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Do You Need RV Toilet Paper? Let Common Sense Prevail

Do You Need RV Toilet Paper? Let Common Sense Prevail

Do You Need RV Toilet Paper? Let Common Sense Prevail

We give a lot of love and care to our RV’s. We wash and wax them to keep them new and shiny. Shouldn’t we do the same when it comes to caring for our RV sewage tanks?

They are just as delicate, if not more, than our backsides. If that’s the case then, we should be asking ourselves one very important question when it comes to handling RV sewage tanks: What’s the real difference with RV toilet paper?

What is RV Toilet Paper? 

RV toilet paper is made from biodegradable material that breaks down quickly. This allows easy entry into the sewage system from the RV toilet, and an easy exit out of the sewage system when draining the black tank. 

Benefits of Using RV-Specific Toilet Paper

The biggest benefit of using RV toilet paper is to ensure that your black tank doesn’t clog and back up. RV toilet paper is made to disintegrate preventing possible clogging.

Using the appropriate toilet paper also plays a part in keeping your monitors accurate, so you know how full your black tank actually is.  Playing a guessing game is not fun when it comes to your black tank. 

RV Toilet Paper vs Household Toilet Paper

Is there really a difference with RV toilet paper compared to household toilet paper?  Aren’t they all made to disintegrate?

Ok, yes, toilet paper is made to break down in the toilet. That’s the purpose of flushing only toilet paper down a toilet and not all of your trash and recyclables.

But toilet paper is made a bit differently, some meant to disintegrate faster and easier than others, such as RV toilet paper.

While there are some household toilet papers that you could technically flush down an RV toilet, and all will be good in the hood (or the tank), you have to decide if the risk is worth taking.

After all, there are definitely bigger risks in life than possibly clogging up your black tank.  Are there, really?  Definitely cleaner ones!

What Happens If You Use Household TP in Your RV?

Is it really necessary to use specialized toilet paper? Why not just use an everyday household toilet paper?

I get it.  Specialized anything generally comes with an increased cost, and RV toilet paper is no exception. 

Ultimately, you get to be the one who decides what goes into your RV sewage system. 

If you use an RV composting toilet, these basic principals still apply.

How about a quick science experiment to test out some household TP?

You’ll need a small clear jar or cup with a lid. 

Place about 5 ounces of water in the cup along with two or three sheets of clean toilet paper. Cover the jar and shake vigorously two times.

Keep the jar on a level surface. 

Wait for about 30 seconds.

If after about a minute, you still see large pieces of toilet paper floating in the water…Beware! 

This household TP is not good enough for your delicate RV sewage system. Try again with another brand if you so desire, you may find a brand that works for you and your RV toilet.

So what does happen if you decide to use household TP instead of RV toilet paper?

If you handled the experiment properly and are confident in your TP choices, then probably nothing.

Keep in mind, though, while there are no guarantees of never having a plugged-up black tank if you only use RV toilet paper.

It does decrease your chances of becoming a YouTube star for exploding black tanks.

Where to Buy RV Toilet Paper? 

RV toilet paper can be found in most chain camping stores and most large chains such as Walmart. Like shopping online, instead? Amazon and many other online stores will have a variety of options for RV toilet paper.

PRO TIP: Here’s the current price of RV Toilet Paper.

Let Common Sense Prevail

Common sense dictates you won’t want to use a quadruple-ply toilet paper. However, after running our simple experiment, you may quickly realize household TP isn’t all that bad.

Nobody wants to deal with a clogged toilet, in an RV or otherwise.

The real difference with RV toilet paper disintegrates down to, well…how do you want to breakdown? 

If we’re talking TP, then quickly, please.

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John Sawyer

Monday 23rd of November 2020

We have trained friends and family to the three sheets rule. We drive the rv places and I always dump immediately after driving home. if the tank isn't full before travelling home, I always add 3-5 gallons of water.

It is well stirred and dumps easily. Even one time when I saw the dreaded mountain of TP from above...

The only time we had a problem is when the black tank froze, lol...


Monday 23rd of November 2020

Use a bigger, portable or installed. Use 1/4 section of paper towel to dry. Can save (only water) or depose in waste a clog & a tree.


Monday 23rd of November 2020

I prefer to just toss our TP into the garbage can. Only pee and poop go down in the "Black Tank" for me.


Sunday 22nd of November 2020

We’ve been bagging our toilet paper for almost 20 years, the first 18 living on a sailboat, and the past 2 in our RV. We’ve never had a clog problem because it gets bagged! Our house rule is simple: if you didn’t eat it, it doesn’t go in the toilet. Works every time. :)

Jim Jackson

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Sounds wonderful

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