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Old 09-19-2011, 06:30 AM   #11
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Old 09-19-2011, 08:35 AM   #12
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jjarrad; just a thought, do you have the ceiling vent fan going in the bathroom when flushing the toilet? If so this is could be the problem. I've noticed the odor with our camper if the ceiling fan is on when flushing. The fan pulls the odor up for the toilet. Without the fan no odor.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:06 AM   #13
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I use a variation of the Geo method. I buy a liquid name brand black tank deodorizer and liquefier. Thedford or what ever. When traveling I use one in the black tank and a half in each of the Grey tanks. I put laundry detergent in the black tank and all get water softener. This is sometimes hard to find so when I find Calgone water softener I buy a few boxes. I let my tanks fill about half full when traveling so they slosh around good. When I set up I dump them with the Grey tanks last. If I am set up for extended stays, I leave the Grey tanks open to drain and once a month or so I close and treat them and let them fill for a few days so any buildup on the bottom and drain is cleaned out. I use a tank flusher for the black tank when I dump it. The black tank is treated with one container of chemical, soap and water softener every time. I buy any 2 ply toilet paper that says septic safe except the real thick Charmin type. I have never had a blockage and odors are very infrequent. If they occur odors are usually related to a black tank that is almost full and very hot temperatures. As a word of caution never use bleach and toilet chemicals together as they can cause explosive gases.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:12 AM   #14
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jjarrad; just a thought, do you have the ceiling vent fan going in the bathroom when flushing the toilet? If so this is could be the problem. I've noticed the odor with our camper if the ceiling fan is on when flushing. The fan pulls the odor up for the toilet. Without the fan no odor.
Excellent tip.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:13 AM   #15
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Is there a link to the "Geo method" someone can share? Are the Digest it products available at retailers or just online? We have been flushing our black tank with water when we dump and adding a few gallons and one of those drop in packets when we get home. The odor started when we started using the packets instead of the liquid.
It was the text file attached in Post #2. I know it is a long read. Lots of great Black tank maintenance and care tips in ther also.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:50 AM   #17
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Last summer we had a problem with black tank odor. We started using the geo method and this year we have not had a problem with odor. Would highly recommend the geo method.
x2!! haven't had an odor problem since we started using the Geo method.
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Old 09-19-2011, 12:10 PM   #18
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I was reading the forum with my Ipod touch. I could not see the attachments. Thanks for the great information. I did upgrade the bathroom fan to a much larger, more capable unit. I don`t think the fan is the root cause. I will read and heed the Geo method! The water softner sounds like a great idea also! Everyone on the forum helps to make the total RV ownership experience a pleasure! Now for that next improptu trip! With this cooler weather, this truly is prime time!
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Is there a link to the "Geo method" someone can share? Are the Digest it products available at retailers or just online? We have been flushing our black tank with water when we dump and adding a few gallons and one of those drop in packets when we get home. The odor started when we started using the packets instead of the liquid.
I buy RV Digest-it at my local Ace Hardware store $13.95 a bottle.
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Old 10-02-2011, 01:45 PM   #20
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Deodorants mask a problem with your tank. They do not FIX the problem.
In my opinion you should fix the problem (RV-Digest-It; then prevent it from recurring with a good black tank maintenance. (Geo method seems to work well for folks here.)
Other forum users claim bleach (part of Geo method) is harmful both to needed bacteria and to holding tank seals. Do you disagree?
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