Toilet smells

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  1. agilityeye

    agilityeye Read Only Funster

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    smelly question, why does my thetford aqua IV loo smell?
    should the loo hold water once it has been flushed?
    the one in our 5th wheel did (not a thetford loo)
    only had rv a week and the loo is bad:Sad:

    does anybody know id it is possible to swap the thetford for a sealand??

    Peg on my nose Ian
     
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    I have the Thetford aqua 1V and it used to smell whilst travelling.
    It was the paddle that was not quite closing properly.
    It never smelled when parked up,just when travelling,also if you keep the roof vent open in the toilet whilst travelling that sucks up the odour from the tank.
     
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    I suspect the seal (that would hold a bit of flush water in the bowl and make it air tight) has gone and 1) lets the flush water down into the holding tank and 2) air from the holding tank up into the room smelly!... Have you got any loo paper trapped in the slide?

    Happened to me once...

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    I know it's not quite ther same but some friends have a thetford in their caravan. It had been standing for a while before thery bought it and apparently the seals had perished and the "liquid" was fillling up the area where the cassette fitted and then seeped into the cupboards - they were mortified and threw all their tinned food away that had been stored in the cupboards. They are still trying to get rid of the smell!!
     
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    errrrrr:Eeek:
     
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    i know mine isnt leaking. just smells and it is worse when traveling
    will look at closing the roof vent. and look at getting new seals
     
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    That will definatly solve the problem.
     
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    Fit S.O.G. modification and the smells will go.

    Doug...
     
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    You can get for the roof a vent that sucks the smell out


    Does your toilet vent to the roof? or is it an unit that has no external vent? if it is a roof vent type as on most RV's then you can get a T unit that goes on the vent pipe, it acts as a venturi and sucks the bad smells out. But making sure the roof vent is shut when moving will help.

    Bob
     
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    sog mod ????
     
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    Most RVs do not need a SOG as they are vented to the roof. Seals do wear out, I would talk to Duncan from Star Spangled Spanner, he will diagnose your problem quickly, he's being hanging around RV toilets for years:BigGrin: He is a member here so you could PM him.

    See here for the manual for your Thetford.
     
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    I have not heard of anyone that has fitted this equipment that has not give it a thumbs up.

    Doug...
     
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    You cannot fit sogs to American RVs...they are allready vented through the roof.
     
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    it could also be that a previous owner has used 'chemicals - thetford variety' therefore destroying the natural bacteria that is usually in the tank. Therefore it could just need a really good flush/clean of the tank and start again.
    below is some light reading re black tanks

    http://www.phrannie.org/macerator.html

    this section is taken from this link

    http://www.phrannie.org/phredex.html
     
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    the smells go from your van but blow over your neighbour's... :Wink:

    JJ
     
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    Ours was not flushed out before it was shipped

    Our RV black holding tank was not flushed out before it was shipped!!!!! yes what a pong.

    Bob
     
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    Quite right, just as it should be...

    Doug...
     
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    Not with the charcoal filter fitted inside the door cover.
     
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    With mine the charcoal filter makes no difference, but it does not bother me unless the toilet window is (cracked) open and the wind is on that side of the van, then I close the window.

    Doug...
     
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    Solar plumbing vent cover for yanks $29.95

    I had a delivery to day from Motorhome medics of a slide out jacks and pads ... in the jack box was a catalogue by the suppliers of the Jacks...Ultra-Fab Products Inc of Elkhart, Indiana, USA. The catalogue is titled Enhanciong your RV Experiance... page 10 has a item that may well solve the proble in this post. It is a mini solar plumbing vent .. it replaces the cap on the roof from the black tank and has a tiny fan inside that is operated by a tiny solar pad on the top of the vent cover. No wiring, just replace the old vent cover with the new one and it will extract the smells in the daytime and close the fan down in the dark. item number is 53-945001. They have a e mail address of sales@ultra-fab.com and the web address is www.ultra-fab.com I am sure Darren at Motorhome Medics can order you one if you ask him... OK I will give him a plug.. tele 01452 866856 he is very large on ebay under American motorhomes as a search. his web site is www.motorhomemedics.co.uk he has prove to be a reliable supplier to me for over a year now and will order odd items in if asked as sensible prices. this vent system is only $29.95 so expect to pay that at £ for $ and plus vat and some postage etc., but I am sure it will do the trick.

    Might get one myself...

    Ultra fab mainly does 5th wheel jacks and slide out jacks and car trailer dollies and towball racks. plus this kind of item.

    Bob:Smile:
     

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