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Cheryl Fuller
post Sep 19 2005, 11:30 PM
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Hi everyone. We are just back this evening from our rv trek around Canada. Had a wonderful time and I will be posting reviews, but I have a a question. We have always bought rv toilet tissue at either WalMart or CampingWorld, but it is rather expensive as compared to regular tissue. Someone told us that there are some regular brands that are also biodegradable. Does anyone know if this is so, and which brands they are?


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post Sep 20 2005, 10:38 AM
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Don't worry about the brand too much. Look for 1-ply (best) or 2-ply tissue. We've always used off brands of either ply & never had a problem. cool.gif The great thing with Camping World and other places is that they have convinced most campers that they must have their TP which is simply not the case.
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post Sep 20 2005, 10:54 AM
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But doesn't it have to be a tissue that "disinegrates"? My husband said someone told him to take a tissue and put it in water and if ti dissolves quickly, it is okay to use but I haven't found any that do that and I don't want to go buy every brand at the store to test that theory. I've been paying almost $5 for a 4 pack of 2 ply at Camping World. Have you ever had any trouble caused by using regular tissue in your rv?


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post Sep 20 2005, 02:51 PM
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Hi Cheryl,
My family has been camping for 17 years and I have never bought Camping World's paper. I use what I buy for the house (a wide variety over the years) and have never had a problem. I think as long as you "flush" your tank when leaving a campground you should be okay.
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post Sep 20 2005, 06:01 PM
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Thanks - I think I will try Angel Soft in the rv, which is what I always buy for the house. I just hate spending so much for the "specialized" kind. Hubby said he had heard that if you use the regular it can clog up you tank, but as we always dump every trip, I think it will be okay. Cheryl, you said something about flushing the tank - I have never taken care of any of that kind of stuff so was wondering, do you mean running water thru the tank after you dump? By the way, Banff National Park was beautiful but I was disappointed because I have heard there are so many animals there and the only thing we saw was 1 squirrel.


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post Sep 20 2005, 07:20 PM
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I've been RVing for 10+ years and haven't encountered any problems by using the same tissue that I use in the house. I've heard about the "tissue water test" where you place a piece of tissue in a quart of water and let it sit for 30 minutes to see if it dissolves but haven't tried it.
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post Sep 20 2005, 08:50 PM
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you said something about flushing the tank - do you mean running water thru the tank after you dump

Pretty much, my hubby has me fill the bowl up and then let it go all at once 3 or 4 times after he empties the tank.
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post Sep 21 2005, 03:11 PM
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We use Scott single ply, and it breaks down as well as RV suppliers TP. I always flush the tank well after dumping to clean it out the best I can, but I also have the tank spray system on my unit. Makes it easy! My other trick is to dump a couple bags of ice down the toilet when we are moving from one place to another. The cubes sloshing around in the tank will dislodge anything that is stuck to the sides of the tank.
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post Sep 21 2005, 03:12 PM
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Sorry! Double post. sad.gif
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post Sep 21 2005, 10:28 PM
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Hey hrrvr...
We've used the same tp for years without trouble and also do the ice thing regularly to help clear the tank walls and sensors. I'll add that the tank should have fluid in it while traveling.

Another note... we also manage an RV park. I checked out your web site last night and like it and what I see of your Resort.


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post Sep 22 2005, 08:53 AM
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Cheryl: From a Campground owner (16 years) - we have had rv's with problems in this area. We are also rvers and live in our rig 3 months a year. Be sure the non-rv tp is septic tank safe as most campgrounds are still on a septic system. Using regular tp may not harm YOUR tank but it will clog the lines of the rv park if not used properly. Always use LOTS of water when flushing and an rv tank chemical. Do not use the home made versions of chemical. We have had too many horror stories in that area. Your effluent should be all liquid by the time you dump. Some folks do not use enough water when they flush and the tp piles up rather than dissolves. Also, you do not need to use lots of tp. If you try to use less then there will be less that has to dissolve. The idea of the ice cubes when traveling is great. If you are having a problem, and the ice cubes don't solve it, try one of the tissue digesters that are out. We use it when we are sitting for long periods of time - 2-3 weeks or more. That helps with the dissolving when you can slosh everything around by moving. The "tissue test" you refer to is taking a piece of your tp and a piece of rv tp and placing them in their own containers - with a small amount of the toilet chemical you use. If they both dissolve - continue using yours; if not, switch. (This could be done as a group if you belong to a camping club or camp with friends: get a sample of everyone's tp and a sample of their chemical. Make up as many test jars as you like. It tells a lot.) Also, use the recommended amount of toilet chemical each time you empty your tanks and start new. Some folks just use a little - because it is also not cheap. But think about it - you put good money into your rig, are you going to skimp on the basic necessities for that rig? Just my suggestions. Thanks for listening.


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post Sep 22 2005, 11:24 AM
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Allen....thanks for the kudos! I see we are not too far apart.
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post Sep 22 2005, 02:41 PM
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Be sure the non-rv tp is septic tank safe as most campgrounds are still on a septic system.

I live in the country and also have a septic tank, although we are supposed to get sewage next summer. I have lived here 23 years and never had to use "special" TP.
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post Sep 22 2005, 05:35 PM
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Thanks for all the input - I just bought 2 packages of rv toilet tissue while we were on this last trip but as soon as it is gone, I am definitely going to stock "regular" tissue in the motorhome. As I said before, I pay $5 for a 4 pack of 2 ply at Camping World and I pay less than that for the 24 roll pack of Angel Soft at WalMart. This website is truly a wealth of information...who else could I have asked about toilet paper???


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post Sep 22 2005, 08:38 PM
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Yet another thing we have in common, I buy Angel Soft too.
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