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Old 06-25-2018, 01:18 PM   #1
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Leaving Dump Valve Open at Campground

We are NEW FULL-TIMERS and have been set up at a campground for nearly a month. QUESTION: Is there any "method" for leaving your gray water dump valve open and keeping the smell from coming back into the unit? If not, I can deal with it. But, the gray water from showers and laundry is a regular occurrence and just looking for quick fixes when there may not be any.
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Old 06-25-2018, 01:33 PM   #2
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Always open

We leave ours open always and never smell anything
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On the Voltage, Iíve got 2 grey tanks. The 1st is for the bathroom, and the other is for the kitchen sink & washer-dryer in the garage. I leave the one for the washer open since I do laundry every 2nd or 3rd day, and I donít usually have any odors.

That said, what Iíve seen some people do is create a P-trap in their sewer hose, which keeps some liquid in the hose, blocking any airborne aromas from reentering the rig.
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The sinks and shower have p-traps built into them, which blocks the sewer smell. When it's just the wife and me, I keep the bathroom gray tank valve closed. When family and friends visit, due to the larger number of showers, I keep the valve open. But, on the day prior to leaving, I close the gray valve to ensure I have some 'clean' water to flush the drain hose after draining the black tank. I also keep the kitchen sink gray valve open all the time 'cause it's a pain to climb under the slide to open and close it.

Recently we had a sewer smell that turned out to be a leaking propane regulator valve. Other than that, in 4 years, we've had no sewer smells.
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:59 PM   #5
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Thank you for the input. We may be getting the smell through the roof vents. We are experimenting.
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Old 06-25-2018, 10:07 PM   #6
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I never leave the valves open. The black because you need volume to get a good flush. And gray because I use it to flush the hose. Plus I read a story once where a guy left his valves open and the RV park he was at had a sewer backup and he was the lowest on the sewer chain, he had hundreds of gallons of raw sewage back flow into is RV.
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Old 06-30-2018, 08:55 PM   #7
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Create a little p-trap just before the hose enters the trailer and put some grey water in it. I leave my valves closed until needed. Black must have liquid in it or you will end up with a poop pyramid. Grey is saved until I'm done dumping and flushing the black tank OR I will dump some of it if it gets full and I'm not ready to leave.
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Old 06-30-2018, 10:42 PM   #8
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Leave them closed.
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Old 06-30-2018, 10:43 PM   #9
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We don't leave them open. As stated you need the volume of water movement to clean the tanks well.
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Possible cause of smells.

Check your drain from your washer, as the p trap may not have water to create as seal causing the smell you are getting.
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