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Old 05-23-2016, 08:13 AM   #15
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Another question: For the immediate future, we're probably going to be restricted to short trips, maybe 2-3 days. Is it better to dump after every short stay, or wait until the tanks are fuller?

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Hi: Mr Lynn... I'd wait till the tanks are fuller... specially the grey one. Use it to rinse the hose after the black one is emptied. We use the Geo Method http://www.sites.google.com/site/cbruni for tank chems. We carry a small jug of bleach, laundry detergent, and Kalgon water softener and mix it in a 1/2 gal. juice bottle. Nothing special to buy and all standard laundry products. Safe for all septic systems too!!!
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:57 PM   #16
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What about the Odorloss and Happier Camper products
for use in a porta pottie?
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Old 05-24-2016, 10:28 PM   #17
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So now we have Alf using bleach (after water softener and laundry detergent), and others using products like Happy Campers and Odorlos, which claim to biodegrade effluent and argue against bleach, which kills the 'good bacteria'.

Color me confused.

Then there are folks we've met who say, "We don't do number two in the camper." But there's a reason why we bought a camper with a toilet. Number one was never really an issue when we were tent camping in the woods. . .


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Old 05-24-2016, 11:26 PM   #18
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We always travel with empty tanks. That includes going home and between campgrounds.
I second that! Always dump the tanks before heading down the road.

One thing to keep in mind is that the black tanks on most of the fibreglass trailers are pretty small, so they do not need anywhere near the amount one would use in a larger trailer. If you use the amount normally recommend on the bottle you will find your bathroom smells of chemicals.
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:28 PM   #19
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I prefer to use products that were designed for the intended use. I'm not a chemist.
I would just add as much water as you have available and then dump. If you have to drive a couple blocks to the dump, even better.
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:31 PM   #20
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What about the Odorloss and Happier Camper products
for use in a porta pottie?
John, we use the Happier Camper in our pora pottie and have good results.
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:50 PM   #21
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Mr lynn, IMHO, you may be over thinking this. Try something that's been offered and see how it works out for how you camp, short or long trips between dumps. YMMV but I've never had a problem with smells or a rubber seal failing for what I use. Not sure if anyone else has ever run into a problem at a septic tank dump station that wouldn't let you use it because of the EPA and some of the chemicals in commercial additives. Might be just a California thing but I was OK to dump.
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So now we have Alf using bleach (after water softener and laundry detergent), and others using products like Happy Campers and Odorlos, which claim to biodegrade effluent and argue against bleach, which kills the 'good bacteria'.

Color me confused.

Then there are folks we've met who say, "We don't do number two in the camper." But there's a reason why we bought a camper with a toilet. Number one was never really an issue when we were tent camping in the woods. . .


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Hi: Mr Lynn... Sorry to add to your confusion... but the Geo Method is as easy as #1, #2, #3!!! To make it more simple you can use dishwasher detergent. That combines the bleach with a low sudsing detergent to take care of #1. The Kalgon softener makes your tanks slippery to take care of #2. Now you have more time to read a good book in the "Loo".
Works for us!!!
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We have the Thetford cassette system in our LIL Snoozy. It is more like a port a pottie than the tank systems. I have tried several additives. I have come around to the Thetford blue liquid. There is a faint "good" smell and the solids break up quickly. it may not be the cheapest.
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The Happy Campers site has good information on the different treatments and how they work :: Happy Campers - Compare ::
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Old 05-25-2016, 08:42 AM   #25
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Happy Campers seems a bit expensive for US buyers because of shipping. Not so much for Canadians.
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I mentioned struvite in an earlier comment. Has anyone experienced this forming in their black tank?
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:36 AM   #27
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Vote #3 for ODORLOS. I've used (based on Floyd's recommendation) for the past 6 yrs and will not use anything else. As he recommended, by the "bulk" bottle and it will last for years.

Camping World also sells it. I bought the largest bottle they had when I got one of their promo's.
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The Happy Campers site has good information on the different treatments and how they work :: Happy Campers - Compare ::
Happy Campers describes their product as "a stand alone monohydrate, highly concentrated mineral blend in an anhydrous form."

What the heck is that? What minerals? And how do they introduce and promote 'good' bacteria?

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