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- January 21, 2017 at 6:07 pm #43690
Toilet Chemical… what do you mostly use? We have lately used Eco-Save. We like scented, just because of the scent. The dry is just right for boon docking as it last so long, and it lubricates valves. A nice thing is it can freeze, shake it, works fine.
First saw it used at a campground dump station. A newbie had a sun damaged blue ‘stinky’ hose that broke, and lost it’s content all over the ground. It was a real hot dry day. The CG owner raked and shoveled any solids and flushed away in the bathouse.. He then put about an ounce or so of Eco-Save and some water in a spray bottle and spray covered the area. I watched the area that weekend and never a hint of odor or problem. I like it because it is not chemical based. They don’t even recommend it is used ntil there is waste in the tank. Doesn’t seem to be mass marketed, but available at a lot of campgrounds. Their web site list where its available in your state.
1 user thanked author for this post.January 21, 2017 at 10:15 pm #43707
I’ve used different brands but never tried the Ecosave yet but I did read about it a couple of years ago because one of our friends use it exclusivly 🙂 – http://www.eco-save.com/products-frame.html
Different people all have different ideas about how to set up and service their black tanks and some put a few gallons of water down in the beginning with the chemical to start everything working but not me. A lot of my friends simply dump the tank and then add some bleach or one of our camping friends simply uses dish soap and calls it good. Here’s a link to that method and it works fine also –
For me, the chemicals are easy and I like having them setting in the bathroom. I must say though that not all chemicals are the same and my method is old school in that I don’t add any water in the beginning. After we dump the tank and then start to use it again, for the first few flushes I just stand on the pedal for a few extra seconds until after a few flushes, I’ve maybe added a gallon to help combine with the urine. It doesn’t smell that first day and when I get up the next morning, I use the toilet and add a couple cap fulls of the Thetford Aqua-Kem – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006H92RY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=DVETVI1ZF5E8&coliid=I3GJFOCGHSSVHF
I did say “Cap fulls” because even though it comes in that nice small 6 pack, you flat out don’t need to use that much. Most of the time we are staying a week at a time in different places and I dump the tank when it gets half full if we are leaving anyway. Karen has the hose and nozzle inside for washing out the tank and I run the outside and hand her the hose through the bathroom window and she washes out the tank completely around once a month or so. Really, only a cap full is needed most of the time and I add it as needed from there. After a few days, I just watch the level or take a wiff, and if everything is running fine, I don’t add anymore. As we all know, different times are constantly changing and every now and again we get the odd week and I will add an extra cap full but that’s it. So the small little 8oz bottle sits in behind the tank with the window cleaner and other cleaning supplies and it lasts us along time. The little blue bottle just flat kicks it over most other brands. With others, some come with a measuring section – and a cap full of the Aqua-Kem is really such a small amount that you wouldn’t think that it’s going to be enough. I can’t count how many 6 packs I have used over the years but they last and last. One bottle goes in the bathroom and the rest go into my tool box 🙂
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I now use EcoSave exclusively. The small bottle of scented usually last me all season. I put about a capful of it, long with about a cupful or so of water at the start of a trip. It “splash blends” as we go down the road. Kind of lubes the bottom of the tank and wakes up the microbes. No formaldehyde, and would never put bleach in…I do carry a bottle of the dry, just in case I run out of the other. But I am lazy, and just splash the ‘about right’ amount in when needed.February 4, 2017 at 1:38 am #44464
Any thing that doesn’t stink?
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Happy Campers (no smell) Redux
Like all RV Products it’s pricey. Read through what the reviewers say about this product and their cautions.
Happy Campers Organic, Odorless RV Holding Tank Treatment
Don’t just mask odors, eliminate them!
Natural, environmentally friendly, biodegradable, no formaldehyde or harsh chemicals. Safe, clean, effective. Liquefies solid waste and most household tissue. Long term, proper usage reduces buildup of scum, sludge, scale and clogs, forestalling expensive professional tank cleaning.
Nine trace elements, two heavy elements make a highly concentrated mineral, micro-nutrient blend. Simply good bacteria overtaking bad; eliminate odor, accelerate natural waste decomposition. Works longer and in extreme climates, over 100Â°F.
The most task and cost effective product on the market today!
DIRECTIONS, Black/Gray Tank: Precharge tank with aprox. 1 gal. water, do not dump product into empty bowel or sink. SLOWLY sprinkle 1 full scoop over FULL bowl of water. Stir with toilet brush and IMMEDIATELY flush. Re-fill bowel & flush again (twice). Simply using more water will improve toilet & tank function.
Standard Dosage: 1 scoop per 40 gallons
Hot Weather: 2 scoops
Cassette & Potty: 2 scoops, increase water
Recirculating Toilet: 3 scoops, remove and clean filter …”
“… 5.0 out of 5 stars
ByNicNicon March 13, 2013
I’ve been using this product for 3 months of full timing. The temperatures have been relatively low and so odor is not typically an issue this time of year. I’ve not had any issues with odor since beginning to use this product, but the next 3 months will bring the hot weather and I’ll update this review if it becomes a problem. This product comes with a scoop. Directions call for 1 scoop per 30 gallons of tank capacity and state that product can be used in the grey and black tanks. I don’t flush any paper products into my black tank so I can’t speak to how well that paper is dissolved but I haven’t noticed that this product is any better or worse at dissolving solid waste than other products I’ve tried. I like the powder, it’s convenient to store and use. After I empty my black tank, I fill the toilet bowl with water, scoop in this product, swirl my toilet brush to dissolve all of the product and flush. My toilet brush stays nice and clean too. This is formaldehyde free which is required at a lot of campgrounds. I also think that this would be better for people who live in colder climates – this won’t freeze and burst a container in colder climates like a liquid tank treatment could. I’m sure this could sit around for years and be just fine.
Addendum: After 3 months of constant use (emptying black tank twice weekly) I’ve noticed that the seals are drying out. I remedied this by adding some dawn dish soap to the black water tank along with the happy camper powder and that seems to have resolved the issue. Prior to this I utilized a liquid black water treatment and it had lubricants added. This product is powder only and you’ll need to add something to protect your system from drying and cracking.
5.0 out of 5 stars
Works great, but…
BySki Pro 3on March 11, 2014
In order for any product to work, it must contact the ‘stuff’ it’s supposed to eliminate odor from. In this case, for an RV, it means driving around and mixing up the couple gallons in the tank with the treatment and again later as waste is added. By stirring via driving, the treatment will do it’s magic.
I suspect most who complain are parked for a period of time. They arrive, dump a scoop down the toilet, then wonder why the growing ‘t-pee’ smells. it doesn’t mask the odor, it eliminates the odor with direct contact with the waste.
BTW, as a tip for the gray water tank; drop one of those self dissolving dishwasher packets in the sink and run water over it. They don’t foam like regular soap and your gray water and tank won’t stink either.
Sloshing around in the tanks is required to make any of these treatments work properly…”
Thanks again Dave!
~ J and P
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