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Dtaylor

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I was looking for the link to the toilet paper test that tested how rapidly paper dissolved. I did a search but did not see the one I am looking for


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Posted: 10/04/13 04:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Jar with a lid.
Water in the jar.
toilet paper in the jar.

Give it a couple of shakes and time it to see how long it takes to dissolve to a point that you are happy...

Repeat with other brands of TP.

OR...just don't worry about it too much..use what you have on hand at home and LOTS of water when you flush.


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I thought there was a thread here where someone had tested the various brands??? Been a while since I have seen it so I might be wrong

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Dtaylor wrote:

I was looking for the link to the toilet paper test that tested how rapidly paper dissolved. I did a search but did not see the one I am looking for


Just as well you didn't find it, toilet paper dissolve times mean absolutely nothing. It doesn't matter if it takes two seconds or two hours. I challenge anyone to show proof that the "toilet paper test" means anything in regards to holding tanks. It's pure bunk to think that a fast dissolving toilet paper does anything for you.

Same thing for the "we only use this brand because it's septic safe". All toilet paper is septic safe and biodegradable. One ply doesn't mean doodly either. I use what I use at home. If I could find 20-ply paper I would use that!

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Posted: 10/04/13 05:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Toilet paper test result article.........aste-systems">LINK

And here is a video........LINK


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Dtaylor wrote:

I thought there was a thread here where someone had tested the various brands??? Been a while since I have seen it so I might be wrong

No, I think your right. (Chuckle) I remember reading it also and in my mind an image of some guy stirring up glasses of toilet paper everyday and making copious notes. Which after reading article that led us to Not buy anymore of the "RV" toilet paper anymore. Just make sure what do get is "septic safe". That was maybe 10 years ago or more and we have not had any problems.
P.S. it was not the "rv" toilet paper that was the hassle, but remembering to bring it or buying it somewhere versus just bringing along what we use at house, made it so much more easier. Not including the conversation about "look honey, RV dealership, do we need toilet paper?"


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After looking at the various TP test times listed over the years, I've yet to see a regular everyday toilet paper that didn't breakdown faster than I can pull up my pants and run around to the dump valve. But then at 70, I have slowed down a little...


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I'm retired and never used RV paper. Just over the counter TP. Never have I had a problem. In my boat or RV. It is a holding tank not a septic system.

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Consumer's Union, publisher of Consumer's Reports, tested TP several years ago and found some significant differences in the speed of dissolving. I don't recall which brands were the fastest. All eventually dissolved.

But, our RVs have holding tanks, not septic tanks. We dump our holding tanks into sewer systems, and most (if not all, can handle the slowest dissolving paper. It's the fat and grease that give the systems problems.

We use the same stuff we use in our two stick houses, Charmin, and have never had a problem in over 20 years of RVing. (One of the stick houses has a septic system, but the tank had very little "ash" when last pumped. Ash is what the pump guy called the solid waste at the bottom of the tank.)


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Good lord, are we still obsessing over toilet paper?

For the swirl test to be even remotely valid, you have to take a wad of poop paper, prepare it in whatever configuration you normally use, wipe it across yourself, collecting as much detritus as possible, then with at least half a dozen witnesses present, drop it in a clear jar, cap it off and give it a swirl.

Only then will you truly know how it behaves in the holding tank. As long as what you are sending down there isn't bigger than the opening at the termination valve, it will sit in the holding tank, percolate real nice, and then flow out when you dump the tanks.





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