Smelly Old 'Sloopy'

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  1. Tootles

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    And so, it came to pass, that it was the last day of our stay in Kendal, and time to pack up, unplug the 240, and head for the 'ole in the deck, where the 'grey water' is glugged. Pipe on, tap open.........What the hell is that stink? Ahhhhhhhhhh, it's been raining. Must be the site septic tank a festering. Right, job done, and we head for the M6, but the smell is still there! A million stink bombs have gone off!
    The realisation strikes hard, 'Sloopy' has a problem in the grey water tank dept.
    And so today, I carefully removed the HUGE red screw plug in the back of the tank. Nothing, just a slight whiff. Time for the finger test, half expecting a layer of rotting gunge, but, apart for half an inch of water, it was clean. And so, the question......

    What the hell do you do to stop that smell?? I thought of bleach, but really worried about bleach and pipe connections. Disinfectant perhaps?? Any tips will be most welcome!!
    Dave. :thumb:
     
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    Fill up with water and a good dose of "Milton" or similar, and let it stand over night and then drain off..

    Doe not hurt Baby`s bottles or Teats.. :BigGrin:

    Hope fully the smell would have gone... :thumb:
     
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    Thanks Mo. If your sure it dosent hurt teats, then it's a job for the wife!! :Wink:
     
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    bottle of cheap cola (coke) down the drainholes will help:thumb:
     
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    I would be hopeful that you have already 'dumped' the problem, if the smell is not so bad with the cover off.

    As a matter of interest to me, was it a nice day when you left site? We have identified an issue with ours where we have an odour when driving with our front windows open, typically when pulling off site

    Close them and problem goes

    As for cleaning yours, I reckon Old Mo has that covered, although I have read posts suggesting dropping a bottle of fizzy pop through kitchen sink, then taking for a drive, not tried it myself

    :thumb:


    edit, just been beaten to same suggestion, used too many words!!
     
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    Bit of Milton, drive a bit then dump it in a laybye !!:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    No, it was raining, we had the windows closed.....

    In reality, this terrible smell is emitted as a by-product of millions of micro-organisms noshing away at any food refuse left in the tank, which in effect shows that the tank itself has a very healthy environment! It's working in the same way as an old fashioned septic tank, and farmers etc used to throw a dead crow or whatever into their tanks every three months or so, to help the little blighter's digest the other stuff.
    Great in a septic tank, but not in a MH. To kill the stink, you use something, (Milton in this case), that kills the micro-thingies. A shame, but necessary to restore harmony with one's better half.
     
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    Does it have to be a cheap one. He has a Hymer, you know.
     
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    Best one of the week!!! Congrats, I will speak personally with the God Wyaye Wires to have you canonised!! :BigGrin:
     
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    Yes, he should be made to pay full pub price as a penance :Rofl1::Rofl1:

    This is how I stop the smells :BigGrin:
     
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    Once you have a Hymer there's nothing left for posh Coke :Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    Example of the old saying about the fool and his money? :Wink::Laughing::Laughing:
     
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    That's what I would do.

    Or just drive with the waste tap slightly open.

    That saves the time having to stop.

    Lovely clean smelling empty tank when you get home:thumb:
     
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    No Chris, that is totally and utterly wrong... how could you even suggest it? You've seen the threads about dribbling grey waste on the road. All the bikers on here will take a contract out on you

    What you are supposed to do is to dump it on the hard standing on the campsite - it soaks in really well and as a bonus leaves a strange smell to annoy the tuggers who next use the pitch and put up their awning right on top of it.

    If not on a hard standing then simply do the same - as the tent campers will put their tent up on the same spot:thumb:

    Simples!
     
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    There is,of course,a proprietary product :BigGrin:

    Thetford grey waste tank freshener-it does work,and also cleans grease etc from plugholes and pipes.

    Mike
     
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    Slightly more seriously, the cheap coke works (the price of class A drugs has really come down that much) but seems to be a waste..... I've also used soda crystals - cheap packet from Aldi which also works.
     
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    Milton is just a very mild (but expensive) bleach -buy a 29 p 2 ltr bottle of thin bleach and use some of that instead :Wink:
    terry
     
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    As said.. fill and clean with bleach..

    Grey tanks will always smell.. you can clean it today and it will be foul tomorrow .. but I'm puzzled why the smell gets back into the van..

    Do your drains not have traps on them ? If not then fitting would cure the problem .. or is the smell just coming from dirty pipes/traps ?
     
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    The sinks do have traps Jim....of a sort. They have half turn caps on the bottom for cleaning. They are not very deep, (as the British ones are), but I dont think there is the room to fit Brit units. Thanks again for the bleach tip though. :thumb:
     
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    that's probably the problem.. changing them would be the long term solution..

    there are several caravan ones on the market.. something like this..

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    also try googling removable shower trap
     
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