After four and a half months of full-time RV travel, it happened to us.
Toilet paper clogged our pipes.
I didn’t notice the problem until we were rushing out of an RV park early yesterday morning trying to get to a job across town.
I vowed to check YouTube, RV forums, and everything in between as soon as we got back from work.
A clogged toilet is never good, but a clogged toilet on your honeymoon is not exactly the welcoming to marriage we planned on!
Or perhaps now I’m super prepared for marriage 😉
So Many Useless Tools
We pulled back into an RV park around sunset and I began my search for “how to fix a clogged RV toilet.”
But I was in a forest in New Hampshire, with no access to any of these tools.
My husband tried using a toilet auger to loosen the clog, but he only seemed to anger the toilet, which released a foul odor.
Things weren’t looking up.
Some people suggested the only way to truly unclog the pipes was to take a hose and “power wash” everything out.
Of course, after that you can’t ever use your hose for drinking water again. And we lost our second hose somewhere on the road (oops) so we couldn’t use this option anyways.
We knew we didn’t want to call a plumber, but we were running out of options.
We had to find a solution.
Then I found an option that sounded too crazy to be useful.
Hot Water Works Wonders
Here’s how the tip goes:
Bring a pot of water to a rapid boil. Wait until it’s really bubbling. Turn off your water connection and pour the boiling water down the toilet.
Huh? That’s waaay too easy.
I didn’t give much credit to this idea, but the more I searched, the more I came across it.
Just use boiling water.
I had my doubts, but I decided to give it a try when I saw a woman’s comment that said, “Boiling water knocks out anything!!!!”
She used so many exclamation points that I just knew I could trust her.
After all, I could boil water. That’s about all I could try!
So Simple, Yet So Effective
I filled the one pot we had brought along to the brim and brought the water to a rapid boil.
My husband had the pouring duties – I’m not that brave!
After I assured him that boiling water couldn’t melt our toilet (his primary concern), he poured it down and immediately our bathroom filled with steam.
We looked at each other, slightly afraid to look down the toilet drain to see if it worked.
My husband said, “I’m going to boil another pot. I watched a YouTube video and he boiled two pots. He didn’t say if it worked or not, but it doesn’t hurt to try.”
I boiled a second pot and let my husband pour it down the drain again.
We looked down the pipe and saw less toilet paper than before our first pour. It seemed to be working!
We didn’t use our bathroom all evening and went to bed praying that we would wake up to a clear toilet pipe.
And… IT WORKED!
I boiled another pot of water and poured it down the toilet just to be safe.
In my extensive investigation to see if the boiling water actually works and isn’t just an old wive’s tale, I saw many people use this method on multiple different types of rigs.
Hopefully when you find yourself stuck with a clogged RV toilet, this tip will help you out!