Road Map to RVing => Boondocking
Simple Sewer Solution
Tips For A Happy Toilet
For the best smelling results (no smell) in the bathroom, keep it simple. Do not flush toilet paper, even the expensive RV type. Store the toilet paper in a lidded container nearby.
This keeps paper from fouling the sensors in the black water tank or creating a blockage that is hard to clear. Paper also creates its own smell that takes a long time to break down in the tank.
Gray and Black Water Tank Maintenance
If you smell blow-back from the tank, check the outside valve for a leak. Valve replacement may be necessary. Check the park office for a vendor recommendation if you prefer not to do this yourself. There are also special vent caps that can be installed on the roof to reduce odors.
Important: Replace the protective cap when traveling to your next destination. Some states may cite you for traveling down the road with liquid dripping from the sewer pipe.
Ensure that the Black Water valve is closed.
On your first outing with your RV, clean the black water tank using a wand inserted into the toilet from inside. You can purchase these at any RV store or Wal-Mart.
This cleaning wand is basically a piece of PVC pipe with a cap to keep the water from running out the end. A few holes are drilled in one end near the cap. The other end has a hose fitting. There are two models shown here, one has a flex wand, the other a straight wand.
Tip 1: To keep from dragging the hose in through a window, purchase a Water Bandit, a rubber attachment that fits over the bathroom faucet.
One end of the Bandit has a regular male hose end. Attach a short hose to the wand, turn on the water at the bathroom faucet, and you are in business. The water bandit is available at any hardware store.
Using the wand every six months works very well as long as you do not flush toilet paper.
New Solutions on the Market
The Sewer Solution
Sewer Solution Click here to see it on Amazon.
This system breaks down the sewerage using high-pressure water during the dump process. It works well, but there is one downside. Because the black water slowly leaves the tank, there may be more residue left in the tank than with other methods.
Watch the video here.
The Waste Master
Waste Master Cam Lock Adapter Kit Click here to see it on Amazon.
This is a heavy-duty solution with a rugged-looking park connector. The one downside that I can see is changing the RV termination opening to match this system with a cam lock. This is a permanent change.
This is currently my favorite sewer hose. Since the end that fits in the park sewer connection is attached permanently to the insert, there is less chance of it popping out of the connection under water pressure. I also bought the 5-foot extension, easy assembly when needed. Watch the video here.Valterra D04-0450 Viper 15' Sewer Hose Kit
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