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Old 06-22-2018, 02:30 PM   #1
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Black Tank Treatment - Which to use?

Our beautiful Escape 17B arrived a little over a month ago and we're almost ready to head out. The last thing to purchase is a treatment/deodorant for the black tank. I've read reviews on Amazon and am leaning towards the Unique RV Digest-It or Happy Campers. I don't want the perfume smelly stuff. I read a review for Happy Campers that it may be Zinc salt based and the person noticed the seals were drying out. That reviewer added some Dawn dish soap which remedied the dry seals. That concerns me as I don't want things drying up, but if Dawn works then I would do that. Any suggestions that you have learned dealing with treatments/deodorants would be appreciated. Thanks!
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We use ordorlos and friend of mine that full time in her Altos for the last two years or so uses Happy camper.. no problem what-so-ever
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Old 06-22-2018, 03:51 PM   #3
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I'm happy with Odorlos.
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Old 06-22-2018, 05:25 PM   #4
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Thank you Caddoster and gbaglo - I never checked out Odorlos. That sounds like a good one also. Nice to know too that someone used Happy Camper with no problems. Looks like I have a few options to pick from.
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I'm happy with Odorlos.
It's strange - that stuff is a solution of Ammonium nitrate.

http://apkgroup.com/msds/English/MSD...3-22-2017).pdf
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It's strange - that stuff is a solution of Ammonium nitrate.

http://apkgroup.com/msds/English/MSD...3-22-2017).pdf

Why is that strange? Have you looked up Dawn liquid? Borox? Etc.?
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+1 on Odorlos. I have granules not liquid and it works fine for us for the last 3 years. After I dump the black tank, I immediately put a measuring cup of Odorlos into the toilet and flush about 20 seconds of water into the black tank from the toilet. (Measuring cup is included with the Odorlos.)
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We swapped to Happy Camper a few years ago when nothing else seemed to work all the time. So far HC does, roughly 8 months of camping nights. I do like that it takes up very little room, the little tub lasts a long time.


Never tried Odorlos, if HC fails it's job we will.


No dried out seals, yet. I do occasionally lube them when the gates start to stick a little. Same with the handle rod.


On edit: We started putting 1/2 a spoonful in the gray tank when we noticed it stank.


Something else. The output pipe from the tanks to the valves hold a fair amount of liquid. If you dump in your treatment right while empty the treatment just goes down the pipe. When I was using a blue liquid treatment and a clear auxiliary elbow on the outlet, I noticed all my blue treatment came out before the crappy stuff. We now dump in a gallon of water before the treatment goes in. No idea how much the pipe in a 17 might hold.
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I've been using these, https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006GF5SK

drop one or two in the toilet and flush, after emptying the black tank and rinsing it out.

and, I rinse one or two of these down the kitchen sink to deodorize the grey tank...
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The only problem with the "blue paks" is that some parks won't let you dump if you're using them. Don't know if it's changed since it became a KOA, but Coastanoa, up the coast, specifically forbade dumping if you used any type of 'chemical' in your holding tanks. We've used Happy Camper in our trailer and our houseboat and liked it (marinas on Lake Shasta use Happy Camper); however, last year, we gave TankTechsRx a try. Didn't use it long enough to form an opinion so we may be going back to Happy Camper.

Check out: https://www.usautoauthority.com/best...nk-treatments/
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