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Old 11-03-2019, 10:36 PM   #1
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If anyone needs a reason to sanitize

It is supposed to get below freezing tonight so I decided that I would dry winterize the Accolade. First I opened the low point drains, drained the hot water heater and opened the drain for the fresh water tank. when I went inside and started opening faucets to blow air through there was an awful smell. I do not know where General RV filled the water tank to do the PDI but that water stinks.

Since we are going to take the coach on a shakedown this coming weekend I am going to do a good sanitizing of the fresh water system before we go.
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:46 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear that you'll be dealing with this..
What will you use to sanitize the tank?
(I've heard good reports for a touch of Clorox, as well as hydrogen peroxide...)
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Old 11-03-2019, 10:54 PM   #3
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Thats the first thing I did on all my previous and present RVs. and we only drink bottled water. We carry three gals always plus several small bottles in the refridgerator. I find camp ground water either over chlorinated or it smells like hydrogen sulfide.

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Old 11-03-2019, 10:56 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear that you'll be dealing with this..
What will you use to sanitize the tank?
(I've heard good reports for a touch of Clorox, as well as hydrogen peroxide...)
I use chlorine bleach. Use a ratio of 1/4 to one gallon of water and and for every 15 gallons of tank capacity. So for my coach I will need 4.8 gallons for the 72 gallon fresh water tank. I'll go ahead and round up and use 5 gallons. Run it through all of the fixtures and let it sit for about 4 or 5 hours then rinse it all out and put in a new whole house filter element and change the filter on the fridge.

That is basically the same solution I used on the Challenger for years. It works well.
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Old 11-03-2019, 11:34 PM   #5
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Here's the solution that my Missus likes...

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Old 11-04-2019, 01:35 AM   #6
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Here's the solution that my Missus likes...

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The episode of Moonshiners where the guy put the moonshine in the fresh water tank of his class c and filled the jugs at the kitchen sink when someone bought a gallon.
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Old 11-06-2019, 12:48 AM   #7
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Sanitizing complete

Well I went out and sanitized the fresh water system in the coach today. There was a bit of a learning curve because the Nautilus P3 System is quite different than the Andersen Kantleak system that was on the Challenger.

One thing the procedures told me to do was mix the solution and then use the water pump to siphon the solution into the water tank. After completing that then put clean water into a container and siphon it into the tank using the water pump. Repeat this until the water tank is full. For me that would be 19 5 gallons buckets. Instead I hooked up my water hose and power filled the tank.

I let the solution remain in the water lines and tank for 6 hours. When draining the tank I wanted to verify which tank my bathroom sink drained into so I turned on the water pump and opened the vanity faucets. That sink along with everything else beside the toilet dump into the grey tank. The toilet is the only fixture dumping into the black tank.

Tomorrow I will replace the whole house and fridge water filters.

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Old 11-17-2019, 02:27 PM   #9
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Old 11-17-2019, 02:29 PM   #10
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EA37TS,
Glad to hear that it all went as expected, and you got to learn a bit about your coach!
That wet bay looks su-WEET!
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:30 PM   #11
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I use chlorine bleach. Use a ratio of 1/4 to one gallon of water and and for every 15 gallons of tank capacity. So for my coach I will need 4.8 gallons for the 72 gallon fresh water tank. I'll go ahead and round up and use 5 gallons. Run it through all of the fixtures and let it sit for about 4 or 5 hours then rinse it all out and put in a new whole house filter element and change the filter on the fridge.



That is basically the same solution I used on the Challenger for years. It works well.


Wow. Thatís a lot of bleach! Iíve always heard the recipe is 1/4 CUP of bleach per 15 gallons of water capacity. So I use just 1 1/4 cups for my 75 gallon system (or a splash more to account for the water heater).
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I've never used bleach in any of our 8 motorhomes, we have city water in Titusville and I flush the tank regularly, never heard a complaint or got sick from this maintenance regime.
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:38 PM   #13
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Wow. That’s a lot of bleach! I’ve always heard the recipe is 1/4 CUP of bleach per 15 gallons of water capacity. So I use just 1 1/4 cups for my 75 gallon system (or a splash more to account for the water heater).
That’s the same. 1/4 cup to 1 gallon per 15 gallons or 1 1/4 cup for 73 gallon tank.
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