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stargirl96

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Posted: 10/14/19 04:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a perpetual problem of black water tank indicator showing it's full even after emptying tanks. From what I've read, I think sensors may not be working properly for a variety of reasons. Just purchased a small container of Starbrite toilet treatment to help with odors and keep drain valves from sticking. Any one ever use this product, and does it have to be put in just before using RV? Right now my Jayco is sitting in our driveway and we may not be able to use it for one or two weeks.

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Put 5 gals of water in the tank and add any take treatment you whish, Follow the direction on the package.


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Posted: 10/14/19 04:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We put a couple cups of dish sop in holding tank along with Thetford Campa-Chem.
I believe the dish soap does more then toilet chemical.


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enblethen wrote:

We put a couple cups of dish sop in holding tank along with Thetford Campa-Chem.
I believe the dish soap does more then toilet chemical.


This and you should make sure there is plenty of water in the tank, drive around awhile to agitate the solution. Let let it set for the entire time you’re NOT using the RV.


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I put SeeLeval gauge system on the tanks of our mhs. and don't worry about rinsing/cleaning the tanks.

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Fill three quarters full with water, drive around, dump. Repeat. You’ll be fine.


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All you need to do is empty the tank, flush it the best you can. Then add about 10 gallons of water, enough to cover the bottom of the tank, add a half cup of Dawn Dishwashing liquid down the toilet and go for a 10 mile drive. When you get back, empty the tank.

Now... do this every time you leave a campsite, and 1) your tanks will never smell, 2) your tanks will always be clean, 3) your sensors will work better. No need to change them. 4) Dawn is a lot cheaper than RV black tank deodorizers and cleaners. Actually, you can use them, that's ok if you want. The real cleaning is the agitating of the water in the tank when on the road. It cleans off anything caught or dried on the sensors. It's really just that simple. I don't know why folks don't want to do this. Just dumping a chemical into the tank and it sits there won't clean off those sensors at all. On the other hand, more "gunk" will just stick to them. Water, go for a drive, let the water pulverize the inside of the tank, and dump immediately. All good stuff!

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Posted: 10/15/19 03:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never let your tanks sit empty, and most chemicals are snake oil that cover up odors only.

We do 5 gallons of water after dumping (Home Depot bucket x 1 or my wife's mop bucket x 2), and the sloshing action while driving is enough to prevent buildup anywhere.



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Us seasonals don't move ours. The chemicals are not snake oil. They have been working for many many years. (50) that I know of. I use the orange Camco packs form WM. (think Tide pods) Sensors do and will fail. You will learn when the tank is full. The toilet will Burp back at you when flushing. I just Drain the same day every week with no problems in 4 years. We can go 10 days if need be. You will also be able to see down the toilet if it is straight over the tank. 5 gals of water and a chem treatment after you drain and a full bowl of water when you flush the poop.

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Depends on the sensors you have for the tank. If they are in tank contacts anytime solids or paper hangs up on them they will show the tank is full. You can use every magic elixir, snake oil, spray accessory know to man and the monitor will work until something hangs up on the sensor again. Which usually does not take very long.

To save some long term aggravation, turn off the pump, push flush lever and look in toilet with flashlight, what you should see is black water tank level. Flashlight held up to fresh water tank will also show level.

If you have external sensors, usually a strip of what looks like foil, then you have another problem. If you wish to add external sensors look up Seelevel tank monitors.

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