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Old 08-14-2013, 09:20 AM   #11
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Is the solution simply one of adding water to the sinks and shower drains after travelling? I would think the sinks would take care of themselves, assuming they are used more often. In my case the smells seem to be from the bathroom, so I am suspicious of the shower drain. Not sure that screw in plug is air tight, especially if the bathroom is closed up with the ceiling vent down. However, it appears that the bathroom sink and shower drain are on the same trap?

I did find pouring bleach into a half full gray water tank helped.

We just finished a two week boon-docking stay at a single site. We did not empty tanks for the entire time. (Some reasons, we were able to empty dishwater outside the Escape and we added a small quantity of fresh water). In any case, we found the toilet needed frequent cleaning, unlike the porcelain models in our home, the plastic seems to retain odors and requires more attention.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:43 AM   #12
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Wow, 2 weeks without moving, good job on conserving your resources.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:08 AM   #13
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As sailors & RVers, every trip to Canada, we hit a Marine store that carries Canndure.
Amazing enzyme liquid! We can dump boat holding tank after a 4 week duration and experience an unholy odor when opening tank to pump out. Won't claim it is sweet, but OK.
Two weeks in Fl, without draining RV tank OK also. Enzyme, so you have to flush out prior chemicals. Put a little in grey tank now too. ALSO, a little with water in dish detergent bottle and use as 'manuel swirlie' for toilet - wetting whole bowl as toilet swirlie not that efficient. :-)
Have seen some enzyme products on Camping World shelves last couple years, but haven't heard reviews.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:11 AM   #14
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Don't forget people......bleach can rot rubber.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:24 AM   #15
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[QUOTE=fudge_brownie;30615]Is the solution simply one of adding water to the sinks and shower drains after travelling? I would think the sinks would take care of themselves, assuming they are used more often. In my case the smells seem to be from the bathroom, so I am suspicious of the shower drain. Not sure that screw in plug is air tight, especially if the bathroom is closed up with the ceiling vent down. However, it appears that the bathroom sink and shower drain are on the same trap?

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Refilling the traps after stopping is probably the best you can do. They do appear to be a common trap. The vertical drain beneath the bathroom sink is a perfect candidate for a Hepvo waste valve like I installed in our Casita, but that still leaves the shower drain that I doubt can be improved.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:36 AM   #16
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Is this a new issue or have other longtime Escape owners had this problem?
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:27 AM   #17
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As sailors & RVers, every trip to Canada, we hit a Marine store that carries Canndure.
Amazing enzyme liquid! We can dump boat holding tank after a 4 week duration and experience an unholy odor when opening tank to pump out. Won't claim it is sweet, but OK.
Two weeks in Fl, without draining RV tank OK also. Enzyme, so you have to flush out prior chemicals. Put a little in grey tank now too. ALSO, a little with water in dish detergent bottle and use as 'manuel swirlie' for toilet - wetting whole bowl as toilet swirlie not that efficient. :-)
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This is also great stuff. We have been using it for a couple years.

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Old 08-14-2013, 05:51 PM   #19
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John,
This appears to be something new on the forum. I can say it is something new we have experienced after three years of use. Perhaps someone like Donna can recall if such a topic has been discussed before, I have trouble remembering the day of the week.

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Good point on the bleach, I have always poured the bleach on the way to the dump station, I want something in the tank for it to mix with and the opportunity to slosh around a bit.
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Old 08-14-2013, 11:03 PM   #20
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Well, between the bleach treatment and putting water in the shower drain, the problem seems resolved (or at least much much better).

I put a couple of cups of bleach in a 3/4 full tank, let it sit for 30 minutes, drained it and flushed again with fresh water. I hadn't realized that bleach and rubber don't go together. Is there any rubber in the plumbing, tank, or outlet valves? I can't see any.

I also put water down the shower floor drain. We haven't used it, so there was no water in it.

24 hours later, the smell is pretty much entirely gone.

Thanks for the assistance, folks!
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