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Old 08-18-2019, 09:56 AM   #1
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I'm having a sewer issue with the black water tank. The smell is sickening. Any help would be great
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:03 AM   #2
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Are you waiting until the tank is completely full to empty it?

Are you using enough water to dissolve the solids?

After you empty the tank do you put 4-5 gallons of fresh clean water in the tank before you start using it again?

Are you using a tank deodorizer like TST?

The answer to all these questions should be yes. Solids being left behind in the tank when it is emptied is the primary cause of tank odor.
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:28 AM   #3
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^^^^^^^^ What they said............. ^^^^^^^^^^

Next question is I have noticed on ours, at times if we run the vent fan alot it will pull odors in.
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Old 08-18-2019, 11:39 AM   #4
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^^^^^^^^ What they said............. ^^^^^^^^^^

Next question is I have noticed on ours, at times if we run the vent fan alot it will pull odors in.
And if you turn on the vent fan while you are using the toilet, when you flush you could be sucking air up out of the tank through the roof vent for the black tank. If you are properly maintaining your tank and you aren't using the celling vent fan, the roof vent for the black tank is the next thing to check for a blockage.
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Old 08-18-2019, 12:12 PM   #5
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Are you keeping valves closed at all times except when you are dumping them. Keep them all closed until you dump your tanks.
Use plenty of water.
Try putting vaseline on the toliet trap gasket just in case it is not sealing right.
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And if you turn on the vent fan while you are using the toilet, when you flush you could be sucking air up out of the tank through the roof vent for the black tank. If you are properly maintaining your tank and you aren't using the celling vent fan, the roof vent for the black tank is the next thing to check for a blockage.

Thank you for your help
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Old 08-20-2019, 02:44 PM   #7
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I'm having a sewer issue with the black water tank. The smell is sickening. Any help would be great
What is your black tank prep/flush/maintenance procedures?
Are you seasonal or travel?
How often do you dump your black tank?
Do you by chance leave the black tank valve open when camped?
How much water do you use when flushing?
Is smell your only issue?
What have you done to combat your issue(s)?

Give us more information so we can help you
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What is your black tank prep/flush/maintenance procedures?
Are you seasonal or travel?
How often do you dump your black tank?
Do you by chance leave the black tank valve open when camped?
How much water do you use when flushing?
Is smell your only issue?
What have you done to combat your issue(s)?

Give us more information so we can help you
I was originally told by the dealer to leave the valves open all the time. When I complained to the service manager he said do not leave them open. Keep them closed and empty when 3/4 full. I've used the deodorant dissolving disks. I've also filled the tank 3 times with clean water and flushed them.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:23 PM   #9
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I was originally told by the dealer to leave the valves open all the time. When I complained to the service manager he said do not leave them open. Keep them closed and empty when 3/4 full. I've used the deodorant dissolving disks. I've also filled the tank 3 times with clean water and flushed them.
OK so now that we know you kept the valve open for a period of time we can surmise you have at least one (or several) hardened poop pyramids on the bottom of your black tank.

It's going to take more than filling the tank a few times and dumping to break these up.

You'll likely need to fill the black tank and add an enzyme type chemical (Rid-X RV or Happy Camper, etc.) and leave it sit for a few days or a week and then dump and see what comes out. You may even have to do this twice. That stuff gets like concrete! Driving around to slosh things up when doing this would help too. (if possible)

Use a clear extension or ell to watch for debris when you dump.

In the future, after dumping, always put back in several gallons (like maybe 3-5) of water, along with your favorite chemical into the black tank and it will be ready to use on your next trip.
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OK so now that we know you kept the valve open for a period of time we can surmise you have at least one (or several) hardened poop pyramids on the bottom of your black tank.

It's going to take more than filling the tank a few times and dumping to break these up.

You'll likely need to fill the black tank and add an enzyme type chemical (Rid-X or Happy Camper, etc.) and leave it sit for a few days or a week and then dump and see what comes out. You may even have to do this twice. That stuff gets like concrete!

Use a clear extension or ell to watch for debris when you dump.

In the future, after dumping, always put back in several gallons (like maybe 3-5) of water, along with your favorite chemical into the black tank and it will be ready to use on your next trip.
Great! Thank you so much.
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Old 08-21-2019, 08:43 AM   #11
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Just to add...
Water is your friend when it comes to the black tank.

As I mentioned, start with water in the tank and use LOTS of water when you flush.
Put water in the bowl before you go and fill the bowl when you flush.

Obviously when boondocking you need to be a bit more careful but you'll get the idea.
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