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Old 06-11-2014, 06:18 PM   #15
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We're thinking the vent option may be the best route for us. Thanks for the pics Jim! We weren't plugged in the 2 weeks the trailer wasn't in use. Feeling certain its not the battery. Everyone's feedback has been so helpful. We appreciate the prompt replies!
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:29 PM   #16
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I just hit hed up as I am leaving for CT in the morning. As I was putting my cord away, I was thinking, is it possible your hose is the smelly thing, make sure to keep that clean and the carpartment you keep it in. Stinky things get real bad in the heat. I purchased myAirstream used,but purchasedmyown hoses
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Old 06-11-2014, 06:44 PM   #17
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I just hit hed up as I am leaving for CT in the morning. As I was putting my cord away, I was thinking, is it possible your hose is the smelly thing, make sure to keep that clean and the carpartment you keep it in. Stinky things get real bad in the heat. I purchased myAirstream used,but purchasedmyown hoses
CT? PM Sue (Yikesue) or me (SteveSueMac) if we can be of any help!

And great point about the stinky slinky!
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Old 06-12-2014, 02:15 PM   #18
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Jim,
Did you install one or two cyclone vents? Upon looking a top our airstream it looks as though there are two vents. Is one for black water tank and the other for grey? Do we install a cyclone vent on both?

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Old 06-12-2014, 03:11 PM   #19
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Hi Annabelle, I only installed one on the vent associated with the black tank and it has done the job real well. If I am planning on having the Airstream sit for a few weeks with stuff in the tank and it's hot out, I sometimes add a couple of ounces of Bio Active . I have another one for the grey water vent but have not installed since it has not been needed. My son needs it on his Globetrotter but won't put it on because it is not " original". A girl friend would change that. Jim
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Old 06-12-2014, 06:49 PM   #20
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Clorox works pretty well for controlling the stink, and it evaporates.
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Is there any interaction between the chlorine and other chemicals? I remember there being a certain boom factor!
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Old 06-12-2014, 07:54 PM   #22
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Is there any interaction between the chlorine and other chemicals? I remember there being a certain boom factor!
An all too common error is to mix bleach and ammonia - which frees chlorine gas that can be lethal under almost any circumstances. When well ventilated, you'll probably escape with burning eyes and damage to the lungs.

Both chlorine bleach and ammonia vapors are super harsh when NOT combined. If you're using either, have an open window or an exhaust fan working. Neither are gentle on the lungs. When I was a kid, a neighbor kid and I found his mother semi-coherent in the basement, with that never to be forgotten chlorine smell. We got her outside sitting and sitting in a lawn chair where she recovered rather quickly. She'd used the two chemicals together for years but got unlucky because it was cold they'd put in new sealed windows. (She was one of those people who think medicine could only be good if it tasted gross, and that only really strong smelling cleaners worked).

She did go to the doctor - who explained the danger of the gas. A cheerful soul, she noted that she never had a spider in the basement again!

Bobby and I both got the first intimation that parents could make mistakes from that incident.

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That's what I thought, thanks!
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:13 PM   #24
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Lol, just use clorox, leave the ammonia out.
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This excerpt is from my 2005 Airstream Manual referring to the black tank.
"THINGS NOT TO PUT INTO TOILET OR DRAINS
1. Facial tissues (they do not dissolve like toilet paper).
2. Detergents or bleach. Use a sewage tank deodorizer, available from dealer.
3. Automotive antifreeze, ammonia, alcohols, or acetone.
4. Table scraps or other solids that may clog the drains."
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They always say that Airstreamers think their S*** doesn't stink. As a fulltimer in the hot muggy seaside of E. Virginia... I know that isn't literally true (I may be a snob... but reality... All S*** stinks until it dries out or degrades and is digested into worm castings.



If your sink and shower traps have dried out in storage you can get funk from the GRAY tank. If your BLACK tank hasn't been thoroughly cleaned it WILL be funkified. Additionally, when you flush, there is NO trap in an RV toilet, it's a straight shot down to the contents of the tank and a straight shot up for any gases.



So, tank deoderizer or septic tank digesters will help eliminate odors as will having the bathroom exhaust fan on - and having the closest Fantastic fan/ceiling fan on in EXHAUST mode. There is a vent pipe on the black tank, but the open toilet trap while flushing competes with it for exhaust gases.



As a fulltimer I often leave in the morning at 7:00 AM, and might not return til 9:00 at night. I set my air conditioner at 80 F. during the day - just to control the humidity, but not to create an icebox that no one appreciates. The black tank contents will certainly ferment under those conditions and with no one actively flushing the gasses will build up. Me? I use RID-X a septic tank chemical that lasts better than any minty fresh thing I've ever tried. I once bought something that was orange scented and guaranteed no odor because it created an "OIL SEAL" that floated on top of the liquids in the black tank... It worked as advertised, but had one tiny flaw. The toilet paper that was discarded hit the oil and turned to parchment/leather.

So even though the tanks are emptied pretty regularly, the RIDX has time to work? Is that the RIDX for RV's?
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We discovered if a roof vent is cracked open near the black tank vent when traveling, the smell can be sucked into the trailer. Jim
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Yes, I'd like to meet the genus who put the tank stacks a foot away from the fresh air intake vents!
Obviously someone which never spent a night in an Airstream!
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