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 9/20/2013 11:52 PM
 

I'm hoping that amoungst the few of us that we can figure out my problem....

it's an odor problem:

but first I'm going to go back in time to set it up ok? what do we have to do anyway?

for several years Larry had said that he wanted to replace the thing that is between the road and what ever is under the 5th wheel...in fact for some reason he put a hole in it and the flap hangs down can't get it to stay taped up...I don't remember if I ever knew why he did that but it's what is...

Last spring when I left Q as I pulled out water spilled every where...the guys that had helped me hook up ect assured me that it was just water that had collected from rain storms which we had had some of and spilt out...

Now as I sit here in my chair which is in the rear of the 5th wheel I smell an odor which to put is directly smells like poo!!! I hate the smell...I don't know if it's water that has once again collected in that area between the underbelly of the 5th wheel and the what ever one might want to call that liner...or if I have a leak in the black water tank and it's ozzing some to the back...when I'm out side I don't smell the odor just here in the chair....I can't see any stains on the chair...:) but do smell something.. I've thought of taking a drill and drilling holes back there and see if water comes out but visulize a gush of water right on the head or just ignore it till I leave and let it slooch out as I make the cornor coming out but then what if the black tank has been leaking and there that is all over the drive..so anything thoughts??????

sheila

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 9/21/2013 9:42 AM
 

I know that standing water will ferment and smell like "poo", even with nothing in it, ... but my thought is there should be NO water standing in that area--- as rain water should not gather in there. The source of water should be found... as it probably isn't good for it to be there. It could be from a leak in a roof side seam, running down the wall or as you said a leak in the black (or gray) water tank.

I know that is not what you wanted to hear.. I think someone could find the leak...and they could then repair the underbelly lining and not have to replace it ALL... I'm sure replacement would be expensive and a "repair" would be cheaper.

Good luck on this!!

Joella


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 9/21/2013 1:17 PM
 
Good morning girls!
Sheila - At one time years ago I noticed that smell in my RV. As we sniffed all around, it turned out to be the connection for the washer and dryer. Guess there was water trapped in there (might be called a p-trap?) and the main trap had never been capped off. My RV is prepped for washer and dryer but have never had them. Once that was capped off, never any more problem. Is your chair around any faucet? Good luck. I read similar posts on other forums.

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 9/22/2013 12:26 AM
 

where I sit is in the back window kitchen sink is a few steps away...

I am afraid that you are right Joella will need to find someone to check it out but think it will have to wait until I get to Q Im far enough away from service here that just to have them come look travel wise costs over 100 plus the amount per hour to figure out what is wrong just crazy expensive ..Hopefully the guy from Bend Ore is back and he can come out into the desert...in the mean time I gag a lot...

thanks loads

sheila

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 9/22/2013 11:37 PM
 

Just a guy hanging out with the women but chasing smells is almost a full time job. The need for a "P"trap is to collect water so the smell does not back up from the tanks so be sure there is water in all of them. Another problem that can happen is the vent pipe into the holding tanks gets loose and slides into the tank which in turn does not let the pipe vent so the odor exits into the rig. Have someone climb up on the roof and see if they are tight. Third scenario is the Fantastic fan, if you have one, is sucking air in and it is near a vent pipe, make sure it is blowing out. Fourth choice, buy a new rig and start from scratch.

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 9/23/2013 12:34 AM
 

It was so much easier when Larry was alive and I could complain and he would go look and fix..but now I have to try and figure out how to explain to some one what to look for have never trusted the ladder to hold me and it's to high for me to reach anyway..but those are all good ideas...thank

sheila

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 9/23/2013 4:58 PM
 

I hear the "missing Larry's expertize"... I surely hope the guy from Bend shows at Q!! It's always nice to get help......and I'm sure he does it cheaper than a dealer would do it.

Guess it won't be long before you head for Q!! In the meantime, maybe I could send you a clothespin for yer nose!!!

Enjoy the day, dear friend!!

Joella


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 9/24/2013 12:33 AM
 

Joella..think I'm going to have my 17 yr old grandson up but first I want his girl friend's dad to show him what to look for in hopes that he can find a leak if it is in deed there...they have a 5th wheel so thinking that perhaps he can tell him what to look for...for some reason it seems like I had some one up there this spring in Q to see if I needed it sealed but not sure if that was what I'd done...perhaps there is something to that widow brain cause although I remember having someone go up I don't remember what he said..think if he said there was indication of a leak I'd remember at least now I would :)

as to the fantastic vent I think we have it ...is it suppose to run the whole time? cause I don't turn it on that often. I do know that what I see on the inside indicates it needs to be cleaned...big time

sheila

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 9/24/2013 10:15 AM
 

Hi Sheila, I was gone a few days without WiFi and missed your post, but mystery smells seem to be an RVers fact of life. There are so many possibilities and as Joella said, you'll probably need to have it checked out in Q. I know we once had a smelly problem that turned out to be a window partially open at the other end of the rig which created a draft toward the living area and pulled in the holding tank's roof vent smells. And, yes, sink drains can often smell like black tank smells.

In the meantime, how about trying all the different combinations of air flow you can think of. Put a vent on exhaust to pull the smell away from you. Be sure to put water in each and every drain, including shower, laundry, and outside shower hookup drain. And, by all means, have that grandson check out everything. Maybe your fix is simple. Then again, you may have to pay a pro. Good luck, my friend.

Evie

p.s. Perhaps Larry discovered a water leak and cut the hole to let out the water. Could have been from a holding tank or whatever.


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 9/28/2013 9:27 AM
 

Hi, new to this. Is there anything to mask the smell until you get it fixed??

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