Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-19-2012, 12:18 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Manitoba
Posts: 26
sewer odor when traveling

When pulling my camper we occasionally enter the trailer to grab something. When I enter the camper I smell sewer like odor in it. We usually travel with the tanks emptied from the previous trip. Once we arrive at the destination and vent out the trailer then everything is good. Any ideas on where the odor might be coming from or what I should check or do?
__________________

__________________
2014 Salem 31' KQBTS TT
SOLD - 2011 Salem 30' QBSS TT
2006 Ford F-350, 6.0 PSD, 4x4, SRW, crew cab, short box
Equalizer hitch 14,000 lbs - weight distribution with sway control, 16" Raceline 870 aluminum wheels, Michelin LTX M/S tires LT225/75R16E
SnoSheriff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2012, 01:27 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
papap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Southwest Louisiana
Posts: 729
the wind from driving is forcing the air down the vent into the tanks. most likely anyway. they make a different vent cap to stop this problem. think of installing it on MH. Mine only smells if someone goes to bathroom while driving.
__________________

__________________
2016 Forester 3171DS
Work 28 and 28 around the world.
Camp every chance we get

papap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2012, 01:33 AM   #3
TeresaInCAL
 
TeresaInCAL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: California foothills
Posts: 416
Do you make sure there is 1" (roughly) of water in the toilet? The water keeps the gasses from coming up from the septic.
I learned here recently, that you should use the Geo method, and have a little water/solution in both the gray and black water tanks when traveling, or just staying at home.
__________________
Teresa
2013 f150 Ecoboost 4x4
2009 Gray Wolf, 22BH
TeresaInCAL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2012, 05:49 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
mike54's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Crystal lake,IL
Posts: 248
I had that problem in my last travel trailer I put on a Cyclone Sewer Vent
the smell went away

__________________
Mike & Marsha
2011 Signature Ultra Lite 8319SS
2005 Dodge Ram 3500 5.9 cummins diesel

http://www.facebook.com/WestAllisSunshiners
mike54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2012, 07:38 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
camper_Lucy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Camping some place I hope
Posts: 318
If the odor is from the Black tank, water in the both in the tank and the toilet will solve it, if the odor is form the gray tank then the cyclone vent top is a better option, the water will not stay in the p traps so that odor will keep coming up when driving but at least the vent cyclone will stop the backflow of air into the system forcing the smells up.
__________________
2011 GMC 3500HD 4x4 Crew DRW Duramax
Pullrite 20.5K
2012 Sierra 365SAQ
2006 Police Roadking FLHPi
camper_Lucy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2012, 11:31 AM   #6
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Manitoba
Posts: 26
After I dump the tanks we add about a gallon of water solution (includes deodorizer drop-in) into the black tank. Yes, we leave some water in the toilet as well. How much water is needed in the black & gray tanks when traveling?

What is "Geo method"?

Sounds like it's time to install new vents. We are leaving for another trip today. We'll make sure to put the rubber stops in all gray water drains and pour some water into the tanks.
__________________
2014 Salem 31' KQBTS TT
SOLD - 2011 Salem 30' QBSS TT
2006 Ford F-350, 6.0 PSD, 4x4, SRW, crew cab, short box
Equalizer hitch 14,000 lbs - weight distribution with sway control, 16" Raceline 870 aluminum wheels, Michelin LTX M/S tires LT225/75R16E
SnoSheriff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2012, 10:35 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Burlington, ON, Canada
Posts: 106
Don't rule out the grey tank causing the smell. If the water in the P traps has escaped due to trailer movement that can release the grey tank smell out the drains, which can be pretty bad as well!
3 things I do is make sure there is water in the traps then I close all the sink drain plugs, plus I'll add just a bit of water to the sink/tub as one last barrier from odors.
__________________
2012 Coachmen Freedom Express 292BHDS
2009 Ford F250 Super Duty CC 6.8L 4.10
Husky Centreline WDH w/Sway Control
2013 Nights Booked: 38
2013 Nights Camped: 40
pwrplay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2012, 01:23 PM   #8
Dallas Texas
 
TexasBBQ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 296
GEO method:https://sites.google.com/site/cbruni/

There are also several good threads on this forum discusing it. Just search GEO method.

I switched this year and haven't had any problems. No more smelly tabs added to the tank.
__________________
2004 Cardinal 33CKT
2006 Ford SDD F250 CC 4WD
TexasBBQ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2012, 01:26 PM   #9
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnoSheriff
After I dump the tanks we add about a gallon of water solution (includes deodorizer drop-in) into the black tank. Yes, we leave some water in the toilet as well. How much water is needed in the black & gray tanks when traveling?

What is "Geo method"?

Sounds like it's time to install new vents. We are leaving for another trip today. We'll make sure to put the rubber stops in all gray water drains and pour some water into the tanks.
Not to change the subject of your questions but normally one gallon of water isn't enough in your tank since most of that gallon sits in the outlet pipe.

I use 4 gallons in black and 3 gallons in gray to help ( sloshing action)

Use the geo method as well
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-20-2012, 01:28 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Rugged Brown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2,098
Quote:
Originally Posted by f1100turbo View Post
Not to change the subject of your questions but normally one gallon of water isn't enough in your tank since most of that gallon sits in the outlet pipe.

I never really thought about that before. Thanks for the tip.
__________________

__________________
Terry/Bernadette
Lily the Yorkie
2015 Dodge Ram Sport 1500
2015 Crossroads Zinger ZT28BH
Rugged Brown is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:55 AM.