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Old 06-05-2009, 08:58 AM   #15
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OK - every rig I've seen has an exterior water fill port on the same side as the water tank. That's where I always dropped a couple of the blue cleaning tablets that you buy at Camping World . . . just follow the directions. Putting one of those in your hose and letting it go in shouldn't hurt the pump or anything else if you don't have an exterior fill port. It's a mild solution - not sure what it is - but it'll go in solid and melt in the water. . . . follow the rinsing directions from there and it should eliminate any odors.

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Old 06-05-2009, 09:46 AM   #16
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I used to work with a guy that never used chlorine to wash tanks, lines, etc. He preferred Vodka. He would poor in a bottle of Vodka into a partially full tank of water then use as usual. No problem with his tanks, water pumps, or anything.
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If you have canister water filters you should be changing the filter media if you have smelly water. These can get anaerobic bacteria forming that can spread thru the system (rotten egg smell). Empty tank & filter canister, & before installing new media, pour your detox solution into the canister & screw it back on, then fill the tank (thru the filter if you have diverter valving which some do). Treat as described above, then pop in new filter media.
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There are basically 3 ways to get it into the tank

1: If you have a gravity feed (Most, but not all, do) use it

2: I hooked up the hoses, and ran about 40 gallons into my 80 gallon tank, then unhooked the ends of the hose and blew them out with an air compressor (like winterizing but on the hose) hooked back up to the motor home, poured in the proper amount of bleach (5/4 cup, yes I know that's bad form of stating it) and hooked back up to the spigot and ran the next 40 gallons in, Thus not only cleaning the tank, but blasting anything that took refuge in the hose


Remove the cartridge if it's an installed filter.. Replace when finished

Almost forgot method 3a/b

3a: If you use a hand pump to winterize, you can mix up a bucket of about five gallons of water, and the proper amount of bleach, about half way through filling the tank, unhook the hose (Turn water off first) hook up the winterizing pump and pump away,, When done rinse the pump out well (Rinse the bucket at least 3 times and then pump at least 3 gallons out on the ground with the pump)

3b: If you have a "Winterization kit" where the house water pump can be used to suck pink-stuff into the lines and tank... See 3A but use it instead, don't forget to rinse well.

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