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Old 09-29-2018, 01:11 PM   #1
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Black tank smell

When I dump black tank , I notice odor thatís not too bad considering what Iím dumping. However, we stay in a small gated campground and I donít want the whole neighborhood to be smelly. I use happy camper but still have odor. Also, I notice my Max aire exhaust fan sometimes brings in odor . Is this normal and should I be concerned about smelling up the neighborhood? I have started dumping Pinesol down the tank and that seems to help odor. Is that a safe additive for the tanks?
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Old 09-29-2018, 02:13 PM   #2
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Often the camp's sewer system emits stink. As fluids go in the system, air can be displaced out from their vents. Sh'; happens. As long as you aren't spilling any that's just the way it is.
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Old 09-29-2018, 03:47 PM   #3
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I agree. While it's not every time it is common. If your vent fan is pulling in oders that would be coming from your black tank vent located somewhere near it on the roof. We haven't had that problem in 8 years of full timing and we also use Happy Camper. Our black tanks are larger than the small rigs, do you use two scoops in yours every time you dump. That's what we do.
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Old 09-29-2018, 04:24 PM   #4
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If you are running the vent fan in the bathroom, recommend you close the toilet cover before flushing. Other wise the vent fan will pull some tank smell out while the flush valve is open.
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Old 09-29-2018, 05:49 PM   #5
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The secret to good "dumping" is to use lots of water. However, as previously noted, there will always be some odor. Any deodorizer used in the black tank (or gray tank) will serve no useful purpose other than to the selling company's bottom line.
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Old 09-30-2018, 06:57 AM   #6
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In addition to the tips above, if possible it is best to wait until the blank tank is close to full before dumping as that will get a better/more aggressive dump (no pun intended). If you are leaving a campground and the tank isn't full, add water to it to get it fuller before dumping.
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Old 09-30-2018, 09:34 AM   #7
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Thanks to everyone’s response. I turn fan off before flushing but I hadn’t thought about the vent on top. I wait til I get the burp before emptying.
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:21 PM   #8
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I'm sorry, crap stinks. If a honey wagon came through, you'll notice a bit of odor as they connect, pump and disconnect. Unless there's something really special about your crap that your neighbors should know about, smell away!
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:23 PM   #9
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Thanks to everyoneís response. I turn fan off before flushing but I hadnít thought about the vent on top. I wait til I get the burp before emptying.
What is the "burp"?
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:52 PM   #10
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What is the "burp"?
The burp is a burp as black tank nears capacity which I depend on because level indicators aren’t accurate. The burp might be described as a small bubble of water coming up as you flush.
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Old 10-01-2018, 08:22 AM   #11
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To anyone who waits for the burp. These tanks are a 2 piece design with a top that is glued on top. They are known for literaly bursting at the seams. There are multiple treads on this topic. DO NOT LET YOUR TANKS GET TOO FULL OR YOU ARE FLIRTING WITH DISASTER. Also do not travel with more than a few gallons in them.
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