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Old 03-18-2016, 09:52 PM   #1
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De-winterizing

Going through the process tomorrow and it's my first time winterizing and de-winterizing this year. Here's my thoughts in order related to water, but I'm confused on when to get the hot water tank back online.
1. Hookup city water and run through all faucets until pink goo is gone.
2. Disconnect city water, fill fresh tank and sanitize. Haven't done this before but I think I mix a gallon of water with one cup of bleach and pour in fw tank then fill tank. Run pump so water goes through all faucets until you smell bleach then let it sit for a few hours. Then drain the fw tank and refill and drain several times with clean water.
3. Install hot water heater node and plug. Turn bypass off. WHEN SHOULD I DO THIS STEP? Should the hot water heater be online in water system earlier to get sanitized also? I've heard several people say you shouldn't have the pink goo or bleach inside it?

If it's important I have a 195bh, so no ice maker or anything fancy.
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:04 PM   #2
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I follow the same process. I keep the bypass to the water heater enabled when winterizing and then when sanitizing.
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:08 PM   #3
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First off....your bleach to water ratio is way too high. you will be rinsing forever and then some...recommended dose is 1/4 cup bleach for every 15 gal of freshwater tank capacity. I have a 43 gal tank, so 3/4 cup bleach for the whole tank.
Leave your hot water tank in bypass the whole time you are sanitizing. I don't really want any bleach in my hot water tank cause it will be hard to rinse it out. So after you have sanitized and rinsed as much as you need to to be rid of the bleach smell, then you can fill your hot water tank.
Some will tell you that they do sanitize the hot water tank, but I don't and as mentioned earlier, I don't want any bleach in it.
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Old 03-18-2016, 10:15 PM   #4
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WAY TO HIGH BLEACH RATIO

1/4 cup to 15 gallons of water!

Actually I re read your post.
You just pre diluting bleach with one gallon but still filling fw tank.

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Old 03-18-2016, 10:52 PM   #5
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WAY TO HIGH BLEACH RATIO

1/4 cup to 15 gallons of water!

Actually I re read your post.
You just pre diluting bleach with one gallon but still filling fw tank.

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Ohhhhh! OK....i misread it as well....so he is saying 1 cup bleach total...ok your good!
Stick to bypassing hot water tank.
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Old 03-19-2016, 12:15 AM   #6
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For our 195BH we will follow the FR owners manual for sanitizing in the future. There is also another section on sanitizing in the Shurflo pump owners manual. Both manuals give different bleach amounts and wait times to completely disenfict the tank or prevent scale build up in the pump. We doubled the bleach concentration (per the pump manual) to cut the sanatizing wait time down to one hour (again per the pump manual). Do not recommend this method. After one hour, the bleach odor was way too strong at the first drain. Over powered our trailer. It took 3 fw drains (sink and tub faucets open) and refills to remove most of the odor. By the 4th tank refill the odor was mostly gone. We will refer to the FR owners manual next time we sanitize.

We did not have to de-winterize our new trailer as the dealer took care of it before our PDI so unable to offer anything except the FR owners manual seems to cover it pretty well.

If you did not remove your anode rod (part of winterizing) you should remove and inspect it. Be sure to use teflon tape on the threads when reinstalling the rod.
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Old 03-19-2016, 08:26 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone. I have a 28 gallon FW tank so I'll reduce the bleach to a little less then 1/2 a cup. The manual does say 1 oz for every ten gallons. How long do I really need to let it sit in the tank? Manual doesn't say and I've heard some people say up to 12 hours? I need to get everything done in a day, could I just do a few hours?


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I believe min of 4 hours, I did mine in late afternoon and let it go overnight. Rinsed it out in the morning.
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My FR manual says to let it sit at least 3 hours. I usually go about 5-6 hours.


While I'm at it I also sanitize my 6 gal. water tote.
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:23 AM   #10
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The 2014 FR manual does say to allow the bleach solution to stand in the tank undisturbed for at least 3 hours. Also agree with LTRVing's method for those folks who have more time.
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