Traditional, “old-school” RVing advice has often promoted information and RV maintenance products that are ineffective, and more importantly, can be harmful to your health. But with the advent of new research into the topic, many RVers have started to realize that a lot of the RV products on the shelves today are either really bad at their job, or even worse, dangerous.
Dumping your RV black water holding tank is an essential part of RV camping. Unlike home septic systems, which only need to be emptied (or “pumped”) every few years, RV black tanks need to be emptiedevery 3-5 days!
Today we’ll discuss why regular dumping is a crucial component of RV camping!
Many RVers enjoy camping in environments where temperatures can reach extraordinary highs, such as desert landscapes with magnificent rock arches. But even if you’re tucked away into a mountain glen, summer temps can rise quickly and sometimes unexpectedly, and as the temperature rises in your holding tank, so do odors.
The reason we consistently harp on this topic is that it absolutely forms the bedrock of an all-inclusive wastewater treatment process. In fact, we recommend that you hold your flush pedal down for at least 10 full seconds with every flush!
Here at Unique Camping + Marine, we talk a lot about using plenty of water in your black water holding tank. In fact, water usage is one of the most crucial aspects of proper holding tank care. If you don’t use enough water, you set yourself up for tons of issues, some of which we will cover in this guide.
Most RVers, even those who are relatively new to the RVing world, know that they should be using some type of holding tank treatment that digests solid waste. In fact, there’s no shortage of holding tank treatment products out there, promising to break down your waste and get rid of odors.
Many RV owners, especially those who are new to the lifestyle, will run into some sort of a holding tank issue, whether it be a pyramid plug, a compacted tank, or a blocked line. Of all of these types of clogs, however, a blocked line can be the most deceptive.
In this article, we’ll be discussing the compacted tank. In its simplest form, this is a very accurate description! A compacted tank occurs when your entire black water holding tank (or at least a significant portion of it!) becomes clogged with compacted waste (in essence, a big block of often dried out, solid poop and toilet paper!).