Is It Really Necessary To Use RV Toilet Paper? 6464

Using the restroom is a part of RV life and that means toilet paper is equally important. When you used the restroom, you need toilet paper, but not all of it is treated the same. The stuff that they sell at the supermarket is different than toilet paper designed for use in RVs.

Despite this fact, many people wonder whether or not it is really necessary to use RV toilet paper. The truth is yes. Yes, you do indeed need to use RV toilet paper. If you don’t have RV toilet paper, you shouldn’t flush it down into your RV’s sewage system.

Why You Must Use RV Toilet Paper

The sewage system in your RV is a somewhat delicate thing. It’s not as robust as a sewage system inside a home. This means you need to take care to not treat it as you would treat your home bathroom or toilet. Be very mindful of what goes down the toilet. 

The last thing you want is for your RV’s sewer system to have an issue while camping. Trust us, nobody is going to have much fun camping if the toilet doesn’t work.

What Makes RV Toilet Paper Special?

RV-friendly toilet paper is supposed to disintegrate quickly to avoid clogging up your sewage system or tank. The paper has been specially formulated for RV use and will always be safe to use.

Some times of household toilet paper will disintegrate at similar rates to RV toilet paper, and many people have used non-RV toilet paper in their RVs. However, there is a risk.

RV enthusiasts Russ and Tina DeMaris say they’ve found that most conventional toilet paper is perfectly fine for RV use. They’ve even developed an at-home test for it: fill a jar with water and put a couple of sheets of your favorite brand of toilet paper inside, then put the lid on and shake it. If the TP starts to dissolve after a few seconds of vigorous shaking, it should be fine for RV use. If not, don’t use it!

If all you have is regular household toilet paper and you’ve deemed it safe for RV use, try your best to not use much of it each time you go to the restroom. The more toilet paper you put down the toilet, the more likely you are to experience a problem.

RV Toilet Paper Options

RV toilet paper
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There are plenty of brands out there that sell RV toilet paper. You can buy this type of toilet paper at most camping supplies stores and should be able to get it at any RV dealership or RV store. Camping World sells RV toilet paper in stores. You can visit any of our retail locations.

Another option is to buy RV toilet paper online. This will allow you to have the product shipped to you. Camping World carries the following RV toilet paper brands:

There are a number of wet wipe products out there that are popular right now. Camping World does sell some of these wipes, but in general, it’s not smart to flush them. They do not disintegrate like RV toilet paper.

Looking for some RV toilet paper for your rig? Check out the options for sale at Camping World

Note: This article was updated from its original format to stay up to date.

Is it really necessary to use RV toilet paper?


  1. With RV TOILET PAPER we use more and it does not work as well for the job. It is a hassle it is so thin. At home we use cottonel. Has anyone used that in their RV?

    1. Hi Sandra, generally, it’s not smart to use regular toilet paper in an RV. Go by the brands or types of toilet paper suggested in your RV’s owner’s manual.

    2. This is pne of the areas where there is a LOT of conflicting opinions. I ALMOST switched to RV paper. I discovered that my RV tenant was afraid to use too much water so she was not making sure the paper got thoroughly wet and had cleared the ‘throat’ of the toilet. i.e. actually got into the holding tank. If we were ‘boondocking’ the use of water is restricted but not when you are in full hookup. ANY toilet paper that is barely we then allowed to dry will form a ‘hockey puck’.

      When in full hookup you still want the black tank valve CLOSED. This way ALL ‘solids’ will start dissolving. The chemicals you add only work with the valve closed. If you leave tthe valve open you are treating the park septic system or sewer. I invested in two clear elbows so I can observe the effluent (junk coming out). My goal is to have only tea colored liquid being dumped because all the solids have dissolved.

      Many people use ‘septic safe’ toilet paper. The RV black water tank is essentially a small septic tank.

  2. If you must use “wipes” (post-toilet tissue cleaning), have a small waste bin lined w/plastic bag to throw used wipe into, then out with trash. Wipes will clog your black tank, just as it will increase the cost of pumping out your home septic system as the wipes must be removed for trash pickup. Pumpers will not pump! Wipes are bad news for city waste plants too and clog the sewer system. Learned the expensive hard way.

  3. I’m a fan of Scott’s Septic Safe paper and Scott’s Septic Safe moist wipes.
    I am full-timing in my Mallard M33 and have not had any issues with both of these products. I leave my valve closed and dump it once a week.
    Like other on here I have a clear elbow to view the waste to ensure proper dump flow and to ensure my chemicals are breaking everything down properly.

    I am skeptical of anything that does not display or advertise as septic safe.

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