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Old 04-12-2014, 01:29 PM   #1
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Add bleach to fresh water tank?

Anybody have a solution for sanitizing the fresh water tank on a SportsCoach , 2013 or Pathfinder (probably the same). I have an 89 Gallon tank so I want to add 1.5 gallons of bleach in a full tank of water. Question is how to get the bleach in. The only way I can find into the tank is through the hose feed. I tried making a fitting with a hose and funnel to gravity feed it in but that didnít work. Just wondering if anyone has a makeshift item for adding chlorine into the tank.
If I use the winterizing inlet that will only let me do the lines but not the tank correct?
Thanks for any help.
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Old 04-12-2014, 01:35 PM   #2
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What works for me is a turkey baster. Squirts the bleach right in. I usually partially fill the tank with water, add the bleach then finish filling the water.
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Old 04-12-2014, 01:37 PM   #3
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Sounds like a lot of bleach? Use a funnel and pour bleach into an empty garden hose. Then insert hose into water fill...
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:17 PM   #4
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Sanitize water lines when de-winterizing camper?
This thread speaks of the proper bleach/water ratio.

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Old 04-12-2014, 02:20 PM   #5
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You should use 1/4 cup per gallons for sanitizing.....

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Old 04-12-2014, 02:28 PM   #6
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Anybody have a solution for sanitizing the fresh water tank on a SportsCoach , 2013 or Pathfinder (probably the same). I have an 89 Gallon tank so I want to add 1.5 gallons of bleach in a full tank of water. Question is how to get the bleach in. The only way I can find into the tank is through the hose feed. I tried making a fitting with a hose and funnel to gravity feed it in but that didnít work. Just wondering if anyone has a makeshift item for adding chlorine into the tank.
If I use the winterizing inlet that will only let me do the lines but not the tank correct?
Thanks for any help.
I think 1.5 - 2 cups would do fine, not 1-1/2 Gal which would be WAY TOO MUCH!
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Old 04-12-2014, 02:41 PM   #7
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Sorry about the over kill on bleach quantity. I got carried away. lol.
The drill pump below is a good idea. A five gallon bucket filled with bleach solution set above the fill spout will allow siphoning to work also.
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:04 PM   #8
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Well now it sure looks like the group addressed your bleach quantity issue but I did not see the answer to your question. So here is what I do:
Pour the correct amount of bleach in a clean 5 gal bucket then fill the bucket with water to dilute the bleach a bit. Then I use a self priming drill pump to siphon the solution in the bucket into the FW tank via a short hose like a hose reel connector.
Then I refill the bucket and siphon it into the FW tank to clean the hoses, pump and bucket. Voila!
You can use the same method only connect to the city connection to sanitize your water lines and fixtures or you can use the onboard pump which is what I do.

That same method will also pump antifreeze in if you are unfortunate enough to live North or more fresh water out of a container if you want to extend your dry camping a bit.

Sure hope this helps.
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:14 PM   #9
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Now with the much smaller and safer amount of bleach I would drain the FW hose, hook it to the trailer pour bleach into hose, hook to water faucet and fill as normal.
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:24 PM   #10
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We also use a diluted bleach solution to clean our water filter parts and fresh water hose when they get yucky - soak them overnite in a plastic utility tote
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