How to Unclog Camper Toilet

How to Unclog Camper Toilet

A clogged camper toilet may be a real pain, mainly because it always seems to happen when you least expect it! Although if you do have the finest camper toilet, it can still clog. So, how do you unclog a camper toilet?

There are a few DIY solutions for fixing toilet clogs that don’t require the services of a plumber. Let’s check them out.

What Causes a Camper Toilet Clog?

Toilet drains, like kitchen sink drains, may get clogged. Waste, any item, or even thick toilet paper are common causes that become stuck in the drain.

Check beneath your kitchen area basin for a bend in the line that transports waste and water away. It is a p-trap; that u-twist and the straight line that leads away seems to be the letter P on its side.

A similar shape is included in the ceramic that composes your toilet, so imagine flushing the clog via the toilet trap. 

You’re attempting to drive the clog around the bend exactly like the force of a flush does when your toilet is running normally.

Hot Boiling Water

Start by pouring hot boiling water into a clogged camper toilet before putting any harsh chemicals or pushing sticks down it. It is risk free and always works.

Pouring a few hot boiling water bowls in the toilet valve and reaching the holding tank is all it takes. If you apply this approach, your camper may smell like sewage, but only for a short time.

Bendable Tank Stick

Keeping a flexible tank stick on hand is advisable. This functional item will rapidly unclog your toilet and wash out your black tank, keeping it odor free and tidy.

The wide bendable stick with a solid rotating spray nozzle can extend into your camper toilet to your black tank, efficiently cleaning away any blockages and trash.

Chemical Clog Removers

You can also use a chemical called potassium chloride to unclog a camper toilet. This chemical is also found in many septic tanks, indicating that it is efficient in breaking down waste and preventing odors. 

The waste exits the toilet through a tiny hole at the bottom and into a tank below. The liquid waste is then released into a sewer or septic tank after the solid waste is filtered out.


A plunger is a tool consisting of a rubber cup with a long handle that uses water pressure to unblock clogged pipes. Now let’s see how you can use it to unclog the toilet.

  • First, loosen the rubber on your plunger, and put it under hot water. It will aid in the formation of a strong barrier.
  • Put the plunger, so it fully covers the hole of the camper toilet, preferably totally immersed in water.
  • Gradually start, although the first few rounds will be primarily air, and you want to use the power of the water to remove the clog.
  • Now, press downwards and then draw up abruptly. Repeat as many times as necessary to clear the toilet. It may take several rounds of 10 – 20 excellent plunges to see benefits.
  • Flush the toilet to ensure that it is regularly draining again. If it isn’t, the obstruction may need more plunging.

Soda Bicarbonate and Vinegar

Soda Bicarbonate and vinegar are excellent cleaning agents, and when poured into a blocked toilet, they can frequently clear the blockage without the need for a plunger.

  • Check that the toilet is half-full with water. As the mixture pops up, add or remove water to prevent spilling.
  • Put one bowl of Soda Bicarbonate in the toilet. Pour 1 cup of vinegar until the mixture begins to bubble. Allow it to rest for 30 minutes before flushing.
  • Now check if the toilet is regularly draining again. If the toilet still won’t drain, repeat the procedure or leave the solution in the toilet longer.

Dishwashing Liquid and Water

Add 1 cup of dishwashing liquid, and dilute it with water. Pour this mixture into the toilet bowl and let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes.

Check to see whether the soap helped to remove the blockage.

If the dishwashing liquid isn’t enough, add more hot water. Pour the water in from approximately waist level to generate pressure and remove the blockage with the dish soap.

Check if the toilet is regularly emptying by flushing.

How to Prevent Future Clogs?

The most effective technique to cope with camper toilet clogs is to avoid them in the first place.

Below are some guidelines to prevent your toilet from clogging.

Toilet Paper That Dissolves Quickly

Overuse of ordinary toilet paper is one of the leading reasons for clogged camper toilets.

Ordinary toilet paper can block your toilet tube and gather in your tank, generating a huge block that is difficult to remove.

To avoid clogging, you can shift from ordinary toilet paper to quick dissolving toilet paper.

There are rapid dissolving toilet papers available in the market that dissolve quicker than ordinary toilet paper. These were specially created for camper toilet usage and are sanitary and sewage safe.

Lots of Water

When using the toilet, use a lot of water! Before using the bowl, fill it with water and then flush it.

To put it another way, the more water you have, the better. 

It will prevent your toilet from clogging and the trash in your black tank from building a solid clump that can be difficult to remove.

Tank Treatment Packets

Tank treatment packets are for black tank treatment that helps break down waste and eliminate smells in your tank.

Place a packet in your toilet and flush with enough water to fully cover it.

Indications You Have Got a Toilet Issue

A pungent and nasty odor pervades your camper as the first indicator of a clogged drain. 

When you peek into the toilet, you will not see anything that suggests a problem, but the scent is a sure sign of the issues. 

Go outdoors as soon as you discover it and open the valve to your black water tank.

If you use a transparent sewer hose adapter, you’ll be able to see whether anything is flowing out of the tank.

Try to listen if you don’t have this tool. You will hear motions if the tank is emptying.

Your tank is either entirely or partially blocked if you don’t see or hear anything or only hear minor movements.


Based on the intensity of the blockage and the contents of your sewage holding tank, cleaning a clog from your camper toilet can be relatively simple or quite complex.

Make life simple for yourself. Keep clogs from forming in the first place by using suitable materials and cleaning routines.

Warwick Braith

Warwick Braith is a thrill seeker at heart. He loves getting outdoors and testing his limits in the wild. As a blogger for YapQ, Warwick provides readers with insights and tips on how to get the most out of their outdoor experiences. Whether it's hiking, camping, or simply exploring nature, Warwick knows how to make the most of it.

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