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Old 04-03-2014, 07:26 AM   #1
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water tank sanitizing

My manual says to add bleach into the hose to sanitize the fresh water tank. A guy at a seminar at camp show said never use bleach the plastic tanks will absorb it and water will never be good again. Being new to the motor home world any help Is appreciated.

Do most just use the water for cooking and cleaning and not for drinking? We are going on our 1st trip with full hookup tomorrow to cave city Kentucky. Saturday is wake up yogi from hibernation, my 4 year old son is excited.

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Old 04-03-2014, 07:31 AM   #2
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I have been using a 1/4 cup to bleach to every 15 gallons of water for 40 years without a problem. After I fill my freshwater tank I run each faucet till I smell Bleach. Let stand for a couple hours, rinse well and your good to go.
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:37 AM   #3
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A lot of folk use bleach and then baking soda to get rid of the bleach smell/taste. Here is a good link:Water System Sanitation

I use whatever water sanitizer I can get from wally world. Our coach has a main filter and our refrigerator also has a filter. By the time water or ice comes off of the dispenser...it's very tasty.
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:40 AM   #4
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Yep, just what Hondavalk said.. You could run a few gallons of water into the tank first, then ad bleach to the fresh water end of the hose.. Putting bleach into the hose sanitizes your fresh water hose as you sanitize your coach. Everyone has an opinion, but Rver's have been doing it this way for years
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:52 AM   #5
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Easiest way to put the bleach in your water system is to remove the water filter canister and set the filter aside, then put the needed amount of bleach in the filter canister and reinstall. Then hook hose up as normal, then fill the onboard water tank.
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I use either the tablets or liquid from Walmart or RV supply but they are both chlorinators. Household bleach works just as well. Chlorine is used to sanitize the drinking water that you get from your tap at home. We have a filter on kitchen sink and icemaker as well.
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Easiest way to put the bleach in your water system is to remove the water filter canister and set the filter aside, then put the needed amount of bleach in the filter canister and reinstall. Then hook hose up as normal, then fill the onboard water tank.
BINGO! BTW...as a previous poster suggested, you could just make sure all fresh water hoses are down stream from the canister if possible. My filters are external so I can do that easy with a short hose from water supply to filter assembly then to all other hoses before going to the inlet.

I also bypass the hot water heater. It gets cleaned out separately. Mine is new as of 2 months ago...not going to need to do that this time.
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The guy at the seminar that told you that the bleach would ruin the quality of your water was full of hog wash. All of the attached posts are from experience so follow their advice. Good luck.
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The guy at the seminar that told you that the bleach would ruin the quality of your water was full of hog wash. All of the attached posts are from experience so follow their advice. Good luck.
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The manual that came with my Monaco suggests that vinegar should be used, although I used bleach in my Sport Coach for years. Almost all GG will have chlorine in the water anyway the problem comes when you use a charcoal filter on the tank fill line you remove the chlorine and allow bacteria to grow in the tank
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Adding bleach

We have been living aboard our boat full time since 2006.
On our boat, we add a 2oz. shot glass of bleach to each 150 gallon tank of water. We use an under-sink charcoal filter for our drinking water.
On the motorhome we add about an ounce, maybe less, into the fill hose and then send that to the water tank. On the coach we added a PUR on-faucet water filter for our drinking water.
So far, so good.
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1/4 cup bleach per 15 gal. Is the best dilution ratio. I disconnect all filters before running the diluted bleach water into the fresh water tank. I fill it up until it overflows, turn on water pump and run water through every faucet until I smell bleach, wait 3 to 4 hours, drain everything and refill with fresh water. I usually have to refill the tank twice to get all of the bleach out. Then I put new filters back.

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1/4 cup bleach per 15 gal. Is the best dilution ratio. I disconnect all filters before running the diluted bleach water into the fresh water tank. I fill it up until it overflows, turn on water pump and run water through every faucet until I smell bleach, wait 3 to 4 hours, drain everything and refill with fresh water. I usually have to refill the tank twice to get all of the bleach out. Then I put new filters back.

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I do the same thing and have never had a problem.
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Thanks a lot guys. The help on here is awesome
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