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Old 08-17-2012, 01:30 AM   #1
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Spiders in the bathtub

So a few weeks ago, I started getting the TT ready for a few planned trips, after it had sat for about 2 months.
Went to clean up the bath area, and found about a 100 + tiny cream colored spiders all over the upper shower area, on the shower head, in the skylight, behind the toilet....I was NOT happy.
Anyway, I killed all of them, at least all I found, and continued to clean all the walls, toilet, etc.
Went back into trailer almost a week later, and it was full of spiders again in the bathroom only, same areas as before! So I AGAIN kill them all, spraying them, wiping them up, etc.
Go back a week later, and...yup, more spiders in the shower!

After MUCH anguish, because I'm pretty sure these are baby wolf spiders, EEEEKKKK, and I have not yet found Mamma spider, I think maybe they were living in the gray water tank, and coming up through the drain. SO we ran water through all the drains 2x with soapy water, let it sit overnight, drained, then covered the drain with duck tape (pretty) until I could get a plug. So far, no more spiders.

Anyone else have this happen? What did you do? Is it even possible the spiders were living in the empty gray water pipes? I was thinking if the Mamma went down the drain, say, in the kitchen, she could be living in the pipe???
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Old 08-17-2012, 08:17 AM   #2
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I'm not sure but can wolf spiders swim under water?
They would have to swim under water to get through your p traps.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:30 AM   #3
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No, there was no water in the pipes.
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Old 08-17-2012, 10:33 AM   #4
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No, there was no water in the pipes.
It sounds like that's your solution then.
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No, there was no water in the pipes.
Just curious but there has to be water in them unless you installed new p traps and never ran the water.
If thats the case your camper should smell from gray tank odor.
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Just curious but there has to be water in them unless you installed new p traps and never ran the water.
If thats the case your camper should smell from gray tank odor.
There was no water in them, because we weren't using it, and had drained all of the water out, except for a little water in septic.

Do you keep gray water in your trailer when your not using it?
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No, there was no water in the pipes.
P traps cannot work without water in them. The water seals the open pipe from the fumes, etc from below the shower/sink drains.
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P traps cannot work without water in them. The water seals the open pipe from the fumes, etc from below the shower/sink drains.
OK, hold on...I may be on to a "ah ha" moment! SO what your saying is that when you get home from camping, you put more water in the gray tank, just to seal fumes/gases?

Keep in mind, I'm blond...
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There was no water in them, because we weren't using it, and had drained all of the water out, except for a little water in septic.

Do you keep gray water in your trailer when your not using it?
Teresa,
The point I'm making is there are traps under your shower that ahold water to keep odors out of your camper.
They cannot be drained unless removed.


Also yes we put several gallons of water back in all of our waste tanks with water softener and laundry detergent.
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OK, hold on...I may be on to a "ah ha" moment! SO what your saying is that when you get home from camping, you put more water in the gray tank, just to seal fumes/gases?

Keep in mind, I'm blond...
NO! The water will stay in the p trap just with normal use. You don't have to do anything.
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