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Old 07-27-2022, 11:47 AM   #1
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I need to treat my buddies RV holding tank, does home septic tank packs work?
Or is the rv stuff better?
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Old 07-27-2022, 12:37 PM   #2
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I would think you would want to use the blue liquid that is made for an RV black water holding tank.

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Old 07-27-2022, 12:46 PM   #3
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I used several and still had the raunchy smell occasionally even after using the built in tank sprayers. I used the blue liquid mentioned above and my smells are gone.
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Old 07-27-2022, 12:47 PM   #4
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Here is what I started with
Unique RV Digest - https://uniquecampingmarine.com/page...QaAm98EALw_wcB

You need to let the tank be as full as you can with water and let it sit, the longer is sits the better... I let is sit at least 24hrs then dump

Then I move to this...

Happy Camper for regular use - keeps the smell down

https://www.happycampers.store/

I put it in a 5gal bucket. Its good for either the black or gray tank.

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Old 07-27-2022, 12:48 PM   #5
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I need to treat my buddies RV holding tank, does home septic tank packs work?
Or is the rv stuff better?

Do a search on YouTube and there is a guy with a method of borax and dawn dishsoap mixture that works. The reviews and comments are very good.


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Old 07-27-2022, 12:57 PM   #6
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Do a search on YouTube and there is a guy with a method of borax and dawn dishsoap mixture that works. The reviews and comments are very good.


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I use the bio-geo method several times a year when I will be in full hookups so I can drain when I get there. Works great. We have used the blue Thetford packets with no problems.




I recently read about and bought some of the Unique product to give a try. It is supposed to break down solids very well.
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Old 07-27-2022, 03:53 PM   #7
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I have used Happy Camper for several years. My dad has been using it for 12 years and never an issue or clog. They spend about 4 months a year in their trailer.
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Old 07-27-2022, 04:06 PM   #8
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Old 07-27-2022, 04:59 PM   #9
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Here is what I started with
Unique RV Digest - https://uniquecampingmarine.com/page...QaAm98EALw_wcB

You need to let the tank be as full as you can with water and let it sit, the longer is sits the better... I let is sit at least 24hrs then dump

Then I move to this...

Happy Camper for regular use - keeps the smell down

https://www.happycampers.store/

I put it in a 5gal bucket. Its good for either the black or gray tank.
Never used the Happy Camper stuff, but I can vouch for Unique. Works as advertised.
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Old 07-27-2022, 05:01 PM   #10
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Old 07-27-2022, 07:21 PM   #11
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Been full timing in an RV for a year now with my wife and daughter. I typically dump the black tank once a week, and do the black tank flush as well. We have been using Happy Camper the entire time and haven’t had an issue with any smells.
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Old 07-27-2022, 08:13 PM   #12
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I’ve heard you can put a couple gallons of water and several bags of ice in it when on your way home after dumping. The ice sharp edges are supposed to cut loose what ever is stuck to your tank.
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Old 07-27-2022, 08:32 PM   #13
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I tried a bunch of them and Campers Friend is the best.

That judgement is based on smell and flushing black tank through a clear fitting and watching how many solids are still solid
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Old 07-27-2022, 09:15 PM   #14
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Iíve heard you can put a couple gallons of water and several bags of ice in it when on your way home after dumping. The ice sharp edges are supposed to cut loose what ever is stuck to your tank.
Do this and we also add 1/2 cup of dish soap and about 1/2 cup of liquid fabric softener, it will clean your probs and will make it easier to dump tanks. It will flow better.
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Old 07-28-2022, 05:28 AM   #15
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I tried a bunch of them and Campers Friend is the best.

That judgement is based on smell and flushing black tank through a clear fitting and watching how many solids are still solid

Meant Happy Camper
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Old 07-28-2022, 07:09 AM   #16
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My wife and I recently started using Calgon water softener and regular blue dawn dish soap. So far, it seems to have knocked the smell right out.
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Old 07-28-2022, 07:47 AM   #17
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Similar to above if it needs to soak and clean with the borax and dawn. Then the calgon water softener and downy fabric softener. I also use a wand that I made for cleaning the black tank. It shoots straight down and to the side. I want to know everything is out!lol Also keeps the sensors clean and tilting it back and forth gets the underside of the tank rinsed off.
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Old 07-28-2022, 08:12 AM   #18
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Old 07-28-2022, 02:06 PM   #19
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agree with happy camper. I often leave my tank a couple weeks at a time, even in this 100+ heat and its fine
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