Just when you think you have everything sorted out another new issue/problem rears its head, and I have to say that I am getting pretty p***d off with it. Okay, in the big scheme of things it is only a small issue, and one that is probably going to be easy to sort out (when you know how) but when there is nothing you can do about it (because you’re on site, there’s no internet, there’s no camping accessory shops about etc.) it is easy to see how this problem could be a little frustrating.
The new problem we have is stinky drains, and boy are they bad! In all honesty I am struggling to see why they are so bad especially since we did the washing up using the washing up facilities, we didn’t pour anything down the kitchen sink (not even pasta or rice water – this went down the washing up sink) and the only thing that went down the bathroom sink was a bit of toothpaste and clean water to wash it down. Despite not putting anything down the sinks in the motor home by day five there was a smell of rotten eggs that was vile, and it only got worse.
In a bid to try and get rid of the smell I we tried rinsing the tank by pouring clean water down the bathroom sink, but after 6 litres and nothing coming out of the waste tank it was clear this wasn’t going to be an easy task. The pitch we were on wasn’t level and with the van on the p*** (laterally) and also a little bit vertically (even though it was chocked up) it was obvious there was no way of getting everything out of the waste tank without pacing everything away and moving the van to somewhere level (if such a place existed on the site) and then moving it back to our pitch. Had it been a nice, warm and sunny day in the middle of August this “faff” wouldn’t have been so bad, but given it was a cold, windy and wet November afternoon with the daylight fast disappearing this “faff” would have been a real headache. There was only one option, and that was to leave it as is, put up with the stench and sort it out when we left the site. Fortunately, we only had 2 days left.
I have to admit that I didn’t find the smell as bad as what the better half did, but I am pretty much “nose blind” anyway. The better half on the other hand, constantly whinged and banged on about it. We did have an issue in the Lake District with a stinky waste tank, but then we did have to wash up in the van and use both sinks as the terrible site we were on, Pier Cottage Campsite, had no washing up facilities whatsoever, despite charging a fortune to stay there. Whilst emptying the tank was a bit a bit smelly we didn’t have any issues with the tank or smell anything during the second week at the Melverley campsite.
The stench of the tank did kind of ruin the rest of the time at Cliff House campsite, which is a shame. It has shown us that a stinky waste tank is an inherent problem with motor homes and it is one we are going to have to do some research on and try and find out how to prevent it as far as possible, and also what we can do when it happens and we are away. The worst thing about the stinky drains was not having a clue what to do but not having the ability to find out what we could and cold not put down the drains to sort them out. Sure, I have mobile internet but the iPhone and O2 combination never works for me – and after going back to the O2 store a few times to sort it out, and getting fobbed off, I got bored of it and resigned myself to the fact I didn’t need mobile internet. Seems I was wrong…………………………
I knew there was going to be a learning curve with this motor-homing lark but I didn’t think it would be this big and take this long either…… There’s always something to learn.
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A total motor home newbie with a six year camping background in a folding camper. A keen blogger sharing my experience of researching, choosing, buying and owning a motor home. and every thing that goes with it.
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