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Old 07-06-2015, 04:24 PM   #1
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Smelly water after sitting

We went out this weekend to feed the mosquito and we had a horrible sulpher smell from the water for the first couple of minutes. It cleared after that. We had drained the water from the tanks after the last trip so I was surprised there was a smell. The water from the last trip was not bad either.

The only thing I can think of is that any water in the line "spoiled" in the 3 weeks or so between outings. This time I not only drained the tank but also opened all the faucets to make sure the lines were empty.

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Old 07-06-2015, 04:30 PM   #2
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I would suggest you use the low point drains after you dump the water heater.
Open all the water faucets and the two for your outside shower if you have one to make sure there is free flow.
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Old 07-06-2015, 05:03 PM   #3
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Now that you mentioned that I didn't notice a problem with the water in the hot water tank during the trip it was fine right away. It was only cold water. I am not sure how I would drain the hot water tank without taking the plug out??

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Old 07-06-2015, 05:07 PM   #4
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Pulling the plug or the anode rod is the easiest way to drain the water heater tank.
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We don't like removing and re-installing the anode rod - other than at the end of the season. So, instead, we use the outside shower - running only the HOT water while we're filling the fresh water tank. We fill a 5G bucket with the 'old' water from the HW tank while the fresh is coming in. I know it's not getting all the 'old' water out, but it gets most of it. Since we started that process, we've avoided the 'smelly sulpher' water from the HOT side.
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Old 07-07-2015, 01:10 PM   #6
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Sanitize system and all will be good.
1/4 cup of bleach per 15 gallons of water.

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Old 07-07-2015, 01:52 PM   #7
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When you're at a campground without full hook ups, what's the easiest & best way to sanitize the rv's water system?
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Old 07-08-2015, 11:58 AM   #8
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I leave that sit for an hour and then drain it. Refill the tank and drain it again to flush the tank.

I also carry 5 gallons of fresh water for emergencies. I use my collapsible tank for that. I never fill my FW tank unless I am going boon docking. My FW tank holds 35 gallons. Why carry an extra 290 pounds if I don't have too?

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I use to have a boat and when I sanitized my water tank I used bleach. I disliked the lingering smell of bleach. Since then I found another method of using chlorine crystals used for sanitizing fresh water tank.

My boat had a 100 gallon tank and I used one teaspoon of the chlorine crystals and fill the tank. I opened each facet until I smelled the chlorine and shut them. Left water sit for an hour then drained the tank.

I fill the tank again with fresh water and drain. The chlorine smell is gone or at least not any stronger in regular tap water. I would fill again with a quarter teaspoon of chlorine to chlorinate the water to drink. I drank out of hoses and survived. I don't think they had white drinking hoses back then. At least we didn't have one.

My boat also had a city water hookup but I used the water tank often to keep it fresh.
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