Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-31-2013, 10:24 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Carrollton
Posts: 182
First as for turning on the flush and walking away. My neighbor across the street in the campground did this another friend of mine drove by and saw a geyser coming out of the top of their camper. Turns out the neighbor turned it on and forgot to turn it off before returning home from the campground. It made quite a mess.
Upon saying this I do use the flush with the black tank closed and one thing it does do is emit quite a odor from the vent pipe. What i do is use the geo method as a tank cleaning system. 1 cup bleach, 1 cup detergent (liquid laundry), and 1 cup calgon (powder works best if you can find it). I add the ingredients and turn on the flush system to clean the tank then fill until the tank is full on gauges and then let it set for a bit. then drain the tank then close the valve and fill again to rinse. Then I rinse it again.
I have never had odor problems in my tank before using this method. Also an rv repairman told me another fix for a tank that has a lot of sediment in it. He uses rid ex to remove this stuff.
I do prefer the citrus chemicals for in the tank while in use though.
__________________

__________________
brokenaxle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 12:01 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
abjb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 548
Quote:
Originally Posted by brokenaxle View Post
First as for turning on the flush and walking away. My neighbor across the street in the campground did this another friend of mine drove by and saw a geyser coming out of the top of their camper. Turns out the neighbor turned it on and forgot to turn it off before returning home from the campground. It made quite a mess.
Upon saying this I do use the flush with the black tank closed and one thing it does do is emit quite a odor from the vent pipe. What i do is use the geo method as a tank cleaning system. 1 cup bleach, 1 cup detergent (liquid laundry), and 1 cup calgon (powder works best if you can find it). I add the ingredients and turn on the flush system to clean the tank then fill until the tank is full on gauges and then let it set for a bit. then drain the tank then close the valve and fill again to rinse. Then I rinse it again.
I have never had odor problems in my tank before using this method. Also an rv repairman told me another fix for a tank that has a lot of sediment in it. He uses rid ex to remove this stuff.
I do prefer the citrus chemicals for in the tank while in use though.
I think I found calgon powder on Amazon.

Amazon.com: Calgon Water Softener Powder, 40-Ounce (Pack of 2): Health & Personal Care

Is this what I want?

Thanks
ab&jb
__________________

__________________
2012 Georgetown 360
SHE wanted "a new motorhome"
abjb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 12:19 AM   #13
Denver, CO
 
garbonz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 1,905
Quote:
Originally Posted by herk7769 View Post
Just my opinion, but I feel they are far more effective since with a clear elbow/section you can watch the tank empty until the water runs clear. The spinner inside the tank will make sure all surfaces are washed; not just the tank bottom as with a wand. FYI - As an aside, my turboflusher has a warning sticker not to run it with the valve closed. Not 100% sure why, but there it is. (Though a bit tough to read in my photo).
Since the tank is vented, the only possible reason is so you don't overflow the tank, when you forget to open the valve before the tank fills. Not that I ever did that...
__________________
2007 Chevy 2500HD Classic LBZ Duramax/Allison (Stock)
2005 Bigfoot 1500C8.2 AWESOME
garbonz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 08:11 AM   #14
Moderator Emeritus
 
MtnGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Shenandoah Valley
Posts: 9,274
Quote:
Originally Posted by abjb View Post
I think I found calgon powder on Amazon.

Amazon.com: Calgon Water Softener Powder, 40-Ounce (Pack of 2): Health & Personal Care

Is this what I want?

Thanks
ab&jb
I use the liquid. I can usually find it on the bottom shelf near the laundry detergent in Walmart.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Calgon-Wat...-1-qt/13424609
__________________

Chap , DW Joy, and Fur Baby Sango
2017 F350 Lariat CCSB, SRW, 4x4, 6.7 PS
2017 Grand Design Reflection 337RLS
MtnGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 09:29 PM   #15
Member
 
alphadog99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 98
Guess I should clarify - I'd never turn on the black tank flush and walk away. What I meant was as I start the flushing process, I'll turn on the intake to the flush system and let it run for maybe 30 seconds before opening the drain valve. I don't want a gusher coming out MY roof...
__________________
2016 Wildcat 29RLX
2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD Duramax CC
Banks tuner, airbox and filter
Rancho RS9000XL's and Firestone airbags
Pullrite Superglide 18k hitch
alphadog99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 09:39 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Stank Bait's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: NE Florida
Posts: 177
The label by the hose connection on mine says to not use the flush system unless the drain valve is open.
__________________
2013 Flagstaff 831FKBSS
Stank Bait is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 09:55 PM   #17
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 21,169
Quote:
Originally Posted by alphadog99 View Post
Guess I should clarify - I'd never turn on the black tank flush and walk away. What I meant was as I start the flushing process, I'll turn on the intake to the flush system and let it run for maybe 30 seconds before opening the drain valve. I don't want a gusher coming out MY roof...
If you do it; you should dump first; then close the valve while the turbo runs a while. If you are not sure how much liquid is already in there it can be up the stack before you know it is full to overflowing. This is how I do it when I am doing a "long flush."
__________________

Lou and Laura with Bella - German Short Hair Pointer
2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS - Superglide 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2013, 10:14 PM   #18
Denver, CO
 
garbonz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 1,905
Quote:
Originally Posted by herk7769 View Post
If you do it; you should dump first; then close the valve while the turbo runs a while. If you are not sure how much liquid is already in there it can be up the stack before you know it is full to overflowing. This is how I do it when I am doing a "long flush."
I dump the tank and turn on the flusher then close the valve and set my watch for 5 minutes and go about the rest of the tasks, repeating the flushing until I am ready to pull out.
__________________
2007 Chevy 2500HD Classic LBZ Duramax/Allison (Stock)
2005 Bigfoot 1500C8.2 AWESOME
garbonz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2013, 07:42 AM   #19
Site Team - Lou
 
Herk7769's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Eastern PA
Posts: 21,169
Quote:
Originally Posted by garbonz View Post
I dump the tank and turn on the flusher then close the valve and set my watch for 5 minutes and go about the rest of the tasks, repeating the flushing until I am ready to pull out.
Is it just me; but 5 minutes seems a LONG time. I would be worried that it would fill the tank before I got back.

I would rather dump; flush; close the valve while flushing for about 30 seconds; then open it; several times so the flusher actually impinges on the walls and sensors for the entire time. If you let the flusher fill the tank; the streams will only hit the surfaces actually above the water. Once the flush nozzle submerges you will get no wash action.
__________________

Lou and Laura with Bella - German Short Hair Pointer
2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Crewcab SB Allison Duramax
2010 Flagstaff 8526RLWS - Superglide 3300
HAM CALLSIGN - KC3FFW
Herk7769 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2013, 10:38 AM   #20
Fulltime family RVer
 
ependydad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 14,762
I dump, run the flush for 30 seconds or so and then close the valve for 5 - 6 minutes (on a timer!). I opened it and repeat with a minute less of time on each flush until the water is running clear (usually 2-4 times).

The tank indicators have never registered above 2/3 in all my time doing it on my 42g tank.
__________________

__________________
2012 Ram 3500 DRW/crew cab/long bed/4x4/4.10 gears pulling an early 2013 Sabre 36QBOK
Checkout my site for RVing tips, tricks, and info | My family and I have fulltimed since June 2015
ependydad is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
black, black tank, tank

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:46 AM.