Features December 2013 Issue

The Fight Against Head Odors Continues

A 30-month update on sanitation hose and holding-tank vent filter tests.

A few years ago, we launched a series of holding tank odor tests, including evaluations of holding-tank vent filters and sanitation hoses. After 30 months of testing, we’ve reached some solid conclusions on the hoses and vent filters. The sanitation hoses we tested were Trident Marine’s 101/102 EPDM hose; SeaLand’s OdorSafe Plus, a PVC and acrylonitrile butadiene rubber hose; Raritan Engineering’s butyl rubber Sani/Flex Odor Shield; and Shields Marine’s Poly-X polyurethane sanitation hose. The four holding-tank vent filters we tested were our homemade system, Dometic SeaLand SaniGard, Big Orange’s 5/8-inch filter, and the Vetus No-Smell NSF16.

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