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Old 06-22-2015, 10:27 AM   #1
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Ok needing some help. Camper is parked year round in the same spot. Live in it full time. Have been using Happy Camper in the tank. Well with the heat getting worse down here it isn't controling the smell. The entire camper smells horrible. I need any and all advice please!
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Ok needing some help. Camper is parked year round in the same spot. Live in it full time. Have been using Happy Camper in the tank. Well with the heat getting worse down here it isn't controling the smell. The entire camper smells horrible. I need any and all advice please!
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If every thing is working correctly there will be NO sewer oder in an RV.
Do a search here on iRV2 for "sewer smell" or "sewer odor" to learn what must be done to stop odors from getting into the living area of your camper.
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I can search no problem. But the odor is coming from the toilet as everytime you flush you can smell it.
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If you have ceiling vent fans operating, they will draw odors up as you flush.
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Do you leave the black tank valve closed till you dump?
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Yes it is closed unless its being dumped, which is about once a week
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I can search no problem. But the odor is coming from the toilet as everytime you flush you can smell it.
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If that's the case do a search for "toilet smell".
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Check the roof plumbing vent. Turn off any and all vent fans. Flush the tank well with a hand wand. Use the good old blue stuff in the tank.
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hand wand? What are you talking about?
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hand wand? What are you talking about?
If it stinks, it's time to do a real good flush. There is such a thing (wand) that attaches to a hose so you can lower it into the tank and "wash and rinse".
You could also try adding Happy Camper Extreem to a full tank of water leaving it for a few hours then flush again with water.
Basically, you want to rinse the tank by whatever means you have available. Hope this makes sense.
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hand wand? What are you talking about?
Here's one: Camco Flexible Swivel Stik - Walmart.com
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Sounds good. Thank you for finding the link. I have been trying to figure out how to clean the tank!!
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Perhaps the water has evaporated from the overflow area right under the rim.

Maybe a critter made a nest in the roof vent.

Next time you empty leave the valve open and keep dumping buckets of water down the toilet to clean a little better. Then use the wand that you're planning to buy. Then some more buckets of water. Close the outside valve and add a couple more buckets of water to dilute 'stuff' a little better in the hot weather.

Since you seem to be at a full-hookup site it wouldn't hurt to just fill the tank up with fresh water and dump it. Could even be repeated.

All we used was plenty of water with our flushes and we never had a smell in 16 years of full-timing. We never used chemicals. Good luck!
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As has been said, if your black tank system is fully sealed from the tank up to the vent, you should not be getting any long term smells. Yes, if you flush and have vents running you could draw some of that odor up but it should dissipate rather quickly.

Does your toilet hold water between flushes? If not...fix because that is a probable source of odors.

Do you have any leaking below the base of the toilet? If so, another possible source.

Have you checked your basement to make sure there isn't a leak below the toilet? If so, your basement should be just as bad as the coach.

Check the roof top vent for debris and blockage.

Consider a 360 Siphon vent cover. Works great under nearly any wind condition. Along those lines, does the leak come and go with windows open? Occasionally a light wind from the wrong direction can cause odors to drift down the side of the coach and back into it through a window.

Have you checked all GREY water traps to make sure they aren't dry? As an example, if you have W/D hook ups but don't use them they can dry out and allow grey tanks smells to enter the coach. Some think the grey tank is worse than black. Pour water into any suspected traps (most likely W/D) and see if that fixes the problem.

Good Luck!
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