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Old 11-28-2015, 01:48 PM   #31
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All this talk about diy solutions to getting the bleach into the water tank got me to thinking ... why isn't there a dedicated device to do all of this - mix up the bleach with some water and then funnel it into the inlet?

Well, thinking about it a bit more, I realized that such a device (more-or-less) does exist - one of those plastic watering cans with a long, curving spout. Here's one at Home Depot for less than $8:
Bloem 1.125 gal. Tequila Sunrise Aqua Rite Watering Can-JW41-20 - The Home Depot
It holds somewhat more than a gallon, making mixing easy, and has a long spout which should work just fine with the gravity water inlet.

Think I'll have to get one...

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Old 11-28-2015, 02:14 PM   #32
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I recently read more than one "How To" that stated never add pure bleach to the RV fresh water tank. I always have and then immediately fill the tank with fresh water. I know many others do as well. Anyone know why I shouldn't add directly?

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Old 11-28-2015, 02:16 PM   #33
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I recently read more than one "How To" that stated never add pure bleach to the RV fresh water tank. I always have and then immediately fill the tank with fresh water. I know many others do as well. Anyone know why I shouldn't add directly?

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I even reversed it in my post. It should be do not add water to chemical.
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Old 11-28-2015, 02:44 PM   #34
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Bleach

I just pour some in, fill tank and if I can smell it I figure it's OK. Don't flush it because we don't drink it and on a several day trip things are going to get flushed out anyway. Don't drain anything for the whole season, just re-do the bleach and refill the tank. Done this way since 81. Traveling will slosh it around a lot better than filling and draining.
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Old 11-28-2015, 04:23 PM   #35
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Some units won't let you just pour in liquid, it must be under pressure. I found this hose-end sprayer at Tractor Supply (under $10). I remove the spray end and hook the hose for the RV to it, and a garden hose to the other end. Then fill the bucket with the right amount of bleach, and turn it on till FW tank is full. This dilutes automatically on the way in, and also sanitizes the hose as well.
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Old 11-28-2015, 04:48 PM   #36
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I use 1/2 cup for my 45 gallon water tank. Too much bleach and you will never get the taste out. Fill and rinse fresh water tank several times afterwords. It is only necessary to do this if you have not used your fresh water tank for several months. Water takes a long time to go bad in the tank.
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Old 11-30-2015, 08:35 AM   #37
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A funnel won't fit in your FW inlet?

It does, but all I had on hand was an ordinary kitchen funnel. Those are only meant to be used upright and with the way the inlet is that's impossible.

I really need to pick up one of those automotive funnels my dad used to use to fill the tank back when I was a kid. That'd be flexible enough to use.




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Old 11-30-2015, 09:54 AM   #38
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It does, but all I had on hand was an ordinary kitchen funnel. Those are only meant to be used upright and with the way the inlet is that's impossible.

I really need to pick up one of those automotive funnels my dad used to use to fill the tank back when I was a kid. That'd be flexible enough to use.




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See my post #25. That's what I use. Designed for adding transmission fluid. Funnel and attached tube are plastic with the tube being very flexible.
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I don't get all in a flap about it.

I connect the hose to my RV, put a couple of oz's in the water hose free end, connect to water source and run it into the tank. I never have enough in there that I have an odor to deal with and no bad taste. Sanitizes the hose as well.
I treat it on fill up in the spring and drain my fresh tank in the fall so no water sits.
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Old 11-30-2015, 05:25 PM   #40
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Where was this stated and in what context was it meant?
Only one issue I can think of if not properly used is some seal somewhere, but if used correctly it is needed, and very safe.
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