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Old 08-26-2015, 12:14 AM   #1
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Disinfecting Fresh Water Tank

We just purchased a used travel trailer, and I would like to disenfect the fresh water tank. I have read that you use bleach to do this. I've never done this before. How do you recommend getting the bleach into the tank? Also I have read mixed reviews on whether or not to let the bleach water into the hot water tank. Any tips will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:31 AM   #2
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One method I have read about on this site to get the bleach in the tank is to use a funnel and pour a few ounces of bleach in to the end of the water hose you are going to use to fill your tank. Just keep the hose high so it won't run out. Connect it to your trailer and when you turn on the water it will be forced into your fresh water tank. Don't use to much bleach!

As far a hot water goes, you are not drinking it plus it already get sterilized by heat. Just don't run the hot water until you are finished sterilizing the fresh water tank and no bleach should get into it.
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:33 AM   #3
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I too am interested in the proper treatment of the FW tank.

It seems like every time I return from a trip is has enough water (any may be an issue) that I worry about it getting funky between trips.

How do others handle this?
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At the start of the season I dump a cup of bleach in the holding tank fill using a funnel. Then I fill the tank about 3/4. Then towing it around to my driveway it sloshes around. I activate the water pump and turn on the kitchen cold water faucet, bath cold water and run the toilet until I smell bleach. Since its the start of the season the filter is removed from winterizing. At the end of the day I open the drain and drain the tank empty. Then I rinse by hooking up my home city water.
For the rest of the season there is no worries because I only fill off my house which is city water containing chlorine already so it stays clean.
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:51 AM   #5
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FWT sanitization a la FR:

Forest River RV Online Owners Manuals


Navigate from FR Travel Trailer English..., click on Plumbing then Sanitization.
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One method I have read about on this site to get the bleach in the tank is to use a funnel and pour a few ounces of bleach in to the end of the water hose you are going to use to fill your tank. Just keep the hose high so it won't run out. Connect it to your trailer and when you turn on the water it will be forced into your fresh water tank. Don't use to much bleach!

As far a hot water goes, you are not drinking it plus it already get sterilized by heat. Just don't run the hot water until you are finished sterilizing the fresh water tank and no bleach should get into it.
The part about the (Hot water gets sterilized by heating) is only true by (Being Over 212 Deg.) this is not the case in a RV Water Heater! Youroo!!
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Old 08-26-2015, 12:46 PM   #7
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A caution, bleach and stainless steel, your hot water tank, don't get along.
There are other ways to skin that cat.
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At the start of the season I dump a cup of bleach in the holding tank fill using a funnel. Then I fill the tank about 3/4. Then towing it around to my driveway it sloshes around. I activate the water pump and turn on the kitchen cold water faucet, bath cold water and run the toilet until I smell bleach. Since its the start of the season the filter is removed from winterizing. At the end of the day I open the drain and drain the tank empty. Then I rinse by hooking up my home city water.
For the rest of the season there is no worries because I only fill off my house which is city water containing chlorine already so it stays clean.
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Don't put the bleach in first. Put some water in the tank, then some bleach, and then add the rest of the water. Do a Google search on the subject so you find out the right amount of bleach per gallon of water. Lots of info on the issue. To little won't work and to much will leave the bleach smell in the water for a long time.
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