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Old 04-10-2017, 09:47 AM   #1
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Do I need to sanitize/flush fresh tank & water lines?

Picked up my new sunseeker motorhome a week ago and my biggest question is whether I need to sanitize and flush the fresh water tank + lines if I plan to use the water for drinking?

I have a blue Camco water filter for my hose, have a built-in water filter in the RV, and I use a britta water filter once the water comes out of the tap. That's a lot of filters but is it sufficient or should I sanitize? Would love to hear from people who did and did not do this when they got their RV.

It's worth noting that I'm in California and it's doubtful any antifreeze was in the tank/lines but I'm double checking this with my dealer, as that probably makes a difference.
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Yep I would suggest to correctly sanitize before use. Not expensive, it is recommended by Manufacturer and why not.
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Old 04-10-2017, 10:00 AM   #3
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Yes you should.
Even though it is a new tank and you have lots of filters, you really should start out with a sanitized tank and plumbing system.
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It's probably more important for you to sanitize than it is for many of us living in northern climates. My tanks are frozen for about 4 mths of the yr(at least), yours never are and can have "stuff" growing in there year round.
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:47 PM   #6
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It's probably more important for you to sanitize than it is for many of us living in northern climates. My tanks are frozen for about 4 mths of the yr(at least), yours never are and can have "stuff" growing in there year round.
I can't imagine it's any worse than my apartment water lines. I've lived in the same place for years and I don't believe the lines have ever been cleaned, and I drink the water. How much worse can a motorhome be?
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Old 04-11-2017, 07:56 PM   #7
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Sometime before you took delivery of the unit, the water tank was filled and the water system was tested. After that it was drained, however you can never get all the water out. That means that water has been sitting in the lines and in the water tank creating mold and other not so nice things. Sanitizing costs a small amount of bleach and less than an hour. Definitely sanitize filters can only do so much.
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Sometime before you took delivery of the unit, the water tank was filled and the water system was tested. After that it was drained, however you can never get all the water out. That means that water has been sitting in the lines and in the water tank creating mold and other not so nice things. Sanitizing costs a small amount of bleach and less than an hour. Definitely sanitize filters can only do so much.
This is probably the first thing I've read that's convincing me to do it
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Yes! Sanitize!
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Old 04-11-2017, 11:11 PM   #12
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If you ever seen some of the crap they leave in the tanks during manufacturing you wouldn't hesitate to clean it twice.
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I can't imagine it's any worse than my apartment water lines. I've lived in the same place for years and I don't believe the lines have ever been cleaned, and I drink the water. How much worse can a motorhome be?
If your apartment water supply is from a municipal system, it is probably chlorinated water. While the chlorine or chloramine level is low, it does provide continuous sanitization.

With that said, those of us with grey or thinning hair probably drank a lot of water from common garden hoses and have survived!

My opinion, do you really need to sanitize? Probably not if you only use good clean water and even better if at least some of the water you put in is municipal sourced and pre-chlorinated. Will sanitizing the system hurt? Definitely not and if something nasty does get started you may avoid a case of Montezuma's revenge.

My bottom line - sanitizing is cheap to do and takes little time - it is cheap, easy insurance. So why not just do it?
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I am from California also. We do not winterize but when we will not be using our rig for awhile we always fill the tank with 1/4 cup bleach per 15 gals. of tank capacity. Run it through your faucets, etc. Let it sit or even better pull it around for part of the day. Drain it the next day and fill with fresh water and run it through faucets,etc to get the bleach out. Drain system and refill. You should be good to go. It sounds harder than it is when you read about it. By the way, those Camco blue filters can start growing some stuff in them after using and storing. It probably wouldn't hurt to run some bleach through them also. I also replace my rigs water filter when done which you mentioned you have. Haven't gotten sick yet. Good luck and Happy Camping.
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X2 on the 1/4 cup per 15. Every spring for us.
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Then filter
When hooked up
Many places do clean water any way
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Do you need to sanitize and flush? No

Should you sanitize and flush? Definitely.
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Old 04-12-2017, 11:04 AM   #18
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1/4 bleach is s good idea. Personally, I never drink from the faucets. I only drink bottled water I travel with from my good Sierra springs well. It also depends on how long the water has been in the tank inbetween trips and the outside temps.
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This is probably the first thing I've read that's convincing me to do it
Then why ask our opinions if you don't heed them? Most are offered out of our own experiences/problems.
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