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Old 08-17-2016, 12:29 PM   #1
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Grey tank operations - best practices

We have a 2015 Escape 19. Upon emptying the grey tank, what is the best method for ensuring no subsequent buildup on the sensors or in the tank? We have been putting clean water in the tank together with dish soap and have had no problems. However this approach uses up tank capacity before you even start camping.

What are "best practices" that work for you?

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Old 08-17-2016, 12:35 PM   #2
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Odorloss is for black and grey tanks.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:07 PM   #3
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TankTechsRX | Totally Green, Totally Clean!

Visit TankTechsRx.com and spend some time reading the site and watching the videos. It is a "probiotic" (friendly bacteria) product and if the claims are true it may be all you will ever need. I intend to use this product when I get my trailer but I have no experience with it. At least you'll learn about what is going on inside those tanks.

Normal dish detergents like Dawn are high sudsing products so if you put it in your tanks and drive around they will create a lot of suds in the tank. The suds can stick to the top of the tank, won't dry out and grow mold.

Dishwasher detergents contain bleach and will kill the bacteria and mold but don't use them if you are spending money on a bacteriological product like TankTechsRX or Odorlos.
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Probiotic Microorganisms | Effective & Beneficial Microbial Solutions | Probiotics | Sustainable Community Developement | SCD Probiotics

Go to the FAQ site on the TankTechsRx site and look at the MSDS sheet. It is from SCD Probiotics in Kansas. Apparently the stuff is not only harmless but if you accidentally ingest some instead of dying you may end up feeling better
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I've tried many of the products you can get over the last 10 years, as well as the GEO method, and even driving around with ice cubes. Darn sensors don't seem to care what you use, if they are the cheap ones.

The only issue we've run into other then the sensors, is the grey can stink near as bad as the black. When we dump the tanks we put chemicals into both, with the grey getting a half of what goes in the black.

FWIW, we're currently using Happy Camper. https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Campers.../dp/B005XEFADU

Something to keep in mind. Depending on how your unit is plumbed, if you put the chemical in the tank right off, it goes down the dump pipe, and stays there.

One of the clear elbows lets you know when the tank is clean, kind of gross, but at least you can tell what's going on if used once in a while. That's how I noticed the chemicals were just sitting in the pipe.

Mine has a back wash, but they make them as with just the clear elbows.
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Old 08-18-2016, 04:35 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input!

Some great advice here. Thanks so much.
I am comfortable with how to manage the black tank - it is the grey tank that I find challenging. Currently I put dish soap into the empty tank, then a few sinkfulls of water. The idea being that it will slosh around and keep the sensors clean. And I believe it works. The problem is that this procedure fills 1/3 of the tank before we start camping.

Sometimes the grey water smells and putting a bacteria friendly product down the sink makes sense. But it seems to me, I should mix it with one sink full of water so that it is not concentrated in the dump pipe. But will this approach keep the sensors clear?

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The only thing I;ve heard of that actually works to keep the sensors working, is replace them with a type that works.

Of all the things I've read about folks trying, I'd say folks claim the the GEO method works the best. https://sites.google.com/site/cbruni/

I only tried it for a couple weeks and didn't notice it being any better or any worse then the rest, but it may well take longer then I tried to see any results. I gave up on it as I didn't want to carry the ingredients with us.
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:34 PM   #8
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Thanks Bob
I have not had any problem with my sensors. The method I have used till now is after draining the grey tank, adding dishwashing liquid plus 3 sinks of clean water. Besides the occasional smell, the downside is the grey tank is now 1/3 full. What I am looking for is a solution where my sensors continue to work and I have an almost empty tank to begin with.
It seems to be an elusive goal.

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Old 08-18-2016, 05:36 PM   #9
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I drain and rinse both the black and gray water tanks with some water when at the end of a trip.

If the trailer has been sitting (like no trips) for a while, it's possible the water has evaporated out of the "P" traps and sewer gases are coming into the trailer. Just dump a cup or so of water down the drains, that fills the P traps.

Use the water/tanks as usual.


Works for me.
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Dave, why don't you just hold off adding anything to the grey until you have something to put in it? like when you take a shower or some such.
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