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Old 03-12-2014, 08:14 AM   #31
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Some use a pump to push antifreeze through the fresh water system, but some of us just put it into the fresh water tank and let the coach's pump do the work. A problem doing this with our Sunseeker is that the tank fill is high and trying to hold a funnel and the antifreeze over your head is asking for trouble. A 2 liter soft drink bottle is a perfect fit for the tank fill. I use a funnel from the kitchen to fill the bottle from the antifreeze jugs. I don't want anything from a funnel from my shop to be washed into the tank.
Because our winterizing hose is located very inconveniently behind the dinette seating, it is much easier for us to pump antifreeze out of the FW tank. Frankly, I would never drink out of a tank I can't see into (no matter how many times it gets sanitized), so we're not concerned about the taste. All we use that tank for is flushing the toilet while on the road.....and for winterizing.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:19 AM   #32
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I use that much so I can smell it easily and know when it's all out.

To each his own.

I add a half cup of bleach to about 15 gallons and run water till clear.
Let set overnight.
Then drain fw tank and refill about 15 gallons and flush all 15 through all taps and be done.

Then open the bypassed valves on wh.

I'm ready to go.

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Old 03-12-2014, 09:17 AM   #33
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To much chlorine will make plastics brittle.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:23 AM   #34
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So will age. 12 years without a single leak or failure, I must not be causing the world to end.
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Old 03-12-2014, 09:42 AM   #35
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To much chlorine will make plastics brittle.
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The first time I de-winterized and sanitized, I tried a half cup of bleach and honestly couldn't smell anything. I ended up using almost double the recommended amount before I could smell the chlorine at the taps.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:25 AM   #37
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The first time I de-winterized and sanitized, I tried a half cup of bleach and honestly couldn't smell anything. I ended up using almost double the recommended amount before I could smell the chlorine at the taps.
Personally you don't "need" to smell it to know if it's there.
Your talking 1/4 cup to 15 gallons your probably not going to smell it.

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Personally you don't "need" to smell it to know if it's there.
Your talking 1/4 cup to 15 gallons your probably not going to smell it.

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Perhaps, Turbs, but I'm not comfortable if I can't smell it. We had a terrible tragedy up here when several people died and hundreds got sick from contaminated municipal drinking water so I'm maybe over sensitive to this. As long as it doesn't damage my plastic water lines, I'll continue to use a bit more than the recommended amount of bleach.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:59 AM   #39
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The solution to pollution is dilution!

Flush, flush and re-flush! I winterized with RV antifreeze once and regretted it after. (mostly because of all the work involved undoing it) Took all day to get to where I felt comfortable that it was clean enough. So now I just drain and blow out everything, But then our low temps are seldom anything below 30 and only for a day or so (exception this year we actually got to low 20's a couple of times).
But if I lived in colder climate I guess it is just one more seasional procedure that comes with RV life.
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Perhaps, Turbs, but I'm not comfortable if I can't smell it. We had a terrible tragedy up here when several people died and hundreds got sick from contaminated municipal drinking water so I'm maybe over sensitive to this. As long as it doesn't damage my plastic water lines, I'll continue to use a bit more than the recommended amount of bleach.
My point is, which I have not made yet but I will now.

Bleach, much like automotive antifreeze in this comparison is less effective as the bleach ratio goes up and the water ratio goes down.

Bleach diluted in the proper ratio is far more effective then just straight bleach.

Soooo you may think your doing, the old moto " more is better" but in this case your actually sanitizing less and causing yourself more harm by doing so.

Again do what you want, or what you've been doing if that make you feel better.

By the way google " bleach over dilution" if you think I'm blowing smoke.

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