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Oasisbob wrote:

Friend you need to dump. Solids will become more so and really really hard to get out. So many reasons why


This is 100% incorrect, solids tend to break down the longer they sit in liquid, I have let mine sit for a month in the summer to help clean out. I actually added Rid-X to the contents, and some extra water. The secret is to make sure it is a least 1/2 if not 3/4 full.
When I did this I drained one quick flush with flusher, or bucket of water down the toilet, and my Black Tank sensor worked great!


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JaxDad wrote:

Atlee wrote:

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.


valhalla360 wrote:

Lots of paranoia here:.


No $h1t........ LOL.

I bought my C from the estate of a guy my father knew. It was parked in the driveway of his house, just south of Tampa. He had been sick and bed-ridden for most of a year before he passed. He had fallen ill while away in the C and drove it (for the last time) home and parked it. When I picked it up it still had all his dry & canned foods in it, kitchen supplies, etc, etc. The only things that had been taken out of it (everybody thought he’d be back on the mend in no time) were perishables and his dirty laundry, even his clean clothes were still in it.

When I checked it over before heading home I discovered the black tank was still 3/4 full ...... after almost a YEAR.

I the dumped the black, grey and water (after about an hours drive) at Lazy Days in Seffner, just east of Tampa.

The black tank was as clean as clean could be.

The sky is NOT falling............


Oasisbob wrote:

Friend you need to dump. Solids will become more so and really really hard to get out. So many reasons why


This is 100% incorrect, solids tend to break down the longer they sit in liquid, I have let mine sit for a month in the summer to help clean out. I actually added Rid-X to the contents, and some extra water. The secret is to make sure it is a least 1/2 if not 3/4 full.
When I did this I drained one quick flush with flusher, or bucket of water down the toilet, and my Black Tank sensor worked great!

I REPEAT The sky is NOT falling............

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I had a 100 gallon black tank and left it for months at a time! When I had to pull the tank to repair something else the walls of the tank were clean.

All the products for black tank are garbage, a waste of money or bad for the environment and septic systems. Some states are exploring banning it. A properly functioning system does not stink! Unless you go up on the roof and stick your nose in a vent.

http://www.trailerlife.com/uncategorized/new-law-would-ban-use-of-holding-tank-chemicals/

http://www.eplerwood.com/beta/images/Tomasso%20Grad%20Project_RV%20park%20sustainability_2010_XII.pdf

Bit of a disclaimer on this, If your product has dried or congealed, you will not be able to dump it right away, will need to get some water in there to rehydrate it. This can be done by simply using the tank and using extra water when flushing, so leaving more than 1/2 a tank might not be a good idea.

Don't take my word for this take some dried out doggy do and toss it in water to see what happens!

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