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Old 06-14-2016, 05:54 PM   #1
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Sanitizing Fresh Water System Question

I'm still a Newbie. We bought our first RV a 2005 Forester in November and took it out of storage Sunday and I'm getting ready for a trip to Georgia. My question is about sanitizing it. I have attached a couple of pictures of my water intake and I'm not sure how to get the bleach solution into the tank because of the white valve. If you have any ideas I would sure appreciate it. The wire cap comes out but the valve prevents me from putting even a small funnel into the intake.

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Old 06-14-2016, 06:54 PM   #2
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Some just put the solution in the hose before hooking up to faucet.
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Old 06-14-2016, 06:59 PM   #3
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I tried that and was able to get about half a gallon of the solution into the tank, but it was a long process of filling the hose and then attaching it to the faucet running it and the disconnecting the hose and do it again. I can get the other half gallon in that way but was looking for an easier solution Thanks
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:02 PM   #4
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Half a gallon? Just pour a cup or two of bleach into the hose and attach it. Turn on the water and fill her up.
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Old 06-14-2016, 07:32 PM   #5
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It was a bleach solution. 1 cup of bleach in a gallon of water. Everything I've read it said to not pour straight bleach into the tank.
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:20 PM   #6
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It looks to me as though you are trying to add the bleach solution/water via your city water hookup... When you sanitize your fresh water tank you want to add it directly to the tank. You should have another valve opening where you can put a hose into it to fill your fresh water tank (as opposed to the valve you connect your hose to for pressurized city water).
Hope this makes sense 😬
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Old 06-14-2016, 08:23 PM   #7
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It won't be straight bleach (well, maybe a micro second). Just follow post #4 instructions.
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:09 PM   #8
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It looks to me as though you are trying to add the bleach solution/water via your city water hookup... When you sanitize your fresh water tank you want to add it directly to the tank. You should have another valve opening where you can put a hose into it to fill your fresh water tank (as opposed to the valve you connect your hose to for pressurized city water).
Hope this makes sense 😬
Actually that is my fresh water tank intake. My city water intake is right next to it and looks exactly the same.
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Old 06-14-2016, 09:11 PM   #9
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Sorry I couldn't be of more help...
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Old 06-15-2016, 06:55 AM   #10
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If you are using 1/2 gallon of bleach, you are using WAY to much...

I pour a cup of bleach in the hose, hook the hose up, then fill the tank with about 20-30 gallons of water. The bleach mixes inside the water tank.

I then turn the hose off, and use the RV water pump to pump the water to all the fixtures.
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I add about a cup of bleach to my hose when I also connect to my freshwater inlet.. We don't drink water from the campground and only use there water for showers,dishes, cleaning and flushing..


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Don't you have something like this to sanitize through somewhere on the outside of the trailer? I have yet to see an TT without one or something that allows you to fill the potable tank
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If your worried about adding bleach directly to the tank, fill FW tank about 1/4 full, disconnect hose and pour a cup of bleach into the source end of the hose, reconnect to the source and continue filling the tank.
Be sure to run that solution through all lines in TT and let sit for 6-12 hours. It is recommended that you bypass the WH when sanitizing, but if water has been sitting in the WH for some time you may want to sanitize that as well.
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I can't tell from your picture but yes , I do have standard female hose bibs that I connect my freshwater hoses to.. It's just easier for me to put bleach in the hose before I connect to my
System.. I do have a whole house filter that I could add a cup of Bleach to but using the hose is easier..


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Waiter21. Sorry for the confusion but I did clarify that I got a half gallon of the bleach water mix solution into the tank - 1 cup of bleach mixed in 1 gallon of water.
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EZ Way

I bought a cheap whole house filter housing (Home Depot / Lowes) and a couple of 3/4" plumbing to garden hose adapters (one male, one female). Hook a short hose between the housing and your intake, hook up the housing to fresh water supply, mix a batch of chlorine/water and put it in the filter holder (no filter) and away you go!! Periodically stop and put another batch of chlorine/water solution. Another more complicated way: if you have an outdoor shower that has garden hose fittings . . . mix a batch of chlorine/water, put it in a container, put the antifreeze / winterizing tube in the container, turn your valves to pull from that hose, screw the shower / garden hose to the fresh water inlet on the camper.
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I use this little item, that I found at Tractor Supply. The sprinkler head comes off and I attach my RV hose there. The house hose goes on the right end. Put in the bleach and turn on the valve. This also sends bleach water through the RV hose (but not for long, unless you interrupt the flow).
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OK this time for sure
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Old 06-15-2016, 02:14 PM   #20
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Thanks for these ideas. I appreciate the help.
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