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Old 06-11-2012   #1
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Groover Stank Solution?

So I know a guy... let's say his name is Fred. He was dumb, lazy, stupid enough to leave his Eco Safe groover full over the winter. Now he's finally emptied it and cleaned and soaked it with bleach, RV deodorizer and everything else he can think of but the stink refuses to go away.

Does he just need to buy a new tank and never make the same mistake again?

Anybody have any luck removing months' worth of stink from the Eco tanks? You know... so I can pass the info along to my buddy Fred.


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Old 06-11-2012   #2
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That is disgusting.

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Old 06-11-2012   #3
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simple green with a cup of water, shake let sit put on the hill behind your house empty rinse repeat till the stench is gone
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Old 06-11-2012   #4
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Though I have never left mine full for more than a couple of days max after I get off the river, I usually find a RV dump on the way home. When I get home, it is empty and clean, I set it out in the sun with the top open for a couple of weeks and I never smell it. UV does wonders on some things.
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I usually let mine "digest" a while before I dump it but never as long as Fred did. I've noticed some residual odor but find that if I add an inch or two of water and the RV chemicals (just like I'm setting it up for use) it is pleasant when I use it a couple weeks later. It is also much easier to have it already set up for camp the first night.
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Old 06-11-2012   #6
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Pine Sol works good, I wouldn't mix it with bleach that can be a dangerous mix.
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Old 06-11-2012   #7
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I've never managed to get the stink out and mine only sat a week while using it and was cleaned right at the takeout.

bleach, nothing.
enzymes, nothing.
pinesol. Nothing.

must just be my shit. Apparently it does stink.
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Old 06-11-2012   #8
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This is best done with a full groover that doesn't have the ecosafe system but put the rocket box in the back of a truck and park it in a downtown alley for a couple of days. The stink will disappear. Along with the rocket box.
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.....and possibly the truck.
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Old 06-12-2012   #10
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Dan, (I mean Fred) dont beat yourself up over leaving poop in your groover, It happens to many more people than will ever admit it. Myself included.

Make sure the plastic container is allowed to dry for days as already posted above. I ended replacing my rocket box when I determined it was holding a lot of the stink. (much cheaper than replacing the ecosafe liner) -Maybe painting the rocket box would have helped. The product called "Groover Tamer" works pretty well, they have a spray that works well to mask the stink when using the groover.

In my opinion, an open groover is always going to smell no matter how long the poop was left in it prior to cleaning it. I would not bother replacing the ecoliner.

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