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Apr 06 2009

The Familyman’s RV Product Review – water treatment products

Q – What is the best Black water treatment product?

A – For those of you who don’t know about the finer points of RVwaste disposal let me just summarize: It’s way different than what happens in your house. There, you use the restroom, flush the handle, and never see it again. Not so in the RV world.

What goes down into the toilet, you haul around with you until you find a place to dump it and then…you dump it.

One of the by-products of hauling all that raw sewage around (if you’re getting squeemish then you have no business RVing) is the sometime noxious, foul odor.

Fortunately, there are several companies out there who have produced miracle products that are guaranteed to eliminate all those odors. Unfortunately, they don’t work.

I’ve tried all kinds of different products, and they still fall short of the ‘elimintating odors’ standard. So buy the cheapest.

Other than that, here are a few things you can do to keep the odor down:

1 – Make sure you don’t let your tanks get too full or let them sit too long. You don’t want to be dumping all the time, but when it gets to about half (and with our family of 10 that’s about every 3 hours) be looking for somewhere to dump. If you let it get too high…all that sloshing can get mighty ugly.

2 – The warmer it gets outside, the stronger the smell..so in the summer months it would be wise to do most of your RVing near the Polar Ice Cap. If you can’t, just make sure to dump often and rinse out your black tank when you can.

3 – Invest in quality gas masks.

4 – Get used to it. It’s really not that bad that often…besides it’s worth it to be on the road with your family.

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3 comments

  1. Alan

    Okay, just checking. When coupled with the cartoon, I wasn’t quite sure which one was Bob.

    :)

    My wife and I are contemplating the idea of RV’ing and noxious odors could be a deal breaker for her.

  2. Todd - The Familyman

    Don’t be rediculous.

  3. Alan

    Were you serious about suggestion number 3?

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