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Posted: 04/16/22 04:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Try installing a couple of carbon filters in your water line;
It worked for me when I got the sulpher smell. I get my filters
at Home Depot and change them at the start of every season.


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I would first have the water tested to see how much hydrogen sulfide is in the water. If just an amount that causes the stinkies, many filters will do the trick of removing the smell and some HS2. If at a level approaching unhealthy, a more robust system is needed.


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Sounds like the water has high iron content. All the chlorine does is mask the smell. Frankly I'd rather live with the smell than deal with the chlorine. I would suggest a 2 stage filter on the inlet to the RV. One stage a sacrificial particulate filter and the second stage a carbon filter. That should solve the problem. The carbon will remove the chlorine (provided it's actually chlorine and not chloramine - you need catalytic carbon for that).

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If you are drinking the water however, I would opt for an RO. Something small under the sink or a Burkey gravity fed RO.


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Posted: 04/16/22 07:43am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Even in our small Class B we always use bottled water for cooking, coffee and drinking and the CG water for all other uses.


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I wouldn’t be “permanent” anywhere with sulfur smelling water.


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way2roll wrote:

Sounds like the water has high iron content. All the chlorine does is mask the smell. Frankly I'd rather live with the smell than deal with the chlorine. I would suggest a 2 stage filter on the inlet to the RV. One stage a sacrificial particulate filter and the second stage a carbon filter. That should solve the problem. The carbon will remove the chlorine (provided it's actually chlorine and not chloramine - you need catalytic carbon for that).

Something like this:
2 stage filter

If you are drinking the water however, I would opt for an RO. Something small under the sink or a Burkey gravity fed RO.


The smell is generated by bacteria that thrive in iron-rich water. The chlorine kills the bacteria, which can, and usually does, eliminate the smell for a significant time. We have had wells with the problem for almost 35 years, and conventional filters are not useful for the sulfur smell, though they will stop the chlorine taste/smell. We have a green sand tank, followed by carbon for all indoor water and then RO after those for drinking water. We still need to shock the well with a couple of gallons of 12% bleach a couple of times a year to control the odor.


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I don't know if your campground would do it but, I know they make a machine that sets on top of the well and automatically adds chlorine tablets at a preset period of time.


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