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Old 03-17-2009, 10:57 PM   #1
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Unhappy Rotten egg smell

The last time we were out in the Bambi, we noticed a slight rotten egg smell whenever we turned on the hot water faucet. I'm assuming this is a sign that I need to drain the hot water tank and cycle a tank or two of vinegar through it to clean and deodorize the tank. Any tips on whether this will treat the odor problem? If so, what is the simplest way to use the vinegar (or any commercial alternative) method?
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Old 03-17-2009, 11:36 PM   #2
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Check your owners manual for what Airstream recommends to sanitize your tank. They should have instructions there too. Diluted bleach is the generally accepted method and i usually do mine about once a year. Here is a link to some information...

How to Sanitize Your RV Fresh Water System
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The last time we were out in the Bambi, we noticed a slight rotten egg smell whenever we turned on the hot water faucet. I'm assuming this is a sign that I need to drain the hot water tank and cycle a tank or two of vinegar through it to clean and deodorize the tank. Any tips on whether this will treat the odor problem? If so, what is the simplest way to use the vinegar (or any commercial alternative) method?
You may have an LPG leak.

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Old 03-18-2009, 06:02 AM   #4
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I'm with Andy, please check for a LPG leak. Do you have a LPG detector?jim
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Definitely check for propane leaks.

Could it have been the water supply at the last campground you were at had an elevated sulfur content?
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It may be the water source that you were tied into - well water sometimes has sulfur in it in enough concentration to cause that odor - heat makes it worse.
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If you didn`t drain your water heater,the anode gives you that nasty smell,just run the hot water for about 30 min. and the smell should go away.We go thru that alot with snow birds who are only down a few months of the year,and the water in the heater absorbs the smell from the anode.Do not remove the anode, it is there to protect the tank. Dave
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if i ever smell rotten eggs i always check the water level in my batteries.
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The last time we were out in the Bambi, we noticed a slight rotten egg smell whenever we turned on the hot water faucet. I'm assuming this is a sign that I need to drain the hot water tank and cycle a tank or two of vinegar through it to clean and deodorize the tank. Any tips on whether this will treat the odor problem? If so, what is the simplest way to use the vinegar (or any commercial alternative) method?
OK,don`t leave us hanging,did you find out what it was ? Dave
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Yes, I'd like to see what you found out, too. Basically, folks have recommended looking at 1. propane leak, 2. battery acid (boiled battery?), and 3. heavily mineralized water. (I listed in this order in terms of their immediate danger to person and property.)

It takes some sniffing to distinguish, but when we had a battery acid problem, the smell, while similar to rotten eggs, ultimately indicated (incorrectly) a leak in black-tank fumes containment.


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Hot water stink

OK...check your propane...and do it regularly.
But, if you want to get rid of the Sulfer smell that is present when you use the hot water....its the anode in the tank. I just went thru that and at the Texas Vintage Rally I had numerous folks look at the problem with me. Thanks to Pat McD. I found out it was the anode in the tank...problem solved. Cleaning, sanitizing, will be a temp. solution.
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Problem under control

Thanks everyone for your concern and helpful advice. You too, 2air! The problem was pretty clearly the hot water tank: cupping your hand under the hot water faucet would yield a sulphur-scented water sample. I drained the tank this past weekend, flushed it using the city water inlet (to save wear-and-tear on the pump). Also added some chlorine dioxide product to the fresh water tank. So far, no repeat of the stink! If it returns, I'll let you know.

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It's a bit of a hassle, but if I am not going to use the trailer for a few weekends, I drain the water heater, and the water lines. I never have a problem with odor. Before use, I re-sanitize the water system.
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