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Old 08-23-2016, 04:49 PM   #1
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Toilet first use.

I never had a rv toilet before and we plan to go on our first camping trip this weekend in our new trailer. So I was wondering what do I need to do for first use ever? If there is a website or video of this you can let me know.

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Old 08-23-2016, 06:12 PM   #2
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We use the little bottles of the blue formaldehyde, there are several brands and variations. Pour one bottle down an open toilet drain, let the flush add about 3/4 gallon of water. Try to use minimum paper. Keep black valve shut regardless of hookups, until you're ready to drain.
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Old 08-23-2016, 06:18 PM   #3
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Ok, there was a bottle of blue stuff that came in with the documentation of the toilet. I'll check to make sure that is what it is. We are planning to go for 2 nights and it may be the last camping trip for us. So should I still put the full bottle of blue stuff in the tank?

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Old 08-23-2016, 06:23 PM   #4
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The stuff is called Tethford Aqua-Kem.

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Sometimes, if I'm expecting light usage and dumping it soon, I'll use 1/2 bottle. But even if you only use it a little, still add flush water to bring the tank up to the 2/3 full point before you dump. Doing so ensures a good "whoosh" and disposal of solids/paper. Follow that with a drain of your gray tank, to wash out the hose. Flush each with water if possible.
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BTW, your "last camping trip?" You just bought the thing! You mean for the season?
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BTW, your "last camping trip?" You just bought the thing! You mean for the season?
Yes for the season. Its starting to get chilly here in Newfoundland, Canada and most of the parks close after labour day.... there is a KOA in our area that is open for a couple weeks in Sept, so we may get another trip.

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I never had a rv toilet before and we plan to go on our first camping trip this weekend in our new trailer. So I was wondering what do I need to do for first use ever? If there is a website or video of this you can let me know.

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Since it is you first experience with an rv toilet I would like to make a friendly suggestion to watch a couple of "YouTube" videos on how to empty the holding tanks on your camper. I hope you have a great first trip with your camper.
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Since it is you first experience with an rv toilet I would like to make a friendly suggestion to watch a couple of "YouTube" videos on how to empty the holding tanks on your camper. I hope you have a great first trip with your camper.
Good advice! Here's one I just saw recently that covers everything:
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Thanks, looks great. One thing though is that I don't think I have a Sewage Tank Rinse.
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Make sure you fill the bowl at least 1/3 of the way up before using. The more water in the tank the better for emptying it out. It helps the solids drain out. Once I drain I put at least 4 gallons of water into the tank with a bottle of chemical. Has worked great for us and we fulltime in SoCal where it is hot all the time
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Thanks, looks great. One thing though is that I don't think I have a Sewage Tank Rinse.
Nor do I. You have three alternatives:
1. Just dump buckets of water down the toilet to flush.
2. My "clear elbow" has a valve and a hose inlet, to allow for hose water to go back up inside the black tank, run for a while, shut off the hose, and reopen the valve to dump. That device is sold as the Flush King.
3. If you have another (not-potable water) hose, you can just run flush water down the toilet, by bringing the hose inside the TT, and down the toilet via an open drain.
Whatever, the idea is to get clear water through the tank by one means or another, to flush out remaining solids.
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OR, you can just continue to flush the toilet to get more water in it for the rinse.
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Not a fan of formaldehyde. It's classified as a carcinogen.
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Many chemicals are banned in these products, but
formaldehyde
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is commonly used to reduce odor, in particular, has come to the attention
of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
Based on chemical information, formaldehyde may be a
non
-biodegradable
toxic chemical substance and you
should avoid purchasing and using any chemical toilet product that lists formaldehyde as an ingredient in any
concentration.
But there are better products that help to digest the solids in you rv black tank. Here is a video to view.
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Never had a toilet before ? Must out around the bay.
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Never had a toilet before ? Must out around the bay.
You originally from NL?
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OR, you can just continue to flush the toilet to get more water in it for the rinse.
Or another option is to add your own in tank flush whirly-bird rinse. Less than $50 and about an hours time.
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We use some bio stuff in the grey and black water tanks. It's supposed to be really good. We do have a flush thing, however. Before we got this trailer hubby would add lots of water to the tank, drain it, and repeat.

We do not use the blue stuff. I add extra water to the toilet from time to time. And (here's where a bunch of people go eeeewwww!) we do not flush toilet paper. We put it into a step can with a lid and a plastic bag in it. Never had a clog since we started doing that. And no, it does not smell.
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You originally from NL?
No but my wife is from Newfoundland. I think newfie people are wonderful. I enjoyed my vacation there.
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We use some bio stuff in the grey and black water tanks. It's supposed to be really good. We do have a flush thing, however. Before we got this trailer hubby would add lots of water to the tank, drain it, and repeat.

We do not use the blue stuff. I add extra water to the toilet from time to time. And (here's where a bunch of people go eeeewwww!) we do not flush toilet paper. We put it into a step can with a lid and a plastic bag in it. Never had a clog since we started doing that. And no, it does not smell.
That's where the word sh"" can came from
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