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Old 05-21-2016, 10:31 PM   #1
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Best Toilet Chemicals?

We're new to the RV world. I gather we should add chemicals to our Casita's toilet/black tank. Which are the best, and can I get them on-line? There are no RV places nearby.

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Old 05-21-2016, 10:41 PM   #2
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This is what I use. Not sure how one would determine which one is best. I bought it at a hardware store.
Suggest you Google Odorlos and ask them where it is sold where you live.
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Depends on how long you camp and what goes in the black tank. Less than a week is no big deal as we use the park facilities except for night time needs. Lots of people use Dawn dish washing detergent.
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I used the "standard" chemicals years ago but for over 20 years I've used Pine Sol, about 1 cup per charge. Works well and is available everywhere.
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Old 05-22-2016, 05:44 AM   #5
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Hey Mr Lynn,
Super Walmarts usually have a pretty good selection. Hope that helps. Peace.
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Old 05-22-2016, 05:54 AM   #6
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You may want to try this: Happy Campers-Odorless-RV Holding Tank Treatment for Black and Grey Water Tanks


Be careful of what you use. Some DIY chemicals folks use, dry out the seals on the gates and valves. That leads to maintenance issues.
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You may want to try this: Happy Campers-Odorless-RV Holding Tank Treatment for Black and Grey Water Tanks


Be careful of what you use. Some DIY chemicals folks use, dry out the seals on the gates and valves. That leads to maintenance issues.
I started using Happier Camper on recommendations from RV'ers in Texas who claimed once they switched to it there was no more odour from their vent stack even in the high heat. I have used it in both my Casita and Escape and would also highly recommend it. http://1-happycamper.com/
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Old 05-22-2016, 07:55 AM   #8
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I just started using a probiotic tank cleaner from TankTechsRX that supposedly cleans the tanks without odor masking chemicals and removes the struvite that forms in the tank. This is not an endorsement of the product as I haven't used it for very long. It's just an alternative for consideration.
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This is what I use. Not sure how one would determine which one is best. I bought it at a hardware store.
Suggest you Google Odorlos and ask them where it is sold where you live.
Ditto on Odorlos!
I tried a couple of different ones when we first got our trailer, then I tried Odorlos liquid. It was so much better that I gave away the stuff that I had in stock and switched to Odorlos.
We bought the small bottle which stores easily behind the toilet and has the self measuring feature. I have kept that bottle for over a decade now and refilled it when needed from the more economical large bottle (5.25qt)which is stored at home on that shelf.
The large bottle is expensive, but it lasts for years in a Scamp.
Odorlos is especially good for liquifying solids, which makes tank maintenance much easier.
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Old 05-22-2016, 10:04 AM   #10
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Best place on line to buy RV supplies is Amazon.com.

The happy camper product as suggested by Donna D. will get the job done...another place for chemicals is Walmart (remember if Walmart does not sell it you don't need it)...they sell several good brands including a new entry from "Rid-X".... They all work and add a deodorizing scent to help odor control.

When in active use dump toilet tank weekly giving toilet chemical time to liquefy waste before dumping.

Tips: buy a short clear section of sewer pipe so you can see the dumping process
Is going as planned. Keep grey water tank valve closed when dumping toilet water...then close black water tank valve...open grey (sink) water valve...this water will rinse out sewer hose and clear section...always use a water/bleach mix to rinse out sewer hose etc...wear rubber/vinyl gloves during this task...toss out disposable vinyl gloves when job is done...wash hands before eating!

Try and remember that camping is fun...dump station duty is not fun but somebody must do it !

Go on line and find "doityourselfrv.com". Sign up for weekly email service (free) and read...read...read...they have just about every subject covered...also try. "irv2. com"

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Two recommendations for Happy Camper, two for Odorlos. Has anyone used both? If so, do you have a preference?

Uplander, Happy Camper charges $17 for their 18 oz. can, plus shipping I assume; Amazon wants $25 for what I assume is the same size (18 treatments)—'free' shipping with Amazon Prime, which I have. HC still might be cheaper.

Good tips, though.

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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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We always travel with empty tanks. That includes going home and between campgrounds.
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Old 05-23-2016, 07:45 AM   #14
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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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Ditto on traveling with empty tanks. However (Hold your nose here...) the only exception that comes to mind is if you have solids in the commode. You might need for time and motion to allow the toilet treatment to do it's work (i.e. break things down so it does not clog when drained). Clogging is less of a problem with the Scamp compared to some other RVs due to the design with a short drain, but it can still happen. And you might want more gray and/or fresh water on board to rinse out the tank and hose. But I have arranged things so that I never have solids in the black water tank, and I always empty the tanks at the end of an outing. Even with solids, I think I would empty the tanks. Others will tow with the extra weight and be OK with it. A little water on top of the seal will block odors and help it last longer also (only about an ounce is needed) and some will argue that the tank itself should not be left dry (but it works for me).

I also carry a small jug of water to "manually flush" the commode and that way I can use it on the road. I might have a gallon or two in the black tank then and that works fine too.
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