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post #21 of 37 Old 05-05-2010
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I am one of those that can't imagine NOT flushing it.
Buy the stuff made for Marine/RV holding tanks and never a problem.
BTW, you can get the TP from big box stores like Walmart and K-Mart at a nice savings in compared to a Marine Supply.

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I flush the TP. BUT, some folks with boats, due to the clogging issue, or equal do not flush TP. I was at a local restaurant one time and could not figure out why there was a garbage can in the flusher. Turns out, folks from Mexico, where a lot of the staff was from, and from an area, that had issues with flushing TP down toilets, so they were leaving it on the floor! owner figured out the issue, could not train everyone, including guest, so he stuck a can in the toilet compartments.....

Anyway, to me, dirty TP would be no different that cleaning up after the dog or cat, or horse farms I haul away literally 10-50 cubic yards/meters of material every few months. We seem to get disgusted with our own waste, yet animal/pet waste we are more lax on dealing with it per say. Not sure that lax is the right work, or just do not want to touch deal with our own is maybe better.

With work, I deal with 3 mulches, compost, animal manure based, or sludge based, amazing how many are disgusted with the idea if composted sludge in there yards vs the other two.........

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I guess as boaters we could just do what they do in India, huh? Always shake with the right hand, btw.

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Sorry, but the whole "bagging" idea makes me gag. To each their own, I suppose.
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Nothing in our head that wasn't eaten first. I'd rather use a generous amount of comfortable TP, and bag it; than 4 squares of flimsy RV TP just for the "priviledge" of flushing it. After 8 years living aboard, I'm so trained I don't flush TP on land either (sometimes to the bemusement of my hosts LOL)
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Good on ya, now shave your head and you will really be an old salt. Someone should tell the ladies that use a huge clump to wipe after P"ing to bag it.
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Gosh, this seems kinda personal We are admitted flushers and I am not ashamed!!! We usually buy the stuff that is good for septic sytems and have never had an issue with clogs. I do re-build the head every four-five years with a rebuild kit.
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I got the answer....

an adjustable, damped down, pressure washer. Gives whole new meaning to the old 'save water, shower with a friend' stuff.....hey.. This could be fun...

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Most every long term cruising sailor I have met is in the no flush camp. Maybe its that they are older and like soft tp as opposed to that worthless marine tp that doesn't clog. I don't like being up to my elbows in muck, so I have joined the no tp down the head camp. I tell guests this before they come aboard, if they don't like it they can find some other boat to sail on for free.

I figure its pretty easy to put the waste paper in a plastic bag,and dispose of later. Taking a head apart is more difficult, easy choice for me.

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On my boat, we flush the TP. On my parents' boat, we bagged it. Depends on the details of pumps and plumbing.

One doesn't necessarily need special holding tank toilet paper -- test your regular paper by taking a sheet, putting it in a bucket with some water, stir every 10 minutes or whatever, and see how long it takes for the sheet to disintegrate.

We use TP made from recycled paper fiber, "Seventh Generation" is the brand in our area. It's what we use at home as well as on the boat. We haven't had any problems with it on the boat.

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