Do you buy special “RV” toilet paper for your RV bathroom?

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Do you use special toilet paper that is labeled for use in RVs (or boats)? Or do you simply buy the cheapest brand at your local supermarket? The special RV toilet paper typically costs double or triple what a cheap roll would cost at Walmart or Costco. So what’s your choice?
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AH

Use Scott 1000 septic safe. Never a problem. The problem is the design of black tank, with a shelf below the toilet valve that fecal matter lays on even with adding much more water to bowl than needed or even recommended by toilet manufacturer. Dumb designs lead to stupid problems.

Jesse
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Jesse

After doing a 2-ply TP break down test, we found that Camco broke down the fastest with the most complete separation of fibers. Though more expensive, we are happy with this product.

Jim S
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Jim S

At first we used the special RV stuff, but for the last 10 years have been using whatever breaks down fast. Sam’s Club’s own brand is best. Very soft and disintegrates in a few minutes. And very inexpensive if you can store it it share with friends. Any butt wipes would go into cheap store brand zip seal sandwich bags and go into the trash can. We never had any problems. Now that we have a bidet seat at home, I will definitely put one in our next RV. We just sold our Dutch Star after 12 wonderful years. Kinda… Read more »

saber707
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saber707

Scott 1000 works just fine. Been using it for years. Last longer, cost less.

Terry W
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Terry W

We’ve used Scott “septic safe” TP for the past 13 years and have never had a problem. It is easy to find at Walmart (etc.) and not expensive.

L D
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L D

For us all paper goes in a trash sack and disposed into trash containers where ever we are. We do the same at home with our aging septic system and burn trash often.

Jim
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Jim

This is a misleading poll. I don’t waste money on RV branded TP but do use TP that meets the same “standards” as others have mentioned.

Terry
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Terry

AngelSoft, exclusively for many years. First trip only had used RV paper that came with rig. Do not like tissue that dissolves on contact! Men have little issues with tougher paper such as Scott’s, women after certain age cannot tolerate it. We settled on AngelSoft, watch for sales to stock up at home & while traveling, esp sales in tax-free states! Found that the tall, slim 12mega roll=48 reg roll pack sits quite well on the closet side (and stabilizes our Sterilite 3-drawer container) can stack 2, and still hang clothes . —agree with some who utilize waste baskets for… Read more »

John Mattus
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John Mattus

About 15 years ago we attended a seminar on black water tanks and toilet paper put on by Camping World. It was a “blind test” and the Costco brand beat out everyone. Have used it exclusively since with no problems.

Jere
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Jere

be careful Costco has changed the paper and it does not dissolve as well as it use to. Always do the “paper in the jar” test to be sure it will dissolve.

Bill
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Bill

Answered no but use septic tank safe TP, Angel Soft or RV TP from Camping World, Amazon, or WalMart.

Denny
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Denny

Been using Angel Soft for 13 years in 4 different rigs, all full timing. Dissolves completely in less than 1 day. Avoid Cottonelle as it contains fibers that don’t break down.

Patti L
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Patti L

Have used 1 plys for years and never a problem, let the tank get to at least 3/4 before emptying and used the in-tank cleaner.

Michael McCracken
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Michael McCracken

Scott 1000 septic tank toilet paper. I have used it for years and absolutely no problem. It is cheap and effective. I drive a 31′ motorhome full-tune,

Earl Balentine
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Earl Balentine

I personally have tested over 30 brands of toilet paper for the RV. I won’t go into the details how I tested but is was consistent, same amount of water, water temperature, number of shakes, time in water etc. What I have found is just because the TP says it’s septic tank safe doesn’t mean so. I have tested the cheapest TP and the most costly, softest vs hardest. The main point was how fast and easy does the TP break down. I found TP that was RV are rated, septic tank safe and the home use brands. I found… Read more »

Val
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Val

What brand do you use from all of your testing?

Thanks

Boatcat
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Boatcat

I buy RV paper from Walmart, and it is used to line toilet for # 2.
It saves water when flushing, and no debris left in bowl.
Wiping paper is Charmin, and goes in waste basket. When Walmart bag is half full, to the trash, and no smells at this point.

Jackie Baney
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Jackie Baney

We use Charmin septic safe and never had problems.

Doug Renken
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Doug Renken

As a mobile RV Service we see our share of black tank problems. We are starting to see cases of people using the TP cleaning wipes (which are septic safe) being flushed. They don’t desolve as quickly as even regular TP. As regarding regular TP and you want something thicker, Scott’s makes a thicker 1-ply and Aqua-Soft makes a 2-ply. Both can be ordered from Amazon (be sure to use the RV Travel link) also be sure you have enough liquid in your black tank.

Terry
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Terry

Fill bowl 1/3-1/2 with water before use and will have no issues that require lining!

–the septic safe wipes, just like flushable diapers, clog the campground pipes—we do not use any of those items regularly but if we did we would not flush them.

TomfromWI
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TomfromWI

Scott toilet paper [original thin] is great. Have had Charmin get stuck on several occasions. Never had a problem since. Scott is much cheaper than special RV toilet paper.

Tommy Molnar
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Tommy Molnar

For 20 years we never bothered with the “thin as onion skin” TP because you end up using more of it to make up for the thinness. But now that we’re retired and boondocking most of the time we’ve switched to the almost see-through “RV” paper to insure no problems. Not sure about the “no problem” aspect during actual use (ahem), but we’ve not had any tank problems.

Everyone has their little secrets on this topic, and so do we . . .

Buster Monasmith
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Buster Monasmith

I have been RVing since 1966, and have always used TP that is septic tank safe with no problem. A word of caution, do not put a liquid detergent in your holding tank, it will build up in the bottom of your holding tank, and make a real mess to clean out.

Nanci
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Nanci

RV paper always and never a clog. We find Walmart the easiest and cheapest to buy.

Judy G
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Judy G

This may seem gross to some but I do not put any paper in the tank. Instead my bathroom contains a small lined basket in which I deposit paper and wipes. A dumpster receives it daily or as needed.

Mike & Louise
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Mike & Louise

Yes, this is common practice in other countries like Mexico and is a good practice for RVs, IMHO.

Art
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Art

Ditto Judy, In a decade of full-timing, we have followed the same practice as you and have had no problem with our black tank or the valves.

Mark L
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Mark L

Yes, as we learned traveling in Mexico depositing the used paper in a small lined trash container works very well. We usually buy the Marathon at Costco and stay well stocked.

Lisa Rachor
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Lisa Rachor

This is the same method we do and works

Jerry
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Jerry

I can’t think of anything more unsanitary! If your holding tank won’t handle TP, you are doing something wrong. IMHO

rvgrandma
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rvgrandma

I use Angle Soft 2 ply. In our decades of RVing, #1 TP goes in the garbage container, dirty #2 goes in the tank. Have never had a problem of getting clogged.

Jack Lancaster
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Jack Lancaster

Those that don’t use the special TP have never had a plugged tank. And yes I “washed” it every time I emptied and never let it sit for any extended periods of time. Pay now or Pay later, your choice.

Sandra
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Sandra

Take a couple of squares of your toilet paper and water. Place in a
jar with a lid and shake it. If the paper breaks down, it should be
safe in your holding tank.

Earl Balentine
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Earl Balentine

Exactly Sandra, I have tested over 30 brands of TP and they are not all equal.

BruceinAZ
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BruceinAZ

RV holding tanks are just that, they are not septic tanks. In addition to that, nearly all toilet papers on the market today are “Septic Safe” which means they will break down even in a holding tank when there is liquid present. Paying the extra charge for RV specific paper is foolish in my opinion.

BruceinAZ
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BruceinAZ

I should add that we have had a bidet toilet in our coach for the last two years and therefore no longer need to use paper, but we did for the previous 30 years of RVing without ever having a problem with regular paper.

Phyllis Shout
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Phyllis Shout

I have been searching for a bidet for our rv toilet. Where did you get yours? Thank you

BruceinAZ
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BruceinAZ

Amazon. It was somewhat involved, but I adapted a residential bidet seat to an RV toilet. It has a heated seat, heated rinse, and heated blow drying, as well as user presets. We have them on our toilets at home and decided we just couldn’t live without one in the coach as well. This is the one we use. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cotgf0751l0

Firechiefm
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Firechiefm

I installed a Biffy Bidet three years ago. Not real fancy but very effective. We use no TP. We winter in Arizona so freezing is not a problem.

Dennis
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Dennis

Exactly, your black tank is a Holding Tank and not a Septic Tank. As long as the TP breaks down is the important part.
Personally, I have used Happy Campers for years with mostly Costco TP, or what ever else as long as it’s at least 2 ply. Never had a problem with my holding tanks. Never dump the tanks until they are at least 1/2 to 3/4 full and use plenty of water is crucial.

Dennis Brandt
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Dennis Brandt

Lots and lots of water.