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Old 01-28-2014, 08:59 AM   #1
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Water Smell

We have a 2008 Terra LX. When hooked up to city water we get a rotten egg smell from the bathroom faucet. The kitchen is fine. I have an external charcoal filter as well as the built in charcoal filter in the motorhome. It's a bit of over kill but we still notice the smell when running the bathroom faucet. It's not the local water because we've smelled it everywhere we've been. I tried disconnecting the hose, adding a little bit of bleach into it and then reattaching it. I could smell the bleach for a brief time but soon the rotten egg small came back. As I said, the kitchen water is great, pure tasting and no smell. Any ideas ?
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I would suggest taking the Anode Rod out of the hot water heater... I'm sure you will get those that will tell you to replace it... It will be a nut type item on your water heater that seems to just be a cap.



You can take it out and cut off the road and use the same cap or get a new cap for the whole. Our buy a new one!
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I would suspect the water heater. If you have an anode rod, they can cause that kind of smelly water when they need to be replaced. Replace the anode if you have one (Suburban wh, if Atwood it should NOT have an anode), and/or flush the water heater good, then see if it improves.
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We have a 2008 Terra LX. When hooked up to city water we get a rotten egg smell from the bathroom faucet. The kitchen is fine. I have an external charcoal filter as well as the built in charcoal filter in the motorhome. It's a bit of over kill but we still notice the smell when running the bathroom faucet. It's not the local water because we've smelled it everywhere we've been. I tried disconnecting the hose, adding a little bit of bleach into it and then reattaching it. I could smell the bleach for a brief time but soon the rotten egg small came back. As I said, the kitchen water is great, pure tasting and no smell. Any ideas ?
Hello Delornut,
I don't know what the problem is but you have a 10 gallon Atwood LPG/Electric hot water heater which has an all aluminum tank with no anode requirement. Check with Atwood for adverse effects using an anode.
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Hello Delornut,
I don't know what the problem is but you have a 10 gallon Atwood LPG/Electric hot water heater which has an all aluminum tank with no anode requirement. Check with Atwood for adverse effects using an anode.
We have a 6 Gallon Atwood with no anode. We get the smell with cold water as well and zero smell with hot or cold water in the kitchen even though the water heater is closer to the kitchen faucet than the bathroom's. Initially there is no smell when we turn on hot or cold in the bathroom but as it runs it gradually begins to smell, even if only the cold is turned on. Guess I'll have to trace the plumbing and try to figure out what's going on. I notice when looking in the wet bay that two lines still have pink rv antifreeze even though we've flushed all faucets and the shower weeks ago. I suspect these are just lines going to the low point drain so when the polar vortex leaves us here on South Padre I'll check that.
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Your system needs to be sanitized. Do a search on "sanitizing" and you'll find numerous threads.
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