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Old 11-13-2015, 07:05 AM   #1
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Fresh water smells like sewer treatment

Good morning, folks!

Woke up this morning to a pretty chilly Colorado morning, went to get a drink of water and noticed that it tastes a bit funny and smells like the liquid stuff I put into the tank after I empty it. My water supply is coming from the city water hookup right now. My first thought was that something froze and busted and now the fresh and gray lines or tanks are commingling.

I also might mention that my body hurts and I've been throwing up all night. Could this be coincidence and I've simply caught what my son had a couple of days ago? Sure. It could. But I thought I would mention it.

Anyone else had this happen?
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:22 AM   #2
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You got funk in your tank. When was the last time the tank was sanitized? This is assuming you are not hooked up to a city water connection and pumping water out of your fresh water tank?
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:31 AM   #3
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Hi, Crunchman,
I actually just added that and some other info to the op. I'm hooked up to city water.
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:47 AM   #4
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Hi, Crunchman,
I actually just added that and some other info to the op. I'm hooked up to city water.
Hi,
Do you use a water filter of some sort? If the water is on city connection, there is not much to it that would make the water smell bad.

Background info?
When was the last time the water smelled ok?
Full timer or first trip of the year?
Are the grey and black tanks full?
Did you puke on your pillow and it got stuck in you hair?
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:55 AM   #5
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The water smelled fine yesterday during the day.
We use a water filter that's hooked up directly to the water source, then the hose is hooked up to the rv.
I drained the tanks last night in anticipation of a potential freeze. Although, the grey is showing a third full but nothing would come out. I've had it happen before, but I put some sensor lube or something like that in there and continued to use it, and it drained fine at a later point.
This is not only my first trip of the year; this is my first trip ever.
Lastly, no puke in my hair. Lol
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Old 11-13-2015, 08:01 AM   #6
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Are you SURE your carbon-monoxide detector is fully functional?
CO poisoning causes head aches and nausea!!

Have someone else who is not staying in your rig smell your water and
if they smell the same thing you are then I'm less worried about you.

Are you sure you didn't have any hot water on?? Hot water heaters are
notorious for going sour and smelling like rotten eggs.

Give the water right at the spigot a taste/smell test just to be sure the
issue is inside and not the city water.

Be careful out there!!
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Good morning, folks!

Woke up this morning to a pretty chilly Colorado morning, went to get a drink of water and noticed that it tastes a bit funny and smells like the liquid stuff I put into the tank after I empty it. My water supply is coming from the city water hookup right now. My first thought was that something froze and busted and now the fresh and gray lines or tanks are commingling.

I also might mention that my body hurts and I've been throwing up all night. Could this be coincidence and I've simply caught what my son had a couple of days ago? Sure. It could. But I thought I would mention it.

Anyone else had this happen?
the fresh and waste water can not mingle in any situation frozen lines or not . ask where your staying it the water they deliver is well water or treated city water . well water will give you a rotten egg smell in h/w/h if it sets a bit . since your hooked up to the city connection your fresh water tank s/b empty and not just storing water . you may treat the system with some bleach and sanitize the lines and tanks .
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The water smelled fine yesterday during the day.
We use a water filter that's hooked up directly to the water source, then the hose is hooked up to the rv.
I drained the tanks last night in anticipation of a potential freeze. Although, the grey is showing a third full but nothing would come out. I've had it happen before, but I put some sensor lube or something like that in there and continued to use it, and it drained fine at a later point.
This is not only my first trip of the year; this is my first trip ever.
Lastly, no puke in my hair. Lol
I read some of your previous posts to get some background.
You are the army wife living in the 2014 toyhauler during winter in Colorado?

If the water tasted and smelled ok yesterday, the gray tank would not drain last night, I would bet the tank or outlet froze a little and it is allowing grey tank stink to come into the trailer through the drains. Can you run hot water into the grey tank and then drain it?
Did you do as KyDan suggested and taste the water at the city water faucet?
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I read some of your previous posts to get some background.
You are the army wife living in the 2014 toyhauler during winter in Colorado?

If the water tasted and smelled ok yesterday, the gray tank would not drain last night, I would bet the tank or outlet froze a little and it is allowing grey tank stink to come into the trailer through the drains. Can you run hot water into the grey tank and then drain it?
Did you do as KyDan suggested and taste the water at the city water faucet?
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unless the p-traps are dry odor from the tanks should not come up from the drains .
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unless the p-traps are dry odor from the tanks should not come up from the drains .
This would be true in a "normal" situation but when the grey is full, just before it comes up through the shower drain, you will get the grey tank stink odor in the trailer.
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Edit: We need to isolate if the water smells and taste bad "before" it gets into the trailer. If the water is fine before the city inlet, we can narrow down the taste or smell issues inside.
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