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Old 11-30-2011, 07:36 PM   #29
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-it just smells bad.

So don't rule out a very slight LP leak, greywater tank smell, or anything else in your search.
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Old 11-30-2011, 07:38 PM   #30
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Take your toilet apart.
It's not that hard. You will be grossed by the residues that have accumulated on the seals and various inner workings.

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Might be the battery.
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Old 11-30-2011, 11:45 PM   #32
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Might be the battery.
Good point. One time a battery "maintainer" overcooked the battery on our riding mower and the next time I walked into the barn the stench was indescribable. I fully expected to find a dead animal. But it was just a dead battery.

If that is the case I wouldn't expect the 12 volt system on the Airstream to be working. And, like the black tank, the battery should be well ventilated overboard.
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:59 AM   #33
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Might be the battery.

It has 2 sealed 12V Lifeline batteries in the front, so I do not think that they can be causing the smell in the bathroom. I also took them out to check and clean over the weekend.....and they seemed to be in good shape, working fine, but a little old...
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Old 12-01-2011, 02:50 PM   #34
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This worked on our 63 Safari when the flush seal went bad...very hard to open/close.

Off the water...empty/soak up bowl, add a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Wait 12hrs (hard part)......, open/close manually if necessary, Repeat clean as needed, and finish with a good flush and fresh chems.
Ours did work well afterward.

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Old 12-01-2011, 03:37 PM   #35
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If the trailer is new to you and it has not been used for a long while, either of the shower or lavatory sink traps could be dry, letting gasses from the tanks pass up into the bathroom. You might try pouring some liquid in the traps to see if it helps before tearing things apart.

If your toilet's flush/dump valve is holding water above it in the toilet bowl without leaking down, that is not your problem. You should not get a smell inside the trailer through the flush/dump valve even if the tank is foul, except at the moment you flush.

Could be the toilet gasket where it is connected to the flange is leaking. The trailer I have now had an improperly installed toilet gasket when I got it. It definitely had a funky smell. It was allowing waste liquids to run into hidden spaces and the pan every time I flushed. Hope that is not your problem. It is stinky and nasty but a fairly easy fix. It took me about half hour to take the toilet out, install a new gasket/seal, clean the toilet dump valve, and reconnect everything. Removing a portion of the pan and replacing some insulation to clean out the mess that had accumulated is a whole other story, that took almost a whole day and it's not pleasant.
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:08 PM   #36
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Sanitize Black Water Tank with Bleach

I have looked through this thread, but I could not find an answer on using bleach to sanitize the holding tanks on the used AS (2004 Classic 34’ I just bought..

We are smelling a foul odor coming from the toilet area, we filled and flushed x3, ran the tank flusher for 30 mins……
I now want to try 3 gals of bleach in a ¾ full tanks over night…..but will the bleach harm anything in the tanks?
If you ever used the formaldihyde RV additive do not use bleach, like mixing ammonia and bleach, killer fumes , you may have a leak somewhere that has collected in a hard to get spot, like the wood underneath.
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Old 12-01-2011, 07:56 PM   #37
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I noticed that you mention this coach being new to you. If it has sat unused for an extended period of time, is it possible that some of the odor that you are experiencing might be coming from a drain trap that is permitting odor from the wash water tank to enter the coach? I experienced this problem with my coach after is had been stored for an extended period of time and the shallow drain trap below the shower had dried out and was permitting the odor to enter.

Good luck with your investigation!

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Wash water can smell terribly, as Kevin mentions, and is often overlooked as the source of foul smells, particularly if the trailer has been sitting idol for some time. The shower & sink get some pretty slimy stuff down them that can accumulate and smell, especially in the traps. I regularly pour a bit of the blue stuff down all the traps. It was so bad in a SOB trailer I once owned I resorted to "flushing" the traps out with a garden hose . Took care of it.
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One thing to think about is sink traps for the kitchen sink are often full of food since you are trying not to use much water so the food never gets washed out of the trap. We had this happen and I put a little bleach in them to get the smell out. I still think you have a toilet seal issue. Also it is easy for the black water to back stream into the grey tank if you have a bad valve or if you opened both valves at the same time. There are all kinds of new and wonderful ways to make bad smells. Don't this get your creative juices flowing.

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Old 12-02-2011, 06:33 AM   #39
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Wash water can smell terribly, as Kevin mentions, and is often overlooked as the source of foul smells, particularly if the trailer has been sitting idol for some time. The shower & sink get some pretty slimy stuff down them that can accumulate and smell, especially in the traps. I regularly pour a bit of the blue stuff down all the traps. It was so bad in a SOB trailer I once owned I resorted to "flushing" the traps out with a garden hose . Took care of it.

We did a very thorough top to bottom cleaning (Field Day for my fellow Marines). We were connected to a city water and sewer hookup it my house, so bleach in the sinks and showers, removed the hair screen in the shower and cleaned down into the drain as far as we could. So, we will see tomorrow when I take the toilet up and check the donut gasket if that is the problem.
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We did a very thorough top to bottom cleaning (Field Day for my fellow Marines). We were connected to a city water and sewer hookup it my house, so bleach in the sinks and showers, removed the hair screen in the shower and cleaned down into the drain as far as we could. So, we will see tomorrow when I take the toilet up and check the donut gasket if that is the problem.
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When the sink traps at my mother's house got slow or foul, she would pour a teakettle of boiling water down them.

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I have seen melted sink traps from pouring hot liquids down the sink.

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