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Is RV Toilet Paper Necessary?

February 26, 2019

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


Is RV toilet paper necessary? RV toilet paper is readily available and recommended by many RV parts stores, dealerships, and fellow campers. Contrary to what many have been led to believe, it may not always be the best option while you're on the road.

In this article we will go over some of the pros and cons of RV toilet paper use and offer some general tips and advice for your keeping you black tank clog free.

Talk to 100 RVers and you'll get 100 different opinions on waste water treatments products and techniques and many will insist that you simply must use RV specific toilet paper. But is it truly necessary? Let's take a closer look to see how crucial using that expensive, uncomfortable TP actually is!


RV Toilet Paper Pros & Cons

  • Breaks Down Easily
  • Readily Available In Stores Around The U.S.
  • Easy On Your Waste Water Systems
  • Expensive 
  • Uncomfortable
  • Wasteful
  • May Be Unnecessary 


Why Do People Use RV Toilet Paper?

Avoiding large amounts of solid waste inside your black water tank is always a good thing, because nothing ruins a trip like a backed up or clogged holding tank! Besides clogs, many RVers are plagued with misreading sensors - usually a result of paper or waste getting stuck on the sensor probes inside the tank.

RV Toilet paper is designed to help you avoid tank clogs and sensor blockages by dissolving in water, usually faster than normal household toilet paper.

But will using RV toilet paper eliminate these problems completely? Unfortunately, no. We receive calls and emails all of the time from people who are trying to unclog their tanks and restore their misreading sensors and the majority of them are using RV toilet paper. So, the reality is, using RV toilet paper won't in and of itself save you from dealing with tank problems.

So, knowing that, is it worth buying the expensive and uncomfortable TP? The short answer is, no.

But, if you're going to switch to normal household toilet paper you can't just make the move without employing what we call "Proper Black Water Care" techniques - more on that below.

Simply put, if you don't employ these techniques it's only a matter of time before you get your first clog, odors, or misreading sensors regardless of the type of toilet paper you use.

If you use these techniques, along with a high quality waste digesting toilet treatment, you can use normal household toilet paper without fear of clogs, backups, or sensors issues. Everyday countless RVers do this with great success!

The Downside To RV Toilet Paper

Besides being completely unnecessary if you are using a good treatment and proper black water care, there are a few other big draw backs to using RV toilet paper:

  1. Cost. 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 your extra dollars!
  2. Comfort. RV toilet paper is quite thin and can often be very rough.
  3. Clogs can still happen. Because it is so thin, folks will often use more RV toilet paper to the job done right and that 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 back to more expense!
  4. Waste. Because you are using more, you have to buy more. More expense and more waste.

Simply put, just because RV toilet paper is meant to break down in water, it doesn't mean your system is completely in the clear. You can still get clogs and sensor issues even when using RV toilet paper, and especially if you aren't treating your tank with a high quality treatment and using proper black water care techniques.

We highly recommend using a good toilet treatment and ditching the expensive RV toilet paper. But, that's just our opinion. Using RV toilet paper won't hurt anything, so if you continue using it in conjunction with a good toilet treatment, that is perfectly fine too. 

I Want To Stop Using RV Toilet Paper. What Do I Need To Do?

Contrary to popular belief, using RV toilet paper simply isn't necessary if you are using a high quality waste digesting toilet treatment and treating your tanks properly. 

What Makes A Toilet Treatment A "High Quality Waste Digester"?

A good holding tank treatment is one that is highly effective at doing two things:

  1. Breaking down and reducing solid waste
  2. Reducing toilet odors

Find a good product and use it religiously. Doing this will help you avoid tank issues entirely! We recommend RV Digest-It but the choice is ultimately yours. Remember that not all treatments are created equal, so you'll want to make sure you choose a good all-around treatment. You will find guidance on selecting the right product here.

Of course, no product is a magic bullet, so you'll need to make sure you are incorporating proper tank care techniques alongside the high quality treatment use choose to use. Below is what you should be doing to avoid clogs, odors, and sensor malfunctions in your holding tanks.

Proper Care Black Water Care TechniquesTips For Black Water Tanks
  • Always Keep Your Black Water Tank Valve Closed - This will allow for a waste digester to break down all of the toilet paper in your holding tank to help avoid any clogs or build up.
  • Fill Your Toilet Bowl With Water Before You Use It - This will ensure that when you flush, toilet paper doesn't get stuck to any of the plumbing on its way to your holding tank (all be it a short path in some RVs). 
  • Use Plenty Of Water - Making sure you use ample water in your holding tank will help make sure no toilet paper is left high and dry on the surfaces inside your holding tank. We recommend holding down your flush peddle for 10 seconds each time you flush the toilet.
  • Use A High Quality Waste Digester - The biggest part of using standard toilet paper is making sure it gets broken down. A product like RV Digest-It can regularly provide that service.
  • Flush Your Tank Regularly (every 3-5 Dumps) - If there is any toilet paper build up after following these tips, flushing regularly and extensively (up to 15 - 20 minutes) will make sure that you don't deal with any unexpected build up.

It should be noted that these are best practices for ALL RV's with toilets regardless of if you use RV toilet paper or general household toilet paper. These guidelines should be followed as closely as possible. 


RV toilet paper is very much a "luxury" of the past - especially when high quality waste digesters are so readily available, like RV Digest-It.

At the end of the day, all you need to know is that your options are not limited to RV specific toilet paper. You can have the same level of comfort in your RV as you have in your home by making a few adjustments to your holding tank habits. 

RV Digest-It is the go-to toilet treatment for thousands of RVers everyday who are sick of using RV toilet paper and want to ensure they enjoy their RV clog and odor free.

Further Reading

Did you like what you just read? Check out some of our other related resources!

Preventing Clogs In Your Holding Tank
+ Unclogging an RV Toilet
Cleaning Holding Tank Sensors
Eliminating Tank Odors


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