RV Water Sanitizing
Use only a special RV drinking water hose when connecting your RV to the
campground water supply or when filling your on board water tank. This hose will
prevent the rubber taste in your water as from a regular garden hose.
Fill your on board water tank 3/4 full and add one or two cap fulls
(not cup fulls) of household bleach. Take the unit around the block to slosh the
mixture to all parts of the tank. This solution will kill any bacteria that have
accumulated in the tank during the storage period.
Turn on the water pump and open all taps one by one to allow this solution to
fill every water line and flush out the system. Once this is done, let it sit
overnight, if possible.
Connect the hose to your city water connection and flush every outlet for at
least 5 minutes to purge out the bleach solution.
Drain your fresh water storage tank and refill with fresh water. You can add a
capful of bleach every time you fill the water tank to keep it fresh and sanitary.
However, due to the unknown quality of campground water supplies, and the fact that
the water in your tank may stand for several days or weeks in the hot sun, it is
recommended that you use bottled water for drinking supplies or install a quality
water filtration unit for your drinking water.
The on board water tank holds approximately 30 gallons of water and at about 10
pounds per gallon this adds up to a fair amount of weight. If you are travelling
from RV park to RV park, it is only necessary to carry the amount of water that you
will need on the road for the day.