Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Sting

When we got our RV–and never having owned one before–we discovered a raft of things we didn't know, including sewage disposal. 

Not to get too technical, but there are two waste tanks under the camper: One holds gray water, the other black water. I don't expect I have to explain that any further.

You roll along and these tanks fill, and–this is important–before they get full, you hook up a big hose to an outside valve and drain them into an RV septic tank, to be found at many campsites and some rest stops. Dumping your tanks is always in the back of your mind. 

As part of the black water lesson, we were told to buy a special kind of toilet paper made for boats and campers and all, which would dissolve and thus avoid plugging up the system.

Which we did not want, to be watching in horror as the toilet or shower backed up into the vehicle. 

So we bought a couple of cases of the special TP and went on our way.

It was spendy, spendy stuff. Four rolls of  retail? Eight bucks. But we didn't use much and it lasted a long time.

And as such things do, we ran out of it recently. I got online to find the best price and came across this article, which basically says the whole thing is a scam. That if you don't believe it, take a big jar, drop a couple sheets of your house arsewipe into it, let it sit for a bit, then cap and shake the jar.

Some brands won't break up but chances are the Kirkland double-ply stuff you buy at Costco for a buck a roll in the Carload Size will work just fine, the article says.

And I am here to tell you, it does ...

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