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Old 08-20-2019, 06:38 PM   #1
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Dear Guys:


Haven't been here awhile. Busy working with the USDA and my husband in the oil field of Eastern Montana. Camping here is sometimes hard to come by as everything is reserved or many miles away. Greg is planning on going done to Medora, Teddy Roosevelt South Unit to secure a campsite for the weekend so he can take pictures of horses.


My question is about borax and how much to put into the black tank. Anyone who knows please let me know.



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Old 08-20-2019, 06:56 PM   #2
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Kinda curious, why put borax in a holding tank? Never heard of that in 30 years with 4 different trailers.
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Some think Borax isn't a chemical and therefore superior to "chemical" black tank products.
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Borax, aka Sodium tetraborate decahydrate, or Na2[B4O5(OH)4]·8H2O


Just looked it up.
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Some suggest mixing other common household cleaners to clean a black tank - ammonia and bleach for instance ( toss in some Borax for good measure ).
The bleach decomposes to formhydrochloric acid, which reacts with ammonia to form toxic chloramine fumes. If ammonia is present in excess (which it may or may not be, depending on your mixture), toxic and potentially explosive liquid hydrazine may be formed.
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What is the effect of Borax on a septic system?
You should make sure whatever "chemicals" you use are septic system safe to not kill off the necessary "bugs" that break down the waste.
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Some suggest mixing other common household cleaners to clean a black tank - ammonia and bleach for instance ( toss in some Borax for good measure ).
The bleach decomposes to formhydrochloric acid, which reacts with ammonia to form toxic chloramine fumes. If ammonia is present in excess (which it may or may not be, depending on your mixture), toxic and potentially explosive liquid hydrazine may be formed.
Hydrazine is rocket fuel, right?

That should be the last thing to mess with inside a camper, I would think.
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If you don't mind (no offense if you do), what town are you near? I haven't checked out eastern Montana since the oil boom really hit (or crashed), but I'm familiar with some of the towns out there. My coworker here has a really nice house which is almost completely paid off, at 32 years old, because her husband went out there to work for a couple years in his mid twenties.

Anyway. Maybe stay away from the borax
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Sorry but Borax is great stuff. It's relatively mild, cleans and whitens wonderfully and is useful for about a zillion things. Unfortunately, I just don't know whether or not safely cleaning an RV water tank is one of them.

Still, it's a great household product to have on hand.
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I have heard of borax, but have never seen it in a home, at least one I have lived in.
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I have heard of borax, but have never seen it in a home, at least one I have lived in.

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Maybe you can use the "20 Mule Team" for pulling your trailer if you can't use the Borax...
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Maybe you can use the "20 Mule Team" for pulling your trailer if you can't use the Borax...
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How often do you do the laundry? tu
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Almost never, and the dear wife uses a good liquid laundry soap.

I did search borax and found some online.
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