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Old 12-07-2014, 11:00 AM   #1
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Rotten Egg Smell

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I tried to find this question already answered but no luck. We have a 2015 Jayco 28BHBE, and we have been having a hard time figuring out where the rotten egg smell is coming from. It seems like it's coming from the sinks, but how do I fix this. Right now the trailer is winterized. Last weekend we de winterized it and took it camping. All weekend we smelt it. Then when we returned it got cold again so we had to winterize again. I have turned the gas off to see if that's the problem, but I would think our sensor would have gone off if we had a leak. I have read that it could be the hot water heater, but it is empty and the bypass is open. I use lemon tablets at the end of every campout to avoid any smells. Please help.
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Old 12-07-2014, 11:26 AM   #2
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did you sanitize your water lines before using after winterizing it. If you didn't this could be the issue. The antifreze will give your water a funny taste as well if you haven't sanitized the lines. I take a bleach tablet and put it in the fresh water tank, fill the tank and let it sit for a while to allow the tablet to dissolve. Then I run water through everything and let the water sit in the lines for a while. Run the rest of the water through the lines and then fill with fresh water and run through the lines again.
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Old 12-07-2014, 11:33 AM   #3
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The Rotten Egg Smell is most often coming from the battery.

In the RV world this may be caused by the on-board CONVERTER/CHARGER over charging your battery... The battery will get very hot to touch and you will find the fluids boiled out. This battery is prone to explode when this happens...

Consider this report from google search
http://www.answers.com/Q/Why_does_yo...ke_rotten_eggs

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We had this issue last summer in our 197 before we sold it. I sanitized the tank and lines but still had the smell. I flushed the hot water tank with fresh water and still had the problem. I finally figured it must be coming from the grey water tank. I picked up some grey water tank treatment and the problem disappeared. After some more searching, it could have been the plumbing vent under the sink also? We never had the smell after.
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Can you run the bleach water through the hot water heater?
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Can you run the bleach water through the hot water heater?
Maybe someone else might have an answer to this if your supposed to or not. I did use bleach in my water heater but I didn't let it sit in there I flushed it out right away.
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The Jayco manual does not say anything about bypassing the hot water heater. It does refer to sanitizing solution left in the water heater (which to me means it should be included).

Here is a reprint from the manual: Some solution may remain in the water heater and will be flushed in the following steps:
12. Fill the fresh water system completely full using clean (potable) water.
13. Then, drain the fresh water system (see Draining the fresh water system).
NOTE: If a chlorine taste lingers in the water, flush the water system with a
solution consisting of one-quart vinegar to five gallons of clean water. Re-flush as
necessary.


To the OP: If you decide the odor is coming from the grey tank, the enzyme type tank treatments work in either grey or black tanks. Some folks use them as routine maintenance.
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Old 12-07-2014, 01:30 PM   #8
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I've never winterizing my Campers for 20 some yrs and never had that issue. winterizing ?? as long as you drain the hole system U are Ok, then flush it and U are combat ready for the coming season.
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We never winterized our old trailer and then last year we had frozen pipes and a busted hot water heater. So this year I wanted to be extra careful. We are in Texas and it does not freeze a lot but I wanted to be on the safe side. Thanks for all your help!!
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Hello all,

I tried to find this question already answered but no luck. We have a 2015 Jayco 28BHBE, and we have been having a hard time figuring out where the rotten egg smell is coming from. It seems like it's coming from the sinks, but how do I fix this. Right now the trailer is winterized. Last weekend we de winterized it and took it camping. All weekend we smelt it. Then when we returned it got cold again so we had to winterize again. I have turned the gas off to see if that's the problem, but I would think our sensor would have gone off if we had a leak. I have read that it could be the hot water heater, but it is empty and the bypass is open. I use lemon tablets at the end of every campout to avoid any smells. Please help.
It most likely is coming from your sinks. We had the same issue and poured a cup of bleach down each drain and let it set for a while. We do that twice a season. No more rotten egg smell!!!
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