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blavid posted 05-09-2002 05:38 PM ET (US)   Profile for blavid   Send Email to blavid  
I have a SaniPottie MSD permanently installed in my 21' Whaler. Most of you are probably familiar with the design -- a water storing reservoir to flush the toilet on top of the other "dirty" water holding tank. As you all know, you have to put some holding tank treatment in the lower unit to help combat odor and bacteria, and to break down the waste. However, in the instructions, it says to tilt the lower holding tank on it's side when it is empty to fill it up with the enzyme treatment, and never to fill it through the toilet hole where you pee into.

My question is, if the tank is permanently installed, I have no way of tilting it onto its side because of the permanent pipe installation. I am forced to pour the enzyme treatment directly into the toilet bowl, even though the instructions says never to do this. I think that it is working fine, but why shouldn't I do this in the first place? Is there a bad chemical reaction that might occur? It seems like I am pouring in into the exact same place as if I had turned it onto its side like the instructions say to do. So far, no problems. Does anyone else have any other advice?

Chris J posted 05-10-2002 11:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
I think they tell you to put the chemical into the side port because it may stain the bowl permanently if you pour it through the flush hole (and miss). If it worries you, you can use a large funnel to assure you aren't splashing the bowl or bowl seal.

You might want to consider using white vinegar and water instead of the normal chemical. It doesn't break down solids, but works pretty well as a disinfectant, won't stain, and is environmentally friendly.

Drisney posted 05-13-2002 07:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Drisney  Send Email to Drisney     
How do you empty it? Dave
blavid posted 05-13-2002 09:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for blavid  Send Email to blavid     

I figured out that I CAN unscrew the vent hose and the overboard discharge hose from the back of the unit. I think that I overlooked it originally, or was too scared that I might undo the "permanent" fittings. I was able to unlatch it completely and rinse the whole bottom tank. (I had to rinse it of the "solid" waste ;) never hope to do that again!)

Still learning little by little....thanks for all your help!

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