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Old 11-16-2007, 09:26 AM   #1
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Tank Maintenance

There has been a lot of discussion of late on the various RV forums to which I belong on the process of keeping your holding tanks clean. While flushing is certainly a practice I employ regularly, it is not the only method I use for maintaining my tanks. Notice that I said tanks. Too often people disregard their gray water tanks, which accumulate food scraps, etc.

To make a long story short, do a web search on ďenzyme septic treatmentĒ. From there you should be able to figure out what I am talking about. This is a procedure much favored by fulltime folks back in the day. Several times a year I will flush my tanks, add, enzymes, refill the tanks, , and let them sit until the next time I use my RV. Coincidence or not, I have never had a problem with my tanks. Note that this procedure can only help the campground septic system.
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:29 PM   #2
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Very interesting...what specific product do you use and where is it available?
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For the last few years I have used Rid-X. I believe I bought it at Ace Hardware. Don't be put off by the price, one "treatment" is good for a 1500 gallon tank. Though there are many similar products out there, you can check out this product at http://www.rid-x.com/. Hope this helps.
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Old 11-17-2007, 07:25 AM   #4
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I can't believe that using Rid-X in an RV tank will do anything.

It takes time for the actives in it to go grow and do any good in a septic system, so the short time it is in a holding tank wouldn't cut it.
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Tanks?? Who needs tanks?
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Old 11-18-2007, 07:39 AM   #6
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I can't believe that using Rid-X in an RV tank will do anything.

It takes time for the actives in it to go grow and do any good in a septic system, so the short time it is in a holding tank wouldn't cut it.
I've emailed Rid-X requesting information for its use in RV holding tanks. I'll post their response.
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Old 11-18-2007, 12:58 PM   #7
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Tanks?? Who needs tanks?
You dont have tanks Jolly?
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I decided to try the GEO method but I haven't been able to find Calgon or a substitute anywhere around here. My wife had a box of "20 Mule Team Borax" in the laundry room and told me to try it. It is a water conditioner but whether it works or not, only time will tell. I dumped a 4 lb. box down the toilet and filled the black tank with water. We'll see.
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I decided to try the GEO method but I haven't been able to find Calgon or a substitute anywhere around here. My wife had a box of "20 Mule Team Borax" in the laundry room and told me to try it. It is a water conditioner but whether it works or not, only time will tell. I dumped a 4 lb. box down the toilet and filled the black tank with water. We'll see.


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Nope...no tanks. I have a residential style toliet as well. All gray/black water flushes right out to the sewer pipes....just like home. Boy, does that cut down the mess/fuss/smell/expense/time/repulsiveness of camping in the seasonal!
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