Keeping your RV waste tanks running smoothly takes some maintenance on your part. You can make maintenance easier and less time consuming if you use the proper sewer chemicals in your tanks. First, make sure you use RV or marine toilet paper in your RV because it is made to break down quicker, taking up less space in the tank. These specialty toilet papers also won't clog as easily as regular kinds.
Next, make sure you use some type of chemical to keep down odors and help break up waste. Many RVers use enzyme-based chemicals they can just add to the toilet periodically, which help reduce waste and odors and are extremely easy to use. These enzyme-based chemicals are much safer and less harsh than the old formaldehyde-based chemicals that many RVers relied on. Just make sure to use sewer chemicals and the right toilet paper in your RV to ensure less headaches with sewer maintenance.
Traditional RV holding tanks have vents just like your bathroom vents at home. Vents with caps tend to force odors down the pipe and back into your RV rather than venting them effectively into the air. RV tanks need different vents than the ones that are normally installed at the factory.
Look for specially formulated vents that use an aerodynamic design to force odors and fumes from your RV tanks up and out of your vents rather than back down into your RV. These vent covers should also protect your vents from rain and snow so you don't get water damage inside your RV. Some of these vents work with air pressure, and work whether the RV is moving or not. They keep air fresher 24 hours a day. If you don't like the odor inside your RV from your RV tanks, install these vents for a quick and durable fix.
A lot of businesses and campgrounds are closing public RV sanitation stations because some RVers aren't cleaning up after themselves. When you dump your grey and black water tanks at RV sanitation stations, make sure you make all your connections securely to avoid leaks. In case the RV sanitation station does not provide one, bring along a garden hose for rinsing the area down when you're done. Always leave the RV sanitation station cleaner than when you found it.
If there is a line of RVs waiting to use the sanitation station, don't bother to flush the tanks and rinse with a hose. Move your RV out of the way and complete those steps later. Don't use the hose you rinse your black water tank with to rinse ANYTHING else, and don't store it where it can come in contact with your drinking water hose. Keep your RV sanitation clean, and make sure other RVers do too. That way you shouldn't have any problems finding and using an RV sanitation station whenever you travel.
RV sanitation & sewer maintenance may not be the most enjoyable of your maintenance jobs, but it must be done. Using a secure RV sanitation & sewer kit to empty your black water is one way to make the job a little easier. An RV sanitation & sewer kit comes with a securely locking hose to eliminate drips and odor, as well as hose adapters and locks to fit just about any dump station connection. Simple connections eliminate the need for clamps, yet the hoses remain dry and secure throughout your maintenance.
Couplers can also extend your hose up to 20-feet in length, so you should be able to reach even the most out-of-the-way dump station. Also look for sturdy hoses that will stand up to the rigors of being dragged over cement as you dump your tanks, and that can wrap up easily without kinking when you're done. Some kits compress to the size of a square bumper and can be stored inside the bumper, which is a quick and convenient way to keep these hoses out of site and out of other more sanitary storage areas.
RV portable holding tanks make it much easier to dispose of grey or black tank water, especially when your tanks are full and you don't want to hassle with moving your RV. You can drain your tank into this portable holding tank and then transport the tank to the dump station. You'll never have to worry about dragging these tanks along because they contain a permanently attached sewer hose that swivels for easy access.
Most portable holding tanks store conveniently outside the RV and have a gauge that will keep them from overflowing as you fill them. Look for a model with rugged wheels that will travel over any terrain. It's best to get one that has all the accessories included so that you don't have to add hoses or a storage caddy. The RV portable holding tank should have a long, sturdy handle that makes it easier for you to pull it to the dumping station.
If you're going to store your RV for a time, or it's just time to do some heavy maintenance, you're going to want to drain & flush systems. The easiest way to do this is to use a drain & flush system created especially for RVs. These drain & flush systems include a portable tank to hold your grey or black water, along with hoses to drain the tanks and a valve that allows you to back-flush the tanks to make sure they are clean.
You don't have to drain & flush your water system every time you use your RV, but if you don't use the RV very often, or are planning to store it for a while, it's very important to drain & flush systems before you leave on vacation. Grey and black water tanks that sit can develop odors even when they are empty, and if you live in an area where it freezes, you want to make sure the water systems are all back-flushed and empty of all water so they don't freeze. Using RV drain & flush systems is easy, and it will give you extra peace of mind before you travel.
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