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WillieD

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Germania wrote:

I had a similar problem with my Fleetwood Fiesta.My rig was new so I had no prior owner to worry about.If you remove the hopper(not hard at all)it'll give you a much better idea of the problem your facing.
I always thought my soil pipe had a 90 in to the tank, upon removing the hopper I could see it was a 45 into the tank and I could clearly see into the tank.Mine was not a build up problem it was the fact that the hopper was not dropping enough water into pipe.I put a different model Thetford(Bravura)on ,that seemed to drop whatever was in the bowl much faster.End of my problems.
If yours is a buidup problem try filling tank with water and addCalgon(water softener)and leave it sit, the longer the better than take rig for a bumpy ride stopping and starting often

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Calgon suggestion worked for me once. I now use it occasionally in both gray and black tanks as a preventitive to future build ups.

removing the toilet sounds like "solid" advice. no pun intended


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I think that naturist might be right, may be it's a 90 going to the tank. What if I do both the ice cubes and then the Calgon? How long and how much of the Calgon should be used? Going in for a rotator cuff surgery in a few days so it will be sitting for a few months.
Thanks for the help.

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Posted: 02/21/12 09:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just this weekend I had this very same problem. Toilet starting backing up and I just assumed the black tank was full. I didn't understand how it got full because we were only camping three days and I was pretty sure it was empty when we started other than then few gallons of water I always leave in it. So I went to the dump station and dumped the black tank and looked back in the toilet and it was still backed up. I didn't know it was even possible to plug the toilet because I thought the pipe just dropped right into the tank.

I got a coat hanger and straightened it out and started sticking it down the pipe and even though it would go in more than three feet it would not clear the clog. We were done camping anyway and I drove the 100 miles home and the water was still backed up in the toilet. Wasn't even draining in the slightest. I used a toilet punger and that did clear it and caused it to drain.

After I got it to drain I could look down the pipe with a flashlight and could see it went down at an angle for what looked like about three feet. I could see toilet paper at the bottom of the pipe. I ran the garden hose through the window and had the wife turn it on full blast. I let the water run but it didn't appear to clear out any of the built up toilet paper. So that's where I left it for now. When I get a chance I'm going to get some type of a nozzle for the hose that I won't want to use again and stick it down there with some water pressure behind it and see if I can clear out more of the blockage. If that doesn't work maybe I'll try the ice trick, but it seems to me that if water full blast from the hose won't work that some ice sloshing around won't work either.


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After you get the pipe cleaned out, I would suggest you start using Angle Soft TP. It will dissolve much faster. Try it... put Scotts single ply in a jar with water and shake it a time or two then try it with Angle Soft. I couldn't believe the Angle Soft dissolved to much quicker that the single ply stuff that you have to triple and quadruple fold.


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After you get the tank cleaned out, you may want to consider the Geo Method for keeping your tanks clean.

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Sometimes I get a build up of TP that hangs up in the piping.
I clear this build up by using a 3" swim noodle that fits the drain pipe exactly. I insert it down the opening as far as it will go and it works every time.


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Ronald M wrote:

Sometimes I get a build up of TP that hangs up in the piping.
I clear this build up by using a 3" swim noodle that fits the drain pipe exactly. I insert it down the opening as far as it will go and it works every time.


Then does it go back in the pool with the kids?

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I've always used the RV TP that you get at Camping World or Wal-Mart. I guess it doesn't work completely as advertised. No big deal now that I know the potential problem. I'll just have to add a toilet plunger to the list of tools in the basement just in case it does it again.

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Tinstar wrote:

After you get the pipe cleaned out, I would suggest you start using Angle Soft TP. It will dissolve much faster. Try it... put Scotts single ply in a jar with water and shake it a time or two then try it with Angle Soft. I couldn't believe the Angle Soft dissolved to much quicker that the single ply stuff that you have to triple and quadruple fold.

Thanks, I'll try it out, don't really like the Scotts.

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You might need more water. The size of your pipes could be a problem and is probably going to be an expensive fix. Use more water, flush twice if you need to. I'm guessing you have the common standard in-line water regulator sold at most rv places. It's designed to regulate the water into your coach but often time it doesn't allow enough water into your toilet to fill it properly.

Try this when hooked to "shore" water. Put water in your fresh water holding tank. Turn your water pump on and see if it makes a difference in the toilet bowl with the amount of water through the pipes when you flush. The same concept when you want better pressure in the shower, turn the pump on with water in the tank.

Alot of posts and info on "Better" water regulators on the net. Check around.

Flush out black tanks with alot of fresh water, each time you dump. Ice was a waste of time for me. Calgon rinse was ok.

In any case, use more water to flush. See if it makes a difference.

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