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    Stinky Faucet Water

    The bathroom sink faucet puts out a disgusting water odor. After it runs awhile, it clears. No other water faucet does the same. I cleaned the faucet dispenser with bleach but to no avail. The odor mimics the odor of the bathroom gray tank discharge when dumping.

    Suggestions will be appreciated.
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    Have you sterilized the entirety of the freshwater system including any unused runs (like for washer and dishwasher connection)? Does the odor come with hot side, cold side or both?
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    Have not sterilized system. Wouldn’t all the faucets have the smells? And why would it clear?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rvlife View Post
    Have not sterilized system. Wouldn’t all the faucets have the smells? And why would it clear?
    Need to sterilize the system, including the dead legs. That stagnant water will bleed in, which is likely what you are experiencing with the clearing with some flow. Anytime you get tap odor in an RV freshwater system, sterilizing is the first order of business/troubleshooting.
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    Yep, what they both said. I just de-winterized mine last weekend. It doesn't take long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geotex1 View Post
    Need to sterilize the system, including the dead legs. That stagnant water will bleed in, which is likely what you are experiencing with the clearing with some flow. Anytime you get tap odor in an RV freshwater system, sterilizing is the first order of business/troubleshooting.
    Dead legs??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rvlife View Post
    Dead legs??
    lol..... ok, so after picking myself up from the floor for laughing so hard about all the things one could say about "dead legs", here is a serious answer.

    A "dead leg" in the case of the water pipes in an RV would be a leg that would run to the location where you would install a washing machine. In the case of the 310GK the "dead leg" (still laughing a bit) is the run from the basement area up to the faucets GD so graciously installed in a bad place for a washer install. The other posts are suggesting you flush out that run; maybe use a bucket to run the water into or connect a hose or 2 (for both hot and cold sides).

    ok - now on the to "dead leg" jokes..... anyone want to start? Mine probably can't be repeated..... well, maybe the one about how my legs feel after a long hike.... or from sitting too long in front of my computer staring at silly videos....
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    Could be a stuck vent right under that bathroom sink too. Or not stuck, but just a stinky grey tank venting as you add water to it. However, Iím also leaning toward water lines with your description.

    I would disinfect the water lines first if you havenít already. Instructions in the owners manual and on here. Then if you arenít already, putting some stuff in the grey tank (we use camco lemon scent grey water tst) helps. Different stuff but same idea for the black tank at the end of trips.

    Again, other posts about water lines likely correct and where I would start.
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    One other area that can cause water to stink is the Water Heater (smells like rotten eggs). What happens is you get scale build up inside the Water Heater from hard water and the chemicals combine to give you that rotten egg smell.

    You will need to flush out the Water Heater and treat it with Vinegar to help remove the scale build up.

    FYI: you can find plenty of instructional videos on cleaning out your RV Water Heater on YouTube.
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    If you don’t have a washer installed, my money is on the washer cold and hot water connections. You can connect a hose to those and run to a bucket or the shower or even out the door (depending on where you are) in order to flush them. Just don’t open the washer connection valves when under pressure without a hose connected. Don’t ask me how I know.

    If that does prove to be the source, you can install in line shut-offs in the basement to reduce the length of the “dead leg”. Sorry, Larry.
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