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Bumpyroad

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CarnationSailor wrote:

coolmom42 wrote:

enblethen wrote:

Video I looked at shows using the winterizing port. That does get to the tank.



I believe you are mistaken about that. When winterizing, you should set the valves so that the antifreeze does not go into the fresh water tank. You do NOT want antifreeze in the fresh water tank. It would take forever to get out. The fresh water tank is "winterized" by simply draining it through the low point drain.

You DO want to sanitize the tank and all the lines. So the sanitizing additives, what ever it is, should be put in through the port that fills the tank, and then pumped through the water system.


I agree with everything except not putting anti-freeze in the fresh water tank. A previous trailer of mine did not have a winterizing port so I would pour the antifreeze into the fresh water tank and use the pump to distribute it throughtout the system. I never had a problem flushing it out in the spring when I sanitized the system.


putting a couple of gallons of AF in the fresh water tank is a terrible waste of money and effort to clean it out. a little bit of water on the bottom of the tank isn't going to hurt anything.
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Has anyone ever gotten sick from the fresh water system? After 32 years of not doing it I’m not about to start anytime soon.

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Westcoasting wrote:

Has anyone ever gotten sick from the fresh water system? After 32 years of not doing it I’m not about to start anytime soon.


Never gotten sick but have experienced the very foul odor created by bacteria in the water system, more prone to happen when trailer has sat in warmer weather.

What we've done the past couple of years is drain the system between trips and always fill fresh water tank ( 60 gal ) before departure.

I would still recommend sanitizing as it's extremely easy preventative maintenance.

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Bumpyroad wrote:

CarnationSailor wrote:

coolmom42 wrote:

enblethen wrote:

Video I looked at shows using the winterizing port. That does get to the tank.



I believe you are mistaken about that. When winterizing, you should set the valves so that the antifreeze does not go into the fresh water tank. You do NOT want antifreeze in the fresh water tank. It would take forever to get out. The fresh water tank is "winterized" by simply draining it through the low point drain.

You DO want to sanitize the tank and all the lines. So the sanitizing additives, what ever it is, should be put in through the port that fills the tank, and then pumped through the water system.


I agree with everything except not putting anti-freeze in the fresh water tank. A previous trailer of mine did not have a winterizing port so I would pour the antifreeze into the fresh water tank and use the pump to distribute it throughtout the system. I never had a problem flushing it out in the spring when I sanitized the system.


putting a couple of gallons of AF in the fresh water tank is a terrible waste of money and effort to clean it out. a little bit of water on the bottom of the tank isn't going to hurt anything.
bumpy


I didn't put the AF in the fresh water tank to keep it from freezing. I put it there because that was the only way I could distribute it throughout the pipes using the water pump. As I said before, that trailer did NOT have a winterizing port.

And it took no extra effort to flush it out in the Spring other than what I would otherwise do to sanitize the fresh water tank and water pipes.


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