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Old 12-07-2013, 07:43 AM   #1
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Lets Talk Black Tanks

I'm in the market for a 16' camper with a bathroom and know nothing about black waste tanks.
So what can you put in them and what can't you? For instance can you you use those cottonell wet wipes or will they clog every thing up and how bad? I'm sure I already know the answer but I need to her from all of you with way more knowledge and experience than me.
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I'm interested in what others might have to say about this - but my advice is to ONLY put things into your RV black tank that are intended for that purpose.

Reasons:
- Most residential toilets flush with a fairly large volume of water, RV toilets use minimum amounts.
- Residential septic systems use large diameter pipes with drop rates regulated by building codes. RV systems - both in your trailer and in the park, less so.
- Depending on your set-up and how frequently you give the system a good flush out, these things tend to sludge up anyway.
- Finally, when these systems do plug, cleaning out the backed up sewage can be a very nasty chore.

So, that's my $0.02
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Cheap toilet paper that will dissolve, deodorizer, a wash wand to help you rinse your tank, and I put ice in while towing after dumping to keep the inside clean. I would also recommend keeping a small garden hose dedicated for washout and disposable rubber gloves on hand. Grey and black tanks are fairly easy to manage and you will likely be a pro in no time.
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Depends on if you want to have operating tank sensors. If you do, then only rv approved toilet tissue that dissolves should be used. If you do not want to use sensors, then anything that will flow out of that sized pipe would work.
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:50 PM   #5
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The newly fashionable wet toilettes should not be put down any toilet - indoor or RV. They are too heavy and will clog.
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For instance can you you use those cottonell wet wipes or will they clog every thing up and how bad?
Increasingly clogged sewers attributed to popular ?flushable? wipes - Washington Post
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Sewage authorities generally recommend that people not flush products other than toilet paper.
I use those wipes, and have a trash can in the bathroom of the trailer to dispose of them.

BTW, Central and South American countries don't even put regular toilet paper in their toilets. Having a trash can next to the toilet is common there.
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Old 12-07-2013, 10:28 PM   #7
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A big no no to the cottonelle or any other wipes. Even the ones that state they are flushable. Oh...ahem....no tampons!

RV tp is expensive but something that breaks down fast is the best. We used Scott 1000. You can do the test to see if her brand breaks down. Put a section into a Tupperware / jar with some water. Shake it for 5-10 seconds. If it breaks into pieces you are good to go.

Anytime the pooper gets plugged up.....it's bad! Especially if you're the one that has to unclog it!
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A big no no to the cottonelle or any other wipes. Even the ones that state they are flushable. Oh...ahem....no tampons!

RV tp is expensive but something that breaks down fast is the best. We used Scott 1000. You can do the test to see if her brand breaks down. Put a section into a Tupperware / jar with some water. Shake it for 5-10 seconds. If it breaks into pieces you are good to go.

Anytime the pooper gets plugged up.....it's bad! Especially if you're the one that has to unclog it!

Thanks guys!!! That is what I thought.
I will try the Tupperware trick and see what happens.
And yes I am the one who will have to dig out the clog
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"Black Tanks": a crappy but important subject.

In my next trailer (whenever that comes to be), I would prefer a bathroom with shower but no black tank. Only a cassette toilet or porta potty. Since I don't have a good way to empty a black tank at my house, I can't use the toilet for the last day of travel back home. A cassette or porta can be easily emptied in my house toilet or any other toilet. Just a thought.
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Hi Mike,
It's your choice. I'm guessing Escape will build you one without a toilet and black tank. Your likely in a minority and your resale will be hurt you compared to the factory cost of install. Later may prove impossible after the factory build. I can't understand why you don't have dump stations in your area. Oklahoma is a big camping state. There is information out there that points them out.
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We like our soft toilet paper. That being the case we keep a small garbage can beside the toilet for all , ehmmm , products that do not come of of the body. We also use bio boosting additive after we flush the tank.
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Only Scott single ply in ours, even going with just that the darn sensors are wrong as often as not.
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"Black Tanks": a crappy but important subject.

In my next trailer (whenever that comes to be), I would prefer a bathroom with shower but no black tank. Only a cassette toilet or porta potty. Since I don't have a good way to empty a black tank at my house, I can't use the toilet for the last day of travel back home. A cassette or porta can be easily emptied in my house toilet or any other toilet. Just a thought.
Oh poo, just make a tote. Cheap and then you won't need to worry about dumping the black OR gray when needed
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Oh poo, just make a tote. Cheap and then you won't need to worry about dumping the black OR gray when needed
Or, you could hold it 'til you get home.
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