Hey guys, Randy with Pete’s RV TV again with
you today. Another quick tip segment for you. Have you ever gone out on a camping weekend,
and you’ve dumped your tanks after the weekend, and you come back into your camper, and you
get a false reading on your black or your gray tank kind of like that.
Looks full and you know it’s not. You just dumped it. Well, I’m going to take you into the bathroom here in just a few minutes, and I’m going to show you a couple of tricks
to alleviate that problem for you. So let’s go take a look into a bathroom.
Alright, so here we are in a bathroom at one of the RVs we have here at the shop at Pete’s
RV Center. Kind of an awkward place to have a conversation or shoot a video, but here
we are anyway. Good information. So as I was mentioning earlier at the monitor panel, you
know you’ve dumped the tank but it’s still reading full on you monitor panel.
How this happens is we have black ABS plastic tanks underneath our RV which are our holding
tanks, our waste water holding tanks. And we actually spin weld metal sensors into the
side of those tanks and hook wires to them that go back to that monitor panel. So we
use continuity of what’s in the tank. We especially see this happen on the black tanks because
some slime, and some sludge, and whatever else we throw down the toilet gets caught
up on those sidewalls and will actually give us that false reading.
So a couple important things I want you to do while you’re camping that will help alleviate
this, or make it easier for you to clean it if the problem does arise. when you have solids
or paper present in the toilet bowl, I need you to fill up that toilet bowl before you
dump. Obviously if you’re dry camping, this is going
to be a little harder for you to do because you want to get as much longevity out of that
tank if possible. But if we’re at a campground where we can dump whenever we like, this is
a great way to do it. So if there’s solids or toilet present in there, I want to see
you fill that bowl up with water. I want to get as much water as I can in that bowl before
I dump. What that’s going to do, is it’s going to
do things for us. It’s going to put more water into the tank, and it’s also going to help
solidify anything that we put in the tank in conjunction with our toilet chemical. Make
sure you’re using the appropriate RV toilet paper. [00:02:00]
Any toilet paper that is built for a chemical toilet will work on this. It breaks down a
lot quicker than some of the household toilet papers we use for septic systems, so important
to do that. So we just fill that guy up and dump it, as much water as we can. Most of
your today’s toilets out there will have a way where you can step on it halfway and get
some water to it, and that way we’re going to get as much into that tank as possible.
If you do that that will help out. The next thing you need to do, if it does
arise, especially when you’re at the campground where you can dump where you want, we’ve got
these couple of little options here that work really good. And a lot of today’s new units
are coming with sewer sprays on them or some kind of tank wash spray that is hooked up
to the side of the unit that actually sprays inside that tank.
Here’s a couple of options that we sell in our store. We call them swizzle sticks in
the shop. Heh. You hook the garden hose to this end. It’s got a little on and off valve,
and it’s actually got a sprayer that spins around at a very high rate of speed down here
and will actually wash the side wall of your tank.
Here’s one that’s a little bit longer. If you own a fifth wheel, this is going to be
tough to do because usually the tanks are very far away from the toilet, which are not
in a travel trailer situation. So fifth wheels are a little bit tougher to do. So you can
use those methods. Another method that I use when I’m at the
campground is before I leave, if my tanks are getting full, I’m going to fill that tank
up with water. Now, be careful when you’re doing this because you don’t want to overfill
the tank and have a mess or have it come up the toilet, but I want to fill that tank up.
A lot of people I see at the dump station here at the dealership, they’ll bring a garden
hose in or dump it. You can also purchase one of these guys here.
This is what my prep techs use when they are prepping a camper out to make sure everything’s
working properly. They’ll drop that right in and it will keep the water on while it’s
filling that tank. Again, make sure you keep an eye on that tank, because if this comes
up through the toilet it’s not going to be a fun thing to clean up.
Once you’ve got that tank filled, let it sit for an hour or so. Maybe do it in the morning
on the last day there, while you guys are picking up. Then go ahead and pull that valve.
Now that water that’s in that tank is probably going to clean those sensors off. Sometimes
I’ll even put a little chemical in there. That should clean it off, get everything taken
care of for you [00:04:00] in conjunction with one of those swizzle sticks there, and
the extra water we put in. That should keep those tanks reading clean.
Now, if you have one that’s not … again, typically it’s the black but sometimes I do
see it on the gray. You can fill up the gray the same way. Even put a little toilet chemical
down the gray and it will help out with odors. Gray odors are just as bad as black odors.
I’ve had tanks apart and they really stink. So pour a little toilet chemical down in that
gray water you’re using before you dump as well. It’s not going to hurt anything, plus
it will keep the sensors clean. On the really hard to clean sensors, or if
you have one now that’s been dirty for a long time and are reading full for a long time
and you want to get that one done, warm water. I’ll take and fill up a five gallon bucket,
and I’ll dump it down the toilet of an empty tank with, of course, the valve closed on
the outside. And the steam from that warm water will actually help loosen up any solids
that we might have stuck to one of those sensors inside the tank. I’ve done that on numerous
occasions and had very well, great, success with that as well.
There is also product that you can purchase at an RV store that you can put. It’s called
a tank sensor cleaner. I put that down in there, or toilet chemical cleaner, or toilet
chemical works pretty well as well. And if it, again, it’s one of those tough ones, let
it sit in there for 24 hours before you dump. Even if you’ve got to take it home and bring
it to the RV dealer a day or two later after letting it sit in there. What that liquid
is going to do is, it’s clean liquid, it’s going to just soften up all the material on
the side of the tanks that may be giving us that false reading.
Now, on the rare occasion that doesn’t clean it out, you may need to add a new well nut
or something on there. We do do that occasionally at the dealership. But those tricks that I’ve
just shared with you, that gets it about 95% of the time. Hopefully, if you’ve got one
of your tanks and you try my tricks, it’ll help you get that [inaudible 00:05:32] reading
at empty so you can have an accurate, you know, know what’s going on in your tanks and
know how full they are before you dump them. Really important with the black tank.
Once again, let it fill up as much as you can while you’re using the RV before you dump.
This is going to help us evacuate the tank properly and can keep those tank sensors reading
clean. And it’s also going to give the chemical enough time to break down the solids and break
down the paper. So use a lot of water if you can, if you’re
not in a dry camping situation. If that doesn’t work for you and you still get a false reading
[00:06:00], fill the tank up with water, let it sit for as long as you can before you dump.
That should clear out. If it’s a real toughy, get yourself five gallons of hot water and
dump it down that toilet. Let that sit around for a little while, and that’ll actually steam
the sensors. And then you can go ahead and flush the tank really well. And you can try
the products that I showed you earlier, the swizzle sticks and things like that.
So hopefully this helps you clean those tank sensors. Thanks again for stopping in, checking
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