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Posted: 10/03/20 06:33am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Veebyes wrote:

Add at least a few gallons after emptying & let her slosh going down the road for a few days. Repeat. The more water to slosh the better.


I think that a 10% fill will "slosh" around much better than a 90% one. a full tank won't do much sloshiing.

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I think what you put in your black matters more than how much you have in there while going down the road. Sure you don't want to be 3/4 full, but at the same time, a one night stay with no dump and "normal" toilet usage shouldn't make your tanks terribly full. What you have to guesstimate about is how much you are putting in the tank relative to your usage of it.

What you want is a good bacteria & enzymatic treatment for your black tank. Ideally you need to view your black tank like a septic tank that doesn't have a drain field. Various bacteria and microbes are in their element consuming, breaking down, and "simplifying" human waste. This is their job and they are employed at a commercial level in city sewage treatment plans on a much larger scale to take what is basically toxic waste and make it much less toxic. You also have to consider if your tank is filled with aerobic or anaerobic bacteria. Aerobic bacteria naturally give off foul odors as they break down waste. To reduce odors you need more anaerobic bacteria, which do not give off odors as they break down waste, to overpower and replace the aerobic bacteria. Ever wonder where farts come from, well that is aerobic bacteria at work. Anyway, your treatment should be filling your tank with the anaerobic bacteria and enzymes which do their job while you are parked or while you are on the road.

Anyway, if you use a bacteria & enzymatic tank treatment, the contents of your black tank, with sufficient water placed there during flushes, and a reasonable tank temperature, should control odors and break down solid wastes and toilet paper into liquid. So, when you do get someplace you are staying long enough to hook up your sewer tube, what you are dumping is basically all liquid anyway. You'll get more complete tank dumps and will have less issues with tank sensors.

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In my 51 years of RVing I have never heard of a tank falling off of a motorhome.


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bsinmich wrote:

In my 51 years of RVing I have never heard of a tank falling off of a motorhome.


I believe that there have been some mentions of folks here who had tanks fall. not a common occurrence however.
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