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Old 08-06-2012, 12:10 PM   #1
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No external Water Fill Door

Odd though it is, we have no external water fill door like I have had on every RV I have owned. Very handy to use when sanitizing fresh water tank. I have not tried a hose with gravity feed of some sort to get the chorinated solution into the tank but i'm open for suggestions. I not sure the backflow will allow the water in without some pressure if I go through the regular city fill.

i was expecting to go down to Home Depot and find a siphon of some sort that would would attach to the hose and pull in the solution but no go.

I must be overthinking this one.

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Old 08-06-2012, 12:22 PM   #2
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Our GS MH does not have the waterfill door as some RVs had in the past, but we have storage compartment doors that when opened lets one have a visual of water tank. I like this so as I fill I can watch the level as it climps above certain sensors and/or nears the amount I desire. I can also remove the plugs on the tank (either side) to add water. This is very handy when camped where an extended stay may call for more water and moving MH is not in the plan. The lower plug can also be used for drain if need. Plugs are 1/2" rather than 5/8" but not really an issue as a reducer can be obtained for garden hose.

Do you have visual of your tank?
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:27 PM   #3
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Our GS MH does not have the waterfill door as some RVs had in the past, but we have storage compartment doors that when opened lets one have a visual of water tank. I like this so as I fill I can watch the level as it climps above certain sensors and/or nears the amount I desire. I can also remove the plugs on the tank (either side) to add water. This is very handy when camped where an extended stay may call for more water and moving MH is not in the plan. The lower plug can also be used for drain if need. Plugs are 1/2" rather than 5/8" but not really an issue as a reducer can be obtained for garden hose.

Do you have visual of your tank?
No, our entire unit is enclosed except for the main area where the furnace and water heater are located.
I suspect I am going to try and old gravity-feed method and hope I can get some solution into the tank. There must be something I'm missing but I know this unit pretty well and just don't see an answer...really odd.
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I don't have a gravity fill on my K-Z. To sanitize the tank, I open the tank fill valve and close all of the faucets like I'm filling up for a trip, attach the 10' fill hose to the City Water inlet, then holding up the female end of the hose I pour the bleach right into the hose, then I hook the hose up to my frostproof hydrant, turn the water on, and push all that bleach straight into the tank. Piece of cake.
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On our DSDP's there is a separate hose to draw in antifreeze with the water pump. If you have that you can get the water/chlorine solution in that way.
cup bleach to every 15 gallons of water in your tank. I just use a bucket, mix the bleach in and turn on the water pump, in a few seconds it's in the tank.
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I don't have a gravity fill on my K-Z. To sanitize the tank, I open the tank fill valve and close all of the faucets like I'm filling up for a trip, attach the 10' fill hose to the City Water inlet, then holding up the female end of the hose I pour the bleach right into the hose, then I hook the hose up to my frostproof hydrant, turn the water on, and push all that bleach straight into the tank. Piece of cake.
Simplicity is brilliance....thanks! This will work just fine. I am also going to investigate the suggestion below about a possible antifreeze tube. Anyway, this will surely work. I knew I was over thinking this one.
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On our DSDP's there is a separate hose to draw in antifreeze with the water pump. If you have that you can get the water/chlorine solution in that way.
cup bleach to every 15 gallons of water in your tank. I just use a bucket, mix the bleach in and turn on the water pump, in a few seconds it's in the tank.
Excellent! Very good to know. If I don't have one now, my next pump will have that extra hose to draw the antifreeze. Thank you.
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Simplicity is brilliance....thanks! This will work just fine. I am also going to investigate the suggestion below about a possible antifreeze tube. Anyway, this will surely work. I knew I was over thinking this one.
I also have the antifreeze draw tube, and it's very handy for winterizing, but I never thought about using it for sanitizing. I don't know if the full strength bleach would affect the pump innards any, but the biggest thing is I would miss sanitizing the fill hose (probably the most likely to be contaminated) and the line between the Water Inlet fitting and the tank fill diverter valve. YMMV.
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I also have the antifreeze draw tube, and it's very handy for winterizing, but I never thought about using it for sanitizing. I don't know if the full strength bleach would affect the pump innards any, but the biggest thing is I would miss sanitizing the fill hose (probably the most likely to be contaminated) and the line between the Water Inlet fitting and the tank fill diverter valve. YMMV.
No need to suck straight bleach through the pump. I dilute the bleach in at least a gallon of water and suck that into the fresh tank through the pump. To sanitize the fill hose, you can just pour some bleach into the hose, hook it up on both ends, and turn the water on to push the bleach into the fresh tank.
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