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Old 09-08-2014, 04:30 PM   #11
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I am new to this, but have almost completed my first season. I have not had any bad odors from the grey or black tanks.

This is my method that I am trying to refine....
1. when I get to the campground, I first dump the 1/3 full tank of treated water from the previous trip.

2. I then backfill the black tank to about 1/3 of fresh water from the campground and add a freshener additive/cleaner prepare it for use on the trip.

3. If the black tanks gets full during the trip, I dump it and fill it back to 1/3 for additional use.

4. When leaving, I make sure that the black tank is full then dump. I back flush a few times until the water looks pretty clear and free of solids.

5. After back flushing, I fill the tank with a little water and add a blue black tank cleaner and deodorizer pack. This treated blue water stays in the tank and sloshes around until the next trip.

My method takes a little while when dumping, but I'm happy because I get no odors. I do an abbreviated version of this for my grey tank.

I like this attachment for all of this.
Amazon.com: Camco 39062 Dual Flush Pro Holding Tank Rinser with Gate Valve: Automotive
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:42 PM   #12
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Let me add that I did have an odor on my secon or third trip because I had the bathroom fan running when I opened the toilet trap. I later read on the forum here that doing this creates a situation where the odors are sucked from the black tank.

Also, when I am back flushing the black tank on cleanup day, I have the stabilizers up. I'm assuming that the shaking of the trailer while people are walking around sloshes/agitates the water and solids before dumping. This may be off base, but I thought of it this past weekend. Does this help?
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