I would point out that most of the stench is probably due to the hoses being permeated
, leaks or dead sea life in the hoses from flushing with raw water, rather than the holding tank. To check for permeated hoses, you should take an old t-shirt and soak it very hot water and wrap it against the hoses for a few minutes. When you take the cloth away from hose, if it smells of sewage, the hoses are permeated and should be replaced.
The best hose to replace them with is 1.5" Trident 101/102 hose. The intake lines should be replaced with 3/4" Trident 148 hose.
To clean the holding tank, add fabric softener and fill with water and take the boat out sailing in brisk winds... the fabric softener will help break up the sludge and such in the tank and then you can pump it out more easily.
Another thing to do with the holding tank after pumping the tank out and rinsing it several times is adding Raritan KO.
Spraying Raritan KO
around the area will also kill off any residual odor, mold, mildew, spilled sewage, etc. Do not use bleach or any other standard cleaning product before using KO as KO is a bioactive cleaner and will not work if exposed to bleach, ammonia or other standard cleaners.
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