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Old 08-13-2020, 11:48 AM   #85
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How do I get the bleach into the freshwater tank in an rv which uses the same plumbing to run city water or fill the fresh tank? Is there some sort of transfer pump out there?
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Old 08-13-2020, 09:07 PM   #86
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Perhaps it's the garbage in, garbage out situation. I don't allow any water that has not already been filtered into my MH whether it is going into the tank, or direct hook up. I have a Clear Source Premium RV Water Filter system. The first filter is a 5 micron sediment filter, the 2nd stage filter is a 0.5 micron coconut shell carbon block the removes chlorine, VOC's cysts, giardia and other contaminents. Then for good measure, I filter the water again thru a Brita pitcher filter before drinking. So far haven't had a problem. Once a year or so, I do a chlorine rinse of the tank and lines just to ward off any algae or other growth that may slip by.
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Originally Posted by jcurtisis View Post
Ray, that isnít what is in my Winnebago operatorís manual. 1 teaspoon for ten gallons is for superchlorination for continuous sanitation; a cord water filter will remove the chlorine for drinking
Neil, we are talking about different products. Your manual references chlorine/bleach, I was talking about Sodium Dichlor granules @ 60% or higher chlorine strength.

The use of Sodium Dichlor is explained on bottom half of this page.

However, a user must read the SDS first.
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How do I get the bleach into the freshwater tank in an rv which uses the same plumbing to run city water or fill the fresh tank? Is there some sort of transfer pump out there?
I have a water filter that is built into the plumbing by the manufacturer - Jayco. I remove the filter, add a quart of bleach, put the filter housing back on and fill my fresh tank. I also have a three-filter system that catches sediment before it hits the factory filter. Once I've run a few gallons to the fresh tank, I shut off the water, put the factory filter back in the housing, screw it on and let the fresh tak fill. I alwayshave that solution in my fresh tank when sitting stationary, then before leaving, I run it through all the water lines, including the washing machine.

Prior to this, I had a Keystone Alpine. I used the same method as for adding winterizing antifreeze. A 5-gallon bucket with 1 cup of bleach, and repeat until the lines were full. I also had a separate fresh water tank inlet, so I was able to pour bleach in with a funnel.
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How do I get the bleach into the freshwater tank in an rv which uses the same plumbing to run city water or fill the fresh tank? Is there some sort of transfer pump out there?
Do you have a water filter nearby in the wet bay?

If so; drain both tanks first, ensure pump is off and simply take apart and remove the water filter. Pour in about 10 - 16 ounces of normal house bleach. The exact amount is not really relevant; but the Winnebago manual does give a guideline based on size of tank. Depending on frequency, or where you have been; you may use more or less... PLEASE IGNORE ALL of this crazy stuff about using pool chlorine or shock It is NOT necessary and can be dangerous. i.e. if I put the maximum amount of household bleach (chlorine) in my water filter; it is impossible for me to do any damage in my 70 gallon water tank. (It is only 6% chlorine solution to begin with )

Once you seal up the filter with chlorine (NO Water Filter Inside) then fill your tanks the normal way. I fill both fresh & hot water tanks, never saw anything in manual from Suburban saying NOT too. I get Chlorine can reacts to Aluminum; but we are talking very minor amounts and I replace my anode when it is shot anyway. Besides the hot water lines need cleaning too!!!

When tanks are full turn on water to smell the chlorine out of each faucet, hot and cold. When done let it sit for a few hours or overnight and drain. Put in fresh water and you are good to go.

I would do this at least twice a year short of my RV being parked in storage with tanks empty.
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