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Post by Tinwheeler on Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:52 pm

What chemical treatment are you using? I’ve never known any pong other than a whiff of pine. 

You might be thinking of SOG systems which vent to the outside of the van.
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Post by bolero boy on Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:36 pm

we have a SOG system which vents up and out through a small chimney in the roof, IMHO far nicer than the after market door fitted ones...
we also use Lidl/Aldi bio pods rather then the 'chemical' smelling Thetford type stuff.
SOG not only vents away from the bowl by drawing air in and down through the bowl but this process also hastens the 'work' the bio pods do, so that it's not specifically necessary to use any cassette additive.

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Post by Eltel on Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:32 pm

You could always use the site loo.....
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Post by Gromit on Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:38 pm

John&Maggie wrote:We are using the Thetford blue, and this is the pong in the bathroom.
In that case the simplest solution is to sniff the range of bog additives at your nearby caravan accessory shop, and change to one with a more pleasant pong.  up!

We use a green Elsan variety which is pleasantly pine flavoured, and I empty the cassette every day (or two at the most) if possible so it never has the chance to fester.

I have to agree with you, the "fragrance" in the Thetford stuff is never likely to take off as either a perfume or an after shave.  Whistle1
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Post by breakaleg on Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:43 pm

we recently had a sog retro fitted on our van and the smell in the van was horrendous.
the fitter hadn't removed the relief valve button (for the want of a better word)
You can imagine the smell with no chemical fluid in the cassette. lol
Once we removed it (a small plastic clip in hump) everything was alright.
I would remove this (it clips in and out very easily) and try it without, I really don't think that the cassette needs to be DE pressurized all the time.
Just be careful when opening the blade (leave the lid down) 
Sog system has been used on various vans over 13 years without smell or complaint I agree, it can be a bit ripe at the emptying point.lol
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Post by easylifer on Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:07 pm

bolero boy wrote:we have a SOG system which vents up and out through a small chimney in the roof, IMHO far nicer than the after market door fitted ones...
we also use Lidl/Aldi bio pods rather then the 'chemical' smelling Thetford type stuff.
SOG not only vents away from the bowl by drawing air in and down through the bowl but this process also hastens the 'work' the bio pods do, so that it's not specifically necessary to use any cassette additive.
I am probably confused but how does it draw air through the bowl when the blade is closed, sealing the cassettes from the bowl?
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Post by bolero boy on Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:09 pm

I probably didn't explain particularly wel....
when the blade is opened, the fan comes on and draws air down in from outside the bowl, over the contents and is expelled via the 'pouring spout' which has an extra pipe inserted (while the cassette is in place) which extends up to the roof vent when the air exits the van. so as you open tne blade, any niffson are whipped away via the fan and vent, rather than into the toilet compartment.

when emtying the cassette, the extra vent pipe is disconnected to allow removal.

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Post by bolero boy on Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:13 am

the heater vent is on the (off)side of the van, well away from the roof vent:allthumbz:

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Post by bolero boy on Sat Jun 15, 2019 8:17 am

Eltel wrote:You could always use the site loo.....
not everyone wants to be tied to a site, let alone a site toilet...
having your own facilities with you everywhere allows for far greater choice of camping location (aires, non facs sites, CL/CS, THS site, wild camping even) over having to (feeling it necessary to...) use a site all the time.....not withstanding those poor people who traipse put in the rain at all times just to use the loo....hmm.

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