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Old 05-18-2014, 03:10 PM   #1
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Bad Odor When Turning On Hot Water

I am new to the forum and through my searches today I have found several interesting topics and advice. My wife and I bought a 2009 Forest River 356SRV Wildwood Sport a year ago and have been pretty happy with our purchase. One issue that we can't seem to solve is when we turn on the hot water from any faucet in the trailer, we get a really bad odor. Almost like rotten eggs or sulfur. An suggestions or advice what could be causing this? I assume something to do with the hot water heater. Any assistance would be great. Thanks
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Old 05-18-2014, 03:15 PM   #2
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Not good. Recommend sanitizing everything. Have you drained the Hot Water heater to inspect the anode rod and clean out the inside of the tank?
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Old 05-18-2014, 03:17 PM   #3
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Clean you water heater out and replace the Anode rod if need be.

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Old 05-18-2014, 03:34 PM   #4
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Hmmm, Hot water only correct?

Then it is most likely something to do with the Hot Water Tank. And a 2009 to boot? I bet the anode needs replacing and you probably have a lot of calcification.

Not sure if you have a RV store or accessory store close by, but get one of these (they are inexpensive):
Amazon.com: Camco 11691 Water Heater Tank Rinser: Automotive

That will help you out AFTER you decalcify

A Great tutorial on decalcifying your hot water heater (complete with pictures can be found here:
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Once you have decalcified, you can use the Tank rinser to keep your tank pristine!

The tank anode probably needs to be replaced as well. The type that you buy is determined on your water heater type (Surburban or Atwood)

After you have finished the water heater project, you probably need to completely sanitize your water system.
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Old 05-18-2014, 05:14 PM   #5
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Another thought as to why the bad odor is - if the water was from a well & if there is any sulfur in the water it causes what you mentioned. The chlorine in city water keeps it from doing this. As others have mentioned flush the water heater tank & sanitize using plenty of bleach.
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Old 05-18-2014, 06:07 PM   #6
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+1 on the well issue. If you have any iron in your well water and it's left to sit in a closed container, it can develop iron bacteria, which produces the sulphur smell (ask me how I know!) Do the bleach in the FW tank process, make sure you allow your HWH to fill completely (stand by it outside while the pump is running and release the check valve at the top of the tank to allow the air inside to purge until you smell chlorine water coming out.) Allow the bleach water to run through all your lines too (hot and cold, again until you smell chlorine coming out, don't forget toilet and outside shower.) Then let it sit for a day so the bleach has enough contact time to do its magic. After a day, drain the FW tank and HWH, then refill with fresh water and repeat the whole process to clear all the bleach water from the system.

If you still have rotten egg smell after that process, you've got some other serious issue.
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Old 05-19-2014, 08:09 AM   #8
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all I use is this http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000BQ...&robot_redir=1 when and if I get "that" smell.
Works every time.

Walmart has it.

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Old 05-19-2014, 10:00 AM   #9
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all I use is this Camco 40206 TastePURE Drinking Water Freshener - 16 oz:Amazon:Automotive when and if I get "that" smell.
Works every time.

Walmart has it.

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Expensive bleach if you ask me...
Less likely to bleach holes in your pants though...
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Old 05-19-2014, 11:20 AM   #10
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Eh 1 Oz per 20 gallons.....

I just bought a new bottle as the last one ran out after 3 years finally! Lol

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