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Old 09-29-2014, 12:12 PM   #31
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Ok, so if we take a step back, I see two issues that need to be addressed:

1) Smell from the grey tank is making it back into the trailer.
2) There's a smell coming from the grey tank.

Resolution:

1) Examine all air admittance valves and traps. Except for a hole in the plumbing that's the only way smell can make it back into the trailer. As others have said, a valve could be faulty, or a trap might not be holding enough water, etc... Repairing whichever one is at fault is the only way to address those.

2) We need to determine why there's a smell in the first place. Either it's coming from the campground's lines when hooked up to sewer, or it's coming from something in your tank. To address the campground, either don't hook up, or at least make sure your dump valves stay closed. If it's coming from your tank, than you'll want to clean the tanks. More than just a straight fill and dump, you might also need to put in some kind of cleaner, either some TST, the Geo Method or similar, and then drive around to get it to coat the tank and give it a good cleaning.

I suspect it's the second case and your tanks need a good cleaning. Especially since you said your monitor always reads 1/3. That's often indicative of sludge build up.
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Old 09-29-2014, 07:07 PM   #32
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Thanks for the replies today. The sewer valves are always closed. The air admittance valves are new. They have a bigger rubber flap than the original. I'm thinking a hole somewhere. The only time we get it is when the shower is used. Covered all the openings I can find. Going to the dealer tomorrow for other issues and see what they say. The smell is strongest under the kitchen sink where the drain goes through the floor to the tank. Took the saran wrap off the valve under the sink to allow draining this morning. Won't know now until we use it hopefully later in Oct.
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Old 10-14-2014, 08:34 PM   #33
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Thought I'd give an update to my "dealers" problems. A new switch and resets have been ordered for the water heater. When they are replaced they can check the electrical side of the water heater. The smell problem, nothing yet. They flood tested the tanks and found no problem. Guess I'll continue with the saran wrap on the air admittance valves. The slide chatter marks on the slide are a mystery. The measurements are within a quarter inch of each other. The slide has been moved as far forward as possible. The next step, they have to go through FR and Lippert. They are hoping a tech can come from Lippert to check it. They said they would winterize it for me. I guess I know when I'll get it back. Done for the year, but need it for Jan. for a run to Florida for a couple of weeks.
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