Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-07-2014, 11:46 AM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 16
Sanitizing for first time - have questions

I am about to sanitize my fresh water tank for the first time (2015 Grey Wolf 23DBH purchased late June - our first camper). We're going on a 4 day trip this weekend and realized I should probably do this instead of buying bottled water all the time. My main question is about the hot water tank. I'm going to drain it as soon as I get a 1 1/16" socket. I'm going to fill the tank up about half way, add the solution, top off and then open the different fresh water valves (using the onboard water pump and disconnected from the external water). When I want to pull water from the hot water tank, does just turning the faucet knob to the hot setting pull from there - even though the hot water heater is not on? I know it's a silly question - just want to verify that's how it works. I'm not sure how the fresh water tank / hot water tank is connected...
Any help is appreciated!
__________________

__________________
2015 Grey Wolf 23DBH
17 nights so far...
Watarski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2014, 12:13 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
raspivey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Brazoria County, Texas
Posts: 1,360
Honestly, I've never sanitized my water heater...maybe I should, but I've never thought about it. To answer your question, it works just like one on your house. It's got a cold water inlet that comes from city water or your freshwater tank (both lines are connected at some point) and a hot water outlet that goes to the rest of the faucets. Most trailers will have a bypass setup right at the water heater so you can isolate it.

I will generally just mix a bleach solution (can't remember the concentration off hand) and pour that into the freshwater tank then fill it up. Then run the water pump out all the faucets until you smell bleach. Let it sit for most of the day, then drain the tank and fill it twice, run all the faucets until the bleach smell is gone, then drain it again. I've always bypassed the water heater during this.
__________________

__________________
2015 Chevy Silverado LTZ - HD tow package
2017 Rockwood 2703WS Emerald Edition
raspivey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2014, 02:44 PM   #3
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 16
Thanks for the feedback and information. Do you happen to know if the water faucet, when turned to hot, will pull from the hot water tank without the heater being on?
__________________
2015 Grey Wolf 23DBH
17 nights so far...
Watarski is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2014, 02:54 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
raspivey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Brazoria County, Texas
Posts: 1,360
Yes. The water heater "on" is only for the heating element or propane ignition. It'll just run cold when turned off. Again, most units will have a bypass on the water heater, and I believe most people will isolate the water heater when winterizing or sanitizing the system. Should be three valves on the lines right at the heater. Turn off the inlet and outlet then open the crossover valve between the two if that's what you want to do. At that point, the hot water supply will be feeding off the cold water line and all the faucets will be cold. Run your bleach solution through hot and cold on all the faucets.
__________________
2015 Chevy Silverado LTZ - HD tow package
2017 Rockwood 2703WS Emerald Edition
raspivey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2014, 02:56 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
bubbles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Posts: 2,559
Quote:
Originally Posted by Watarski View Post
Thanks for the feedback and information. Do you happen to know if the water faucet, when turned to hot, will pull from the hot water tank without the heater being on?
Yes, just like at home as long as there is pressure from either the water pump (pump on) and water in the holding tank or city water hook up pressure.
__________________
bubbles is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
first time

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:06 AM.