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Old 05-12-2014, 10:59 AM   #1
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Water holding tank maintenance

In two seasons we have yet to camp anywhere that does not have a water connection available. As I get our TT ready for this season should I still do the fill/bleach/flush thing? Haven't used it and I'm not sure as to whether it needs it.
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In two seasons we have yet to camp anywhere that does not have a water connection available. As I get our TT ready for this season should I still do the fill/bleach/flush thing? Haven't used it and I'm not sure as to whether it needs it.
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My water tank has only had the fill/bleach/flush thing done (aka: been sanitized), twice.
Once when it was new and once when it was 16 years old.
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:24 PM   #3
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We use our tank on three occasions, 1-when it is expected to freeze (we dont have a heated water hose), 2-when there us no spigot at the campsite( places like Minnesota state parks), 3- when water is unexpectedly shuts off at the park(happened at two different parks in 4 yrs). We hate to be inconvenienced (ie, drinking water, coffee, toilet flushes)
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Old 05-12-2014, 01:36 PM   #4
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Wait until a toilet valve sticks at night... I seldom use city water. ;-)

It does not hurt anything to do a sanitizing load with some bleach and a 1/4 to 1/2 tank of water and let it run through all your faucets. OTOH if there is anything in there it will keep it from growing. It also depends to a point where you live. If you winterize with antifreeze it helps flush it out of the pipes and faucets.
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From a health point of view it is important. I don't want to drink from the same glass without washing it occasionally. It only takes a short time and that water could be very important to have available in an emergency.
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X2 on the importance and ease of sanitizing. Its easy enough once/yr and it buys you piece of mind and emergency capability.
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Are you saying the bleach flush helps with getting the antifreeze out?

I did antifreeze last year (first time winterizing) and felt like I never got all of the pink out, all season long (we didn't drink from it) it just seemed foamy or a tint of pink after running a ton of water through the system.
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Are you saying the bleach flush helps with getting the antifreeze out?

I did antifreeze last year (first time winterizing) and felt like I never got all of the pink out, all season long (we didn't drink from it) it just seemed foamy or a tint of pink after running a ton of water through the system.
I hope you didn't fill your fresh water tank with the pink anti freeze. That would take quite a bit! Normally you use the valve on the intake side of the water pump to put a hose in the gallon bottle of anti freeze and you need at most 3 gallons. After you drain your fresh water tank you run your pump for a minute, then do what I just said. Then pour some anti freeze down each trap and your good. Much easier to blow out system with air and pour anti freeze down traps. When you dewinterize hook up to city water and flush the system. Fill your fresh water tank with the proper amount of bleach and use the pump to run this through the complete system. Let it sit for 4 hours and then drain fresh tank and refill and then pump through the system. There are several systems that people use and you will find the one that works for you. I empty my water heater at the end of the season and bypass it before I winterize.
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You should still sanitize the pipes and water heater even if you don't use the tank.
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You should still sanitize the pipes and water heater even if you don't use the tank.
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Really?
How often?
Are the pipes and water heater in a sticks and bricks "sanitized" regularly?
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Are you saying the bleach flush helps with getting the antifreeze out?

I did antifreeze last year (first time winterizing) and felt like I never got all of the pink out, all season long (we didn't drink from it) it just seemed foamy or a tint of pink after running a ton of water through the system.
Yes.

I run city water through the pipes first to flush out the antifreeze. Switch HW tank back into the system then dump a quarter cup of bleach into the tank fill and add quarter tank of water. Run that through the faucets then fill the tank to cut the bleach concentration. If you overdo the bleach it also has taste and fume ramifications. Either drain and refill the tank or use bottled water while running the tank down. Bleach side effects go away by the second tank.
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Really?
How often?
Are the pipes and water heater in a sticks and bricks "sanitized" regularly?
Wondering.
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Actually, yes, if the water in them doesn't get flushed out regularly through use. If you let water sit in the lines for months at a time between trips, you should be sanitizing them. Why would the pipes be any less dirty than the tank? If you are living in your RV, that's a different story.
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Are the pipes and water heater in a sticks and bricks "sanitized"
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Actually, yes, if the water in them doesn't get flushed out regularly through use. If you let water sit in the lines for months at a time between trips, you should be sanitizing them. Why would the pipes be any less dirty than the tank? If you are living in your RV, that's a different story.
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The point I was trying to make is this:
Sanitizing the water tank and/or water pipes in an RV is not as necessary as some would have you believe.

IMO, the "need to sanitize", (like the "need of RV antifreeze in a RV water system when winterizing"), is a myth.
My coach is 18 years old and has only been "sanitized" twice, (and I simply "gravity drain" my RV tank and water system when I "winterize").

BTW, although my house sometimes sits unused for as long as 9 months at a time, I never sanitize the water system.

Those are not my recommendations, just what I do, (and have done for 30+ RVing years), with no problems.

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If you do not want to use bleach you can use hydrogen peroxide 4%. You do not need much. 4 oz for most tanks. We advise our Mexican RV Caravan customers to put bleach in the tanks just before re-entering the US, drive around for a day then drain, fill with US water and drain again before drinking out of the tank. While down there we advise the peroxide. We tell everyone to use bottled water for drinking (Its cheap), the peroxide is a safeguard in case you forget and brush your teeth with tank water.
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