Nobody likes thinking about it, nobody likes doing anything about it, but it is the single most important element to a successful vacation: THE SEWER SYSTEM!!! This is part one in a series that will help de-mystify your black water system, and teach you prevent problems, and be a hero to your whole family.
It’s hard to get excited about this, but think about it, nothing can ruin a camping trip faster than a sewer backup, or plugged or leaking drain assembly. And if a few (fairly easy) steps are actually performed consistently, you should never have a problem:
- Use the chemicals. There are lots of different choices in toilet chemicals, both pre-mixed liquids, as well as pre-measured drop-ins. The chemicals do two things, they break down the waste and toilet paper, making the dumping (emptying) process faster and easier, with less chance of blockage or back-ups, and they deodorize the tank to help keep the odors in check. If you don’t know which one you like, try out a sample package, and see what works for you. And make sure whatever product you use, you add a couple of gallons of water into the tank to make sure you have good chemical coverage.
- Use the right toilet tissue. No, regular 1 ply T.P. is not the same as the T.P. specifically designed to break down in the toilet chemicals. There are a few different brands of this as well. You can shop by price if you want, but make sure it says that it is designed for RV sewer systems. Other “cheap” toilet papers lead to clogs and what I call “sewer spit wads” that can clog the drain pipes, and cling to the sides of the tank, and the probes that tell you how full the tank is leading to false readings.
There is a lot more to learn, but this is a good start. Next time, we’ll cover what happens at the dump station, and how to make it a clean and easy process.