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Old 11-15-2008, 07:49 PM   #1
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WE CAN'T SEEM TO FIND WHERE THE GASES ARE LEAKING INTO THE COACH . ANYBODY ELSE HAVING THIS PROBLEM . ANY GOOD FIXES. 08 TRIBUTE
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WE CAN'T SEEM TO FIND WHERE THE GASES ARE LEAKING INTO THE COACH . ANYBODY ELSE HAVING THIS PROBLEM . ANY GOOD FIXES. 08 TRIBUTE
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Old 11-15-2008, 08:31 PM   #3
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Todd Jergensen...
Welcome to iRV2! May I suggest you also ask for some Country Coach karma? It is free and it just makes a notation to Country Coach to the left of youor psts- under your name...

As far as the smell... my first question is do you have some sort of macerating sewer system on your coach? (It seems that some of the hoses keep the odors in)

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Old 11-16-2008, 02:22 AM   #4
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Todd, welcome to iRV2.com and our Country Coach Owners forum. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. You could have a dry "P" trap. Try running water down each drain. If it is prepped or has a washer, be sure to fill that trap as well. One other source could be what is called a vacuum breaker. They use them on inside vents that do not protrude through the roof. They are located in cabinets usually. If one does not seal they could also let gasses into the coach. Oh yes, there is one more possibility; negative pressure when traveling. If you create enough of it, you could pull gasses through the sealed P traps.
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You didn't say which model of coach you had and when you had the smell but here is a possible area to check.

Many Country Coach models have a sewer vent located on the roof very close and just behind the bathroom ceiling vent. If you have installed an aftermarket vent cover that protrudes over that vent stack, it will draw sewer gas back into the coach when you are driving with the vent open.
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Old 11-16-2008, 04:26 AM   #6
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">You didn't say which model of coach you had </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

What about the part that says 08 Tribute?
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Old 11-16-2008, 06:51 AM   #7
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When travelling? With a Window/vent open? Just after dumping? All the time? Does the toilet hold water and do you have some water in it? Do you have a macerator? Washer? Vent caps in place?

Knowing some of these will help us provide some recommendations as to where to look/sniff into.

Also, if you have a dry trap/bad vacuum breaker on any of your sinks/shower the grey tank can be as -- or worse -- than the black with regard to odors.

We used to get the occasional wiff while starting on a drive and found that if before we left we made sure to run some water in every sink to make sure that the traps had water and also made sure that there was a little extra water in the toilet that the smell woudl not occur.

Only other time we would have this issue is after dumping (w/macerator) if a vent or window was open.
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:35 AM   #8
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THANKS FOR THE REPLIES. THE TOILET HOLDS WATER, WE EVEN RUN WATER IN THE SINKS AND LEAVE SOME IN THE BOWLS. BUT THAT DOES NOT HELP. I TRIED CAPING OFF THOSE ISLAND VENTS ALSO. DOES ANYBODY SELL A TEST KIT WITH DIFFERENT SMELLS SO I CAN FIGURE IF IT'S GRAY OR SEWER THANKS TODD
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Todd, by chance could you have a gas (propane) pilot on the stove on. A lot of time, that smell is mistaken for sewer smells.

Under some of the sinks you will find a back flow vent valve off the gray tank. If it hangs up, you can get some smell. The top of the valve unscrews and can be cleaned.

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One more possibility and easy to check; batteries. If you have a bad cell, even new battery(s) the charger will boil and the sulfur gasses could get into the coach smelling like tank gasses. So, check the battery banks good to eliminate this potential.
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Hey Big Jimbo, thanks for pointing out my mistake. Other than that, do you have anything to contribute?
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Old 11-26-2008, 02:57 PM   #12
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i found the source. under the bathroom sink there is a false bottom. some guy at the factory installed a tee with a 2'' tail without a cap. . we took rv to 2 dealers. mcmanns and giant rv they could not find it , if you want it done right do it your self . no more smell.
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Todd, glad to hear you have found the problem. Thank you for updating us. This helps in case someone else runs into the same issue.
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