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PU.......lol


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Poop in your tank for an extended period in Miami, is that ok? You are kidding, correct?


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Posted: 01/17/19 06:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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well if you wan to pay to have someone replace a tank that is hard as nails go ahead

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That's gunna stink...........


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Before we full timed I did it once, tank was 1/2 to 3/4 full, put a 1/4 box of Rid-X in with some warm water. When I dumped and ran one flush cycle the next trip, the tank sensors work perfectly!!


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Don't do it.

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Posted: 01/18/19 05:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does your storage facility have a dump station? Mine does, and it can come in handy. Maybe look for a storage place that does. Or - bring it home and use your sewer clean out.

But no way would I leave it for 2 months.


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To the OP

No. Never leave it for that long. As mentioned, it will dry out, become a hard mess and you'll have a dickens of a time trying to get that stuff out.

I like to dump after every trip, but sometimes, after a weekend and there is no good place to dump, and I know I'm going out the following weekend I will let it "stew" for a week.

At the end of the season, when I know we are not going out anymore, I will pay at the campground near us to dump. There, I can use their non potable water spigot to flush the black tank.

In cases where I'm not paying for a service, I will not use the black flush if anyone is in line to use the dump station.

But to repeat, don't let a half full black tank, or for that matter, any stuff in a black tank sit for as long as you are suggesting.

Except when I've winterized I will always put a couple of gallons of water in the black water tank. When I've winterized, I will put some anti-freeze in the black tank.


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Lots of paranoia here:
- Odor...not significantly different than 2-3 days holding...as long as your vent is clear no reason to expect a build up of odors.
- Solids...1/2 to 3/4 full should be fine, the solids will actually break down naturally (that's how a septic tank works) and there is enough water that it's not going to dry out.

Where you could run into trouble is if it's only got an inch or two of water in the bottom and it evaporates over a few weeks leaving the solids cemented to the bottom but as long as it's not all the time, it shouldn't be a big deal.


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