Dealing with the ‘waste’ that is created during a trip is probably one of the biggest fears that people have when first getting started in the RV world. Having the ability to just simply flush a toilet that is connected to the sewer system is one of the great luxuries of living in the modern world, as most of us don’t even think about what happens next. However, when you travel in an RV, that waste suddenly becomes your problem, so it is important that you know how to handle it properly.
The good news is this – those who have used RV’s for a long time know that there isn’t really anything to worry about when it comes to the black tank. As long as you regularly maintain your system, including using some of the tips below, you should be able to avoid any serious ‘poo problems’ down the line.
Always Have Water in the Tank
This is what you could consider the ‘golden rule’ when it comes to the black tank. You need to have water in the tank before using the toilet so that the water can serve the same purpose as it does in your toilet back home. The water will help to reduce the odors that come from the tank, and it will allow waste to move along when you are draining the tank out. Without water, there is a very real possibility that some of the waste will get stuck – and that is a messy problem that you do not want to deal with.
Periodic Flushing Required
Obviously, you are going to need to empty your tank at the end of a camping trip – or, possibly, during the trip depending on how long you are gone and how many people are using the RV. However, the emptying of your tank alone is not going to be enough to keep it clean. Additionally, you will want to flush the tank from time to time in order to wash out anything that may have been left behind from previous trips. Most of the modern RV’s on the market today have a flushing system in place, which usually just requires a hose that is carrying fresh water. As long as you stay ahead of the game on this maintenance task you should be in good shape moving forward with the blank tank.
Get Help from Chemicals
There are a number of environmentally-friendly chemicals on the market which have been designed to be added to the black tank in order to break down waste and keep a limit on odors. These chemicals are simply added to the water that you already have in your tank, so this is a task that shouldn’t take more than a moment or two to complete. Simply follow the directions on the container that you have purchased and you can rest easy knowing that this chemical solution is helping keep your waste collection moving in the right direction.