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Old 06-03-2018, 06:03 AM   #1
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Black tank cleaner(s)

I am sure that hundreds of black tank cleaning drop packets exist for caring for the black tank.......


Is there a brand that has been found to be better than average......... not cheapest nor most expensive? Thanks in advance..Eric
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Old 06-03-2018, 06:47 AM   #2
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There were a couple of threads last season about black tank "packets".... Complaints about them not dissolving and the "gooey plastic covering" causing problems with dumping were mentioned. While "packets" may be convenient, if you experience the issues they caused some people last year, you might wish for a "bulk product" that doesn't have a partially dissolving bag around it.

As for which product is best? That's really a matter of how it's used. If you dump frequently, a deodorant is a good choice and no need to include digesters or emulsifiers since the waste isn't in the tank long enough for those to work. If you don't dump frequently, then you'll want a different type product that will help break down the solids to help prevent them from adhering to the bottom of the tank, causing problems when you do dump.

Many campgrounds prohibit using anything containing formaldehyde. If you have a septic tank where you dump, I'd suggest avoiding it there. Many people who are environmentally friendly would urge you not to use formaldehyde.
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Old 06-03-2018, 06:48 AM   #3
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In our past TT and now with our Cougar 5er, we have always used the "Geo Method".
Never had a problem with odor, clogs, or sensors not reading correctly. Basically we mix a cup of powdered laundry soap and a cup of powdered water softener (no bleach for us) in a 2 qt pitcher. After dumping we pour this mixture down the toilet and add a couple gallons of water. The soap cleans and deodorizes while the softener coats the sides of the tank to minimize any solids and paper from sticking to the sides and sensor.
Here's the best test to see if what ever method you use is working: Turn off the water to the toilet. Turn on the overhead fan. Close the door. Open the toilet flush and wait for the fan to pull any odors up through the open toilet. No odors, All Good! If it's stinky then it's not clean
Also, just as important as any treatment, is filling the tank with water to ensure a thorough "flush" when dumping. We do this flush a couple of times each dump to be sure the black tank is as clean as possible.
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Old 06-03-2018, 04:33 PM   #4
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I found a "natural" black tank neutralizer/ deodorizer online by the name of "Happy Camper". I've been using it for three years now, and like the way it works. It has NO perfume or smell of any kind - it just keeps the tank odor free. (If you use it correctly, and don't let your tank get 9/10's full at 95 degree heat). lol
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I found a "natural" black tank neutralizer/ deodorizer online by the name of "Happy Camper". I've been using it for three years now, and like the way it works. It has NO perfume or smell of any kind - it just keeps the tank odor free. (If you use it correctly, and don't let your tank get 9/10's full at 95 degree heat). lol
Happy Camper was recommended by many on a different forum. I started using it last year and have been extremely pleased. Also have used the Geo method and had good results. I guess Happy Camper just simpler than getting the Geo ingredients. Lol. Have always used lots and lots of water too.
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Old 06-03-2018, 04:53 PM   #6
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Happy Camper was recommended by many on a different forum. I started using it last year and have been extremely pleased. Also have used the Geo method and had good results. I guess Happy Camper just simpler than getting the Geo ingredients. Lol. Have always used lots and lots of water too.
Rinse thoroughly, add a couple gallons of water & a good squirt of Dawn soap. As mentioned most black tank chemicals are for odor control far more than to emulsify solids.
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Old 06-03-2018, 04:55 PM   #7
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If you do use the packets, make sure you fill the bowl partially, drop in the packet, let dissolve and flush.
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Rinse thoroughly, add a couple gallons of water & a good squirt of Dawn soap. As mentioned most black tank chemicals are for odor control far more than to emulsify solids.
Well a good squirt of Dawn soap about as simple as you can get. Will have to give that a try. I like simple and easy.
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Old 06-03-2018, 05:33 PM   #9
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I have always heard dishwasher powder/soap works good. That's what I use.
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