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Old 12-13-2013, 12:08 PM   #1
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Fast Dissolving TP or Not??

Well, I am new to large boating. I have always had the port a potty so just took what I had on hand. Normal 2 ply non scented aboard and thought nothing of it. Well now that I have an on board head I would like to do what I can to avoid any clogs. Using the fast dissolving TP, does it make a difference or will I be ok with using the household stuff?
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:11 PM   #2
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Well, I am new to large boating. I have always had the port a potty so just took what I had on hand. Normal 2 ply non scented aboard and thought nothing of it. Well now that I have an on board head I would like to do what I can to avoid any clogs. Using the fast dissolving TP, does it make a difference or will I be ok with using the household stuff?
I would not use household stuff.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:22 PM   #3
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We use the "good stuff" (soft, strong) but put it in the waste basket rather than the toilet after use.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:24 PM   #4
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Agree, if it does not go through you it goes into a basket. Bill
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:44 PM   #5
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If it's going down the head, use one-ply. Scott makes some that is very good.

If in doubt do the jar test. Take a couple of sheets and put it in a glass jar with water. Screw on the lid and shake. It should just about disappear.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:51 PM   #6
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What you are looking for is septic tank safe toilet paper. For example you can buy Angel Soft almost anywhere and it says it is septic tank safe on package. The glass jar (I used glasses) test is something we can all benefit from doing to see what a difference there is between brands. The cheaper the paper the more likely it will dissolve quickly.

Of course you can always buy marine toilet paper and avoid having to use low price toilet paper, sorry meant to say avoid paying a low price for low price toilet paper.

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Old 12-13-2013, 01:57 PM   #7
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We use the "marine" TP; I forget the brand. What I was told was that regular TP has a glue in it that over time will build up in your hoses and eventually cause problems.

Whatever you do, do NOT allow wet wipes or their ilk to be flushed. They will ball up at your macerator/pump, necessitating a tear down.
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:06 PM   #8
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We just keep some zip lock bags under the sink beside the head and the paper goes in there to be disposed of later.

Conrad....sounds like you might have some experience cleaning a clogged head. Do it one time and you start being very strict about what goes in...ha.
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Old 12-13-2013, 02:19 PM   #9
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That's the nice thing about a Microphor septic system. No macerater pump needed and the little aerobic $h-t eaters in the tank l o v e nothing better than a good 2 ply tissue for lunch. Just keep plastic and chlorine out of it and you're good to go.
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We just keep some zip lock bags under the sink beside the head and the paper goes in there to be disposed of later.

Conrad....sounds like you might have some experience cleaning a clogged head. Do it one time and you start being very strict about what goes in...ha.
Yup. And when you have two heads, it is double your pleasure time!
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What type toilet(s) and MSD's (Marine Sanitation Devices) do you have? Makes a world of difference in answering your question.
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:04 PM   #12
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Full time liveaboard with plenty of unknowledgeable guests and a girlfriend living aboard who uses the head quite often.

NEVER has there been an issue with clogging.

Just use a rapidly dissolving tissue or RV/Marine kind and tell people to be carefull...flush 2x if necessary.

If I had to put used TP in a ziplock...I'd go back to primitive camping and slit trenches...
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:18 PM   #13
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Has anyone here tried eating the TP with their meal?
Seems like it would solve a lot of problems?
Just sayin'.
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We use the "good stuff" (soft, strong) but put it in the waste basket rather than the toilet after use.
We do the same - use what ever you want, just don't put it in the head.
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:22 PM   #15
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WE use single ply - the cheapest available!! Works fine for the head, sometimes not so good for the hands!!
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We do the same - use what ever you want, just don't put it in the head.
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:48 PM   #17
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Have used fast dissolving TP for years and years. Only problem was a guest that threw a facial wipe in the head. She had been instructed about what goes in, but said it said flushable on the package. I was not a happy camper.
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Old 12-13-2013, 04:17 PM   #18
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I'm sure you have enough info now but i use Scott septic safe in both the boat and the trailer. i used to buy the Marine stuff but found the Scott is just as good at less than 1/2 the price and available almost anywhere.

And yes it goes into the holding tank.
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Old 12-13-2013, 06:54 PM   #19
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For, during, and after using a marine head - Just Bite the Bullet - but not your fingernails - LOL Use Marine TP!

For crap sake! - LOL again!! Spend some real BIG cash and purchase plenty of marine TP all at once. Store it aboard in plastic bag(s). If a pleasure boater can't afford the correct A-Wipe... maybe that boat should remain a dock-queen so the harbor's land based head can suffice.

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Old 12-13-2013, 07:07 PM   #20
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I thought you guys used TP for fuel filtering, and cleaned up in the bathroom with Racors.
We use 2 ply on the boat, 3 ply at home. Baby wipes are good, but not in the head.
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