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Old 07-10-2011, 08:49 PM   #29
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The waste tank vent pipes were not actually designed to eliminate odors. Their principal function is to vent potentially hazardous gasses and permit draining of the tank with the toilet valve closed. The various after-market products discussed here are an attempt to use the vent pipe to help alleviate odors.

In most cases, the passive solutions (i.e. rotating vanes) work quite well. However, on hot, still days, they aren't much better that the OEM vent pipe cover. That's why I plan to put in a fan to help when there's no breeze and the temperature is high. Thanks for the chat.

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Old 07-11-2011, 09:45 AM   #30
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The waste tank vent pipes were not actually designed to eliminate odors. Their principal function is to vent potentially hazardous gasses and permit draining of the tank with the toilet valve closed. The various after-market products discussed here are an attempt to use the vent pipe to help alleviate odors.
Not to argue, but anytime you're venting hazardous gases they typical come from poop or whatever goes down the drain so in my view, they are one and the same. Vent the hazardous gas, the smell goes with it. If the vents don't vent during flushing then everybody would be complaining about stench in the rig, the designers designed the system so when you flush, air doesn't come up the toilet into the RV.

But then, I'm just guessing, this just seems logical to me.

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In most cases, the passive solutions (i.e. rotating vanes) work quite well. However, on hot, still days, they aren't much better that the OEM vent pipe cover. That's why I plan to put in a fan to help when there's no breeze and the temperature is high. Thanks for the chat.

Jack
Agreed, I this is why I also plan on putting the Lil Stanker inline in the vent pipe so I can fire it up every time we camp.

Have a great week Jack!
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About a week after our last trip a sewer odor came on strong in our rig. My search showed the odor coming from behind the toilet itself. My first suspicion was the toilet seal. Lifted the toilet and discovered several causes for the odor. First problem I discovered was that somebody had pooped (apparently one of the kids on the trip home) after the tank had been flushed. Therefore the tank was really odoriferous. This caused the underside/inside of the toilet to really stink. Also noticed the back rear of the Aqua Magic V has a couple of places that can leak minute amounts of air (cable going through and hardware for bottom flap). Took care of the odor problem by using 30 second cleaner on all internal parts of the toilet and flushing the black tank multiple times.
Also realized that I need to use a lot more water in the tank after it has been flushed. I'm going to start adding water until the first indicator lights just to ensure I have plenty of water before it gets used.
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