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Old 08-04-2014, 06:17 PM   #1
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Smell correction

I woke this morning to a lousy smell comming from the kitchen sink drains.

We camp with the grey drain open because we both take long showers in the RV, so the grey tank dosent build up any fluid to flush and any foul garbage residue just sits on the bottom (We do have the screens in the drains to catch the trash)
Anyway I was going to do the laundry and had a bottle of Clorox 2 in my hand, so I went out and closed the valve then poured a cup of the Clorox down each drain, I left the water run while I loaded the dirty close, then turned off the facuet and went away, when we got back home we both showered and went to a party, when we got home we drained the 3/4 full tank and flushed the grey a couple of times
Don't smell any more, really quite plesant.
I'm thinking the Clorox 2 was not as hard on the components.

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Old 08-05-2014, 06:44 AM   #2
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I found that the gray water smells as bad as the black if you don't treat it just like the black. So I don't leave it open and fill it at least 3/4 before dumping just so there is enough to wash out everything with force. I also pour in some pine power occasionally. Seems to do the trick for me. I saw a mobile service clean out a guy's gray tank when it wouldn't drain and oh my word. The gunk that came out was gross!
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:24 AM   #3
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Larry that was a great way to solve your problem. Tending to the grey tank is almost as important as your black tank. I will occasionally put 1/4 cup of Dawn dishwashing liquid down the sink with 5 gals of water when I know I'm going to be on the road. The sloshing of the soapy water in the tank cleans it out very well.
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Way to go Larry!
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I found that the gray water smells as bad as the black if you don't treat it just like the black.
I'd modify your statement as follows: Strike "As Bad as" replace with "Worse than"

In sort, full agreement.

You know that ad for black tank chemicals that shows the stinky RV.. Well I had that one time.. Left the gray valve open. Closed same, smell abated swiftly.

I have 3 tanks, the one for the shower (Technically it is WASH not Gray since there is no kitchen sink on that tank) is water trapped and open, the other two I dump as needed.
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Larry that was a great way to solve your problem. Tending to the grey tank is almost as important as your black tank. I will occasionally put 1/4 cup of Dawn dishwashing liquid down the sink with 5 gals of water when I know I'm going to be on the road. The sloshing of the soapy water in the tank cleans it out very well.
I'm confused! Don't you use soap in the shower and soap when you wash dishes? Seems to me that your gray tank is already full of soapy water so why put more in it? Please explain.

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Your sink trap must have been empty.
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If you get smells in the RV, either your sink drain P-traps are empty or the "flappers" on the air admittance valves (under the sink) are malfunctioning. In a correctly plumbed and working drain system, no odors can get back into the interior, no matter how much the tank may stink. Since you are using the sinks, my bet is on the undersink air admittance (anti-siphon) vales. They are easily and inexpensively replaced.

It's also a good idea to close the gray valve once in awhile and accumulate some water to flush the greasy crud out of the tank bottom and lines. I do ours every 2-3 weeks while camping long term in one place. A couple of long showers or a few loads on laundry is enough to give the tank a nice flush.
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Smell correction

Check out this new video by RV Geeks. A very simple idea that may solve the problem.

http://howtorvgeeks.com/plumbing/rv-...pen-or-closed/

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I watched that video and lots others on RVGEEKS. Some of the videos are pretty interesting to watch.
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some ppl add a cap so that they can put ice in the gray tank and drive to clean it and fill to 40%

its some thing you see alot on black tanks
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That was interesting video. He stated to keep the black tank closed at all times. I was told years ago not to close it when hooked up to system and thus avoid having to put chemicals in the tank. We do tank flushes once a week as preventive maint any way and have only had odor in our rv a couple times from the washing machine. There are products on the market for front end washers. We just use Clorox once a week for now.
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He stated to keep the black tank closed at all times. I was told years ago not to close it when hooked up to system and thus avoid having to put chemicals in the tank.
Once you know the reasons for, you will realise that he is right and the long-ago advice was wrong - not only for black tanks, but for grey as well.

The ONLY reason for using chemicals is so the manufacturers get rich at your expense. Same with RV toilet paper.
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The ONLY reason for using chemicals is so the manufacturers get rich at your expense. Same with RV toilet paper.

I agree re: the TP, but couldn't disagree more re: keeping the black tank valve open and not using chemicals. I went an entire season to test the non-chem theory. It was the smelliest camping season of my camping "career." Using a good product like Happy Camper will help digest waste solids and make draining and back flushing much easier, while keeping odor to a minimum.

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