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Old 08-29-2012, 03:30 AM   #1
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We have a 2006 Crossroads Cruiser and we have a drain problem. Everytime we run water in the bathroom sink and kitchen sink a very very bad sewer smell comes out of the drain, it is so bad it remails all through the camper, can anyone tell us how to solve this problem?

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Old 08-29-2012, 03:59 AM   #2
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How long has this been going on? How long have you owned the trailer? Have you triedpouringsome some Drano in the sinks and shower drains? Check to make sure your vent on the roof isn't blocked but you would probably have drainage problems if it were.
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:03 AM   #3
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We bought the camper last July and had the problem last summer and this summer. We have tried everything, including checking the vents and putting a circular air vent at the top, but it still smells. We have used bleach, the stuff you buy for the tanks, but nothing has helped so far. The drains work fine, it is just the smell.
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:12 AM   #4
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Look under the sinks for "check valves" that might be stuck open. I believe they will be on the end of the drain pipe sticking up under the sinks. Any chance something got stuck in the p traps that is causing the odor? Maybe the post below will help.

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Old 08-29-2012, 04:40 AM   #5
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I like Hunter11's suggestion about the Studor vent. Otherwise it's likely the P trap or direct from the tank. Check to make sure the P traps are clear. You might have to remove them to check for sure. Unlikely chance here but make sure you actually have P traps installed, maybe the previous owner removed them for some reason.
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:31 AM   #6
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Not sure what model you have but our 200629RE has separate holding tanks for the kitchen and bathroom. They may have a common vent, however. Is the water being drawn from the fresh water tank or city water when this happens? Maybe it has to do with the water and not the holding tanks.
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Old 08-29-2012, 08:02 AM   #7
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We are at a campground site and no one else has been having a problem. We looked under the sinks but didn't see any valves at all. We will be going there this afternoon again to check over once again, but first try we couldn't find any under the sinks. Thanks
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Here is a link for you to look at. If you aren't familiar with the vent in question, you might not know what they look like.

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Old 08-29-2012, 12:19 PM   #10
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Are you sure it is from the drain? Our camper would sit for a couple weeks without use and when my wife ran the water in the bathroom or shower it would smell bad!. Only in the bathroom.. I flushed all the tanks with bleach and deodorizers.. We were hooked up with shore water with a carbon filter. What i did was i put in about two cups of bleach and about 10 gallons of water in my fresh water tank.. And when i left that weekend i turned off the shore water,(as i always do) Drained the hot water tank and turned on the fresh water pump. I opened all of the faucets to circulate out all the shore water until i could smell the bleach water. When i went out to open my outside shower i realized a potential problem, pink antifreeze came out. Forgot to flush that out early this spring and it is plumbed into the bathroom water supply. ( forget that dang thing all the time ) I continued to flush the outside shower until i smelled bleach and left the site. Two weeks later i arrived at the site, drained the hot water tank again of the bleach water mix. Turned on the shore water (as i always do)and refilled the RV with shore water opening the faucets to flush. Whalla.. No more smell.. Kinda of smell like rotten eggs, Real strong, Stung up the camper. So basically i sanitized the fresh water lines and tank. I spent all that time on the sewer and it was actually the water from sitting that couple weeks. I was thinking it was doing something stinky with the antifreeze in outside shower line or something because the outside shower stunk when i was flushing out the ping stuff. No more smell inside anymore since then.

The benefit of all this "find the smell" was cleaning and sanitizing.. I found the smell, And also by waist tanks have never been so clean. I have done everything i could do for them when i was thinking it was the sewer that was giving us the smell. I won't say what i did the the black tank, And it resulted in my sensors reading again..

Ours didn't smell like sewer, Smelled like rotten eggs. It was nasty and super stong. I guess it would smell like sewer if time went on if i didn't sanitize.


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