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Pioneerclaims
post Jul 18 2012, 10:08 AM
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I have a six year old fifth wheel. The odor from the holding tanks is aweful!!! I have tried every chemical in Camping World's catalog. I have tried filling the tanks 1/3 and driving around so it will slosh loose any crud in the tanks, but it still smells aweful when I flush. Can you use Rid X in an rv?

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post Jul 18 2012, 08:53 PM
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Can you use Rid X in an rv?


Yes, you can use Rid-X but it probably will not help as the bacteria will not have time to work. You have a holding tank, not a septic tank. Your black tank should be vented out the roof. Sometimes those vents get clogged or are otherwise not working. This will cause odors. If you have an exhaust fan on when you flush, the exhaust will suck odors out of the tank sometimes.

Generally if the vent is working and the exhaust is not on, a good cleaning of the tank with an in tank flusher or one inserted through the toilet will help considerably. Because odors come from bacteria, you can also add a cup of bleach to the tank. This will kill everything. But you will need to dump immediately and many septic systems would not like the bleach you just dumped.

IMO, commercial deodorants sold for black tanks are smoke and mirrors, and they are obviously not working for you. We use the Geo Method (do a Google search) with lots of water, liquid laundry detergent and Calgon wetter. We never have odors, even when we store the unit when Fl wintering in the s&b with the rv tank 1/3 full of "stuff". Many use only water with great success and no odors. Good luck.
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Pioneerclaims   Stinky Tanks....   Jul 18 2012, 10:08 AM
Glenn Norton   I have a six year old fifth wheel. The odor from...   Jul 18 2012, 08:22 PM
TrailerParkBoys   Try some borax. It is used to get rid of the ble...   Aug 26 2012, 06:35 PM
joez   Yes, you can use Rid-X but it probably will not ...   Jul 18 2012, 08:53 PM
Denali   We have been fulltiming since 2002, and I have use...   Jul 19 2012, 12:03 PM
lopenzani   I have had success Happy Camper. In addition, pic...   Jul 23 2012, 07:27 PM
RanMan   It sounds like you may have a build-up of waste in...   Jul 25 2012, 10:59 AM
Kirk   I have a six year old fifth wheel. The odor from...   Jul 27 2012, 04:55 PM
rgatijnet   I use Rid-X whenever our coach is not going to be ...   Jul 30 2012, 09:33 AM
grapeidea   Consider the Geo method: https://sites.google.co...   Aug 13 2012, 07:44 PM
GandJ   Where can you pick Borax up from? And while we...   Aug 26 2012, 07:17 PM
joez   You can typically buy Borax and Calgon water softe...   Aug 27 2012, 07:46 AM
GandJ   Thank you very much. for letting us know Amazon ha...   Aug 27 2012, 05:05 PM
Kirk   Did you notice that Pioneerclaims didn't bothe...   Aug 28 2012, 07:14 PM
GandJ   Oh, no. Another One-Post Wonder...they make one po...   Aug 28 2012, 09:09 PM
Gayle E.   We've had trouble finding Calgon and just used...   Aug 29 2012, 08:48 PM
GandJ   Whatever happened to, "Calgon, take me away...   Sep 1 2012, 05:37 PM
Texasrvers   We find it fairly easily at Walmart and grocery st...   Aug 30 2012, 12:18 AM


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