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Get Your RV Ready for Winter Migration

(ARA) - Now that the weather is getting cooler, it’s time to start thinking about that trip south for the winter. If you are one of the snowbirds who will be migrating to warmer regions of the country this year, make sure your RV is ready for the trip by cleaning your holding tank.

Holding tanks are a necessary fact of life for boat and RV owners. The tanks need to be properly drained and cleaned on a regular basis, or spending time in the vehicle or boat becomes disagreeable. There are also those times when a pump-out station is miles away.

“Dealing with the holding tank is probably one of the most difficult parts of owning a boat or RV,” says Terje Gronlie of Odorlos, a waste treatment manufacturer. “It’s something no one wants to think about.”

The usual method of cleaning a holding tank involves using products containing formaldehyde, a powerful poison that kills bacteria, and in large concentrations, can be harmful. Once the tanks are pumped out, the chemicals end up in the ground water and lakes and streams. And the smell never really goes away.

There is now an alternative treatment called Odorlos that is completely nontoxic and uses an innovative approach to waste control. Based on the same cutting-edge technology used by major waste water treatment plants and septic tanks, this clear, odorless liquid speeds up the natural composting process and eliminates odor by feeding the bacteria an alternative energy source. The result: waste and tissue are broken down easily, 98.5 percent of the odor is eliminated, and the end result is completely biodegradable.

“When you have a lot of RVs dumping in the same tank, all those chemicals can cause problems for the environment,” says Gronlie. “This is a good way to help eliminate some of that toxic waste.”

The treatment works so efficiently that about half the amount is needed compared with traditional products -- only 4 ounces for 40 gallons of waste. And there are no added perfumes or dyes that can stain carpets or woodwork. Packaging sizes are 36 ounces to 168 ounces (liquid), and 10-pack (dry) and 5-pound buckets.

Odorlos is available at RV and Marine dealers, Camping World, West Marine, Wal-Mart and Boaters World. For more information or to place an order call (800) 869-8764 or visit www.odorlos.com.

Courtesy of ARA Content
EDITOR’S NOTE: Odorlos is a division of Hydro Agri North America, Inc. and is part of Norsk Hydro ASA based in Oslo, Norway. Norsk Hydro’s business concept is based on the use of natural resources, with the aim of meeting needs for food, energy and materials.




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