Bus Conversions dot Com Bulletin Board
December 18, 2014, 03:21:34 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: If you had an Online Subscription: It will not get torn up or crushed if you back over it with your bus.
   Home   Help Forum Rules Search Calendar Login Register BCM Home Page Contact BCM  
Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Black water tanks - "natural" vs. "more natural"  (Read 2074 times)
DROdio
WonderlandBus
Newbie
*
Offline Offline

Posts: 33


1989 VanHool T-815 - "WonderlandBus"


WWW

Ignore
« on: June 02, 2006, 06:59:51 PM »

OK so it's pretty clear to me that i shoudn't be using the "blue" chemical black tank cleansers, because I want to foster bacterial growth in the black water tank to break everything down.

However, I'm wondering which of these 2 methods is better:

1. the "Geo Method" proposed by http://home.mindspring.com/~cbruni/index.html .  Basically this writer suggests only using some powdered water softener and laundry detergent in the black water tank.

2. the "enzyyme" approach, as proffered here: http://www.valterra.com/RV/inthenews.htm and http://www.sea-zyme.com/

3. the "good bacteria" approach, as proffered here: www.eco-save.com

Right now I'm inclined to go the eco-save approach, but let me know if you have other suggestions...  Also please let me know if you've used eco-save.
Logged

"WonderlandBus"
1989 VanHool T-815

Daniel@WonderlandBus.com
www.WonderlandBus.com
phil4501
Full Member
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 213





Ignore
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2006, 07:15:19 PM »

I vote for eco-save, enzymes too slow for how long we camp. I have no experience with the first method but it seems it would work good with a starter, left from the previous batch.

Make sure the tank is vented well.

Phi Zisakis
« Last Edit: June 03, 2006, 05:25:45 AM by phil4501 » Logged
TomC
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 6968





Ignore
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2006, 07:58:40 PM »

I use the Eco stuff from Camping World.  The make slips my mind, but it comes in a green box.  Use the powder that doesn't have a smell.  Works well.  Good Luck, TomC
Logged

Tom & Donna Christman. '77 AMGeneral 10240B; 8V-71TATAIC V730.
gus
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 3546





Ignore
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2006, 09:10:43 PM »

DRO,

We use nothing, it doesn't take much to get the little guys to grow fast. I get some very minor odor if the tank gets a really good shaking up but this doesn't happen too often and is caused by lack of a good vent than anything else.

Just don't completely empty the tank or was it out so the microbes can keep growing.
Logged

PD4107-152
PD4104-1274
Ash Flat, AR
niles500
Niles500
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1203


ROSIE




Ignore
« Reply #4 on: June 03, 2006, 01:14:59 AM »

YEAST
Logged

(\__/)
(='.'=)
(")_(")  

- Niles
Hobe
Jr. Member
**
Offline Offline

Posts: 68




Ignore
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2006, 03:12:27 PM »

In 20 years of camping. I have never used anything in my black gray tank. I have never had a problem with anything hard in my tank. I dump it every 4 or 5 days when we get to a dump station. The sloshing back and forth keeps it sturred up and it flushes clean. Fred North Florida Bus Conversion
Logged
TomCat
It's 4:20 somewhere...
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 411



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2006, 03:41:10 PM »

All I have ever put in my black tank is...
1. Number One
2. Number Two
3. Toilet paper
4. Water
and have not had a foul smell or any type of blockage.

Jay
87 SaftLiner
Logged

On The High Plains of Colorado
boogiethecat
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 634



WWW

Ignore
« Reply #7 on: June 03, 2006, 10:55:44 PM »

 I vote for Eco Save.  I've used it in da Crown for 4 years now and it's great.  Gives a nice aroma to the tanks, breaks things down really well, never anything but good.
That said, I don't like their powdered form, only the liquid. I've tried both and the powder stuff seems to not keep things smelling as good...
Logged

1962 Crown
San Diego, Ca
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.18 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!