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Old 07-07-2006, 04:02 PM   #1
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Hi,
Just got my Escape and it came with blackwater treatment fluid (from Thetford). As you probably know, this is a mix of methanol and formaldehyde; quite toxic! I have since seen powder treatment packets that work on an oxygenating/oxidizing principle. Mfg. claims several times more effective than the methanol/aldehyde systems and non-toxic too. To get both upsides seems too good to be true, but my real concern is that the oxidizing type may shorten the life of the blackwater valve seals (by oxidizing the seal material). Does anyone have experience with this? Any problems? Effectiveness comparisons?
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Old 07-08-2006, 12:51 AM   #2
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Congrats on your new escape!!!!

I use that powdered stuff in my porta potty. I have had it for 3 years and have no problems. The longest amount of time the pot stays empty, with no chems (or anything else in it) is about 3 mins when I dump and rinse.

Mine is obviously a much smaller scale than yours, but with effectively full time dosing, it seems to be safe.
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Kevin F,

We use Thetford Campa-Chem Natural Formaldehyde Free. It is a purple liquid and seems to work well. It contains BromoNitroPropaneDiol, whatever that is. I got it at Wal-Mart, I think. I see a lot of ads for Thetford Aqua-Kem and I may have used it in the past. I have some SupremeGreen and don't care for it much--tried it and didn't like it. Our smellers are not all the same and you will probably have to find something you can live with by trial and error.

As for toilet seals, I've read the chief enemy is harsh bathroom cleaners. The better black water tank chemicals have ingredients that protect valve seals, according to the ads.
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My toilet seal prefers a nice mixture of Mackerel and raw Squid. Give him some of that and he will balance a ball on his nose for you, then bounce it and clap.

Hmnnn... no one has cleaned my room.. guess I had better get to it.
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My toilet seal prefers a nice mixture of Mackerel and raw Squid. Give him some of that and he will balance a ball on his nose for you, then bounce it and clap.
Didn't think you had a toilet seal, Gina D. Congratulations.
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He has been well trained. He brings me food sometimes, but from the fridge..
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