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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 19 2012, 12:03 PM
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We have been fulltiming since 2002, and I have used quite a few stinky-tank solutions.

On our last motor home, we were getting gray tank fumes in the coach while traveling. I solved that with an RV 360 vent cap. There are other similar products, and they probably all work.

For routine black tank odor control, RID-X works very well, but it takes a few days before it starts working as a deodorizer if you wait too long between treatments (7-10 days, in my experience). Until recently, I used it continuously for 6-7 years. It is very inexpensive compared to products aimed at RVers. The liquid version works MUCH better than the powder version for deodorizing. I have no idea whether it actually aids in breaking down waste in an RV holding tank. Waste appears to breaks down pretty quickly no matter what product I have used.

To reduce or eliminate black tank fumes, I found that Pure Power works better than just about anything, works immediately, and is very inexpensive. I started using it exclusively about six months ago, when we met a lady in a campground selling it. It only takes about two ounces to immediately deodorize the black tank, and it's effectiveness lasts 7-10 days, like RID-X.

Another product that works as well as Pure Power is Odorlos, but it is several times as expensive. On the plus side, it's pretty easy to find in RV supply stores.

Hope that helps.

Dave Rudisill
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2004 Beaver Monterey
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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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