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Old 06-21-2015, 01:07 PM   #15
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We have the same issue with our Bambi 16 which only has a black tank. Anyone know if the above fixes apply to the Bambi?
If your black tank is offloading odors, and you are using chemicals in there, may be that you need some pressurized water to remove buildup.

Some carry a separate hose, and one of those wand things that are made for such purposes.

Not having space for an extra hose, we always just ran the hose at a dump station into the toilet and flushed/cleaned it out that way.


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Old 06-21-2015, 08:39 PM   #16
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All the above on checking the vents, and baking soda down the drain works great to kill the odors.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:00 PM   #17
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Thanks for the advice. I'm leery about what chemicals I put down the drains and are using completely biodegradable soaps. (Supposedly) We do this because we are parked for an extended stay (two months) without a sewer hookup.

We are hanging onto the black tank for now and plan to dump tomorrow into a portable tank to haul of to the dump station. The grey tank we hold on to for a while then let drain off to a no walking area.

Some of our problem may be just that... hanging onto the grey stuff until the tank is mostly full. Normally we'd have sewer and leave the valve open. Will try draining more frequently and seeing if that's a start.
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Old 08-14-2015, 03:27 PM   #18
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I also have a 25' 1997 Safari. Does the gray water tank have a vent pipe through the roof as does the black water tank? It doesn't appear to, but could conceivably share the black water vent. Opinions appreciated.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:09 PM   #19
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I believe mine does... 2015 model though. It has two of those little white stacks on the top. One over where the black vent goes through the bathroom and one I assume next to the shower, so opposite side for grey. Our problem was resolved when we stopped putting ANY sort of food waste down the kitchen sink and keeping the grey outflow valve open.
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Old 08-14-2015, 07:21 PM   #20
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If the gray tank stinks inside, the contents will stink wherever you dump them. Why not take the gray water to the dump station also? If you are in a park you may get in trouble just dumping gray water anywhere. Like a fine or dismissal from your campsite.
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Old 08-15-2015, 05:31 AM   #21
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Oh, yeah I should add that this was on my own property. I only dumped the gray onto the grass through the sewer solution that brought it 40ft away and at times when the sun was out. I was amazed how quickly the sun evaporated it and the ground was sloped so the water disbursed too. The black tank I dumped into a portable tank which I towed away to a septic clean out. It all worked out really well... just had to buy 250ft more fresh water hose than I thought I would.
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Okay, your property, yours to do as you please. Not telling you to do this but, you can bury a fifty gallon barrel with holes in the bottom and sand underneath with a pipe on top and use this as a dump station. Your land, keep it discreet and away from your well. Use this for the black tank and do the gray water as you said. This is probably illegal, but it is your property.
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:11 AM   #23
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Sorry…I have told this story before

A " honey dipper " pump truck was emptying the waste tanks of the camper next to mine, and had an equipment failure. He ended up having to dump about 20 gallons of grey water on my campsite. It smelled so bad, that I thought it was black water. I was really upset, and then more upset when the operator told me not to worry, and dumped more clean water over the spill. But just as he said the water soaked into the ground and the smell went away, in about 15 minutes. He said micro organisms in the soil made short work, of eating the bacteria. ( not advice..just a comment )

Here is the advice. Grey water that was once on your body, in your mouth, and on your dishes…..gets really nasty, really quick. To me putting perfume and chemicals in the grey tank, results in a smell that is not much better. Try using an enzyme treatment in your grey tank. Gone is the need to try to totally clean your tank…Gone is the fowling of the environment with chemicals.

You can use Ridex made for septic tanks. It's cheap and easy to find
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Old 08-15-2015, 07:57 AM   #24
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Or a quart of clorox poured down the drain into a mostly full gray tank can do amazing things in several hours...
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Perhaps I missed something, most of the posts suggest masking the odors with chemicals or even enzymes. Great.
However, having done a fare bit of plumbing. The P-trap is supposed to block any odors coming from the holding tanks. Regardless of what is in them. It is a physical water barrier.
However on some models they have a Studor vent between the P-trap and the holding tank (typically just behind the P-trap). In my opinion if you have odors from your sink and you have water in the trap. Check your Studor Vent!


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Clorine will kill the germs that cause stink, and then the chlorine evaporates.

Not masking odors, but eliminating them at their source. The source is ROT, whether in the tank, pipes, or traps.
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HEP-Vo Waterless Valve as alternative to p-trap.

As a rule, there's sort of never too much water in tanks. Evaporation is the biggest problem in creating long term stink.

I've used packaged chemicals, recommended methods, etcetera. These days some water softener and laundry detergent works well enough when premixed in 5-gl bucket. I use the distilled water that comes off the dehumidifier to flush at sinks or toilet; plain or with mix.

The clear Flush King is the other end.

If there is a smell I have learned to inspect vent stacks.
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