So, What is the Most Cost Effective RV Holding Tank Treatment?

So, you want the most effective way to get rid of your RV holding tank odor?

Here’s our breakdown on the real cost of maintaining your RV holding tanks.

Should You Use Chemicals or Organic Holding Tank Treatments?

If you’re here, you’ve probably already come across dozens of great articles debating the best and most cost effective methods for dealing with the most unwelcome odors that emanate from your RVs’ holding tanks.

Happy Campers Organic Holding Tank Treatments fall in line with the GEO method getting rid of black and gray holding tank odors. Happy Campers is an all natural and organic product that is both sensitive to your holding tanks yet effective at eliminating odors.

Many RVers debate that the GEO method is not only safer and more environmentally friendly than harsh chemical treatments, but it’s more cost effective too. I personally don’t feel that there’s much of a debate between using Happy Campers or the GEO Method with the alternative of using chemical treatments that simply attempt to mask odor and more often than not decrease the effectiveness of the bacteria working to break down the contents of your holding tank.

In fact, many deoderant/sanitizers do more harm than good. Many of you are already aware that formaldehyde is a common ingredient in holding tank sanitizers; which just kills a septic system.

Happy Campers Compared to the GEO Method for holding tank treatment and maintenance.

Happy Campers holding tank treatment may just be more cost effective than you think.

Let’s not beat around the bush…

I’ve read all the GEO method articles and DIY posts on how to use home ingredients to stop unwanted odors coming from your RV holding tanks.

Here is my take on two great methods:

1. The GEO Method uses water softener, detergent and bleach.  These ingredients are safe household chemicals that will not harm your septic tank and will eliminate odors and keep your tank clean.

2. Happy Campers Holding Tank Treatment is a natural, organic formula that is environmentally friendly and biodegradable, with no formaldehyde. It is safe, clean, easy to use.

The Facts:

1. Based on a product to product comparison the everyday household ingredients used in the GEO method add up to more than you can buy the Happy Campers holding tank treatment or the Happy Campers Extreme Cleaner for.

2. I don’t want to be a home chemist. When I’m traveling I find it’s far quicker and easier to use the Happy Campers’ scoop rather than measuring out several different ingredients to treat my tanks.

3. 1 Ounce of Happy Campers Treats Thirty Gallons in a black holding tank and Costs less than $.53 per treatment.

The Happy Campers Challenge:

We ask you to compare Happy Campers Treatment with anything else available in terms of it’s effectiveness in eliminating your RV Holding tank odor. Then… compare the price and we think you’ll also see the value in the Happy Campers product.

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Don’t take our word for it, listen to Your RVing Friends

Glad I Made the Switch

on July 21, 2015

I don’t typically leave reviews however considering how well this works I felt I needed to post something. We camp about 50+ days a year and most of them being in the summer. I was VERY skeptical buying this as chemicals seemed to do the job pretty well. I called the manufacturer about how much to add to the tank when in storage and was guaranteed this would work or to call him personally and explain what was happening. We have been on the road for 4 weeks this summer and haven’t had a day of smell from our black water tank. I have used in our grey water, however don’t feel we need it right now. I would recommend this to anyone and USE AS DIRECTED!! It works perfect with never having to add more.


5.0 out of 5 starsWorks like a charm!
on August 17, 2016

One summer of camping in the books using Happy Camper and I can report we’ve had no weird smells at all, at least not from the toilet. The campers themselves sometimes smell but that’s to be expected when you live in the great outdoors for days at a time without showering.

Whenever we go on a trip, I put one scoop in the toilet bowl and flush it with a 5 gal. bucket of fresh water. This makes sure there is at least some water in the black water tank and the happy camper swishes around while on the road, cleaning and deodorizing the tank. Once we are there, I may put in another half scoop depending on how many days we’ll be camping without a sewer hookup, and then we dump at the dumping station when we leave, and flush out the black water tank with the gray water. Usually, though, I can get away with the one scoop before travel method. Works great for us!

Even Better Than Expected!
on May 26, 2015
I read reviews that this stuff was great but really had no idea it would work so well so early. Until recently, we had been using the pouch stuff but still had odors of chemicals and ammonia from the black tank and toilet. After one treatment Happy Campers, the bathroom was odor free. This stuff really is great and a good deal at the price per treatment.

on August 5, 2013
The deoderizer stopped working after just 3 days in 90 degree heat. I emptied the black water tank, rinsed it with water, then added the Happy Campers treatment with a few gallons of water. Worked like a charm for the remainder of our vacation.

on April 6, 2013
Happy Campers works great for RV black water tanks. After I empty my black water tank and close the valve: I put one scoop in my toilet, fill it with water, swirl my toilet brush around to dissolve and then put some dawn dish soap in before I flush. There is not a lubricant in this to lubricate the valves, seals and gaskets. I put the dish soap in as a preventative measure. I don’t flush toilet paper so I can’t speak to how well this product breaks down paper products, but my black water tank empties without any difficulty and I’ve been using this product during 3 months of full timing without issue. It’s convenient and I like the power as it’s lighter weight, takes up less storage space than liquid black water treatments and I don’t worry leaving this in the camper through the winter like I would with a liquid treatment.

on March 15, 2015
I’ve had to travel for decades for my type of work (energy industry) never had any problems until my recent purchase of a 1 yr old 5th wheel. Unit is like brand new. Obviously the previous owner failed to dump properly and had some build up. So I thought I’d share what worked for me in this situation and try to help others.
From the MSDS (material safety data sheet) Happy Campers consists of Zinc salts and unnamed minerals. Worked extremely well for me in regards to cleaning up the black tank. Using product as specified. They also make an extreme cleaner for really serious problems.

To keep your black tank and sensors working perfectly…. Here is what works like a champ for me, and maybe it will help you.

Understand that water is your best friend for holding tanks. Just common sense follows. Each time after I dump my tanks, I take a common 5 gallon bucket and fill almost full with water. Then take 5-6 ounces of Dawn dishwashing liquid mix into. If Hard water is a problem in the area that you are at.. Add A cup of Calgon water softener. If unavailable use old fashion Borax. Pour straight into the toilet. To start your “new” tank. This only takes a few minutes and you are giving your tank a head start. The dishwashing liquid and Calgon keeps the tank walls slick and sensors clean and reading properly. Mix the Happy Camper in the bowl with water and flush and your ready to go!

For a heavily sedimented tank this may take 2-3 regular cycles of dumping to clean your sensors and clean your tanks. Happy Campers product truly does virtually liquefy all solid waste and toilet tissue. I personally have never used a holding tank product that works so well. This simple method that I’m writing has worked perfectly for myself and many many others that I known and is not just a wishful thinking type deal… I promise you. It only takes 1 time of black tank problems for folks to get real interested in holding tank maintenance! Lol

1. Dump only when tanks are 2/3 or more full. I try to get mine s full as possible by adding pure old tap water if necessary before dumping. The more water will certainly always help move any sediments.
2. There has been zero odors of any kind using this method.
3. You can use any brand of toilet tissue you like using these instructions. It truly liquefys everything!
4. Has worked for myself and friends in all temperatures below zero and 110+ climates.
5. I think you’ll be quite happy with the results and please pass it on to other RVers if you get the chance.
6. Sensors make take few cycles to begin reading properly and to be clean enough to read properly, but it will happen. I hope my experiences help a few folks out there. Have a good day.