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Old 02-08-2012, 06:40 PM   #1
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I have noticed a slight order in the trailer that at first I though may be coming from the either the grey or black water systems. But I have cleaned both and still have that faint order. I thgink I have read about stopped up sewre vents can sometimes cause an order. But I don't know if that is correct. Anyway maybe someone will have some input. Thanks.

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Old 02-08-2012, 06:49 PM   #2
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Don't want to scare you, but check thoroughly for any water leaks, around the ends on the floor, doors. Hope you are dry but sometimes an ordor is signs of mold, rot, etc. At least that's what I've found in restoring serveral campers.
Good luck, hope I'm wrong.
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A sewer-like odor can also come from a boiling battery. (Happened to us!) Make use of your sniffer all around, including near the battery.


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I'll second the battery possibility. It took us a long time to figure out the smell was coming from a cooked battery.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:42 PM   #5
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We sometimes get a downdraft through the vent fan opening into the bath room, but only when the fan is off. This vent fan is very near the sewer tank vent on the roof of my trailer. If the wind is just right it will occasionally below in the sewer gas. It has happened more than once. I would get a good strong whiff and then the smell was gone. Took me a while to figure this out.

You can also get that smell if the toilet flange seal has deteriorated. I have had this problem also.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:43 PM   #6
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Along with the other possibilities suggested, I have run into situations where the smell was actually propane. In very small amounts, it sometimes, at least to me, does not smell like propane, but more like musty, or sewerage odor. If your oven control is on "off" but not all the way CCW to "pilot off" you will have a very small amount of propane bleeding into your rig, and it can take on that odor you are picking up.

Worth a look or thought anyway.
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Odors from the grey tank can enter the trailer if the P-Trap to a sink or shower has gone dry.
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Look to the "soft" parts, too: carpets, curtains, cushions, pillows. These things tend to be magnets for odour, and don't give up the smell easily, if they trap some.
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A sewer-like odor can also come from a boiling battery. (Happened to us!) Make use of your sniffer all around, including near the battery.


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That could be it, my battery is dead and won't hold a charge. I had not gotten around to replacing but I will today and see if that takes care of it.

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That's it bad battery

That's it, bad battery. I can smell it right there at the battery box. But now I have another problem. None of my keys will unlock the battery compartment door. I have not opened this in a while but I have the same keys i have always had. How can I get this open, any suggestions.

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You can also get that smell if the toilet flange seal has deteriorated. I have had this problem also.
Is this the seal between the toilet and the toilet flange ? Or is there another
one?
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Found the key

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That's it, bad battery. I can smell it right there at the battery box. But now I have another problem. None of my keys will unlock the battery compartment door. I have not opened this in a while but I have the same keys i have always had. How can I get this open, any suggestions.

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I found the key and was able to open the battery compartment. It was definitely the battery that was causing the smell. Now I am off to buy a new one.

It may also be time to look into a new converter that does not burn up the battery. But that's another thread.\\

Thanks everyone

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You might want to check out why the battery was boiling, causing the smell. In our case, it was a defective charger/converter.

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Is this the seal between the toilet and the toilet flange ? Or is there another
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Gasket between toilet and flange was the source of my bad odors. They do wear out over time.
Shake the toilet. If it wobbles that is a tip off.
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