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OK,
Try to keep it clean, but I have a stink problem. Well, at least the black tank/toilet has an issue. Whenever I flush, a gush of sewer stink results. Never had this problem before. I have a 360 on the vent. It has been 90-100 degrees the past couple of weeks - maybe the tank is just real ripe??? I think I read somewhere that there could be a problem with the vent itself? What? And how do you resolve a vent problem? I will dump at my next cg (tomorrow) - I always do a thorough flush of the black tank. I don't want to dump at my present cg, near Charleston - the water smells like rotten eggs - don't need that on top of sewer stink!!!!!!!!!!!!! So any suggestions to get rid of "peppie la pew"???


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We can get a shot of smelly when the tank is near the dump point. In fact that is many times our warning that the "dump me now" burp will soon follow. One thing we learned the hard way was that when flushing make certain that the ceiling vent is off so that you are not sucking odors out. Another is to close the lid when flushing. Filling the bowl with water before flushing seems to help minimize flushing odors. A cup or so of bleach in the tank will kill bacteria and odors, but you will lose any digestion going on. We tried a double dose of deodorant chemicals once and ended up with a shot of awful smelling deodorant odor. IMO the best thing to do is dump the tank.


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klm wrote:

OK,
Try to keep it clean, but I have a stink problem. Well, at least the black tank/toilet has an issue. Whenever I flush, a gush of sewer stink results. Never had this problem before. I have a 360 on the vent. It has been 90-100 degrees the past couple of weeks - maybe the tank is just real ripe??? I think I read somewhere that there could be a problem with the vent itself? What? And how do you resolve a vent problem? I will dump at my next cg (tomorrow) - I always do a thorough flush of the black tank. I don't want to dump at my present cg, near Charleston - the water smells like rotten eggs - don't need that on top of sewer stink!!!!!!!!!!!!! So any suggestions to get rid of "peppie la pew"???

what does dumping and flushing your tank have to do with water quaility?Its not like your filling your water tank etc??If its full I would be dumping and flushing right now
Also to note are you putting in adaquate sewage treatment liquid?
that has to be put in every time after dumping
Plus if your tanks near full u will get a wiff of it for sure.
Make double sure your Black tank vent is clear and working properly

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klm wrote:

OK,
Try to keep it clean, but I have a stink problem. Well, at least the black tank/toilet has an issue. Whenever I flush, a gush of sewer stink results. Never had this problem before. I have a 360 on the vent. It has been 90-100 degrees the past couple of weeks - maybe the tank is just real ripe??? I think I read somewhere that there could be a problem with the vent itself? What? And how do you resolve a vent problem? I will dump at my next cg (tomorrow) - I always do a thorough flush of the black tank. I don't want to dump at my present cg, near Charleston - the water smells like rotten eggs - don't need that on top of sewer stink!!!!!!!!!!!!! So any suggestions to get rid of "peppie la pew"???

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We can get a shot of smelly when the tank is near the dump point. In fact that is many times our warning that the "dump me now" burp will soon follow. One thing we learned the hard way was that when flushing make certain that the ceiling vent is off so that you are not sucking odors out. Another is to close the lid when flushing.


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It's a posability the vent is blocked. Remove the vent cap and run something like a hose down to clear any obstruction. had wasps build a nest in ours.


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How full is the black tank??

Your vent tube could be below the level in the tank so no venting takes place.


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What about campa chem. They sell it at Walmart, camping world, etc.. When we dump we immediately add campa chem in the empty tank with a little water. We have never had a smell issue in any RV we have ever owned.

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could be a number of reasons the smell is coming on just now. the temp, blocked vent, the water has got to play a roil in this with the smell already. sounds like well water with a lot of sulfur in it. do you have a fan going in the bathroom when you flush? that also brings out the beastly smell. the cure is dump asap and clean it out real good

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Posted: 06/21/11 06:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Op here. No open vent, but the ac's have been runnig 24/7 and the rear unit is above bathroom. Don't know if that is relevent to the stink.

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