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sellstroms

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Last week we spent 6 days at a campground without sewer hookup. I decided to try two tips I had read on this forum and am happy to report success in both areas.
1. No toilet paper into the tank. We put all used toilet paper into a bag (which we threw out each night!!)
2. Poured used dishwater into the toilet each time I finished doing
the dishes.

The dumping process was quick and easy. Somehow the dumping chore has fallen to me, and I appreciate any tips that make it easier. Thanks to whoever posted those tips!!

Keep the ideas coming!!

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Hi,

Take a sheet of toilet paper and put it in a glass of water. Wait a day and see what is left.

Dumping dish water into the black tank is more about saving capacity in the grey water tank than increasing the effectiveness of the black water tank.


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Posted: 11/01/12 08:15am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can't see toilet paper taking up that much room in the tank.


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Well, I'm glad these ideas worked out for you but if I had to put used TP into a bag to get through a camping trip I would 1)Stay home 2)find another campground with sewer hookup 3) use campground toilets 4)shorten my trip. Other options may come to mind later. What about pump out services? I think sometimes things are taken to extremes. Camping should be enjoyed, not tolerated.

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pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

Take a sheet of toilet paper and put it in a glass of water. Wait a day and see what is left.

Dumping dish water into the black tank is more about saving capacity in the grey water tank than increasing the effectiveness of the black water tank.


2X. The paper won't make a big difference. The dishwater will help with cleaning your sensors but usually the grey tank is bigger than the black and if worse comes to worse you can let a little grey water out without any harm on the ground. Many cities use grey water to water lawns.


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Personally I see neither of those ideas as worth a hoot. The black tank is for holding humane waste. There are all sorts of enzymes in there that help break down the solid matter. Dumping dish water in there basically kills those good things. Using a septic safe toilet paper is all you need and it too goes down the toilet. Get yourself a blue boy, or what ever you call it in your area and carry it along with you on those times when there is no full Hookups. Most campgrounds will have some sort of teepee for dumping gray water. With correct use the black tank should last for nearly a week for two to three people.


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sellstroms wrote:

Last week we spent 6 days at a campground without sewer hookup. I decided to try two tips I had read on this forum and am happy to report success in both areas.
1. No toilet paper into the tank. We put all used toilet paper into a bag (which we threw out each night!!)
2. Poured used dishwater into the toilet each time I finished doing
the dishes.

The dumping process was quick and easy. Somehow the dumping chore has fallen to me, and I appreciate any tips that make it easier. Thanks to whoever posted those tips!!

Keep the ideas coming!!


Well....Item 2 I sometimes do if I need to save gray tank space, but no thanks on item 1!!!! I've never needed to save black tank space that bad.....

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jetboater454 wrote:

Can't see toilet paper taking up that much room in the tank.


Agree - yuck on not putting it in the tank - wow who even thought that one up


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Posted: 11/01/12 08:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree. DO put your tp paper IN the toilet. Just make sure since you do not have hookups that you buy the RV toilet paper. Not as nice to use but it DOES break down rapidly.

I am at a CG right now that does not have hookups. They come around once a week and pump your black tank. They insist that you let the gray water go into the ground. Ask your CG host. You might find out that they do allow you do dump gray out on ground.

.....goes IN the toilet!


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Posted: 11/01/12 08:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just as a FYI, COSTCO KIRKLAND toilet paper is fine for an RV toilet. It's a lot more affordable too!

Don't believe me? Take a few sheets, put it in a jar with some water and give it a few shakes and you'll see what I'm saying! Then try this with a Kleenex tissue then maybe some Quilted Northern or Scott Tissue. You'll get it!

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