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Old 07-13-2010, 08:11 AM   #1
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Sanitizing the Plumbing System

Good Morning All. TT is coming out of the storage lot tonight to ready her for this weekend's trip. First thing that I need to do is sanitize the water system. I plan to follow the guide in the owners manual of one ounce of bleach for every ten gallons of tank capacity. Then, run the solution through the system and let sit overnight before flushing the entire system after 24 hours then install the WaterPur filter and fill the tank about 1/4 for the tow to the CG.

Two questions:
1. Is this the best way?

2. Will the bleach solution affect anything in the hot water heater?

Oh, I have one more. How do I know how much propane is in my tanks? By weight? Want to make sure the dealer gave me full tanks. Got to stay on top of them for the entire process. Thanks,
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:19 AM   #2
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That is the preferred method of sanitization. The bleach solution won't affect any thing in the water heater. You might want to run a baking soda solution through after rinsing to get any residual chlorine taste out of the lines.

Why are you carrying a 1/4 tank of water with you? Unless you are dry camping, why carry it at all? It is just extra weight you don't need to carry. Plus, water will slosh around in the tank and can cause some instability in towing, depending on where the tank is located.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:27 AM   #3
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Kim,

Good point. CG is only 30 minutes up the road. I will dump the tank after flushing. Do you have a ratio for the baking soda mix?

Thanks,
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:44 AM   #4
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Kim,

Good point. CG is only 30 minutes up the road. I will dump the tank after flushing. Do you have a ratio for the baking soda mix?

Thanks,
I just mix up enough in a bucket to dissolve it, pour it into my tank through a funnel I keep on board, fill the tank again, and run it through.

I bought a funnel years ago that is designed to put transmission fluid into a car. I keep it clean in the trailer and use it when dry camping to refill the water tank in those instances when my wife thinks we are connected to Hoover Dam.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:56 AM   #5
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Kim,
Thanks. Sounds easy enough. Can't wait until our first dry camp experience and I have to explain way we are out of water. At least the HWH is only 6 gallons, so I will get a day or two before hauling water and looking for my funnel. Thanks.
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