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 > The great toilet tissue debate is SOLVED!

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Posted: 05/13/07 08:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Everyone always asks which tissue to use in their RV and WE have come up with the answer!

Our 9 year old daughter had to do a science project for school for the 4th grade science fair. We decided to do the "toilet paper test!" The teacher thought it was rather amusing, but for all of us, we know it's a serious issue!

We decided to perform the test at the Spring Wisconsin Rally this weekend, and went around to all our friendly rally attendees and asked them for two squares of tissue, along with the brand name.

To perform the test, we placed two squares of tissue in a canning jar with one cup of water and shook it for 15 seconds. We ended up testing six different types of tissue and here are the official "scientific" results:

Campa Chem: broke down quickly and easily. Only small bits of tissue left.

Georgia Pacific: Had to shake twice, for a total of 30 seconds. This brand took longer to break down and then had very small bits of tissue left.

Charmin: After 15 seconds, did not break down at all! Shook an additional 15 seconds and still nothing. After 45 seconds, there were large pieces of tissue, so it was finally starting to break down. At 60 seconds, there was little change from 45 seconds. At 75 seconds, the tissue continued to break down, but was still very large pieces of tissue.

Scott: Very quick to dissolve and very small bits of tissue.

Valterra: Very quick to dissolve and very small bits of tissue.

Results: Scott and Valterra were the clear WINNERS! They broke down to very small bits of tissue that with the aid of chemicals, we have no doubt they'd completely dissolve in a very short time.

If anyone out there is using Charmin, according to our test, you're just asking for trouble! We were absolutely SHOCKED that it didn't even begin to break down after even 30 seconds of shaking!

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Great science project.
The Charmin ultra is likely what you got from the RV'er. It is tougher, no popping a finger through it [emoticon]


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Not to be nosy or anything but just how quickly after doing your business do you dump your black tank? [emoticon]

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Posted: 05/13/07 08:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Now that is a NEAT topic for a science project! And very informative for us here. Like they say, "You won't know the results till ya try it"!
Thanks for the info!


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Two comments on the issue:

Scot came out with an RV toilet paper. Of course it was priced at apx 3 times the grocery store version. The funny part was the RV paper took twice as long to dissolve as the store brand.

And the great debate is not brand; but do you put the roll on the spindle to roll over or under. I'm an over man...LOL


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LOL!!!! We usually dump our black tank when it's full -- it's a 40 gallon tank, and with three growing kids, we can only make it through a three day weekend before needing to dump . . .

Once we dump, we add a couple-five gallons of water or so and chemicals. We use a clear connector on our dump valve and I can honestly say that our tank is about 85% liquid . . .

Probably a bit more information than you thought you'd get, but it IS an important issue to all us RVers.

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We use Angel Soft and I'll do a test in the morning. So far I don't think we have a problem, I haven't had a chance to slither down in the tank lately. Y'all have a good'un, Now!!! Ozzie


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Posted: 05/13/07 09:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mike4947 wrote:

And the great debate is not brand; but do you put the roll on the spindle to roll over or under. I'm an over man...LOL

Over for us too..if you roll under, it makes it easier for the bugs to climb up on it.


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Was the Scott tissue the single ply or the double ply? Were all the brands of tissue the same amount of plys? Thanks for the information. Ernie


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Also, makes those of us who have septic tanks at our regular homes go......"hhhhmmmm"

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