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Grit dog

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Posted: 06/10/21 04:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

lane hog wrote:

Sheesh, all these people dumping bleach and chemicals in the tanks... you do realize that all has to go to a water treatment plant eventually, right?

I've never used chemicals. Straight water has always done the trick for us. Never had sewer flies but we never leave valves open, not even the grey.


Sheesh, what makes you think all the water goes into a sewer treatment plant, and if it does, what % do you think is actually from campers?
And what else do you think might be sent to sewer treatment plants?

Or in short, find something else to complain about that is actually an issue.

Oh, and OP leaves the black tank closed....according to him anyways, unless you know different.

And fwiw, we rarely used our truck camper, couple times a year, never left valves open, did get sewer flies on occasion, so, how is that explainable in your opinion?


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Let the black tank fill completely so the flies drown ?
Been camping for over 35 years and not heard of this phenomenon but certainly don't deny the claim.

Perhaps it's a good thing as an ecosystem is underway. Idk

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lane hog wrote:

Sheesh, all these people dumping bleach and chemicals in the tanks... you do realize that all has to go to a water treatment plant eventually, right?

I've never used chemicals. Straight water has always done the trick for us. Never had sewer flies but we never leave valves open, not even the grey.


Unless you're hooked to a septic tank. You do realize that every water treatment plant uses some form of chlorine during the treatment process and that you can't use enough bleach to effect the millions of gallons being processed?


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^Yup plenty of chemicals including chlorine introduced into the water in the fresh water and sewer treatment plants I’ve built.

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kellem wrote:

Let the black tank fill completely so the flies drown ?
Been camping for over 35 years and not heard of this phenomenon but certainly don't deny the claim.

Perhaps it's a good thing as an ecosystem is underway. Idk


The phenomenon is for real. The flies won't simply drown they will fly up into the vent pipe.
Sewer flies are a rare occurrence, but they do exist and may get into your tank if you leave valves open a come across and infested sewer pipe.
Think about it there are all kinds of critters that live in sewers, if you leave your valves open those critters have direct access to your tanks.


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