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Old 07-07-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
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Overwhelming tank issues!

O.k. guys we are wondering about the whole maintenance issue with the holding tanks.

-Black Water tank is regularly dumped at our site using the mobile 'blue' container. We have more 'flush water' than black. We treat our tank with 'eco-friendly' liquid for each usage. On last day we stick our nozzle stick down in the toilet to clean. We do a final dump when leaving. We put a couple of bags of ice down the toilet for the ride back. Some say it is good to leave something in holding tanks. That has seemed to work fine but want to get longevity out of our new trailer.
-Grey water tank is just flush. Should probably run water through it for final rinse.
-Fresh water tank? Does the 'city' connection by pass the tank. Never have taken potable water with us? When we are breaking camp, I turn on all faucets then cut off water supply outside. We leave all faucets on until next trip. Should I drain the lowest level plug on the water system every time and what about hot water heater? Will the lines mildew or the tank currode?

Sorry for the long winded variety of questions, but we are in a bind and need you good peoples thoughts.
-Flush king, tornado, whatever else is out there? I understand some of the reverse flushing, grinder pumps, but what about having time, water, electricity to do these operations.
-Please help! Educate us on what we need and why?

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Old 07-07-2008, 05:24 PM   #2
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All I can say is, we've been camping for 5 years.
I never drain the water lines or leave faucets open.
We've never had any problems from that.

The city water connection does bypass the fresh water tank.
You can leave the drain valve open in the fresh tank of you want.

I do try to drain my water heater every so often when we're not
using the trailer but I don't do it if we plan to go again within
a couple of weeks.
One time our water smelled like rotten eggs and we've been told
that was sour water from the water heater.
It only happened once.
Don't stress out over cleaning the tanks.
They are plastic. Leaving some residue in them is inevitable and won't
hurt them. I try to remember to put my tank deodorant in the tank
after I dump it rather than waiting till my next trip out. I can't really
tell if that's better or not. Do use tank deodorant. It does work.
I get mine in the RV isle at Wal Mart but you can get it at any RV
store of course.

Don't sweat the small stuff. Camping is supposed to be fun!!

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Old 07-07-2008, 06:19 PM   #3
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Everyone has their own way of handling the tanks. Before the first trip, usually it still has the anti-freeze in the tanks and water lines, I flush the lines and fresh water tank and then sanitize it using bleach. I run the water in all faucets until you can smell the bleach and let it sit for awhile. Then flush and fill a couple of times and that's it. I won't sanitize again until it comes out of storage the following year. However when we finish our camping and on the way home I drain the fresh water tank and the hot water tank.

The black and grey tanks get emptied at the dump and we run some water thru them and also use the deordorant. With just the two of us we use the campground facilities during the day and the camper bathroom at night. For us it not heavy use. As was said in the previous post don't stress over the tanks.

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Old 07-07-2008, 10:42 PM   #4
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Sound advice from all.
If water sits in the water heater for will get that sulfur smell. (happened to me this weekend...on my 20 gallon WH.
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:25 PM   #5
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thanks guys!
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