Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Fleetwood Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 12-06-2019, 10:26 AM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 626
Fresh water tank cleaning

Hi;We have had our coach for a few years and I need to clean out the fresh water tank. I am not sure how to do that. Only input that I see is the hose. Is there a second location to pour in something or do I need something that will attach to hose?

16 Tradition

2016 American Coach Tradition 45A
2022 Ford Expedition
THenman is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free! RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 12-06-2019, 10:34 AM   #2
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 170
There is a winterizing kit. With a hand pump.
You can add the bleach solution with that.
Only way I can get it into my fresh water tank.

Frankly I don't do it. I fill and drain the tank regularly and don't use it for drinking. I just get gallon jugs. If I were to use it for drinking. Then maybe.

There are good videos on YouTube explaining the process. I think RV geeks us the better one out there
Bobbafett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2019, 11:06 AM   #3
Senior Member
cavie's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2018
Posts: 3,165
google is your friend. there is also a search engine on the top right of this page.
2011 Keystone Sprinter 323 BHS. Port Charlotte Fl/Hinsdale MA. Retired Master Electrician. All Motor homes are RV's. All RV's are not Motor homes.
cavie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2019, 02:43 PM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2016
Posts: 626
Thank you Bobbafett, I feared that might be the case.

Lot’s of help there cavie, not!

2016 American Coach Tradition 45A
2022 Ford Expedition
THenman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2019, 04:01 PM   #5
Senior Member
Bigd9's Avatar

Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: The Bluegrass State
Posts: 8,725
If your American Coach doesn't have a gravity fill port, then I would simply pour bleach into a water supply hose, then connect the supply hose to a city water faucet. When you turn on the water it will posh the bleach solution into the tank.

It doesn't tank a lot of bleach to do the job. According to Clorox, just 1/2 teaspoon of regular unscented bleach per every 10 gallons. So if you have a 100 gallon tank, it only takes 5 teaspoons or about a 1/4 cup (if I did the math correctly)
Good Luck, Be Safe and Above All, Don't Forget To Have Fun
Central Kentucky
2006 Fleetwood Discovery 35H, 2014 Honda CR-V, M&G Engineering Braking System
Bigd9 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-2019, 04:24 PM   #6
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2019
Posts: 170
Originally Posted by THenman View Post
Thank you Bobbafett, I feared that might be the case.

Lotís of help there cavie, not!

Dont fear. Super easy 1/4 cup for ever 15 gallons.
7g gallon would be 1.5 cups. Just dilute in a bucket with a gallon of water. Pump it in. Then fill the tank. Until the you get runoff from overflow.
Run all faucets until you smell bleach. Leave in for a few hours. Drain and repeat with fresh water. Or just drain. Bleach in water will dissipate when in open air.
Bobbafett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2019, 05:51 AM   #7
Junior Member
OneOrbit's Avatar
Fleetwood Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Feb 2019
Location: Colorado Springs
Posts: 29

RVGeeks made a video or two on this subject.
All of their videos are very well made.
2007 Fleetwood Revolution 40E
2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit
Full-Time as of April 2019
OneOrbit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2019, 06:48 PM   #8
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2019
Posts: 273
We sanitize ours about every 6 months. Even if you're not drinking from the fresh tank, do you really want to bathe or cook w/funky water?
Cincy Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-2019, 11:29 AM   #9
Moderator Emeritus
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: West Palm Beach, FL. USA
Posts: 26,745
All you need to do is sanitize and flush it, ala the RVgeeks video or Bobbafetts post. If your coach doesn't have a gravity fill port, it's easiest to get a hand pump that connects to the city inlet or rig an extra 12v or 120v electric pump with a hose fitting. You need some pressure to force the city inlet check valve open, so you can't just pour it in. Open the tank fill valve so the bleach solution runs into the tank as well as the water lines.
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition and several other RVs
Home is West Palm Beach, FL
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-10-2019, 05:50 AM   #10
Senior Member
Stonehands's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Jackson,Michigan
Posts: 551
Bobbafett is correct. On my Bounder 35B it’s a quarter cup per 15 gallons of water. I put in a cup and a half in s 5 gallon pail and used a long neck funnel in the gravity fill port and then filled rest with hose. Let it stand a few hours drain and flush till mo smell. And yes, before draining, run all taps and shower lines. Good luck.
Stonehands is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-13-2019, 05:24 PM   #11
Senior Member
MEWright's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Texas
Posts: 131
Blog Entries: 34
We try to only fill ours with water from home

We drain ours every time we get home, rinse it and sanitize it every 6 months. 1 cup of bleach fill the tank, run the faucets drain everything. The remaining will be bleach solution that does not drain will dilute when I fill the tank again.

I only use our water off the pump for drinking when on the road and if the CG has funky water. I dont like to drink their water and the DW wont use CG water for her coffee.

We use bottles we fill at the house for those times at CGs and once unhooked from GC supply we can fill our bottles. I only use our icemaker when using our water and turn it off when it at CG's. THis is overkill but its my process.

We also have a filters on the house line in the hose, a coach whole house filter and a filter on the fridge.. Cant be too careful with water.
Michael Wright
2014 Fleetwood Discovery 40G
2016 Jeep Rubicon 4 door
MEWright is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 06:42 PM   #12
Senior Member
Maik's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Ontario, CANADA
Posts: 313
On my coach you can use the water pump to fill the fresh water tank by sucking out of a container, that has bleach water solution. It is the same way you winterize the water lines with RV antifreeze. My old AC 98 can do it your surely must be able to. We usually add bleach every year in the spring when we de winterize on our first camping trip. We also still use bottled water for brushing teeth, coffee and drinking.
Mike and Family
98 American Eagle EVS, Cummins C8.3
2022 Jeep Wrangler Sahara ECO, Blue Ox
Maik is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-2020, 06:48 PM   #13
Senior Member
Gordon Dewald's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 14,811
Drain your filling hose, pour in the amount of bleach you want, hook up the hose and start filling the tank.
Gordon and Janet
Tour 42QD/InTech Stacker
Gordon Dewald is offline   Reply With Quote

fresh water, water, tank

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Water pump pumping water from fresh water tank into grey tank?? Amen Monaco Owner's Forum 16 09-13-2017 04:15 PM
Cleaning fresh water tank? danabrodbeck Travel Trailer Discussion 30 12-29-2016 02:50 PM
Cleaning fresh water tank PyroTekRob Toy Haulers Discussion 9 07-27-2016 05:16 PM
Fresh water tank cleaning questions michealwhela Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 16 08-31-2014 02:46 PM
New fresh water tank - Pre-use cleaning? Camping in MN Vintage RV's 3 05-31-2005 05:14 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:47 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.