TIPS FOR TANKS: HAPPY CAMPERS

Us­ing Happy Campers

Suncruiser West Coast - - Contents - STORY COUR­TESY HAPPY CAMPERS

YOU’LL NEED: Dis­pos­able gloves, and a qual­ity 3” drain hose, a white hose for your fresh wa­ter con­nec­tion and a coloured hose for your rinser & other needs. It’s worth the ex­pense to have a clear see-through drain hose adapter to see when your drain and rinse wa­ter is clean.

BLACK TANKS 1. First, it’s a good idea to pre-charge the tank with about 12 l (3 gal) of wa­ter with your rinser if you have one. Other­wise, you can do it when adding the treat­ment. This ex­tra wa­ter will wet the bot­tom of the tank so the waste can spread out and start to break down in­stead of be­ing ex­posed to the air.

2. Fill your toi­let with ap­prox­i­mately 4 l (1 gal) of wa­ter, then sprin­kle & stir one scoop of Happy Campers and IM­ME­DI­ATELY flush. For hot cli­mates and tanks over 160 litres (40 gal), re­peat the above and then add 8 l (2 gal) of wa­ter. IM­POR­TANT: Never add more than one scoop to ap­prox­i­mately 4 l (1 gal) of wa­ter. Sim­ply adding more wa­ter will im­prove your tank func­tions.

3. CAU­TION: NEVER leave the black valve open. The liq­uid will drain away leav­ing you with a solid buildup in your tank that can be a costly re­pair job.

4. Keep the black tank valve closed un­til the tank is at least 2/3 full. (Dump­ing the tank when it is less than 2/3 full will not al­low the tank to empty prop­erly). Al­ways drain the tank with the sprayer if your boat has one. If not, you can use the tank wand de­signed for clean­ing and flush­ing the tank. 5. If your boat ends up with an odour after sit­ting a long time it’s likely a re­sult of lack of oxy­gen. Bac­te­ria like oxy­gen and after sit­ting still in the same spot for some time there isn’t enough shak­ing go­ing on to keep the oxy­gen dis­trib­uted though the hold­ing tanks. Re­sult: the bac­te­rial fel­lows are un­happy, leav­ing the job half done. It helps to flush more of­ten. If this hap­pens: Fill up the tank, then dump it. Now nearly fill the tank, add at least a half a cup of bak­ing soda, and let the whole thing per­co­late for a couple of days, dump the tank and add Happy Campers per in­struc­tions.

6. You don’t need to use spe­cial tis­sue with Happy Campers. Some that are rated high and rea­son­ably priced are Scott, Quilted North­ern and An­gel Soft. Not con­vinced? Take a square of what you want to try or com­pare, put it in a glass with wa­ter and see how long it takes to break up. Tis­sue should dis­solve in five min­utes.

7. Porti Potti’s & Cas­settes: A sim­ple way that works. Take a salt­shaker or spice bot­tle, punch or drill about ten 3mm (1/8”) holes in the cap. Fill with Happy Campers. When us­ing the toi­let, sprin­kle the waste and flush. Re­cir­cu­lat­ing Toi­lets: If needed, con­tact us for help.

GREY TANKS 1. You do not need to treat this tank ev­ery time you dump, but if your grey tank gets an odour the bad stuff usu­ally grows from

the top of the tank down. If this hap­pens, you need to treat it with HAPPY CAMPERS (two or three scoops should do it). Eas­i­est way to treat the odour is to sprin­kle and stir 2 or 3 scoops into a large bucket un­til well dis­solved and pour down the kitchen sink. Then fin­ish fill­ing the tank and let sit over night. If you are mov­ing right away you can do the same, even bet­ter by fill­ing the tank to ap­prox­i­mately 2/3 full for ag­i­ta­tion while trav­el­ing and rins­ing it when ar­riv­ing at your next des­ti­na­tion.

2. We rec­om­mend you treat the gray tank ev­ery third time you dump. For nor­mal treat­ment, fill the sink with ap­prox­i­mately 4 l (1 gal) of wa­ter. Sprin­kle & stir ONE scoop of Happy Campers and im­me­di­ately drain sink.

3. GREASE: If you have a build up of grease in the tank, put 60 -90 ml (2 -3oz) of Orig­i­nal Blue Dawn (dish soap) in the tank to solve this prob­lem.

4. Never use an­tibac­te­rial soap or dis­in­fec­tant clean­ers in your tanks be­cause they will stop the ac­tion needed to keep your tanks clean and fresh smelling. Also some large dosages of med­i­ca­tions can kill the bac­te­ria after they pass though your body.

5. You can leave your gray tank valve open if you wish. It is best to close the gray valve in enough time be­fore you plan to dump so you can use the grey wa­ter to flush out your drain hose.

HOLD­ING TANK DO’S AND DON’TS 1. Never put Happy Campers in a toi­let or sink with­out lots of wa­ter. With very lit­tle wa­ter it is pow­er­ful enough to be­come as hard as ce­ment. If you goof and do it, just be pa­tient, add lots of wa­ter (hot wa­ter works faster) and it will dis­solve so you can flush or drain the sink. At that point it will al­ways stay fully dis­solved in wa­ter.

2. Never put any­thing in the black tank ex­cept wa­ter, body waste, toi­let tis­sue and treat­ment. Noth­ing else.

3. Al­ways add ad­di­tional wa­ter with #2 busi­ness. Use mod­er­a­tion when us­ing toi­let tis­sue.

4. Trav­el­ing with a 12 l (3 gal) of wa­ter in both tanks will help keep them clean.

5. Never use bleach or home reme­dies. They can se­verely dam­age valves, seals and gas­kets.

6. Do not mix dif­fer­ent brands or types of treat­ments. This will most likely make both in­ef­fec­tive.

7. Some toi­let tis­sues have chem­i­cals that can im­bal­ance the tanks. 8. Are your vents clear? It’s amaz­ing what can build homes in vents. 9. Any­one on board a veg­e­tar­ian? If so, ex­pect to have some solids seen when dump­ing.

10. If stor­ing your boat long term in a warm enough cli­mate, it is best to leave some wa­ter in your tanks. The mois­ture will pre­vent hard­en­ing of any ma­te­ri­als left on the tank walls.

11. EX­TREME CLEANER will keep your tanks work­ing well, and is used for a su­per an­nual clean­ing of your tanks. Also for those of you who store your boat in cold cli­mates, it will clean them for win­ter so you can leave them empty.

12. Once or twice a year, we get a call from a cus­tomer that they now have some odour. First put 30 ml (1 oz) of HAPPY CAMPERS in a small plas­tic sand­wich bag and add 30 ml (1oz) of wa­ter. Hold it in the palm of your hand for 30 sec­onds and you’ll no­tice it will get quite warm. We now know the prod­uct is fine and there is a bug in the tank that has to be killed. It takes a treat­ment of “EX­TREME CLEANER” to su­per clean and get the bad out. Please fol­low di­rec­tions on la­bel.

13. Sturvite: It’s a crys­tal like rock. In 14 years of sell­ing Happy Campers, we have never had a cus­tomer com­plaint of sturvites. We hired a plumber with a line cam­era to look inside our 21-yearold black tank and it was clean.

SEN­SORS They get tis­sue hung on them, they get cor­roded or have other prob­lems. There are a few things that can help you keep them work­ing:

1. Rins­ing your tanks after drain­ing is a big help.

2. Once in a while cruise to your next des­ti­na­tion with around a 1/2 tank of liq­uid for ag­i­ta­tion.

3. There are busi­nesses that have a high-pres­sure sys­tem that will clean your tanks for around $200. It’s ex­pen­sive but they do a very good job of clean­ing your tanks. It’s the best chance of get­ting your sen­sors work­ing.

4. You can use our EX­TREME CLEANER prod­uct, which will do al­most the same job for less than $2. It will clean your tanks and there is a good chance your sen­sors will im­prove.

NOTE: Your fresh wa­ter tank. The In­ter­net has a lot of in­for­ma­tion for you. Our in­sur­ance com­pany will not let us give you sug­ges­tions when you might in­ter­nally get a prod­uct that is not safe.

We hope this has been a help to you. If you have ques­tions that we can help, feel free to con­tact us or one of our dis­trib­u­tors.

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