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Old 07-10-2008, 08:25 PM   #1
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When I turn on the hot water at the bathroom sink, for just a couple seconds I smell a sour odor. This only happens when the hot water hasn't been used for a long time, like overnight. We've been at the same campground for a month and it only started in the past 2 weeks or so. Rick drained the hot water heater and he's going to drain the fresh water tank. The campground water is tested weekly. We use the water pump once in a while when the campground water pressure is low, but the odor is there when the pump is not on. Every so often I can smell it from the shower hot water also, so it's not just the bathroom sink. Any thoughts? Thanks!
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When I turn on the hot water at the bathroom sink, for just a couple seconds I smell a sour odor. This only happens when the hot water hasn't been used for a long time, like overnight. We've been at the same campground for a month and it only started in the past 2 weeks or so. Rick drained the hot water heater and he's going to drain the fresh water tank. The campground water is tested weekly. We use the water pump once in a while when the campground water pressure is low, but the odor is there when the pump is not on. Every so often I can smell it from the shower hot water also, so it's not just the bathroom sink. Any thoughts? Thanks!
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If it is a Suburban water heater, check the anode rod in the tank. Do you have a whole house filter feeding the coach?
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At one campground in Parker Arizona, I had a rotten egg smell after a few days. I checked my water heater and it did not have an anode rod at all. About 15 dollars later, the smell was gone. I asked other campers and this was a common smell at this campgournd and a common cure.
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If you have an Atwood hotwater heater, you don't want to use an anode rod in it. You may need to flush and clean your hot water heater. First drain the hot water heater and then fill the hotwater heater with a bleach and water solution and let it heat up and then drain. Next use baking soda and water to fill the hot water heater and heat it back up and drain again. I use about a 1/3 cup of bleach in the solution for the heater and then about a half box (small box) of baking soda for that solution. You can fill through the pressure releaf valve opening. I also use an attachment that I bought from Camping World to flush out the water heater between the bleach solution and the baking soda solution. It will break free lots of the mineral deposits that builds up in the heater.

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Thank you all for the replies. We do have a whole house filter. And we've drained it once. Now we'll follow some of the directions to clean it and drain it again. We'll follow up with the results. Thanks!
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