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Spearfisherman71

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Posted: 07/05/17 07:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

After over 10 years of camping and fighting holding tank odors, and trying many different methods and products, I finally found something that actually does what it says. Happy Camper holding tank treatment. My grey water smell wheat from horrible, make you want to puke bad, to absolutely no smell whatsoever in one treatment. Black water wasn't quite as bad but it is pretty close to odor free also.

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Best stuff out there!


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I have to agree, Happy Camper is a very good product, but the source of the bad smells from your tanks may be a result of insufficient flushing, as there may still be debris residing in the tanks not getting flushed out. Technically if the tanks are flushed thoroughly, no waste tank product should be required, although at a minimum it is not a bad idea to put some dish or laundry detergent in the tanks from time to time. What I have found with Happy Camper that separates it from the other similar products we used, is it does an excellent job of breaking up the solids into smaller bits, more easily flushed out and it is inexpensive.


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Tried them all and this is what I found to be even better than Happy Camper. And IMHO the 'only' one that actually works.

And it worked even in the incredible heat of a Florida summer where I had no hookups and full black tank between dumping.

Note the words 'powerful odor control' on the label.

There are two different types of this holding tank chems on the same shelf by the same company.

The one that states on the label.
"powerful odor control" and "breaks down waste" is the ONE to buy.

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As far as your gray tank no need to use black tank treatment. Just pour a quart of any lemon cleaner into tank every other dump or so.


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but the source of the bad smells from your tanks may be a result of insufficient flushing, as there may still be debris residing in the tanks not getting flushed out. Technically if the tanks are flushed thoroughly, no waste tank product should be required,


Not so.

If you are at a place where there is no hookups and you wait till tank is full to break camp to dump there IS and can be smells from the contents in the holding tank. Add high heat weather conditions and you will have odors every time you flush.

There is NO p-trap in an RV toilet. When you flush and that blade opens it is a direct shot to the black tank. If you have a full tank, and it's blazing hot outside every time you flush the odor does come into your RV, IF you have not used a black tank odor control treatment.

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I'm with rockhill. We have been in 90 deg heat for 8 days now, still no problems with smell when flushing and vent fan Is on.
I will dump tomorrow before moving 80 miles to next location. Good old "blue stuff".

I tried 2 bottles of happy camper in my 5er that sits on perminant site (which took 2 seasons to use). It failed in heat of summer Was also worried about that white crust coming out of tanks


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Rockhill.. when you dump your tank and you smell an odor inside your rv....can you determine exactly where the odor is coming from? Not being facetious here, but it sounds like you may have a bad seal, gasket or maybe even a vent that's not working properly. Is it leaking odors from the base of the toilet, connections to the stinky slinky, drain valves.....??

Being connected to the sewer with your stinky slinky....the sewer odor may come back up the hose and into your tank....but from there (since the toilet has seals and gaskets), the odor should then go on up the vent. If, by chance, you have your fan reversed so that it is sucking air into the rv, you will definitely suck in the odors along with it. If your fan is blowing out, it can suck up odors from outside where the odors may be leaking from bad connection. Best to have the fans off when dumping.

With a normally operating system, you should not get any odors from your tanks.

A word to the wise, when traveling... dump your tanks (black and gray) and then put about 5 gallons of clean water back into them. Add to that water one cup of detergent (I use liquid Oxy-Clean...others use Dawn...or..?) and drive to your next destination. The sloshing of the soapy water will loosen and remove and residual stuff that may be hanging around inside your tanks. At the destination, dump your tanks and put fresh water back in them and use as you normally would. Repeat this procedure every time you travel. If the toilet is sealed as designed, odors will not penetrate into the rv and as an added benefit, your tank sensor will work as designed.

Another source of odors in the rv may be due to a faulty Air Admittance Valve (AAV) that is located on your sink drains (sometimes on the shower drain too). This small device can get stuck open and then allow gray tank odors to escape into the rv. They are easily replaced if needed.

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rockhillmanor wrote:

Tried them all and this is what I found to be even better than Happy Camper. And IMHO the 'only' one that actually works.

And it worked even in the incredible heat of a Florida summer where I had no hookups and full black tank between dumping.

Note the words 'powerful odor control' on the label.

There are two different types of this holding tank chems on the same shelf by the same company.

The one that states on the label.
"powerful odor control" and "breaks down waste" is the ONE to buy.


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As far as your gray tank no need to use black tank treatment. Just pour a quart of any lemon cleaner into tank every other dump or so.

That's the stuff my cousin used in his brand new rv this weekend. First trip and when he dumped both tanks smelled horrible. It was hot and we camped for 4 days.

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you can flush your tanks all you want but you'll never get everything out, especially all the oils in the grey tank. I've tried flushing for 45 minutes or more, tried the calgon and dish soap, even tried an overnight bleach soak. Nothing seemed to work until I tried happy Camper. Granted it's only been two trips so far. Also I walked in my grandfathers rv this weekend and the smell in the camper was horrible. I asked what happened and they said it come out the toilet when they flushed. The had camped for two days prior. I dumped their tank and put the happy camper in and literally a couple hours later they hand no more Oder. **** I'm starting to sound like I sell this stuff. Really though just trying to help a brother out. I wish Someone had recommended it to me sooner. It's not sold around my area so I had never heard of it until I went picked up my tc in Oregon. That's what the manufacturer recommended.

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Have tried a lot of them in past 7 years including Campa Chem. Never impressed. Heard good things about Happy camper but I really like Pure power blue. I buy it from camping world. Works great so far. Been using in TC and FW. Clean and green.

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