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Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Fredericton, NB, Canada
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Yup - it has taken us two summers so far, but I think we are close.
When we bought her, she had been sitting on the hard since April in the Chessapeak area. We bought her in late July. The head stunk! The PO had left the holding tank half full of poop! I have no idea what they were thinking - but my wife and I sure had some stinky thoughts about them.
So - first job - pump it out.
Next - I changed all of the big 1.5 inch hoses - all of them. And boy, did those old hoses stink. Oh yes, I also took the empty holding tank out and really cleaned it.
That helped, but there was still an odor we did not like.
This year, I changed the entire vent hose. Wow - that one stunk too! OK - now things are much better but not yet perfect.
The cupboards where hoses ran still held the odor. We used full stength Lysol, then green dish detergent, then dried and aired them out, then painted the inside of one of the cupboards. What a difference. The faint smell of Lysol sure beats the old smell.
This winter (she comes out every winter) we will clean the remaining associated cupboards and paint them as well.
This is our "summer cottage". We spend six to eight weeks on her in the summer. We want her smelling as she should, not like an outhouse.
Best of luck. You can do it. And, the Admiral will thank you for it!
Rik, Linda and Captain Hook
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