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Old 07-26-2017, 04:21 PM   #1
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Rid X in my black tank: Do you think I wasted my time and money?

I just can't get a decent, reliable, reading off of the black tank lights, and that sorta matters when dry camping.
So, I bought a box of Rid-X (No, not the RV version) and I dumped half a box down the toilet and flushed it down with a full bucket of water.
I then hooked up a hose to the black tank flush port and turned the hose on.
Using a 16 ft. cell-phone snake camera with a light on the end (very cheap on Amazon) I watched until I saw the water coming right up into the black pipe, then I shut the water off. It's as full as possible without coming up into the toilet. Then, I put the snake camera into a bucket of bleach water for a little bit to sanitize it.
Now, I'm going to let it sit for about 2 weekss before my next trip with it, when I'll dump it. Maybe it'll even be 3 weeks.

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Old 07-26-2017, 04:39 PM   #2
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Sounds like what I have read, I also followed another forum thread and they added a big bottle of liquid fabric softener (cheap at dollar general store) for smell and it supposedly slicks up the plastic and makes it harder for stuff to stick.

Yes my sensors started working again! I left mine only like 3-4 days I think, been several years ago.

I ran garden hose down toilet and used a flashlight and kinked it when water started up black pipe.
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Old 07-26-2017, 05:11 PM   #3
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We tried a lot of different things, but we know that we can go two weeks before the black tank needs to be emptied. Haven't looked at lights since.
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Old 07-26-2017, 07:25 PM   #4
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I use about 1-2 tablespoons of Riddex once a month......let it sit till I dump again......also....I add a couple of squirts of Dawn dish soap. Did that when we got the 5ver and the tanks were not right......after a few times with my combo..the read right now. Although...now I know exactly when to dump without looking at the sensors.
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Old 07-26-2017, 07:55 PM   #5
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Sure hope that RidX doesn't eat through that plastic tank. That's is one reason RidX came out with the RV version. Been Rving for quite a while and we know just how long we can go without dumping the black tank if need be but if we are sitting we dump about every four days and that works well for us. We use Happy Camper in the tanks and when we hook up an leave after dumping from one spot going to another I ad some Cascade dishwashing powder and some Calgon liquid to the tank along with about 5-6 gallons of water to let it slosh around while going down our hiways and biways. I've learned not to trust any of the idiot light for the tanks. I may invest in some of the electronic tapes you put on the outside of the tanks. A friend showed me his a week or so ago and they measure the tank levels by percentage and he said he has never had a problem with them and he does a lot of boondocking since he has solar. Until then I'll continue what I do and make the best of it!
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Old 07-27-2017, 12:03 AM   #6
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Sure hope that RidX doesn't eat through that plastic tank.
I'm not worried. There's zero chance it will eat through a plastic tank. It's nothing more than bacteria and enzymes. It's totally non-reactive to plastic tanks. Septic tanks are plastic too. The only thing it dissolves is organic material. The RV version is liquid and orange scented. That's all.
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Old 07-27-2017, 04:52 AM   #7
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I also followed another forum thread and they added a big bottle of liquid fabric softener (cheap at dollar general store) for smell and it supposedly slicks up the plastic and makes it harder for stuff to stick.

Yes my sensors started working again! I left mine only like 3-4 days I think, been several years ago.
We've added fabric softener and water softener to ours after each dump on our last 3 units. It really helps keep the sensors clean.
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Sure hope that RidX doesn't eat through that plastic tank. That's is one reason RidX came out with the RV version.
Yes, there is a reason RidX came out with the RV version of their product. It's so they can charge more for the same product. Just like the RV Toilet Paper, RV Mattress, and all the other RV trinkets some people think HAVE to be bought from the RV dealer's store when they can be bought from many other suppliers for less $.
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Old 07-28-2017, 12:01 AM   #9
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Yes, there is a reason RidX came out with the RV version of their product. It's so they can charge more for the same product. Just like the RV Toilet Paper, RV Mattress, and all the other RV trinkets some people think HAVE to be bought from the RV dealer's store when they can be bought from many other suppliers for less $.
It's nothing more than a liquid form of the home product with a citrus scent added, and yes, it is way more expensive in the "RV" form.
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Old 07-28-2017, 07:08 AM   #10
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Can you get the name of the electronic tapes you are talking about? My opinion (humble as it is - sometimes) is any non-contact method has to be better than the cheap sensors. And it seems posts about sensor issues is second to only tank smell on this blog - at least it seems that way!
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Old 07-28-2017, 10:03 AM   #11
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WE normally use nothing in any of the tanks when on the road but dump every three days
When at home for a period of time we do use regular Rid X in all tanks.We fill the tanks about 1/2 add the Rid X and let it work for a week or so then dump.
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I gave up on any tank sensors after buying my second RV, which was a new Montana. Even with our first, and present, MH I knew they wouldn't keep working. I just ignore them. I rinse my black tank when I dump it and every month or so I rinse my gray tank. Nothing goes into the black tank but some blue stuff from Walmart and Scott's RV butt wipe. Never an issue.
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:25 AM   #13
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I gave up on any tank sensors after buying my second RV, which was a new Montana. Even with our first, and present, MH I knew they wouldn't keep working. I just ignore them. I rinse my black tank when I dump it and every month or so I rinse my gray tank. Nothing goes into the black tank but some blue stuff from Walmart and Scott's RV butt wipe. Never an issue.
Same here.
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