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    Rid-X for black tank treatment

    I was wondering if anyone uses Rid-X in their RV black tank? I was on the Rid-X website and they said it had not been tested in RV tanks so they could not recommend it. I have been using it all summer (and add Dawn liquid dishwashing detergent) and have had no smells, tank empties out completely etc. However, I now wonder about the long term usage risk. Rid-X is simply organic bacteria cultures and enzymes so I don't see how this could hurt the tank itself. Any opinions or input including from the factory rep?
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    Re: Rid-X for black tank treatment

    Products like Rid-X that promote bacteria growth to break down solid waste are exactly what you do NOT want in your RV waste holding tank. It is not a septic system and the bacterial action is exactly what produces those obnoxious odors we all try to control. The regular RV black tank chemical treatments - like the blue or orange stuff - contain compounds like formaldehyde that prevent bacterial action in your tank.
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    Re: Rid-X for black tank treatment

    Quote Originally Posted by branson4020 View Post
    Products like Rid-X that promote bacteria growth to break down solid waste are exactly what you do NOT want in your RV waste holding tank.
    Then why does RV Digest it work so good. it contains bacteria and enzymes and has no formaldehyde.
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    Re: Rid-X for black tank treatment

    And I've read that California is trying to outlaw any black tank chemicals that contain formaldehyde.
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    Re: Rid-X for black tank treatment

    Well here it goes again. To do or not to do...

    Over the time we have been full timin we have not used any chemicals, not even Dawn in the black tank and do not have any smell. We empty our tank every time we move and we use plenty of water. I rinse the tank each time we dump. If we stay long enough to dump before we move (when it burps at us) we empty it and rinse it and fill it again.

    I guess if you want to try all the chemicals and such it is your cash to expend but it is really not necessary. Why don't you try it for a while before you start using chemicals. Remember, use plenty of water.

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    Re: Rid-X for black tank treatment

    At a Fall Central California Heartland rally at Jackson Rancheria casino RV park, we learned that ALL RV's entering their park are dumped by an attendant upon check-in/entry, and you are ISSUED the only holding tank chemicals they allow. I guess they don't want their sanitation system fouled by unwanted chemicals.
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    Re: Rid-X for black tank treatment

    I'm with Bobcat. I use no chemicals at all in my tank because I dump it into my septic system here at home. I think all the chemical manufacturers are moving away from formaldehyde - replacing it with something that still retards bacteria growth but is a little less environmentally toxic. As far as products like RV Digest - I think they are just hokum perpetrated on folks that don't understand the difference between a digesting tank and a holding tank. And THAT is absolutely, undeniably, indisputably my not-so-humble opinion based no experience with the product whatsoever .
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    Re: Rid-X for black tank treatment

    Interesting Post for sure. A little surfactant cant hurt (Dawn or somthing similar) however if you don't have odors then that is probably enough. The surfactant would help clean the walls and lines the pipes with a mono molecular film similar to car wax. Worked for GE for many years in the Power/Energy/Water and Chemical division so have looked at the various aspects and son on. We do use Rid-Ex as home now as I don't have access to the good stuff anymore since I retired.

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    Re: Rid-X for black tank treatment

    I'm with bobcat also. We don't use anything in the holding tank at all, just lot's of water. It's just the two of us and have no smells at all unless it's a long time in between dumps and hot weather which doesn't happen up here very often.
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    Re: Rid-X for black tank treatment

    One other benefit of the Surfactant is the slide valve lubrication. Really a good idea and cost very little. Doesn't hurt the environment either. We use a deodorant if it is going to be in one spot for a while without full hooks ups otherwise just the surfactant.

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