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Old 06-19-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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sewer smell

Used our 2006 30 foot flagstaff 5th, for the first time, dumped the sewer and when we got home the smell inside the trailer was terrible. then again when the wind was blowing yesterday, went out to the trailer, open the door and again the inside smelled of sewer. Anyone else have this problem, I did check stack at top and not plugged Thanks Irv

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Old 06-19-2012, 08:06 PM   #2
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did you leave the black tank empty!!
if so, you are NEVER supposed to do that.
you always add back 3-5 gallons of water and whatever tank additive you've been using.

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Originally Posted by iducher View Post
Used our 2006 30 foot flagstaff 5th, for the first time, dumped the sewer and when we got home the smell inside the trailer was terrible. then again when the wind was blowing yesterday, went out to the trailer, open the door and again the inside smelled of sewer. Anyone else have this problem, I did check stack at top and not plugged Thanks Irv
Remember also that gray water smells bad too.

Travel sloshes water out of the traps and lets sewer gas (from decomposing grease and food) into the camper.

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Old 06-19-2012, 09:06 PM   #4
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Check under sinks for vent valves. If these go bad stink from gray water is awful. Can't believe manufacturers get away with this shortcut. Easy to replace as they are screw in and available at most hardware stores. I always carry a spare.
My theory is if you open drain valves the seal is broken to allow air to vent and they don't reseal due to age or poor sealing surface the stink begins. Once I replace them the stink is gone. 10$ 2 minute fix.
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also dont leave the black and gray water gate valves open... the ones you pull to dump the waste...push those back in.
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