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Old 04-11-2012, 09:38 AM   #15
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I have always believed that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. I always sanitize my fresh water tank at least once a year. It is not expensive to do, there is very little labor involved (just the time to let the chlorine do it's job) and can easily be done while doing other maintenance on my rig. I would rather take the time to do this than get some bugs that could sicken me or a family member
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:11 AM   #16
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How to ge chlorine into FW tank?

OK, I have been readding about sanitizing the fresh water tank with chlorine. I understand the process. I haven't figured out a way to get the chlorine into the fresh water tank. I only have a garden hose connection and a valve to switch between the city supply and the fresh water tank. I did read that some people pour the chlorine/water mixture into the garden hose(I suppose using a funnel). I would hope there is an easier way. Remember a picture is worth a thousand words.
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Old 04-11-2012, 10:19 AM   #17
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We must be the only RV'ers on the planet that does not drink water from our coach. I even have a water softner we use every time but we take bottled water. We don't even use the ice maker because basicly we just dont care for the taste.
X2 here. Bottled water bags of ice. Sanitize the fresh system twice a year. 2 ounces of bleach to every 10 gallons of water in fresh tank to sanitize system. Bleach dissipates within a short period of time from water. I sanitize system for dish and body washing.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:00 PM   #18
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...I haven't figured out a way to get the chlorine into the fresh water tank...
...Remember a picture is worth a thousand words.
I have a whole house filter that I use between CG water supply and coach. I just remove filter media and add bleach, then fill the tank. The brass fittings are male and female water hose adapters.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:14 PM   #19
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I use a electric pump that self primes and has hose connections on both inlet and outlet
yet small in size.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:38 PM   #20
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This begs a newbie question that is bugging me... when we dumped at the end of the weekend, the spot we went to had a water fill up also, marked potable water. (2 dump holes with tall hoses and lower faucets with an attached hose not marked potable, one tall hose and lower hose, marked potable) On those places with the big tall hose with the spring on the top and the L shaped water fill, if there is a hose at the bottom also, what is used for which function? I've seen people stick the L shaped hose into the clean out of their rig - to flush the tanks I'm supposing....
Seems kind of scary, one has to trust the others know what they are doing and not contaminating the potable water hoses with their waste....
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I do not know about other people but any water at a dump station I regard as used
for sewer only NOT drinking .
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Water within a hundred feet of any dump, i dontt eeven lety doog driink it.

I sanitiize my water system in the spring, and any time it sits for a month.

I never put campground water in my tank. But i do connect and use it.

And i make funof people. Who only drink bottled water.
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I drain my tank after each use, never leave water sitting in the tank. I also don't drink the water from the tank, but we do use it for brushing teeth, showering, etc.
Never had a problem.
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We do sanitize ours with clorox and flush the tank a couple of times a year, however we do not drink the water or use it for cooking or ice. We use bottled water for drinking and cooking and buy bagged ice. We aren't full timers - and haven't got to be gone for more than a week at a time so not too expensive.
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I use the Javex (bleach) method. Put in a liter, fill the tank and go for a drive. Drain it and refill 3 times. Then I put in a gallon of vinegar to kill the javex taste and drain. Takes all day but well worth it. Chlorine is not on my menu. I have a well and I carry fresh water in gal. jugs for tea, coffee etc. On an extended trip I use a brita tap and internal filter. Tests done on the bottled water show that most are not very good and one or two were not healthy. I'll filter my water where I get it and if I have concerns I boil it and once it cools, refill my jugs. Paranoia reigns when my health is at stake. Don't need to be knocking at the Pearly Gates any time soon; I've been there a few times already. Maybe I'm to ornary to let in just yet.
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Good grief, didn't know these things were rolling primary vectors of contagion. I'm suprised we don't have to register with the CDC.
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X2 here. Bottled water bags of ice. Sanitize the fresh system twice a year. 2 ounces of bleach to every 10 gallons of water in fresh tank to sanitize system. Bleach dissipates within a short period of time from water. I sanitize system for dish and body washing.
X3 here. Bottled water and bags of ice. Even put in a 3 stage filter but we don't drink from the tap and no ice maker. But we clean dishes and sometimes give water for the dog. We fill the holding tank with well water but I do run clorine through the pipes in the spring. I pull the filters and add a small amount of bleach to in the last housing. Run it through the holding tank and pump it through the system. Drain it and flush twice. Makes DW happy. Before i married her I went. 15 years and never cleaned the system. Probably explains a lot...
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