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Old 01-11-2017, 8:05 PM
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Question RV water tanks question.

We have a toy hauler. It dosen't get used much anymore. In fact, the last time it was out was a year ago for a church father/son shooting event. It's time for the event again and I'm getting the trailer ready. There's been water just sitting in the tanks for years. Is there a way to ensure it's potable? Should i just bring drinking/cooking water or is there an effective way to sanitize the tanks that doesn't leave the water tasting like bleach?
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Years, plural? Its not potable.
Water your plants with it.
Rinse and refill with municipal water, good to go.
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Dump the Fresh water tank, put a 1/4 cup of bleach and 2 or three gallons of water into an Alhambra Bottle, pour into tank, fill tank with fresh water, run it thru ALL the faucets, shower etc. Drain tank, refill with fresh water.
That's the preferred method to defunk a fresh tank after sitting. Kills algae and mold, cleans out supply lines to faucets and sinks. Still smell bleach? Drain and fill again.
We do this with our 5th wheel every spring.
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I'd follow Pats advice. But we always drank bottled water. Even when our rig was new we used bottled. Wifey drank it all the time anyway so no big lifestyle change for us.
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Make sure you drain the water heater too or the bleach will eat the anode faster than you would think. Don't ask me how I know....
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Dump the Fresh water tank, put a 1/4 cup of bleach and 2 or three gallons of water into an Alhambra Bottle, pour into tank, fill tank with fresh water, run it thru ALL the faucets, shower etc. Drain tank, refill with fresh water.
That's the preferred method to defunk a fresh tank after sitting. Kills algae and mold, cleans out supply lines to faucets and sinks. Still smell bleach? Drain and fill again.
We do this with our 5th wheel every spring.
I think it holds 100 or 120 gallons.

1/4 cup of bleach?


the problem is that it never seems like I can drain it fully.

I fill it every trip and dump what's left on the way home but I don't think it's ever really compleatly empty.
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Mine has an 80 GAL fresh tank. I use the "low point drains" to remove the water.
120 gal, you could probably even use a little more bleach. That's a pretty diluted mix anyway. Do you know where the low point drains are? I'm pretty sure most RV's have them to winterize the rig.
We only use the fresh to shower, clean and do dishes, maybe fill up a pot to boil some veggies or something. We have several 5 gal bottles we fill with tap water from home, for drinking water and coffee.
Like therealnickb above, my wife won't drink water from the tank either.
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I filter my water as I fill my tanks with a inline filter.
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bleach is good, but there are products on the market for just this.
anyone should always drain after each trip. the drive home sorta gets a bit more out (legal to lose fresh water while on the rd in ca).
drain the water heater.
get a air purge fitting and carefully blast some air into the system, to force any remaining water out of the system. (every facet open).

there will always be a bit remaining. but before going out fill tank with fresh and run the systems clean through every outlet. at least a good three gallons each.

this way a month, year, two your will be good to go, even a long hard freeze no problem.

and do not forget to leave the reefer open all through any length of storage.


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Oh yea, i learned about leaving the refrigerator open the hard way


Have you ever seen a sammich and a banana that has been in a hot refrigerator for a year?
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Have you ever seen a sammich and a banana that has been in a hot refrigerator for a year?
LOL, hasn't everybody done this at least once?
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We do 1/4 cup bleach pre-mixed with water for every 15g capacity. We run that through and flush until we can't smell bleach.

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Have you ever seen a sammich and a banana that has been in a hot refrigerator for a year?
I wish I had the time to develop and patent a device to hold all Norcold and Dometic fridge doors open 1". I'd be rich!
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We do 1/4 cup bleach pre-mixed with water for every 15g capacity. We run that through and flush until we can't smell bleach.



I wish I had the time to develop and patent a device to hold all Norcold and Dometic fridge doors open 1". I'd be rich!

My norcold has a clip in the handle that will hold the door open about 3/8"
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My norcold has a clip in the handle that will hold the door open about 3/8"
My buddy had one like that, but it failed last year. He managed to find a new or sightly used Norcold for $300. No hold-open feature but it's very quiet
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We bleach the tank on our camper but that is just in case someone forgets.
We use bottled water for cooking , drinking , etc but we do wash dishes with tank water , so bleaching it does have a use.
There have been times when someone forgot with no ill effects.
But having had "the bug" we decided why risk it , plus some of the places we camp at isn't the best water anyhow.........................................
When the camper is parked not in use I just leave the freezer and fridge door wide open , no need for anything fancy
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I wish I had the time to develop and patent a device to hold all Norcold and Dometic fridge doors open 1". I'd be rich!
Use one of the super size paper clamps the black ones with the movable arms clamp on door the flip a arm to prevent door from closing work great for storage. Binder clips might be what they are called.
I way back when we first started camping with trailers then motorhomes I used black in the fresh water tank, but now use the commercial stuff still has a light bleach smell.

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For another option, use Purgoene to disinfect (the product used by airlines to disinfect the water systems aboard jets). For info., see http://www.bayteccontainers.com/puusein.html#gsc.tab=0

The same website sells it in various sizes.
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PatC415 is on the right track. I have owned trailers for 30+ years and the slight amount of bleach in the system work wonders. As for the Anodes in the water heater, with my latest trailer, a 2006 Carson Fun Runner, no issues with them deteriorating faster than w/o bleach.

The people that make commode chemicals, Thetford, have an additive to put in fresh water tanks that works well.

I have found that if you completely drain the fresh water or grey/black water, the seals dry out in the shut offs and they leak until they get soft or the valves are replaced. I always leave 2 gallons or so in the tanks with the blue stuff in the black water, bleach in the fresh water and the deodorizer in the grey water tanks. No issues in the '06 trailer, it was a learning experience in the others.
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keeping the black tank constantly wet/damp also helps from dried stuff sticking and all that mess which may not have made it out when drained.
I dump about a gal plus of RV anti-freeze down in mine over our freezing winters along with any water traps.
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I dump the black at the beginning of each trip. The logic of the solids break down more over time + laziness have perfected this methodology
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I dump the black at the beginning of each trip. The logic of the solids break down more over time + laziness have perfected this methodology
Nothing wrong with that .
One day though we were leaving a big State park and could not dump as both dump station tanks there were full.
Course we had to find out the hard way as no one told us or posted any signs.............. I seen something that day that another set of campers did that would chill your spine .....
Anyhow , I'm getting off topic .....but the thought had crossed my mind that if we were arriving INSTEAD of leaving ...... we could have had to camp with last trips waste in the tanks until who knows when.
This wasn't even near a holiday time so I was surprised this park left it get to that point.
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When we leave for home, after I dump both tanks black first, I put a couple of gallons of water in the black tank, then a good shot of Dawn in the tank just before we drive off it dump the ice from the ice maker down the toilet it along with the Dawn really clean the tank it seems to help the probes in the tank clean and accurate.
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I use a chemical injection pump but here's a chart:

https://ndep.nv.gov/bsdw/docs/disinf...king_water.pdf

It doesn't take much chlorine to disinfect 100 gallons of water. When I'd store my camper I'd leave the fresh water full with a few drops of chlorine in it (35 gallons), then drain it and refill with fresh well water (I'm on a well that's sanitary) before a trip. Black and grey would always travel either empty or with a gallon or so in them with treatment and a few scoops of ice in the black to scrub around going down the road. My camper mfg recommended against traveling with full waste tanks but I did it a few times with no apparent issue.

With the right amount of chlorine, IME it oxidizes the bad stuff and does its thing and there is little to no taste the water and it doesn't remain in the tank when refilled.

I use chlorine at my Oregon house to precipitate out iron in the well water to catch it in calcite, hence the injection pump. Different problem.
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There are better products than bleach to clean potable water tanks.

Like this, from Camping World.

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ing-fresh/5374
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Dump the Fresh water tank, put a 1/4 cup of bleach and 2 or three gallons of water into an Alhambra Bottle, pour into tank, fill tank with fresh water, run it thru ALL the faucets, shower etc. Drain tank, refill with fresh water.
That's the preferred method to defunk a fresh tank after sitting. Kills algae and mold, cleans out supply lines to faucets and sinks. Still smell bleach? Drain and fill again.
We do this with our 5th wheel every spring.
What Pat said is the absolutely safest and recommended way given by many RV manufacturers in their publish manuals.
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http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...r-holder/28735

They actually don't work that well though. I just use a hand towel doubled over

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most city water/treated campground has enough bleach to kill just about anything, or at least it smells that way. I've been filling my tank with well water out of the garden hose for years. Never any issue. My wife drinks bottled water because the water tastes like plastic but the kids and I drink it? Maybe I'm on borrowed time but its worked for us
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I don't know, there's nothing stamped on it.


EDIT the trailer is carson
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