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Old 06-17-2016, 01:53 PM   #1
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Smelly Water!!!! HELP!!!!!

A question for you old timers. I recently purchased an '89 Chieftain with the sealed fresh water system (no gravity feed) so I can't figure a way to sanitize the tank and lines. Smell of the water when you turn it on is horrible - rotten eggs is a nice description. Is there a secret to cleaning these lines out?
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Check out rvgeeks on YouTube. They have a great video describing the process. Hope this helps
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Old 06-17-2016, 03:09 PM   #3
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Just hold your water hose up, pour bleach into the hose, hook it up to hydrant and turn it on which will force it into the tank.


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Old 06-17-2016, 03:22 PM   #4
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You can also use a siphon tube like this one, connects to your garden hose then to your fresh water fill. Insert the siphon tube in to the bleach container. Picks up the bleach and delivers it in to your FW tank.

https://www.amazon.com/CONNECTOR-HOZ...e+siphon+mixer

There are multiple versions of siphon tubes that offer different dilution ratios. I prefer to dilute the bleach before putting in my system.
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Be sure to flush out your hot water heater very well. Letting water sit in the heater for a long period can cause the sulfur smell of rotten eggs.
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I spoke to a water guy regarding the same issue in a cabin.... they suggested that I pour in several quarts of H2O2, hydrogen peroxide.... The cabin had a 200 gal plastic tank... we ran it down to about 50 gallons... poured in 1 gallon and mixed it up and flushed it out all the lines... it did away with about 90% of the problem...

Also consider changing the sacrificial anode in the hot water heater...

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Yep, pour it (bleach) in the hose and flush it through. Run water at all points, shower, lavatory, sinks, etc. until you smell it (test the residual if you have the equipment). Let it sit over night , then flush.

I do use H2o2 on the water hearter for the S&B. It is supposed to be more environmentally friendly. Both will work.
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You can also use a siphon tube like this one, connects to your garden hose then to your fresh water fill. Insert the siphon tube in to the bleach container. Picks up the bleach and delivers it in to your FW tank.

https://www.amazon.com/CONNECTOR-HOZ...e+siphon+mixer

There are multiple versions of siphon tubes that offer different dilution ratios. I prefer to dilute the bleach before putting in my system.
This is what I use (see above link)... It works great.
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A question for you old timers. I recently purchased an '89 Chieftain with the sealed fresh water system (no gravity feed) so I can't figure a way to sanitize the tank and lines. Smell of the water when you turn it on is horrible - rotten eggs is a nice description. Is there a secret to cleaning these lines out?

Egg smell is most likely coming from water heater pull the plug and turn on water until it quits smelling, make sure water heater so off. As others have stated the tank also needs sanitizing.
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