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Old 05-02-2011, 12:29 PM   #1
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Question Coachmen Freelander chlorine adding??

If anyone owns a Coachmen Freelander 21QB, can you please tell me how to add the chlorine to the potable water tank?? Does the check valve come out? If so, how. And if it does, then this creates another little problem, doesn't it? The dealer was absolutely no help. Thanks!
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:43 PM   #2
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Don't own a Freelander but I have had this issue with several coaches over the years. The cheap solution is to hook up a dry hose to the water fill then stand on a ladder and while using a measuring cup pour the chlorine into the hose. I did this for years but got tired of spilling bleach on my clothes. My next solution was to go to Lowes and purchase a GE water filter which I added hose connections to. I then just left the filter out and filled the housing with the correct amount of chlorine and turned on the hose. Cost me about $30 but that was a few years ago.
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Thanks that is a great idea. You would think that they would give us a device to do this, after we pay 50-100K for one of their RV's!!
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:15 PM   #4
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If anyone owns a Coachmen Freelander 21QB, can you please tell me how to add the chlorine to the potable water tank?? Does the check valve come out? If so, how. And if it does, then this creates another little problem, doesn't it? The dealer was absolutely no help. Thanks!
I bought a small pump that I can attach to my cordless drill to pump chlorine into my fresh water tank.
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Old 05-02-2011, 09:28 PM   #5
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I took an even cheaper route. Bought a 3-pack of baby bottles, and cut the very top of the rubber nipple off. Unscrew the cap, pour in the bleach...Ounces are even marked right on the bottle. Pour the bleach into the freshwater hose and connect to the RV, turn the water on to fill the tank and I am good to go.

(My first unit was the Coachman Freedom Express 26', was not the best setup)
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Old 05-03-2011, 08:46 AM   #6
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All great ideas! Thanks so much. This is my first unit also, and it has been a learning experience, to say the least! But at least we (+ 2 Boxers) haven't been stranded anywhere yet! Just gone a few times without no A/C in 100 degree heat, because for some reason the generator doesn't seem to have enough umph to kick the AC back on after the AC has been on for awhile and then turned off. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:11 AM   #7
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If you go to an RV store there is a hand pump they sell for winterizing, so you can pump pink stuff in by hand.

Mix the bleach with water in a bucket, Pump it in. That's the best method.

How I"d do it:

I'd fill the fresh water tank about half full, then blow out the hose, add bleach to the hose (do not let it sit there long) and hook back up to water and finish the job of filling the tank.

NOTE: fill tank at least half full BEFORE adding bleach no matter the method.
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Old 05-05-2011, 07:50 AM   #8
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If anyone owns a Coachmen Freelander 21QB, can you please tell me how to add the chlorine to the potable water tank?? Does the check valve come out? If so, how. And if it does, then this creates another little problem, doesn't it? The dealer was absolutely no help. Thanks!
You might want to consider using hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach. It kills bacteria, is a disinfectant, and is totally non toxic. You don't even have to flush poisin out of your water system after using it.

Been using it for years, no one has died or gotten sick from drinking water in my motorhome, and who knows how much clothing has been saved.
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That sounds great. How much 3% hydrogen peroxide should I use for a 30 gal tank? Will this also work for an initial bacteria kill and flush, or should I double the strength? Thank you!
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