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What’s So Special About RV Toilet Paper

August 9 , 2018

Have you ever experienced the reek of a septic tank clog inside of an RV camper? The last thing you want on your camping trip is the smell of sewage wafting through the space that you eat and sleep. If you’re new to camping or have never owned an RV, it’s vital to recognize that your toilet at home works very different. Before you go out and buy a regular roll of toilet paper, be sure that you know what you’re looking for.

Understanding Your Septic Tank

Your RV waste system is broken down into 3 basic components. There is the black water, or waste water tank. Everything you flush down the toilet ends up in this chamber. Then you’ve got your gray water tank, which holds leftover water from your shower and sinks. Next is the dumping system, which is essentially made up of your sewer hose and connectors that pump out the waste into the designated dumping station.

The Difference Between a Septic Tank and a Treatment Facility

As soon as we flush the toilets in our apartment, house, or other solid structure, it goes straight down the tubes and flows out to a designated treatment facility. Then, the water is processed and reused, or returned to streams in rivers where nature can work its magic. RV septic tanks need to be emptied out before they become smooth and easy. The last problem you want is a clogged sewer hose or difficulty getting waste to flow out of your septic tank and into the dump station. That’s why it’s important to use the right kind of rapid dissolving toilet tissue along with effective septic tank toss-ins to ensure your waste is liquified for effortless waste removal.

Adorable young child sitting and learning how to use the toilet

RV Toilet Paper vs. Regular Toilet Paper

RV toilet paper has an incredibly fast breakdown time. The kind you use at home is likely 3 to 4 ply, which means that it has thicker layers to create a softer feel, and it’s usually comprised of different kinds of paper materials that can damage your wastewater system or clump together. If you continue to use regular toilet tissue, you might notice that your RV toilet is taking quite a bit longer to flush. The pipes will start to gurgle, and you’ll definitely begin to see clogs due to large chunks of toilet paper buildup. This also causes clogging when you attempt to empty and clean your holding tank, which can cost anywhere from $75 to $350 depending on the severity of the waste buildup.

RV paper is meant to be biodegradable, with less chemicals, dyes, fragrance, and the best kinds generally have a ply of 1 or 2. If you take a few squares from your RV paper, put it in a glass of water, and shake it up, it should only take about 5 minutes or less to break down completely. There won’t be any large chunks floating around, and you’ll notice that it has dissolved entirely into small pieces.

What About the Smell?

It’s always nice to give your RV bathroom the same home-like feel and scent you would want in an ordinary restroom. Firebelly Outfitters offers deodorizers to combat any lingering odors and create a welcoming environment. Our Mulberry scented tank deodorizer comes as a premeasured powder inside of rapid dissolve packets so there’s no mess and no hassle. Just toss them in and flush for instant deodorizing, liquifying of waste, and cleaning of your black tank walls and sensors. You’ll have up to 40 gallons of odor control, and they won’t cause any issues when you empty out your holding tank.

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