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Old 10-11-2016, 09:27 PM
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Rotten eggs in water tank?

I winterized our fifth wheel last week and in the process of pouring antifreeze into the water tank, I got a really strong H2S smell(rotten eggs) coming out of the fill spout for the water tank. After dumping the antifreeze into the tank and recirculating the antifreeze through the faucets, I got the same smell when I opened the faucets to the bathtub. The water tank had been completely drained after the last use, and so were the gray and black water tanks.

I had never had this problem with my previous camper. Any thoughts? Would a weak solution of bleach solve this problem?
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Old 10-11-2016, 10:25 PM
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asked the rents since they use to have a camper if they ever had the problem.. stated they never did.. but wanted to know if you were using RV antifreeze or car antifreeze as they are different... im assuming your using RV but wasnt 100% sure... they said if your going to try flushing it with bleach to write the mfg of what you were using first incase there could be any adverse reactions.. or flush the system real well (they suggested 3 or 4 times) before trying with the bleach... then do the same again before loading it up with the antifreeze again...

they did state theirs had a smell to it but wasnt a rotten egg smell.. so they werent sure what could have caused it... writing the mfg could get some clues there too.. they may know what could have reacted to it...
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Thanks for the info, Shawn. Yes, I use RV antifreeze.
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no problem... hope you get it figured out...
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I've heard people talk about a sulfur smell in well water and something about a bacteria (sulfate bacteria maybe?) that causes it. Not sure how to treat it but treating a tank and a very small water system sounds much easier than trying to get the bacteria out of a well (assuming that's the cause). Maybe call an RV dealer and run the bleach idea past them(?).
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You have bacteria in the holding tank.
Add bleach and fill the holding tank and run all the taps till you can smell chlorine and close the taps and let it sit a few hours and flush the system.

Some people add a little vinegar to the holding tanks it keeps the tanks fresh smelling and changes the pH of the water to retard bacteria growth.
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Thank you, both. I will try that. The term is SRB(Sulfate Reducing Bacteria) which is an anaerobic bacteria. It thrives in oxygen deficient environments. Apparently the tank on this camper does not drain completely when you open the drain.

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....an anaerobic bacteria. It thrives in oxygen deficient environments......
The type of bacteria found in every properly functioning septic tank, how nice!



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Glad to be of assistance on the holding tank.

I will add some of the smilies soon. Just been swapped with work. After 12 hours repairing computers a day I just haven't got around to putting upntje smiles.
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One other thing it could be as well is the water heater anode. They typically need to be replaced once a year.
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