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Old 06-11-2014, 11:05 AM   #1
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Black tank rinsing

Being new to holding tanks and dumping, how often should one rinse the tanks after dumping and how? I see there are several methods for rinsing from wands, to flush kings, to permanently installed rinsers like the camco tornado. What is your preferred method of rinising and how often do you rinse? Given the odd shape of the 19 gal black tank how effective would a permanently installed rinser be?

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Old 06-11-2014, 11:46 AM   #2
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It does get a little "aromatic" if not rinsed occasionally. I rinse it out at the end of every trip. After a year, we decided to fill it with hot bleach water and let it stand for awhile then drain. Happy campers now!

I'm sure others will post who have much more expertise on this subject.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:24 PM   #3
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I've rinsed my black tank, using the wand, maybe three times in six years. Usually done only because the sensors are giving a bad reading.
I add some tank deodorant after each dump.
I see no reason, otherwise, to keep the inside of the black tank "clean".
Main thing is not to empty it until it is almost full. Never hook up to the septic and leave the valve open for the duration of a stay. That allows liquids to drain and solids to settle in the bottom of the tank.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:40 PM   #4
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Used wand every so once in awhile also. I agree with letting it "fill up" before dumping. If you use the right TP you shouldn't have a problem of crud on the side walls. We used potty totties and had no smell at all!

We probably used more water than most on the toilet flush!
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I clean it out to some extent at the end of the season. Amounts to... If convenient the last camp out of the season is at a full service site so I can fill and flush the tanks a couple times before heading home, we have no special cleaning gadgets. At home using a hose on the inside of the camper shooting down the hole, empty via bucket, with the valve open and a 5 gallon bucket under the pipe, blast with the hose from the outside. Repeat a few times. 8 seasons with no problems, non Escape trailer.
I dump at the end of every trip filling it as much as practical before so, dump 5 gallon pail of clean water down the toilet, open the valve to drain again. Add 2 gallons or so of clean water and Aqua-Kem additive although I may try the GEO method with the Escape when I run out of the Aqua-Kem. I have tried some of the cheaper orange stuff sold at WM, the black tank started to stink so we went back to the A-K.
I just picked up a Flush King but haven't tried it yet.
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I think I tried the GEO thing once.
Spent way too much money on a container of Calgonite. All in all, too much hassle. I'd rather buy a product that some company makes after investing thousands or hundreds of thousands in research and development.
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Old 06-11-2014, 05:20 PM   #7
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In warm weather, I dump, rinse, and deodorize each time on my way out of the campground or RV park. If you don't, your potty will stink. No woman wants her very own outhouse. You can do forum search on past discussions.
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We use the GEO method and haven't had trouble, but we empty it after each trip and then put some water softener and soap in with a little water. I totally misread this thread title as "Black Tank Rising" which had me giggling
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This video (25 minutes) might be of interest if you are in the market for a rinser of some sort, he just posted this today. I know it'll be hard but try and not be too critical and take it for what it's worth.

Testing Tank Flushing Systems in the Clear RV Black Tank!
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Old 06-11-2014, 11:44 PM   #10
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I use a flush king with 6 or so fill and flushes every trip then quarter fill with detergent and water for the ride home and dump that at home. A quick wand rinse cleans out the tank. It is a lot more than others perhaps but my attitude is the trailer doesn't have room for stink. I put 3 or 4 flushes through the grey tank as well and after 8 years my tanks are still like new.
I understand if others don't do the same, it takes some time but I think it is worth it.
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