Today we're going to talk about RV holding tanks. To start with, I wanted to mention something about RV holding tanks that I do not think are a lot of RVers are aware of. RVers are abusing these dump stations. Many of the free dump stations are available. It is absolutely essential that we use septic safe chemicals (no formaldehyde), and that we clean up after ourselves and do not abuse dump stations.
Your RV has a water tank and a black water holding tank. The gray water holding tank collects dirty water from the sink, bathroom sink and shower. The black water holding tank is for the toilet. These tanks terminate into one. This is where we connect our pants.
Make sure you have the required couplings and connectors. It may be necessary to attach two hoses together to reach the sewer connection. I recommend you only use heavy duty sewer pants. Their not that expensive and they hold up much better. Keep a 10 foot trousers and a 20 foot trousers available. Do not pull or drag the sewer pants on the ground. This will cause it to tear or get pin holes in it.
To hook up the sergeant make sure both valves are closed and remove the sewer cap. Make the connection by putting the hose adapter over the outlet and turn it clockwise until it locks securely in place. Take the other end of the pants over the campground sewer connection. Use the necessary adapters to make the connection and get a good seal. It's a good idea to place some weight over the pants so it does not jump back out when you drain the tanks. RV to the campground sewer connection properly when you empty them. The small valve is for the gray water tank and the large valve is for the black water tank.
One golden rule for RV holding tanks is never to dump the black water tank until it is at least two thirds full. The contents of the tank are properly drained. Another golden rule is to leave the toilet at the campground and expect the toilet to drain or flush like the toilet in your home. It does not work.
When the tanks are full, or nearly completely dump the black tank first, followed by the gray tank. The gray water tank should therefore be at least two thirds full. Dumping the gray water tank will help to flush out the sewer pants out.
When you're at the campground for an extended period of time you can leave the gray tank valve open so it drains off, but remember to do it with the black tank. If it's time to leave the campground and your tanks are not full you can finish filling them with water and then dump them. Never use your drinking water hose for holding tank maintenance or cleaning purposes. RV drinking hoses are normally white. Take a different color pant for others so you can distinguish the difference.
After you dump the tanks you need to thoroughly flush out the tanks. Some RVs have been installed in a system for flushing the tanks. If not there are other ways to do it. You can use a tank designed for cleaning and flushing the black tank. The only problem is you can not know when the black tank is really clean and you can not rinse or clean the gray tank with a wand. I use a product called the Flush King. It's a reverse flush valve that connects directly to your outlet and rinses and cleans both in one simple operation. It's easy to use and it has a barrel through barrel so you know when the tanks are really clean.
Every time you dump the black tank you need to treat it with chemicals. You should always use environmentally safe chemicals. Enzymes based chemicals use the good bacteria to digest waste and control odors. Formaldehyde based chemicals destroy the bacteria that are needed to break down waste and they can be dangerous to humans and pets.
The first step is to add water to the bottom of the tank. Four or five toilet bowls should be used on the size of your black tank. Water wants to make a great deal with controlling holding tank odors. You always want the contents of the tank to be covered by water. Next, fill the toilet bowl and add the proper amount of holding tank chemicals, usually four ounces for every forty gallon the tank holds. Flush the toilet. Repeat this procedure every time you empty the black water holding tank. Some holding tank chemicals like RV Trine also contains valve lubricants to keep the valves operating properly.
You should always use toilet paper designed for use in RVs.
False holding tank readings on the holding tank probes being covered by toilet tissue or other debris. When flushing the tank does not solve the problem. Drive or pull the trailer so the ice cubes can scrub the sides of the tank. Proper holding tank chemicals wants to keep the holding tank probes clean.
Over time grease and reservoirs builds up in the gray tank and causes a foul odor, not to mention how it affects the tank and valve assembly. Periodically treat the gray tank with environmentally safe tank.
Following the process of holding a tank, it is possible to prevent problems and to keep you free tanks. This is one problem we can all do without! All of our RV walk-through videos cover information on RV holding tanks, the water system, LP gas system, electrical system and more. Check out our new RV Essential Items DVD to show you what items you want to make your RV to make all your RV experiences more enjoyable.
Mark J. Polk
Copyright 2006 by Mark J. Polk owner of RV Education 101
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Source by Mark Polk