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Old 07-28-2013, 12:47 AM   #11
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Anything is worth a try! The bleach thing scares me. Some people say it is fine but most Internet sources scorn it!

http://www.myoldrv.com/?p=600

This stinks!
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Old 07-28-2013, 12:51 AM   #12
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Being so inexperienced (we bought our RV 2 months ago and have only taken 'er out three times) I'm afraid to give you advise that might cause damage.

I just read here a *LOT*! Hope you get some relief. Again, try the search bar above.
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Old 07-28-2013, 01:06 AM   #13
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I appreciate the help and sympathy
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Old 07-28-2013, 05:31 AM   #14
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Most campgrounds have a mobile service that comes to your site to pump the tanks empty. That is the honey wagon. I would call the office to see if that service is available there?
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You have to open------------------

You have to open a window (mine has a small one in the hall near the ceiling)
when you turn on the vent fan. If you do not open a window or ceiling vent when the bath vent fan running, you will simply draw gas odors from the black tank through the black tank vent that goes through the roof, especially when you flush the toilet. I think this may be your source of bad odors from the black tank. The black tank produces methane gas which is deadly to breath or explosive. Always open a vent or window when turning on the bath vent
fan for any reason.

This also has to be done when you are using the kitchen stove's vent hood fan to vent heat from the stove. This is the reason a window is installed just behind the stove for venting when cooking.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:00 AM   #16
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You have to open a window (mine has a small one in the hall near the ceiling)
when you turn on the vent fan. If you do not open a window or ceiling vent when the bath vent fan running, you will simply draw gas odors from the black tank through the black tank vent that goes through the roof, especially when you flush the toilet. I think this may be your source of bad odors from the black tank. The black tank produces methane gas which is deadly to breath or explosive. Always open a vent or window when turning on the bath vent
fan for any reason.

This also has to be done when you are using the kitchen stove's vent hood fan to vent heat from the stove. This is the reason a window is installed just behind the stove for venting when cooking.
X2! Close up that vent! Only good for after someone takes a shower and steams up the mirror.
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:38 AM   #17
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X3 - running the bathroom vent fan will draw odors not only from the toilet, but from your traps as well. Just in case you don't know, gray water tanks stink as well.

Many "black tank odors" are actually gray tank odors. Make sure that your sink and shower traps have water in them.

Shut off your water and open the flush valve on the toilet. (Clothes pin on nose and wear rubber gloves). Look inside (under the flapper valve) for solids build up above the floor seal. Odors from there will not be helped by flushing the tanks. Only a shaped bowl brush and lots of elbow grease with 409 or other cleaner will break that stuff lose.

Worst case is toilet removal and take it to the dump station for a thorough cleaning.
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Silly question, but did you put holding tank conditioner / deoderant in the black water tank?
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The tank will always smell bad, I would make sure your vent line has not come apart. Occasionally due to atmospheric conditions there is an air inversion and you may notice a foul odor around your camper but those conditions seldom persist. If your bowl holds water I'm betting on your vent.
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It won't help the smell, but Calgon Water Softener will help beak down what's in the tank as well as coat the walls for future help.
Can you use a campground restroom? If so, perhaps a full tank of water will help deter the smell somewhat.
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