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Old 09-18-2017, 08:36 PM   #1
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We made it to Denver!

So our maiden trip from mass to Denver was a success. We had one tire failure but otherwise no major issues. We also learned the hard way about black tank treatments. We were not using anything and found out why these treatment products are critical! We paid to park twice, once at a campground and once at a national park. Both were well worth it.

We learned so many new travel skills!
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Old 09-19-2017, 02:04 AM   #2
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Glad you had a good trip. That is a long one far sure. Good to hear the tire failure wasn't major too.

We always use black tank treatments and plenty of water so that there are no problems.

Sounds like you did quite a bit of Boondocking. We are planning a trip from South Carolina to Colorado next summer. We hope stay off the interstates as much as possible, taking our time. I will be towing my Jeep to ride the high mountain trails around Ouray. We are figuring about a 3-4 week trip.

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Old 09-19-2017, 05:39 AM   #3
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Why did you find a bkack tank treatment to be critical?
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Old 09-19-2017, 03:33 PM   #4
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:16 AM   #5
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Why did you find a bkack tank treatment to be critical?
We were getting foul smells wafting throughout the coach as we were driving. Critical may be to strongly stated, but it sure made the time in the coach more enjoyable.
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:27 AM   #6
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We were getting foul smells wafting throughout the coach as we were driving. Critical may be to strongly stated, but it sure made the time in the coach more enjoyable.
Does your toilet hold water? If not, it is time for new toilet seals. Do you have water in all the p-traps? If not, could be gray tank smell. Perhaps the roof vent is plugged or you have a crack or a leak in the plumbing. If everything is working well, you should not have any bad smells in the coach.
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Old 09-20-2017, 10:54 AM   #7
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Yeah, you shouldn't smell the toilet with the seals closed no matter how nasty it might get. Either you have a vent problem or your seals are bad.
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We have to close the roof vents in our MH or else the stink from the black tank vent comes back in. Could this be happening while you're driving?
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Old 09-22-2017, 10:28 PM   #9
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We will have to check the seals and vents. It does hold water, which we attempted to keep some in and some poopouri spray. This helped, but did not solve it. Once we added the treatment it was resolved. We were running with windows open.
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Old 10-02-2017, 08:56 PM   #10
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Got a 2004 Class C 3 years ago, wife and I are retired so use it alot in the summer......... have never used any treatments and all is well
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Thanks for all the feedback. We're wondering if the venting was coming in through the open ceiling vents and coming forward in the cabin to go out through the open windows. We do not smell it as it sits stationary.
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Just a thought about leaving ceiling vents open, unless they have a cover there is a possibility of having the wind break them off. That happened to us a couple of times when we inadvertently left them open. After that I got a vent for the one in the bathroom so we could leave it open.

We have used black tank treatment since having our first TC in the later '70s. That works for us and I would suggest that if it works for you then you should do the same. It would also be good to make sure there are no leaks as has been suggested.

I've followed several threads here concerning the use of black tank treatment and there seem to be those who do, and those who don't, without much consensus. It seems to be a preference thing

Just my 2c.

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We keep all vents and windows closed just for that reason.
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