How Can We Get Rid Of The Potty Smell In Our RV?
How to Get Rid of the Potty Smell in an RV
We just purchased a 2004 Trail Vision camper. It is in excellent condition. BUT, we can smell the toilet. OF course it had some black water in it when we had got it and had been setting since last fall. We have dumped it, partially filled it with water and chemical a couple of times and it still smells.
What advise can you offer to help eliminate the smell?
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Let's see if we can help freshen up the air around your RV. Even though you have dumped your Black Water Holding Tank and filled it up with water does not mean that tank is totally clean. There can still be an accumulation of waste in the tank that has not been broken down sufficiently enough. That waste can still remain in the tank even though you have dumped it.
I am not sure what kind of chemicals you are using to prevent odors and digest waste in your trailer's Black Water Holding tank, but I have a few recommendations for you on some products that work well for us in our motorhome. You should also understand that the Grey Water Holding Tank can also emit odors if not properly treated. So let's start off with tank treatments.
To break down the waste in the tank and to also keep the tank odor free we use Eco Smart Holding Tank Deodorant And Cleaner
. This product does a good job of breaking up all of the crud inside the tank and does a great job at getting rid of the odors. We like it because it is very Eco-Friendly and can also be used in the grey water tank.
Since you are not sure how the holding tanks on your trailer have been
treated prior to you buying it, you may find that the chemicals alone may not initially do the job of breaking up the waste that accumulated in the black water holding tank prior to you getting the trailer. The tank may have to be thoroughly flushed to get all the crud out. A lot of RVs come equipped with a built in tank flush system. Check your owner's manual to see if your trailer is equipped with one. If so, flush the holding tank thoroughly and then retreat the tank with chemicals.
If your RV is not equipped with a holding tank flush system; then I would recommend you install an aftermarket holding tank flushing system. Depending on how your holding tank is configured one of these products should work for you. The Camco RV Dual Flush Pro Holding Tank Rinser with Gate Valve
, Camco RV Dual Flush RV Holding Tank Rinser
or the Tornado Tank Rinser
Once you have treated and flushed your holding tank; follow the simple steps below to keep the smells and crud accumulation away.
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1. Flush often while sitting on the toilet. Water is a black water holding tanks friend.
2. Always flush twice after using the RV Toilet, the more water the better.
3. After dumping the tanks, add about 1 gallon of water and the proper amount of chemicals to the black water holding tank through the toilet before actually using the toilet.
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