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Old 03-28-2016, 10:17 PM   #1
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hot water smells like petroleum gas

We just purchased a 2008 Forest River Berkshire 390BH and took it for the first trip last weekend. When we took a hot shower, there was a distinct petroleum gas smell coming from the water. It was not a rotten egg sulfur smell - it was definitely a petroleum type gas smell. It was only from the hot water when the hot water heater was on. The cold water did not smell and it did not taste bad. It is currently in the shop getting some minor repairs and they are stumped as to what it is. Does anyone have any ideas for us newbies??? Thanks!
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:23 PM   #2
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The sacrificial anode in the water heater needs replacing. Chemicals in the water will erode it and smell like rotten eggs.


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Old 03-28-2016, 10:23 PM   #3
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RV/Marine antifreeze does have an aromatic smell that some might describe as gasoline-like. I would flush a the whole system with a bleach disinfecting solution and see what happens.

Many youtube videos available. One is here: https://youtu.be/jEepug8N-aE
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Do you know if there was a problem removing the anode rod?

If there was do you know if the threads were recut and if there was some type of lube used at that time?
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Old 03-28-2016, 10:31 PM   #5
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Thanks for all of the quick replies! We have no idea about the anode rod. We will check out the you tube video about the antifreeze. Thanks again!
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Does the 2008 Berkshire have the on-demand water heater?
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:09 PM   #7
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No we do not have the on-demand hot water heater - wish we did!
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Old 03-29-2016, 01:16 PM   #8
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If you have some "DEAD END" water lines in the coach, IE: washer/dryer hookup, you might still have winterizing pink juice in those lines causing it to smell.
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If you have some "DEAD END" water lines in the coach, IE: washer/dryer hookup, you might still have winterizing pink juice in those lines causing it to smell.

Nice!
I never thought of those lines.
We have the plumbing, but no wd.

Best not to forget about those lines when comes time to winterize.

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