Damp smell

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  1. gazzeroo

    gazzeroo Funster

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    Could anyone come up with an explanation of this!!!
    We just bought our compass drifter 1995 flavour motorhome, Went to York last week for 3 days, not a hint of damp smell anywhere,despite one night of very heavy rain, very relieved. Came home to Norwich Wednesday and van stood til yesterday. When we got in the van saturday morning there was a slight smell of damp coming from the rear end (door and kitchen end). We proceeded on a 50 mile journey the smell seemed to get worse and when we arrived it was quite strong. The smell could not be pinpointed but in the general kitchen, rear door area. We cooked dinner, cleared up, settled down for the evening and the smell gradually disappeared. We have returned home now, again with no smell. I have shut the van up and will go and check in a few hours but all seems normal again. Has anyone had this experience and knows the reason?
    cheers! Gazzaeroo
     
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    Sounds like it might have been from the kitchen sink drain?
    If you get it again try putting the plug in the sink.
    Ours does it sometimes if we drive with a window open as it sucks he air throught the waste tank breather,
    hence we drive with the plugs in, in warm weather.
     
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    Check your grey water tank and give it a good clean with some calgon tabs dissolved in some water and pour it down the sink and shower outlets and go for a drive around ,also check if you have a trap on the waist pipe entering the grey tank ,if not fit one they cost less than a 10er.
     
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  4. gazzeroo

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    Thanks for that, but am I right in thinking that there is a valve on the grey water tank to prevent this?
     
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    as said use the plugs . or get flat bits of rubber that can lay over the plug/shower drains . also fill the waste tank and let it go full blast none stopping that should help it drain any bits of food etc out .
    have a read here,https://sites.google.com/site/cbruni/
    its more for rv,s but its interesting and does work.
     
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    It is never pleasant to have a slight smell of damp coming from your rear end!:LOL:
     
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    No, there should be a breather on the waste tank, if air can't get out the water can't get in,& vice-versa, so your sinks would not drain as there would be an air lock.
     
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    Thanks to everyone, I will take all the suggestions on board
     
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    and a dose of the good old Bio washing liquid down through all the plug holes on the sinks and shower will freshen up the plug area and might help freshen the grey tank (y)
     
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    Worked for me!! Thought at first a farmer with his s**t spreader had moved in!. :)
     
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    It always amazed me just how bad grey tank and its contents can smell

    after its only a bit of washing up water :sneaky:
     
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    Its the mico-organisms farting, David......Seriously! They live in there, knoshing away at the waste food, skin, whatever, and break wind. This is what you can smell. Add bio, you kill the smell because your killing them!. They do a really good job, but their trouser habits are their death knell......
     
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    Eeerrrmmmm!


    Whats a "grey water tank"?


    :reel::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    Well, you know that tap you open after a show, the one you leave open when you drive away?? That's coupled to.............
     
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    Aaaahhh! That thingee!:rolleyes:
     
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    Keep yer waste tap open at all times and the problem becomes someone elses:sneaky:
     
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    keeping the waste tank open all the time is one of the problems . you find odd bits of food stay in the tank. better to let it get full then empty the tank . the flow acrioss the bottom of tank sucks out the food bits . must have full flow continuous .
     
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    If you have just emptied your grey tank, the water in the waste traps can get sucked out, this happens with our kitchen sink, we just run a tap for a few seconds to refill the trap after dumping the tank. (y)
     
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    i have fitted u bends on bathroom and kitchen sinks cant get to shower very easily,
     
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