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Old 02-29-2016, 05:39 PM   #1
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Never used fresh water tank, need some guidance

We have a long trip coming up that will involve some non CG overnighters. So I need some pointers on how to prepare tank for first use / understand best practices etc. A buddy said to put a little water in the tank with some clorox prior to my next tow so it would slosh around and clan the tank in transit. Then fill it up, drain / rinse. Then fill it for actual use. Is this on target? Also how much clorox to add for actual consumption use, think it's a 40 gallon tank. Thanks.
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Old 02-29-2016, 05:53 PM   #2
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The suggested amount in 1/4 cup per 15 gallons of water.

Use enough to fill the tank, let it sit overnight.

Using the water pump run water thru each faucet and outside shower.

Also run some out the low point drains as well as the FW tank drain tube.

Now drain it and fill with fresh water till you can no longer smell the bleach.
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To disinfect you need concentration and duration. Leaving the chlorine in the tank overnight is perfect but you need to leave it in the lines too. So make sure you run the water in each line and then wait at least 4 hours but overnight is best.

Sanidumps: How to Sanitize Your RV Water System

Don't forget to sanitize the hot water heater too. The above link is a pretty good reference.

The 1/2 cup baking soda is a great tip because the chlorine small can linger for a bit though we don't mind it.

We don't drink our tank water in our camper but we sanitize and actually put in a little more bleach than necessary after we disinfect and refill the tank.. We find we can extend our time between showers to every 2 days if our water has the same concentration of bleach as a swimming pool thus saving water when we boondock/dry camp.
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The suggested amount in 1/4 cup per 15 gallons of water.

Use enough to fill the tank, let it sit overnight.

Using the water pump run water thru each faucet and outside shower.

Also run some out the low point drains as well as the FW tank drain tube.

Now drain it and fill with fresh water till you can no longer smell the bleach.
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To disinfect you need concentration and duration. Leaving the chlorine in the tank overnight is perfect but you need to leave it in the lines too. So make sure you run the water in each line and then wait at least 4 hours but overnight is best.

Sanidumps: How to Sanitize Your RV Water System

Don't forget to sanitize the hot water heater too. The above link is a pretty good reference.

The 1/2 cup baking soda is a great tip because the chlorine small can linger for a bit though we don't mind it.

We don't drink our tank water in our camper but we sanitize and actually put in a little more bleach than necessary after we disinfect and refill the tank.. We find we can extend our time between showers to every 2 days if our water has the same concentration of bleach as a swimming pool thus saving water when we boondock/dry camp.

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We don't drink our tank water in our camper but we sanitize and actually put in a little more bleach than necessary after we disinfect and refill the tank.. We find we can extend our time between showers to every 2 days if our water has the same concentration of bleach as a swimming pool thus saving water when we boondock/dry camp.
X4. I use the fresh water tank for washing, showers, and flushing. I use bottled water for drinking, coffee, or anything that goes IN my body. Don't travel with any more water in the tank than necessary for pit stops along the way as that just adds a lot of weight to your tow.
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If you will be bringing a portable tank (e.g., 6 gallon) for re-filling the FWT from a remote spigot, the portable should be disinfected as well.
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May be way overthinking water. I know we're not in dire straights, but I remember getting drinking water from a portable water point with iodine in water storage point by river with leaches swimming in it. OK, so all my children were born naked, but I'm OK. Just do the best you ca and try not to worry too much! Happy trails!!
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The suggested amount in 1/4 cup per 15 gallons of water.

Use enough to fill the tank, let it sit overnight.

Using the water pump run water thru each faucet and outside shower.

Also run some out the low point drains as well as the FW tank drain tube.

Now drain it and fill with fresh water till you can no longer smell the bleach.
Agreed with above.

If you can do this while hooked to the camper, take it for a run around the block after bleach mixture has been put into tank. The sloshing around will get to the inside top of the freshwater tank. Park trailer for the night and start flushing with fresh water in the morning...
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Old 03-04-2016, 09:49 AM   #9
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Camco makes a product that you can add after you have sanitized your system,,,
It is called Taste Pure Water Freshener,,, one ounce treats 20 gallons,,, it is supposed to keep water fresh for I think 2 weeks !!!
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Old 03-05-2016, 09:55 PM   #10
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Agree with wolverine 1957 the camco stuff works great camped for 2 months using the water tank no problems
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