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Old 07-26-2012, 10:22 PM   #41
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We started out using the Goe method but man is it ever pricey if using the liquid Calgon softner. Powdered is avalable (amazon,com) but hard to locate.
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Old 07-27-2012, 06:30 AM   #42
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We started out using the Geo method but man is it ever pricey if using the liquid Calgon softner. Powdered is avalable (amazon,com) but hard to locate.
I use a cap full of Calgon Liquid and a cap full of laundry detergent into the black tank after every drain. It is no more expensive than doing a load of laundry.

A cap of each is plenty if you do it every time you go to the dump station or drain your tank in full hookups.
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:11 AM   #43
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Glad this is discussed again-I've been using 2 cups of the powdered Calgon and considering the price of it going to cut down quite a bit.
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Glad this is discussed again-I've been using 2 cups of the powdered Calgon and considering the price of it going to cut down quite a bit.
Not sure what a "laundry load" of powder is; but I am sure it will be a lot less than 2 cups. My holding tank is 40 gallons (about 2 laundry loads I suppose).

You are not doing laundry but doing a "prevention."
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Old 07-27-2012, 08:53 AM   #45
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I add the water first and then add the Calgon, detergent, and bleach. That way not all the good stuff is down in the dump valve elbow sitting. I sometimes use my shower head with hot water to kind of help activate the detergent in the tank.
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Old 07-27-2012, 09:14 AM   #46
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You guys do realize you can buy Calgon on Amazon and get it shipped free right? It's pretty cheap. Last time I ordered 24 jugs of it so I'm good for a lot of craps
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I got my Recipe for my Tanks from (Rachel Ray) she also had a problem finding (Cow-Gone) so she uses Cheap (Fabric softner). Youroo!!
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Unfortunately, I have not had any luck finding Calgon dry powder or liquid in Canada. I'm usually kepting an eye out for it whenever we camp in the US.

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Just received a shipment of powdered Calgon from Amazon.com. Came 3 days after I ordered it.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:27 PM   #49
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I used the last of my Calgon after our last trip in July. Ordered some more today from Amazon for $13.90. Good price, I think. I paid $16 for this last year.

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If you buy from Amazon at all it is very important to look into Amazon Prime. Free 2 day shipping and $3.99 next day is hard to beat. Plus there are a lot of other benefits that pay for it themselves.
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Another question. I know a lot of you have used L.O.C., and I was wondering if I could use it in place of the Calgon? We've used it for years in our home, and love the stuff.
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Another question. I know a lot of you have used L.O.C., and I was wondering if I could use it in place of the Calgon? We've used it for years in our home, and love the stuff.
Don't know about L.O.C., but in an emergency, a cup of Super Clean in 2-3 gal of water will sure clean out a black tank if you tow it about 50-75 miles. $17.97 for 2.5 gal @ Wally World.
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Another question. I know a lot of you have used L.O.C., and I was wondering if I could use it in place of the Calgon? We've used it for years in our home, and love the stuff.
If you check the ingredients of this Amway product you will find it contains Sodium Laureth Sulphate as it main ingredient (after water). An inexpensive foaming agent, it is pretty useless for just about anything except making suds.

Sodium laureth sulfate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I have no doubt why you have lots of it on hand.

You can not substitute it for Calgon because Calgon is a water SOFTENER and is a blend of Zeolite http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeolite and polyCarboxylate http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polycarboxylate.

These chemicals actually bind with suspended salts in that water that make it "hard." They prevent deposits on the walls of the tank that attract conductive ions that allow electrical signals to travel across the walls instead of through the water in the tank.
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Wow, a yes or no would have sufficed. Btw, we don't have lots on hand. We used it to clean our spray equipment and when we spray our fields. It takes VERY little. It's worked the best out of everything we've tried.
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Wow, a yes or no would have sufficed. Btw, we don't have lots on hand. We used it to clean our spray equipment and when we spray our fields. It takes VERY little. It's worked the best out of everything we've tried.
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It has other indgredients besides the Sodium Laureth Sulphate (but in much lower percentages) that are found in most bubble bath soaps that are doing the cleaning. You might want to try the dollar store bubble bath.
You might be surprised.
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Thanks to all of you for introducing us to the geo method. When we bought our Lexington, we knew that it sat for sometime and our grey/black water lights always showed full! And they weren't. However, after taking the advice of this thread, we are now on track with the lights showing correct usage! We are so pleased so we have kept it up. For those of you with military base privileges, our commissary carries Calgon, both box and liquid, much cheaper than we bought on our last trip. Hubby did purchase a clear elbow for our sewer hose and we were shocked at the gremlins that came outta the tanks!!!!
Thanks again everyone! Worked great for us.
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Thanks to all of you for introducing us to the geo method. When we bought our Lexington, we knew that it sat for sometime and our grey/black water lights always showed full! And they weren't. However, after taking the advice of this thread, we are now on track with the lights showing correct usage! We are so pleased so we have kept it up. For those of you with military base privileges, our commissary carries Calgon, both box and liquid, much cheaper than we bought on our last trip. Hubby did purchase a clear elbow for our sewer hose and we were shocked at the gremlins that came outta the tanks!!!!
Thanks again everyone! Worked great for us.
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Wish that my commissary carried it............. px doesn't either........ oh well there is always Wal-Mart!
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Wish that my commissary carried it............. px doesn't either........ oh well there is always Wal-Mart!
can you not request it ?
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reckon I can ............ but just as easy to get it at wal-mart. Gov't doesn't move so very fast!
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reckon I can ............ but just as easy to get it at wal-mart. Gov't doesn't move so very fast!
Huh I can hardly imagine !
They do when it's something they need from you or me.
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