I love these tips!  I’ve found them on other RVer’s blogs, forums and just figured out others.  I hope you find them helpful as well :o)

  1.  One of the most common problems when living in an RV is that the black tank fills up and can’t be washed away and has to be serviced.  This is because of toilet paper and waste build up, even if you use the recommended toilet paper.  My way allows you to use the “comfy” toilet paper :o)  Just before traveling add 1/2 C Calgon Water Softener and 1/2 C dish soap to the black tank, let is swish and slosh all the way to your destination, then dump it when setting up.  I also was lucky enough to be parked next to a wonderful couple that are distributors for “Unique” black water tank additive which dissolves any type of toilet paper.
  2. When parked with full hookups, keep your black tank valve closed but leave the gray tank open.  When the black tank gets to 3/4 full I close the gray tank valve, take a shower, do some dishes, etc.  then dump both tanks, black first, then gray.
  3. We found that we needed to carry an extra sewer hose because some oarking spots are just too far from the septic connection.
  4. Wear disposable plastic gloves when dumping tanks.
  5. Rinse sewer hose(es) well before storing.  DO NOT use your city water hose to rinse the sewer hose.  Carry a short spare hose for that.
  6. We found that there are a lot of park spaces where the sewer hose is unable to screw on to the septic connection so we bought a “Sewie Pig“.  Simply fill your sewie pig with water and set him (or her :o) on top of the hose and sewer connection.
  7. Be sure to use a water regulator and carry a spare.
  8. Check out this video on how to sanitize your RV water system.

Happy Travels!
Terry & Melanee

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” –Mark Twain