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Is RV Toilet Paper Necessary?

January 22, 2020

Is RV Toilet Paper Necessary To Use To Prevent Clogs and Stuck Misreading Sensors In RV Camper Motorhome Trailer Fifth Wheel Boat Black Water Holding Tanks and Toilets Heads

Key Points:

  1. RV toilet paper is designed to break down easily. But in reality, it's expensive, uncomfortable, and maybe unnecessary!
  2. Instead of using RV toilet paper, you should use a high-quality waste digesting holding tank treatment and employ the proper care procedures by following The Unique Method.

To use or not to use, that is the question. In the vast community of RVers, there are many, MANY opinions about whether or not to use RV toilet paper in your RV toilet. RV dealers, suppliers, and mechanics tend to push RV toilet paper, but oftentimes it feels more like a sales gimmick than something that is actually necessary. And believe it or not, this topic around using RV toilet paper is a contentious topic in the RV world. In this guide we are going to attempt to look at RV toilet paper from every angle in an attempt to help you decide if using it is right for you. 

Why Use RV Toilet Paper?

RV Toilet paper is theoretically designed to help you avoid tank clogs and sensor blockages by dissolving in water, usually faster than normal household toilet paper. This paper breakdown is by far the biggest sales point to RV Toilet Paper. And truthfully, this quick dissolve time is really the main and only positive aspect of RV toilet paper.  

Drawbacks Of RV Toilet Paper

This rapidly dissolving toilet paper seems like a great idea for RV users, but the plain and simple truth is, using RV toilet paper doesn’t match the sales hype at all. In fact, there are actually quite a few drawbacks to using RV toilet paper: 

  • RV toilet paper is significantly more expensive than its normal home-use counterparts - but hey, the upside is at least you get a very thin, uncomfortable experience for that extra cost!
  • RV toilet paper is really thin and is usually very coarse or rough.
  • Clogs Still Happen. Because it is so thin, folks will often have to use more RV toilet paper to “get the job done” which can lead to tank clogs and sensor problems. It also means you'll go through your supply faster, meaning you'll have to buy more - so we’re back to more expense again!
  • Because you are using more, you have to buy more. More expense and more waste.

Simply put, RV toilet paper’s drawbacks far outweigh its benefits. Which then naturally leads to the next question: Where do we go from here?

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Do I Have To Use RV Toilet Paper?

Contrary to popular belief, using RV toilet paper simply isn't necessary. You can use most any type of toilet paper you choose, so long as you use a high quality waste digesting toilet treatment and treat your tanks properly. Finding a good holding tank product and using it religiously is significantly more beneficial to the health of your black water holding tank system than using RV toilet paper. Couple this high-quality toilet treatment with a tried and true method for holding tank maintenance and you’re guaranteed to have a clear and flowing system at all times, regardless of what type of toilet paper you use. The Unique Method is our comprehensive scientifically-proven guide to treating your RV holding tanks. Learn more about The Unique Method here.


In the end, the debate around RV toilet paper is settled very easily by choosing to use a high-quality holding tank treatment and following the Unique Method. You can have the same level of toilet paper comfort in your RV as you have in your home by making a few adjustments to your holding tank habits. If you have any more toilet paper related questions, please feel free to reach out to us! We are always happy to help in any way we can. Happy camping!

Adopt The Unique Method

You bought your RV so you could enjoy life and spend time with family and friends. The last thing you want to do is waste precious time and money on fixing wastewater holding tank problems. Keeping your tanks in peak operating condition doesn’t have to be hard, confusing, or expensive if you follow our proven process: The Unique Method.

The Unique Method is a comprehensive tank care plan that we developed after years of conversations with real customers facing real problems. The Unique Method provides you with simple, preventative steps to stop odors, clogs, and sensor problems before they start so you can spend less time worrying about your holding tanks and more time enjoying the freedom and adventure of RVing. Try it yourself and see why thousands of campers trust their RVs with The Unique Method every day.

If you need more help with anything covered in this guide or simply have a comment, we’re here to help you anytime!

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