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Old 09-01-2014, 12:16 AM   #1
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Black Tank Cleaning Tip for Newbies Like Me

Never had a trailer before. Got the starter kit to have all the useful starter things, including the wand to clean out the black tank. First time I used the wand, "water" sprayed up from the tank, up out of the toilet, up into the air, only stopping when it hit my face

Deciding I didn't want the black tank face wash again, I took an empty gallon jug of milk, cut out the bottom, inserted the black tank wand through the top of the milk jug and used a little tape to keep the jug in place. Creating a little umbrella to keep any back spray contained. Very low tech, but now I can have high pressure coming out of the wand, rotate it back/forth and up/down, give the tank a good rinse, and stay dry while I'm doing it.

This system has worked great. It's kind of silly, but I feel very satisfied when I give the black tank a good rinse.

Just putting up this post, in case any other newbies read it and can avoid the black tank face wash.
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Having had a facial myself, I'm going to try that next time.
The alternative is to just open the trap and shine a flashlight down to check the level, so you don't have to worry about clean sensors.
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Jamie, I would guess that very few use the wand when dumping tanks except once in a while. Anyone doing that every time?
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I've done it two or three times in six years.
Most times I'm dumping I'm at a sani-station and others wouldn't appreciate waiting for me to sanitize my tank, and there is no tap to connect the wand to in any event.
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Never had a trailer before. Got the starter kit to have all the useful starter things, including the wand to clean out the black tank. First time I used the wand, "water" sprayed up from the tank, up out of the toilet, up into the air, only stopping when it hit my face

Deciding I didn't want the black tank face wash again, I took an empty gallon jug of milk, cut out the bottom, inserted the black tank wand through the top of the milk jug and used a little tape to keep the jug in place. Creating a little umbrella to keep any back spray contained. Very low tech, but now I can have high pressure coming out of the wand, rotate it back/forth and up/down, give the tank a good rinse, and stay dry while I'm doing it.

This system has worked great. It's kind of silly, but I feel very satisfied when I give the black tank a good rinse.

Just putting up this post, in case any other newbies read it and can avoid the black tank face wash.
Good Stuff Jamie,

I think you should patent your device

When we brought our trailer home, I tested all things including the wand. I tried it first just connected to the water hose... Whoa, I think I blasted a couple of branches off a nearby Douglas Fir tree. Maybe whacked a bird or two

Then, because the tanks hadn't been used yet, inserted it into the black tank & tried the same... Double Whoa... Are you kidding me

Here is what I do... the 5.0 TA has a 30 gal. Black tank, so I make sure that there is a least 15 gal. of fluid in the tank before dumping. We always flush one bowl full of fresh water (approx. 2 litres or 1/2 US gal) after the normal bowel waste flush. Keep in mind, that a 30 gal. tank allows for 60 full bowl flushes before reaching capacity. That allows for a lot of "wiggle" room even with the best of "Montezuma's Revenge"

Then after flushing and prepared for travelling, we dump 10 bowl fulls (20 litres or 5 US gals) of fresh water c/w a couple of "glugs" of chemical into the tank. We find that the travelling rinses the tank nicely & provides a base for the next use... even if one has to use the "toytie" on the road No smells either

But again Jamie, thank you, because I will use your "design" when I winterize the Black tank using the "explosive" wand

HAVE A GREAT DAY...
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Well, if we're going to go there..
Before I use the facility, I add maybe a cup of water to the bowl and then I lay down some TP.
Helps prevent skid marks.
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This is a great thread for newbies. We pick up Sept 30. I know I would be trying everything in the first few days so this has saved me from the black tank facial. I can't thank you enough.
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