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Old 05-31-2016, 09:51 AM   #1
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Sulfer smell...

Well last camping noted real sulfur smell when trying to use hot water (2nd trip of year about two weeks apart). Came home did research here via search and now resolved issue. Flushed out entire water system, then sanitized again entire system with bleach. Then emptied system including hot water heater, which will do now after returning home for every camping trip.
We do have our own well and this seems to be at the least part of issue noted in comments from search.
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:57 AM   #2
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Sanitizing after every trip may be overkill but to each his own. Usually once at the beginning of the season should suffice. There's certainly nothing more irritating than the nasty smell of rotten egg in your RV though

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You might want to test your battery fluid levels... When they have been on 13.6VDC charge for long periods of time they may start out-gassing their fluids. Usually the battery is getting very warm before doing this. The gas is colorless, very poisonous, flammable and may have the odor of rotten eggs...

Just something else to check on for odor smell...
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Old 05-31-2016, 10:46 AM   #4
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We had this problem with our old trailer. Have no idea what started it, but one year we noticed the bad smell. I thought I didn't sanitize right. Did a bunch of reading and found that the smell is caused by bacteria. Had to bleach twice in a row every couple of months or so followed by a dose of baking soda. It came back every year for the last 3 or 4 years we had the trailer.
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Drain your water heater !!! worked for me !
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Old 05-31-2016, 11:04 AM   #6
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We have a well that was used for drinking until it started smelling like Sulphur. We only used it in the camper once and the smell transferred to the rv.

We sanitized it once and the smell was gone. I still drain my tank a couple times a season.

The water left in the tank and lines are where the smell originates.
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Old 05-31-2016, 11:07 AM   #7
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I have read another issue could be if you used the ethanol based RV antifreeze when you winterized. That's why I only look for the pure propylene glycol RV antifreeze.
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Originally Posted by sportsmen View Post
Drain your water heater !!! worked for me !
X2. If my trailer is going to sit for more than a week. I drain my hot water heater.
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Most likely there was a sulfur water problem somewhere you camped. We stopped at Grandma's Campground in Shepardsville, KY for one night and the next night we noticed the sulfur smell in the water. When we got home we flushed the system with our well water and some bleach mixed in through the water heater. I let it stand in the water heater for about an hour, drained the water heater and then flushed with fresh water. No smell since.

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