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Coming from RV to boats. Do you use holding tank chemicals?

In my RV's I use holding tank chemicals. Either enzyme based to digest and break down waste or stuff to keep it from smelling. I'll be full time liveaboard, and plan to pump 1-2 times per month. I'll avoid solid waste, but it will happen in the middle of the nights I predict.
Do you use chemicals or what controls order and breakdown of TP and waste?

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Re: Coming from RV to boats. Do you use holding tank chemicals?

Yup, but there's still plenty of stuff that doesn't work. I'm a fan of Happy Campers:

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Many people swear by K.O....


I use SeaLand Holding Tank Deodorant;
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odorlos.
best stuff on planet
donot put tp into your holding tank unless you want a foul mess. bag it


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Re: Coming from RV to boats. Do you use holding tank chemicals?

I'd rather have a foul mess in my tank than in bags out where I can see/smell them.
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Re: Coming from RV to boats. Do you use holding tank chemicals?

Just as much fun as an anchor thread, but smellier!

1. There is a no-TP cult. If that is too gross for you, the trick is to make certain to use single ply (Scott is best in testing) and flush enough water to keep liquid.
2. Do NOT use the blue deodorizing chemicals. They don't work and are bad for the hoses. Do use something containing nitrate, like Oderlos. The enzyme treatments seem to work too.
3. Flush the vent once in a while. They tend to plug with c__p due to healing and too full tanks.
4. Post a sign in the head for guests saying what not to flush and how to operate.
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Re: Coming from RV to boats. Do you use holding tank chemicals?

I used Rid-X while in the Florida keys and it seemed to do a great job. Doesn't take very much when your holding tank is just 30 gallons.

I agree on flushing or cleaning the vents regularly. In my case, mud daubers decided it would be a great place to call home and packed it solid with mud. I then found a new fitting that had a screen so they couldn't get into the hose and fitting - they still packed the damned thing, only this time, on the outside edge of the screen. Finally, I put a few drops of Avon Skin So Soft on the screen and they stayed away.

If your vent gets clogged, you could end up with a collapsed holding tank during pump-out. The pump-out boats in the Florida Keys had very powerful, gasoline engines that ran the vacuum pumps, which could easily collapse a quality stainless holding tank in a matter of seconds.

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Re: Coming from RV to boats. Do you use holding tank chemicals?

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Many people swear by K.O....


I use SeaLand Holding Tank Deodorant;
I tested a lot of these side-by-side using a row of matching holding tanks for Practical Sailor. Sealand, as I recall, finished dead last. You can do better with other forum suggestions, I promise. This one is also rough on hoses.

Ridex also did poorly, is rated poor by everyone, and is not recommended for this purpose by the maker. There are better products.

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