If I purchased a pre-owned RV, did I get somebody else’s waste?

In almost every case, yes. While we service hundreds of RVs each year, locally in our service area and at the ten to fifteen rallies we typically attend, not every RV owner is aware of the importance of regularly-scheduled professional tank cleanings.

Sure, most RV owners will say that they do an average to better job of keeping their tanks clean, but if they aren’t using a professional tank cleaning service, we guarantee that there is some build-up inside those tanks.

Why? Most RV owners use enzyme-, biological-, or harsh chemical-based tank additives which are turning the stuff in tanks (especially the black one) into a soft, sticky pancake-like batter. It is virtually impossible for you to get this out with professional equipment and experience.

Onboard cleaning attachments (i.e. your RV’s black tank flush system) and those same tank additives are not powerful enough to remove all foreign matter. Our cameras show this fact.

Also, some RV dealers reselling an RV will simply fill the tanks full of chemicals, let them sit a while, and then dump them a couple of times without actually flushing out the system in any real way.

Jim & Debbie Tome, Owners

Hi, we're Jim and Debbie Tome and we're the owners of Kleen Tank LLC, the nationally-recognized and largest professional network of RV tank cleaning service provider.

We've been RVers like you since 2004 and have traveled all over the U.S. in our Airstream travel trailer. We started the business about twelve years ago and have cleaned tens of thousands holding tanks in thousands of RVs. From tiny weekend travel trailers to monstrous fifth wheels to luxurious motorhomes, we've seen just about every situation there is with RV holding tanks and waste systems.

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