Dear Dr. R.V. Shrink:
We are new at this RV game. This is our first winter with our brand new motorhome. We are loving the weather here in North Central Florida. However, my wife is not a happy camper right now.
We keep getting a rotten egg smell from our water. I think it is from the hot water tank, but I can't be sure. She thinks it must be caused by the motorhome water storage tank and does not want to use our water until we fix this issue.
I tell her it won't kill us, we just won't drink it. She is adamant about not drinking it, showering or even washing the dishes.
Am I being too flip about this or could it be a serious issue?
--Troubled Waters in Juniper Springs
Like many questions I get, I just have to take a stab at what might be your issue. A couple things come to mind immediately. First, make sure it is a water system smell. It is very possibly one or more of your batteries could be boiling. That gives off a very sulfur, rotten egg smell.
The next thing that comes to mind is your water source. You sound like you are in the Ocala National Forest area of Florida. Many springs in the Ocala area are sulfur springs. Your water could be coming from just such a source.
Think back about where you filled last. If you are connected, check your source.
I think I would be safe in saying it is not your tanks. If you find it is your water source you will want to flush your hot water tank occasionally and maybe your water storage tank. You will most likely find a recommended measure of bleach in the manufacturer's manual or a million places online.
If it turns out to be your batteries it is possible your coach converter is not shutting down when the batteries are fully charged. This is something you want to solve immediately.
It is not so critical if it turns out to be a water source problem. You could just put up with the smell and pretend you are visiting Yellowstone National Park.
--Keep Smilin', Dr. R.V. Shrink