Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-18-2012, 09:42 AM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 33
Fresh water tank help

I have a flagstaff 206ltd with an 11 gallon fresh water tank. I used my tank this weekend and when done I drained the water. There is still some water left in the tank which is below the drain line. Its maybe a half inch across the bottom. Two questions.

1. Is it ok to leave it there? I'm going camping again in 2 weeks.

2. How do you completely drain the fresh water tank? I was able to get some out by raising and lowering the camper via the tongue jack but there is still a bit in there.

Thanks in advance!
__________________

__________________
xavier
2012 Forest River 206ltd
xavier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2012, 10:06 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
jtstromsburg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Stromsburg, Nebraska
Posts: 1,654
I don't think you'll ever get all if it out. I leave some in mine all the time and use some bleach once a year to kill any bacteria. We drink bottled water too, do I don't get too worried about it.
Joel
__________________

__________________
Joel and Teresa
2016 Sabre 34TBOK
2006 GMC 3500 CC LB DRW 4X4
jtstromsburg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2012, 08:18 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Jeep4Two's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Posts: 615
If you aren't drinking it, the consensus around the forum is to sanitize one or twice a year and when winterizing.

I try to leave the drain valve opened on the way home. Gets a lot more water out with all the sloshing around.
__________________
Jeep4Two
2011 FR Rockwood Premiere A126 Hard Side
TV=2011 Jeep Wrangler Sahara 2 Dr
Reese 66065 WDH, Curt WDH Shank #17120
Prodigy P2 Brake Controller, Mopar 7-pin Harness
B&M Transmission Cooler (#70268)
Jeep4Two is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2012, 08:37 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 33
Thank you both!

I dont plan on drinking the water. Just mostly for washing dishes and brushing teeth/washing face. I don't even drink the tap water at home since in my town it tastes like dirt.

I was more worried about having standing water in the camper creating mold/mildew issues. The dealer got me paranoid about moisture in the camper.
__________________
xavier
2012 Forest River 206ltd
xavier is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2012, 08:51 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
MotocrossCamper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 653
We use our fresh water for drinking on every trip and I have never had a problem. Our water from home comes from about 200 feet below the ground and i would much rather drink it then bottled water. We usually only have a week or 2 in between trips, and I'm not one to worry about bacteria though. My tank is only 25 gallons so if it's going to be hot out while the camper is sitting I will fill it and drain it a couple times in between trips. It's the air that causes the bacteria growth so your better off leaving it full for a week and then drain and refill before you leave.
__________________
MotocrossCamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2012, 08:53 AM   #6
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Drink our water all the time.
No ones fallen ill.
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2012, 09:46 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Falcon, CO
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by jtstromsburg View Post
I don't think you'll ever get all if it out. I leave some in mine all the time and use some bleach once a year to kill any bacteria. We drink bottled water too, do I don't get too worried about it.
Joel
What ratio do you use for adding the bleach?

Just came back from my first trip with my banshee b-3.
__________________
OutdoorsinCO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2012, 10:04 PM   #8
Mod free 5er
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 24,215
Quote:
Originally Posted by f1100turbo View Post
Drink our water all the time.
No ones fallen ill.
Just the owner of the 5er and he was known to be just a little "touched" in the head several years ago, but don't think it had anything to do with drinking the water from the fw tank.
__________________
OldCoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2012, 10:19 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
jtstromsburg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Stromsburg, Nebraska
Posts: 1,654
Quote:
Originally Posted by OutdoorsinCO

What ratio do you use for adding the bleach?

Just came back from my first trip with my banshee b-3.
A quick search will come up with a few threads on this. I use 1/4c / 15gal of water, mix in a couple jugs and ash this to your fw holding tank. You can add it through your fw hose to help sanitize it as well. turn the pump and faucets on till the treated water comes out, then turn it off and let sit over night or at least a few hours. Dump the tanks and re fill with clean water and dump that. Ready to go at that point. Again, this is only my method and there may be better ways.

Joel
__________________
Joel and Teresa
2016 Sabre 34TBOK
2006 GMC 3500 CC LB DRW 4X4
jtstromsburg is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2012, 02:37 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
DGrissom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 171
Quote:
Originally Posted by OutdoorsinCO View Post
What ratio do you use for adding the bleach?

Just came back from my first trip with my banshee b-3.
Clorox bottles used to carry instructions for sanitizing water for drinking. If it is just making sure of what's currently in the system is safe then sanitize the water that's in it based on the instructions.

I've seen a number of recommended methods for sanitizing the fresh water tank and system. I just selected one that seemed to be repeated most consistently on the internet and went with that method. (Amount per gallon of bleach to the system and dwell time before rinsing, etc.). I can't remember the specifics. I'll probably just research it again do the same thing again when it's time to do it again.

Actually, I think this what I used (From the Aliner manual):

Multiply the potable water tank gallon capacity by .13 for a four hour treatment, or by .26 for a one hour treatment. This will give the liquid ounces of common household bleach required for disinfecting the water system.

Add the proper amount of bleach to a container with water and mix.

Pour the solution into the water tank and fill the tank with potable water. Turn on the electric pump and open all faucets including showers. Shut off the faucets when you smell chlorine.

Allow the proper treatment time (as determined in step 1) before draining the tank and refilling with potable water.

** PURGE THE PLUMBING OF ALL BLEACH SOLUTION. **




The sanitizing procedure outlined above is in conformance with the approved procedures of RVIA ANSI A119.2 and the U.S. Public Health Service.


I hope this helps...
__________________

__________________
David and Jo Ann G. (& Kenzie the Sheltie)
Prattville, Alabama
2018 Flagstaff E-Pro 19FD "Phoebe" 14 Nights!
2012 Rockwood A128S "Rocko" 200+ Nights!
Nights Camped 2012 - 2016 = 194
Nights Camped 2017 = 30 as of Nov 18, 2017)
DGrissom is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:38 PM.