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Old 05-08-2021, 06:17 AM   #1
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maintenance of storing grey/black tanks for summer

I see a lot of info on winterizing your tanks but haven't seen what to do if it's sitting idle in the summer for weeks at a time.

I live in Arizona and it's getting hot. I have a Scamp 2015 16' deluxe with bathroom/shower that I bought 3 months ago.
I'm wondering if I leave any water in the fresh water tank and in the black water tank? I'm new to owning a trailer so all I know is the difference between the black and grey tanks.
Please give me a detailed step by step process for all the water holding tanks regarding if I leave water in them. I have happy camper for sanitizing. Thoughts on chlorine bleach for the fresh water tank?

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Old 05-08-2021, 11:00 AM   #2
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Fresh water tank is for washing and then it goes i to the grey holding tank.
The black holding tank is for the toilet flush.
Me, I drain the black tank i to the dump station then drain the grey tank into the black tank then i to the dump station. I drain the fresh water tank to the ground and B 4 the next camping trip, I sanitize it with a bleach mixture, flush fill, flush then fill. I do not fill it all the way up due to the weight. We use it to wash and not to drink. We buy bottled watter, freeze them then put in the fridge on the day of departure to help keep the fridge cold and use them to drink.

We put the toilet additive in the black tank. You can get allot of your camper stuff at Walmart at a better price than a camping store.
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Old 08-07-2021, 05:35 PM   #3
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Black water tank in Scsmp

How do you clean out the black tank? Does anyone take a hose and spray it in the toilet? I noticed stuff was sitting just below the toilet and a regular flush would not clean it out. I used my yard sprayer filled with a lemon vinegar diluted mix to spray into the toilet.
Someone mentioned putting grey water in the black tank but I don’t think that is possible with the SCAMP.
Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Old 08-07-2021, 06:52 PM   #4
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They sell a wand that you connect to a hose and flush the black tank. Check Walmart for one. Did you see where I backflush the grey water into the black tank?

https://www.amazon.com/Valterra-A01-...a-436784995661
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Old 08-07-2021, 07:38 PM   #5
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Yes saw that you put your grey water through your black tank. I put the grey water through the tube into the dump after I drain the black tank into the dump. I don’t know how to back flush the grey water into the black tank. I will check out the wand.sounds like a good idea.thanks.
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Old 08-11-2021, 07:24 AM   #6
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dump a bag or two of ice cubes in and go for a 2-5 mile ride, then add water to the tank and dump.

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Old 08-11-2021, 09:30 AM   #7
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dump a bag or two of ice cubes in and go for a 2-5 mile ride, then add water to the tank and dump.

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That doesn't work, as demonstrated in this video. See for yourself:
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Old 08-11-2021, 10:16 AM   #8
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I use "Odorlos" liquid blackwater tank treatment which works very well to liquify solid waste and prevent odors.
When emptying at the dumpstation I drain it, then flush the tank with fresh water .
This is done with a Jerry can and/or simply lift the handle to fill the bowl a couple of times.
When finished simply put a few quarts of water and add the treatment chemical to "recharge" the toilet.
This has kept our blackwater tank clean and odor free for 17 years.
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I stand (or sit) corrected, that’s what I get for passing information without verifying
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Old 08-12-2021, 09:54 AM   #10
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Thank you for your ideas. I think I can maintain my grey water tank now with confidence.
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