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    Posted: 05 Jun 2018 at 10:41am
no smell from toilet but shower drain smells. Is it grey water tank or black tank? We never use shower, only once or twice last year. The smell is like rotten eggs. Help
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jun 2018 at 10:48am
The sinks and shower drain into the gray water tank. If you've never used the shower, it's likely that the trap is dry, and sewer gas from the gray water tank is wafting up into the pod. The simple solution is to pour a few cups of water into the shower drain to re-fill the trap. That should block any of the smell.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jun 2018 at 2:03pm
Thank you, I will definitely try that.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jun 2018 at 3:35pm
Also you might consider throwing a little of that blue chemical stuff into the gray water tank too.  It gets pretty icky when the water, filled with plenty of delicious food for microbes, just sits there in perfect bacteria growing temperature.  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jun 2018 at 10:37am
We've found that a large bottle of lemon juice will freshen things up too. Microbes don't generally like citric acid.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jun 2018 at 1:40pm
Originally posted by lostagain

Also you might consider throwing a little of that blue chemical stuff into the gray water tank too.  It gets pretty icky when the water, filled with plenty of delicious food for microbes, just sits there in perfect bacteria growing temperature.  

This is a good tip. It's also why I wash dishes in a dishpan instead of directly in the sink. I am seriously compulsively serious about not letting food bits or oils (or fruit juice or coffee or tea or pretty much anything but plain ol' agua) go down the drain. The lemon juice suggestion is a good one too, and I'll make a point to keep it in our Pod. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jun 2018 at 3:44pm
I mix the "blue stuff" in a bucket and pour it down the kitchen sink. I do it before starting trip, that way it sloshes around grey tank.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jun 2018 at 8:28pm
Live2, what do you do with the water that has all the stuff you don't want to go down the drain?  How do you get the gunk out before disposing of the water?  

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jun 2018 at 10:51am
Originally posted by lostagain

Live2, what do you do with the water that has all the stuff you don't want to go down the drain?  How do you get the gunk out before disposing of the water?  

I’m finding that the habits I’ve developed for food handling and dishwashing in decades of camping and backpacking in bear country are serving me well with our RPod. That and living with a septic tank at our house (although it's a lot less "sensitive"). I wipe food off dishes and utensils before putting them in the dish pan. This makes more efficient  use of soap and water too of course. I also readily use paper plates when it’s obvious that I’ll be using a lot of paper (to wipe dishes) and might as well save the water, soap and energy to both heat the water and pump it. In campgrounds there is usually a place to dump dish water. With dispersed camping, in most of our areas it’s completely acceptable both regulations-wise and environmentally to dump dishwater on the ground. I do this well away from where we’re sleeping and also using biodegradable (in soil) soap; and well away from any water sources. I never dump food scraps or greasy/oily anything, anywhere but proper disposal (which does not include the RPod’s black tank). And never on the ground even in really remote locations. To me that is both littering and feeding wildlife, neither of which I want to do. I’ve even been known to skim dishwater with a cotton cloth or paper tower in the “just to be really sure” department. As a side note, I would also never empty our gray water tank on the ground on public lands; besides being against most regs it's completely unnecessary. There's a distinction between dumping a small amount of dishwashing water - as one does when backpacking for example - and an entire tank. In campgrounds it’s obviously rude at best to dump water on the ground so if there’s no designated place for that, I dump it in the RPod toilet so it goes to the black water tank. Even though I’m serious about the topic, it’s not a burden or in any way difficult to do any of this and I do it all very light-heartedly as part of our camping experience. Also - many people tout dumping dishwater and/or food scraps in their campfire pit. I recommend against it since it attracts wildlife into your campsite (which will be someone else's campsite after "you" leave). Hope this helps! 


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