The Best Toilet Paper for Your RV

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Have you ever wondered what type of toilet paper you should use in your RV? Is it true that you can only use single-ply RV toilet paper? At Quill And Fox, we were curious too and decided to find out for ourselves. In this article, we’ll explore the best toilet paper options for your RV based on our research and testing.

Testing the Toilet Paper

To determine the best TP for your RV, we conducted the Toilet Paper Test (TPT). Here are the steps we followed:

  1. Grab a canning jar with a lid.
  2. Pour one cup of room temperature water into the jar.
  3. Place one sheet of TP in the jar with the water.
  4. Tighten the lid and give the jar a shake.
  5. Let it stand on the counter for one hour.
  6. Check the jar every few hours to observe how the TP breaks down. Significant results should be visible within 12 hours.
  7. Remember, extra shaking isn’t necessary since your RV isn’t subject to constant shaking unless you’re traveling along a very curvy road.

Please note that the expected results may vary. Some three-ply TP may break down faster than one-ply TP. Additionally, certain RV brands of TP might not break down well at all, while others break down quickly. It’s worth mentioning that some TP brands originally labeled as ‘RV Friendly’ may no longer meet that criterion due to changes in their manufacturing process.

The Best RV-Friendly Toilet Paper

After extensive testing, we can confidently say that ‘RV Friendly’ toilet paper is the best option for your RV. But what makes toilet paper ‘RV Friendly’?

In our experience, ‘RV Friendly’ toilet paper breaks down quickly (within two days) without much agitation. It doesn’t tend to stick to the walls of the holding tank, it feels comfortable to use, and it’s safe for septic tank systems. Oh, and it has to be reasonably priced too!

Results of the RV Toilet Paper Test (TPT)

During our research, we tested multiple different brands of toilet paper. Below, we’ve included images of our own toilet paper tests to show the stark difference between ‘RV Friendly’ and non-‘RV Friendly’ brands.

rv friendly toilet paper comparison

Conclusion: Test and Choose Wisely

There are many brands of toilet paper that can be considered ‘RV Friendly’, even if they aren’t specifically marketed as such. Conversely, some toilet papers advertised as RV-friendly failed our TPT. To ensure you select the right toilet paper for your needs and budget, we encourage you to carry out your own test.

One crucial factor to consider is how well the TP sticks to the side walls of the holding tank. Sticky TP can cause your holding tank sensors to read incorrectly. To minimize this issue, we suggest filling the tank with water until it’s full before flushing, whenever possible. Additionally, always empty the tank when it’s more than two-thirds full.

At Quill And Fox, we have been conducting these TPTs for many years at RV shows, seminars, and rallies. It’s fascinating how many RVers are intrigued by the results of the TPT.

Happy RVing!

The History of Toilet Paper

Toilet paper has a long history. American Joseph Gayetty invented it in 1857, marketing it on December 8th of that year. It was sold in packs of 500 sheets, bearing a watermark of Gayetty’s name, for just $0.50.

Updates and Final Thoughts

Over the years, we have tested over 40 different brands and discovered some interesting findings. Some toilet papers that were once considered ‘RV Friendly’ no longer pass our test, so we recommend retesting your TP annually.

It’s worth noting that there are many YouTube videos claiming you must use RV-specific TP for your RV, but we’ve found that these claims are not always accurate. Some RV-specific TP is not ‘RV Friendly’, while other non-RV brands break down very well.

In conclusion, labels and the number of plies have little to do with the RV Friendliness of TP. As John Clarke from the Team says, “You must test the toilet paper to see if it is RV Friendly.”

For more information and to explore our range of RV-friendly products, visit Quill And Fox.

Note: This article has been written solely for informational purposes and should not be considered as professional advice. Always conduct your own research and consult with experts before making any decisions related to your RV toilet paper.