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tjw0099

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We have a 2017 Jayco 34RSBS.

We have been living in it for the last 20 months while we have been dealing with a house being built.

Within the last 6 weeks, we have had the bad experience of the black tank smell inside the camper. On occasion I can smell it around the front of the camper outside and in the front storage.

I don't know what the issue is.

There is no crack in the tank. I can't find a leak in the camper.

I flush it at least several times when I empty it twice a week.

Has anyone had this issue?

Amy ideas?

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Tom


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Posted: 05/29/21 04:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did you check under the sink(s) for an air admittance valve?
They go bad.

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If there are no leaks, I would suggest not emptying the tank quite as often. Use lots of water to flush each time and wait until the tank is half or three quarters full before dumping. That allows enough water to accumulate in the tank to break things up and flush more thoroughly. Check the seal at the flush valve. Is the bowl holding water between flushes? Rubbing a toilet brush around that seal and putting a little vasaline on it helps. Assume, since you've been living in it for all this time and it only started recently that you are using sufficient chemicals. Also, might check vent pipe to be sure it's not plugged? Is the bottom of the trailer enclosed? Might be a leak ih the sewer line?

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tjw0099 wrote:

We have a 2017 Jayco 34RSBS.

We have been living in it for the last 20 months while we have been dealing with a house being built.

Within the last 6 weeks, we have had the bad experience of the black tank smell inside the camper. On occasion I can smell it around the front of the camper outside and in the front storage.

I don't know what the issue is.

There is no crack in the tank. I can't find a leak in the camper.

I flush it at least several times when I empty it twice a week.

Has anyone had this issue?

Amy ideas?

Thanks

Tom


Do you have a tank flush system? Or a flush wand to put down the toilet?

Lotsa flushing, fresh water from a full tank will help. Assuming the trailer hasn’t been moved for some time the last resort might be a cup of Pinesol, along with 10-15 gallons of water and a short road trip to break “things” loose.

Same thing happened to me after 6 months parked in a seasonal spot. My plan was to haul it home (400 miles), with Pinesol in the tank, then fill and drain until clean. I traded in the trailer for a new fiver instead. The dealership techs dealt with it.

I bought one of these after a recommendation from an RV tech:

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Dual-Flush-Pro-p/11-0342.htm?gclid=CjwKCAjwzMeFBhBwEiwAzwS8zFl52hRBC8gt_gyJ48ynOW36IrmDzBhB54q38xc-SWccj2Mbt7ewDRoCoXQQAvD_BwE

Got mine from Amazon. I like the clear plastic. I’ve found that it can take 3 full-tank dumps (2 with a filled tank from the tank flush system), to get a nearly clean water dump. No problems with being parked for 6 months of stationary use.

Good luck!


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Is the toilet a Dometic model 300? Check that the vent pipe has not dropped down. Do this from the roof and pull the cap off to see.

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Ditto on checking that the black tank roof vent isn't blocked or the pipe from the blank tank to the roof somehow became dislodged. If that vent is blocked every time you flush the toilet the built up gas in the tank will vent into the RV. Cleaning the tank will only solve the issue until the next time someone takes a dump.

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A bad or kinked flat seal in the toilet bowl blade valve assembly will stink up the rv as well. Doesn’t take much leakage.


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If it's at the front, it could also be a bad battery, or even a leaky propane connection.


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