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Old 09-06-2014, 08:34 AM   #1
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I hooked the sewer hose up at the campground but 2 hours later I am smelling sewage odors in my camper. Is this normal? Do you still treat the black tank even though the valves are open?
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Old 09-06-2014, 08:39 AM   #2
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I would leave the black tank closed till you dump. Depending on the model of toilet some Dometic were recalled for leaking seals. It is possible the trap in the tub/shower drain, might be dry. I would add water to the fixtures to make sure. I know if the bowl doesn't hold water either there is something stuck on the seal or it is defective, i lube the seal with vegetable oil and this helps.

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Old 09-06-2014, 08:46 AM   #3
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As Brian said,
Only open sewer hose when your full and needing to dump.
Black first then grey

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Old 09-06-2014, 09:39 AM   #5
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There are only 3 times when the black tank valve should be left open,
1 when dumping the tank only when 2/3 + full.
2 when flushing the tank.
3 when I winterized it.
All other times it should be closed. And use plenty of water (don't ask me how I know).




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Old 09-07-2014, 07:16 PM   #6
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I've been struggling with keeping the pooper pretty smelling! I agree with keeping the black closed until dumping. The day we are unhooking and leaving I fill the tank with water even if it is 2/3 full to get a full heavy flush out. Then iv'e been adding back about 1/4 tank of water with a citrus drop in and about 1/4 cup liquid dish soap. Don't know if my method is ok, but so far it's been working ok.
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We mostly get "the odor" after I have towed the trailer. Does this sound like the 300 deal?


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I hooked the sewer hose up at the campground but 2 hours later I am smelling sewage odors in my camper. Is this normal? Do you still treat the black tank even though the valves are open?

As others have said, black should stay closed until you are ready to dump. If you want to keep the grey tank open, here is a little trick to keep out the stink:



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Old 09-08-2014, 09:34 AM   #9
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Great idea, never thought of that.


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Old 09-08-2014, 01:50 PM   #10
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Thanks for the responses! My initial thought was that there was ample pea traps to keep the smell out. What a "stinky" way to learn a lesson!
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