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Old 11-27-2015, 11:17 AM   #1
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Sanitizing - Adding Bleach

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 11-27-2015, 11:30 AM   #2
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I don't know why it's stated that way, not sure if it even matters. I add maybe 5 gallons of water to the tank, add the bleach and fill the tank. Open faucets till I smell the bleach sometime letting it sit overnight before draining and rinsing depending how late in the day I sanitize.
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Old 11-27-2015, 11:41 AM   #3
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I can not pour bleach into my FW tank so I dump it in the water hose hook it up and turn on the water till it is full.

I can see no issue with dumping the bleach in and then adding water right after.

1/4 cup per 15 gallons is not a lot.
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My FR Owners' Manual advises to: mix 1/4 C liquid household bleach with 1 G of water and add to FW tank at rate of 1 G of solution to 15 G of tank capacity. Fill tank with water. Open faucets until water runs freely and then re-fill FW tank. Let sit at least 3 hours, drain and flush. Repeat until chlorine smell is gone.
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I usually pour it through the hose as well so as to sanitize my fresh hose too. 5 years of doing it this way and no issues. I think what they mean is not to have just straight bleach not diluted sitting in your tank. As stated above, pouring it in and putting the water in right after it dilutes it so you should be ok.
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How much bleach are you using?? Most of the RV water tank sanitizers are 1 oz to 20 gals of water and seem to do the job. But, we understand the need for wanting that sense of secure/reliable/clean fresh water. Still curious about how much bleach....?
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My FR Owners' Manual advises to: mix 1/4 C liquid household bleach with 1 G of water and add to FW tank at rate of 1 G of solution to 15 G of tank capacity. Fill tank with water. Open faucets until water runs freely and then re-fill FW tank. Let sit at least 3 hours, drain and flush. Repeat until chlorine smell is gone.
1/4c-16g if I figured right.
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I can not pour bleach into my FW tank so I dump it in the water hose hook it up and turn on the water till it is full.

I can see no issue with dumping the bleach in and then adding water right after.

1/4 cup per 15 gallons is not a lot.

We do something like this as well!
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How much bleach are you using?? Most of the RV water tank sanitizers are 1 oz to 20 gals of water and seem to do the job. But, we understand the need for wanting that sense of secure/reliable/clean fresh water. Still curious about how much bleach....?
I use 3/4 of a cup for mine.
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I usually do 3/4-1 cup bleach for my 40 gallon fresh tank.
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