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Old 04-04-2013, 10:41 PM   #1
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Is anyone having sewer smell inside the RV? We have a sewer smell whenever we put water into the sink or into the dishwasher. Could it be because we leave the sink tank closed until it is full. Any suggestions. We pour hot water down sink, and we put bleach in sometimes. Any other suggestions?
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:00 PM   #2
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Leaving the tank closed shouldn't cause the smell. I don't know enough about the Redwood yet to give you any advise on what it might be.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:07 AM   #3
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Rooksfive, we put a tank solution in all our holding tanks and it seems to work. We are stationary campers for the time being so we have no sloshng around while traveling. Soap is your enemy in an RV, as it attaches itself to the walls of your tanks. Good luck. This summer we're going to use Dave's sensor cleaner if we can find it. Our Wal marts aren't well stocked in the camping areas.
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you shouldn't have any smell from the sewer. The p-traps are what prevent it from entering the coach, just like in your house. The water in the p-trap works as a block to keepany smell from goinginto the coach/house.Check them to see if there is waste in them. If they are clean, it could be a vent gone bad. I haven't looked under the sinks but I bet they use some sort of "studor' vent on them. That could be defective and allowing the smell to come in.
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:15 AM   #5
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you shouldn't have any smell from the sewer. The p-traps are what prevent it from entering the coach, just like in your house. The water in the p-trap works as a block to keepany smell from goinginto the coach/house.Check them to see if there is waste in them. If they are clean, it could be a vent gone bad. I haven't looked under the sinks but I bet they use some sort of "studor' vent on them. That could be defective and allowing the smell to come in.

You're right! there is a "mechanical" vent under the bathroom sink (I was told).
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Old 04-05-2013, 10:29 AM   #6
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Is anyone having sewer smell inside the RV? We have a sewer smell whenever we put water into the sink or into the dishwasher. Could it be because we leave the sink tank closed until it is full. Any suggestions. We pour hot water down sink, and we put bleach in sometimes. Any other suggestions?
Just thinking....when in transit...sometimes those p-traps can
loose their 'water' from all that movement which allows for smells to come through. We noticed
it more so when setting up camp after moving. I pack plenty of tank
chemicals purchased from the RV supply store to help with the smells and then
get that fresh water back in the p-trap. Doing those two things
eliminates the problem for us.



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Old 04-09-2013, 12:10 AM   #7
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Funny this subject comes up. My wife asked me today why is there sewer smell coming from the bath room sink? Well sure enough its coming from the vent they have under the bathroom sink! Seems Redwood cheeped out on us and did not run the vent to the roof. Instead it looks like the incorporated it in the drain. The sink trap is their but it goes into a tee and then its vented out of the top of the tee under the sink. This is where the smell is coming from in our case. Toby whats Dave sensor cleaning secret? Does this help on the smell of the gray tanks? Or does someone make a additive to put into the gray tanks to take care of the smell like we do the black tank. We are only a month into our full timing experience and the wife ask me today about it and what to do.
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I have put the toilet chemical in the grey tank as well. It won't hurt a thing and it helps break down the food particles.
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I use biochem from camping world. They also sell it at all boating stores.
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You can't be serious...venting a tank into a living space? What is it with these "engineers"?
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