Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021

A volcanic eruption… of butt wipes. Oh, the horror!

This week, the owners of Mountain View Campground in Sundance, Wyoming, experienced a volcanic eruption when more than 50 flushable wipes clogged one site’s receptacle, spewing waste and wipes that covered the ground. Not only did this affect the entire site, but it affected the manifold causing blockage for RVers on each side of the mishap. What a crappy mess!

The anxiety-ridden owners had to shut down the site, clear the blockage and dig up at least one foot deep of the surrounding ground and apply lime to reduce the contamination of sewage. I asked if they had taken a picture. They hadn’t, but they did admit that, in hindsight, pictures of the disaster would educate RVers how much damage using “non-flushable” wipes cause. And don’t forget those toilet bowl cleaner pads. They should be disposed of, but not in your black tank. They’re full of chemicals that do not assist in breaking down waste.

Credit to City of Lakeland, Tennessee, for their cautionary wisdom.

There continues to be much controversy about whether to flush non-septic-safe toilet paper or flushable wipes into your black tank. If you’re in doubt, here’s a quick test. Fill a glass or bowl with water. Place one square of the toilet paper and/or one wipe. If either does not disintegrate within 30 minutes, don’t flush them into your tank. No one needs that headache!

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Steve
27 days ago

Here’s the test – DON’T USE THEM!!

Uncle Swags
30 days ago

Too bad the companies making these products don’t just stop. Let’s get some lawyers after them; sounds like the folks in Sundance should be compensated for the damage this product caused.

Karen
30 days ago

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B08FCJXMGB/ref=ox_sc_saved_image_1?smid=ALLYV1SKLVW2K&psc=1#

I love this product and use the standard Scott 1 ply for the RV. It really make this RVTP a good thing for #2. It’s a Good Thing.

Kamwick
1 month ago

Yeah, the ‘flushable’ stuff really isn’t, in RVs or sticks and bricks. Definite trouble sooner or later.

We started using toilet paper spray – just as nice as wipes and better for everything.

Karen
30 days ago
Reply to  Kamwick

We use it too….I don’t think people know much about it yet. Cleanse is the Amazon item I have been spraying on my TP for the RV. Now I have to use more RVTP than I do in the home due to thin nature but I love this stuff for number 2s!!!!

Bobby
1 month ago

This has been in the news now for years – Flushable wipes that are not. Where are the brainless, self-serving people not aware of this problem. May they have a sh$%er backup home.

Hannah
1 month ago

The hospital where I worked began using disposable patient bath wipes. About 6 months later the city asked us to stop as they were obstructing the whole sewer system.

rvgrandma
1 month ago

I rarely ever put even TP into my black tank – just #1 & #2. It is not a big problem to have a garbage can right there for toilet paper or wipes that you empty every day or two.

I have seen reports over the years of the problems these ‘flushable’ wipes are causing in sewage treatment plants too. They don’t breakdown quickly then clog up the systems.

Irv
1 month ago

I tried the jar test on several brands of TP including RV types. None broke apart in 24 hours until the jar was shaken.

Karen
30 days ago
Reply to  Irv

Scott 1 ply. Breaks up in minutes

Bev Rooker
1 month ago

We stayed at Mountain View this summer and loved it! The owners take such pride in their park which is spotless and are great people. I definitely recommend their Park. So sorry to here about this sewage problem.

Ian Anderson
1 month ago

And just where is the cassette toilet’s contents going to be disposed ?

Glenda Alexander
1 month ago
Reply to  Ian Anderson

In the trash can/dumpster, of course.

Steve
27 days ago
Reply to  Ian Anderson

Cassette toilet????

Bill
1 month ago

“Flushable” wipes are a problem no matter where you use them – septic or municipal waste system. A cassette only changes the delivery method, not the problem. Google “fatberg” for an education about our dump and forget practices.

Scooter
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill

I try to learn at least one thing a day. Today I learned of “fatbergs”. I hope to never see one.

richard
1 month ago

An advantage for cassette toilets! Flushable wipes should be no problem there.

Kamwick
1 month ago
Reply to  richard

trouble is, they just end up in some sewage system elsewhere. Not a nice thing to do.

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