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Old 01-05-2014, 03:33 PM   #11
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That does seem like a lot but I use the same amount. About 1/2 cup per 1/2 tank which is about 30 gallons. However, we don't drink that water. Always drink bottled water away from home. Not my idea but I'm not complaining.

Can't say I smell chlorine though...

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I think we'll try it. Our drinking water comes from the fridge and it's double filtered. Once from the main coach's filter and then again through the fridge's filter. All too redundant since we also drink bottled water.
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Old 01-05-2014, 03:55 PM   #13
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There are 16 cups per US. gallon.
1/4 cup is not a lot...
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Old 01-06-2014, 06:36 AM   #15
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City water is 1% chlorine.
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City water is 1% chlorine.
I know, that's why I was concerned with adding even more to it. I thought the 1/4 cup per 15 gallons was to sanitize the tank and lines.
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:39 AM   #17
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Put bleach in garden hose then connect to trailer and fill fresh water tank.
This is my technique too.

The only modification to my instructions for your camper is to use a plastic shutoff valve like:

Plastic Hose Shut-off 3/4in by Mintcraft - Essential Hardware

Normally I buy the brass fittings, but for this purpose plastic is better.

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OLD CLOTHES A MUST! Any bleach spilled/splashed will burn holes or stain.

Turn off the water and have a fitting with an on/off valve handy.
Camco 40003 Water Tank Filler w/Valve works great for me.

Pour 3/4 cup of bleach into the hose and secure the filler and make sure it is OFF. The manual recommends a bleach solution of 1/4 cup to 15 gallons of water (3/4 cup total for 40 gal tank).

Open bib to pressurize the hose.

Insert plastic filler tube into gravity fill port and fill tank.

Open EACH faucet until you can smell the bleach; then shut it.

Flush toilet until you get bleach smell.

Let stand 24 hours; drain using low point drains and fresh water tank drain and rinse once with fresh chlorinated household drinking water.

If you don't like the chlorine smell, you can dissolve baking SODA (not powder) in water and pour into the hose using the same procedure as the bleach. DO NOT let undissolved soda get into the hose.
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City water is 1% chlorine.
Yes, but remember that bleach is between 6 and 9% chlorine and the amount suggested by the Washington State DOH to make water safe Is only 1 tablespoon of bleach for 5 gallons of water. So, 1/4 to 3/4 cup still seems more than I would want to consume. I agree that you should drain and refill after sanitizing...

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There is a product called "water fresh" that is used to chlorinate POTABLE (drinkable) but not chlorinated water.

This will not sanitize your tank and plumbing; just make sure your water tastes "fresh" even after sitting in your tank for a while. Like water that sits in your home and street plumbing for a while.
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We like to use "taste pur" for normal in season maintenance along with the 1/4 cup to 15 gallon start of the year sanitizing.

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