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Old 08-03-2014, 05:21 PM   #29
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Putting a couple of teaspoons of bleach in the water tank every time it is filled would cause no harm. Bleach is diluted liquid chlorine (chlorine is a gas) and is widely used as a disinfectant in water systems throughout the US and the rest of the world. It is very effective at killing microorganisms. And yes, drinking it is safe as it is no different from water coming from public supply systems. Some private well owners chlorinate their own water using bleach as the chlorine source.


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Old 08-03-2014, 06:11 PM   #30
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Carl, most people do not want to drink or smell bleach in their water. Quarter cup of bleach per fifteen gallons is a common amount recommended. Sits overnight or a few hours, then is flushed.

Some carry gallons of water for drinking and use the trailer water for everything else. I have also heard of baking soda being added after bleach when flushing with clean water to get rid of the bleach smell.
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Cathi,
I'm not advocating the addition of bleach to RV tanks. I'm merely responding to an earlier post (without quoting) as to whether consumption of small amounts of bleach is safe. Nor would I presume what "most people" want. Personally, I don't give a rat's hiney if there is chlorine in my water, although I would prefer it contained scotch rather than chlorine!


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gotcha. Thought you were advocating that. I will change that to "many" as that is my impression from comments on forums. I forgot that these forums are full of scientists and engineers and that people see things that others do not. We also have our own likes and dislikes. The scotch might do the same, for all I know.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:55 PM   #33
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Pardon me, Byron, but what is a ceramic filter, how do you use it, where do you buy one, what do they cost, what is the best model for camping?
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When using bleach to disinfect your water system, it is best not to do so at the same time as you winterize. A few drops of bleach will make your RV antifreeze turn clear upon contact. This means you'll be waiting in vain to see the "Pink" coming out of your faucets!
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CPW,

I'm with ya on the scotch! And I have no problem with the bleach addition either. Unfortunately, my camping trip is almost over here and I've been using the tank sans bleach. I did start leaving the Petcock open In between trips as someone recommended here.

One or two more trips for me and it's back to work anyway. And then I disinfect the whole system and winterize. Boo hoo. I hate when campy time is over. I could cry! Thanks for the tip Floyd on the bleach and antifreeze.


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I think we should make a distinction here between sanitizing and disinfecting. The fresh water holding tank should probably be sanitized before each use (if the trailer has not been used for a while). This is done with a stronger concentration of bleach, sitting overnight, then drained, to eliminate any "squatters." Disinfection, on the other hand is adding a small concentration to the "drinking" water to chlorinate it, hopefully preventing any new bacterial infestation and keeping the water safe. I'm not sure I would sanitize when storing the trailer because it is only going to have to be done again when it comes out of hibernation.


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I am glad you clarified that, Carl, as I was thinking of clarifying it. You said it much better and more correctly than I would since you come from that background.
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Probable as safe if not safer than the plastic used to build the water tank in your 78 Trillium



You do need to watch what you seal it with though.

My water tank got pulled ASAP as it was black with uber-scuzz when I bought the trailer. No BSP tank here



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How to avoid mould in water tank between uses

I cut mine open just to look inside, because it was so discolored. It had a 1/2" of sediment in it. 😖

I decided I would never be ok with "cleaning" it. I put two new tanks in, and installed the deck plates to dry then every time. Luckily, I always fill at home and have never had to refill, so I know the water quality. I doubt I will ever have to fill on the road. I always add about half the recommended amount of water treatment to the tanks when I fill them, as it's good, clean well water to start with. I also have a full camper bacteria/cyst/lead/chlorine filter installed. I drink right from the tap with no worries, don't carry bottled water.


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How to avoid mould in water tank between uses

Actually, if you saw some of the stuff I have seen in public supply water mains nobody on this thread would be as concerned with the condition of their fresh water tanks.......


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Agreed. I'm on a well and change my filter 1-2 times a year, when I happen to think about it.

I put one on my friends house on city water, and it plugs within three months.


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