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Old 08-12-2013, 08:46 AM   #11
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Is your Jay Flight equipped with a Turbo Maxx, Fantastic or similar high-volume fan installed in your bathroom vent? These types of fans can move large volumes of air, similar to what an attic fan does in a home. If the fan's running in exhaust mode and your bathroom door is closed, it can restrict the airflow and create a slight vacuum in your bathroom. An RV toilet has no built-in trap like your home toilet, just a pipe that runs directly into your holding tank and, if the bathroom door is closed when you flush, it will allow air to be drawn down the black tank's vent stack, through the tank and up through the toilet carrying those gross odors you describe with it. To make matters worse, RV bathrooms are so small that it doesn't much to make it smell like you took a dump for three people.

The solution: Open the bathroom door before you flush or momentarily turn off or change the direction of the fan so that it draws in air (which will slightly pressurize the bathroom when the door's closed and push air down through the toilet when flushed, thus keeping the tank odors at bay).

Also, I agree with the previous poster that you shouldn't block the internal vent (if so equipped) on your plumbing. These do contain a one-way valve that only allows air to be drawn in, never out. If you ever detect odors coming from your internal vent, it's defective and should be replaced.

And as a final note, don't even bother looking at the gray/black tank level indicators. They're notoriously inaccurate after you use the tanks the first time. The only ones that seem reliable are the See-Level brand and they cost $$$ to buy and install. You usually only see these as standard equipment on high-end RV models. Get to "know" your tank capacities and monitor them yourself. I "know" my black tank will go for a week under normal conditions (just the DW and I) and I simply empty the gray on a daily basis. However, I "know" I can squeeze two days of use out of it if we practice water management when we're at a site with no sewer hookup. In time, you will learn this technique.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:22 AM   #12
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Trouble with Black Tank

I have a friend that swears by Rid-X, the stuff made for septic tanks. He just puts it in on the way to the campground with a couple gallons of water to slosh it around. He says it keeps the prove clean and cuts down in the smell.

Sorry to hear about the unexpected gift.
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Trouble with Black Tank

Oh how much I hate my iPhone autocorrect.

What I meant to say was the Rid-X keeps the probe clean and cuts down on the smell.
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Oh how much I hate my iPhone autocorrect.
We need a thread, maybe several, on Why I Will Never Buy Another iPhone!!!
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If you want to get rid of ALL sewer and gray tank smells? Put a siphon 360 on your black and gray tank vents and all smells are gone. I put them on mine in the spring when i had the roof replaced, all i can say is they work no more smell on hot summer days at all.Click image for larger version

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