind not using your campers bathroom for some? I paid a pretty penny for my rig. I'm using all the features I can.
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Old 06-15-2015, 08:34 AM   #25
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I like to treat my black tank with dignity and respect.
I bet you think that about all your tanks.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:08 AM   #26
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I like to treat my black tank with dignity and respect.
I would like to be able to say the same, but honestly, I treat mine pretty crappy. I should a apologize when I get home.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:22 AM   #27
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One of the best parts of having a camper is also having your own bathroom. You folks who practice the "no #2 rule" are cheating yourselves unless you'll be parked without dump facilities for more than just a short stay. RV toilets are meant to be used, and with proper care and flushing, are generally trouble-free.

For short outings like 3 or 4 days, there doesn't seem to be any reason to use black tank chemicals. After years of camping, usually without using chemicals, I've never detected an odor problem, and have never had a clogged tank. This all changes when dry camping for longer periods.

Many of us have seen the youtube video demonstrating how useless it is to put ice cubes in the black tank. I dare someone to do a similar demonstration with short-term use of toilet chemicals.
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:42 AM   #28
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We use those in the blue. Haven't seen the purple.

I am curious to the reasoning behind not using your campers bathroom for some? I paid a pretty penny for my rig. I'm using all the features I can.

We use it most times but if we are at a campground with really nice bathrooms and showers we will use those. GF has a teen daughter who will make a mess with the shower and then say I didn't know, so with her and her friends we tend to let them use the CG bathrooms for showers.


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Old 06-15-2015, 11:14 AM   #29
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I have been using the Geo-Method for years.
https://sites.google.com/site/cbruni/

Black Tanks are Not septic tanks .
I can not believe all those promises the packaged RV tank chemicals brag about....except maybe they mask the smell.

IMHO*...On the average time it takes to fill a black tank before it needs to be emptied...(4~6 days for 2 people)...there is no way that any chemical is going to 'break down' the solids. *dry camping excluded

All I can say with certainty is that the Geo-Method works (period).
It is Effective & Economical.

If you are having problems with your tank gages not reading correctly...the Geo-Method will help with that ...by cleaning off the probes (see my tips below)

Tips ...that I find that help by using the Geo-Method when you have full hook-up and to eliminate potential problems...
1) don't be afraid to use lots of 'flush water' ...keeping the solids covered with water (in the tank) will minimise odors.
2) do not wait for the solids to 'mountain' in the tank before you drain.
3) before you drain...fill the black tank with water...this will help wash out the solids in the corners.
4) when choosing the type of 'powdered laundry soap'....the cheapest is usually the best, as it often has more fragrance , or you can opt to be more ecologic in your choice if you want.
5) Important ..Drain & Rise all holding tanks before leaving the CG..then add 1- cup of each Laundry Soap & Calgon to a large pail of water...put this same mixture in each holding tank. The sloshing in the tanks while driving will clean and lube the surfaces.<this really helps!

In short: the Geo-Method works like this...
- the soap offers some suds to clean and a fragrance/cover-up
- the Calgon (water softener) coats the inside of the tanks and probes to eliminate sticking. If your probes are covered with debris it may take a couple fills and flushes to clean them.

Only use the Geo-Method in the Black and Gray holding tanks (Not the Water Tank).
What do you have to loose... try it...save some $$'s

Hope this helps
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:29 AM   #30
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I have used these on my older used RV and now on my New Roo with great success but then again I flush all my tanks before I leave each campground until my water is crystal clear. These have kept any smells even with waste sitting in my black tank for 2 weeks in between trips. Always put 1-2 gallons of water in before dropping one down the Toilet, also never touch them with wet hands they will stick to your hands

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Use the same thing with a touch of laundry soap. I use Tide Pods if they are available or squeeze in some Dawn. The tank seems clean when I rinse it but the sensors are still toast.

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