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Old 08-04-2015, 08:20 PM   #1
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Fresh Water Tank

We do a lot of dry camping and have never had this problem but the last two times we have filled our fresh water tank our water smells like rotten eggs. It seem to be worst on the hot water side. The last time I filled the water tank I added a small amount of bleach thinking that would fix the problem but no luck. Not sure want to try next. Anyone had this problem or know how to fix it?
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Old 08-04-2015, 08:27 PM   #2
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You need to sanitize the whole water system, 1/4 cup of bleach per 15 gallons of water, add this to your water tank and run your facets via the water pump, NOT city water, make sure you run the hot water as well, as soon as you can smell the bleach out the facets, let it sit for a couple of hours, I let mine sit overnight, next day, drain and rinse.


When I get back from a trip, I do drain everything and put some air through the lines, because I have a hot rod installed where the drain plug is on my water heater I can not fully drain the water heater tank, I believe not all the water gets out of there. I flip up the pressure valve so water blows out the tank, but I'm sure some still sits in there
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What would help: an overdose sanitation procedure with a good bumpy road shaking trip. Rince two or three times and refill with fresh water.
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The anode in the water heater can cause this too. Sanitizing may only help temporarily. Sometimes you have to change the anode or it will come back. It is worse when using water that is not chlorinated, like well water. Also, hydrogen peroxide works better than bleach and is a lot less caustic.
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I like the peroxide idea! How many parts peroxide to water?
We have a peroxide system for our well and you'd never know we have sulfur water. No smell or bad taste and no hard water or iron stains.


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