Originally Posted by Country_Mouse
Hey Camper_bob, We just picked up trailer and need to sanitize tanks before tomorrow. We really haven't used tanks too much since we bought last year and never sanitized. Have mostly had hookups but this weekend we won't. Any tips? Going to read owners manual too.
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Plenty of discussion on the forum about it, do a search to get your toes wet.
Personally, this is how I do it: Water heater is bypassed as if for winterization. I hook up my hose to spigot and dump 2 cups of bleach in the end of the hose. Then I insert the hose in the gravity fill on the curb side of my trailer and fill my entire 80 gallon tank until water runs out the overflows. Then I run the faucets inside (all of them) for a few minutes. (usually people say to run until you can smell the bleach, but I can barely smell it with this diluted a mix). I then let it sit overnight (because I'm doing this in the evening after my son goes to bed, and I'm not going to get out of bed to drain the trailer after 4 hours of sitting). Next day, I open the fresh water tank low point drains and run the faucets inside. This not only helps to drain the FW tank quicker, but allows the bleach solution water to get into the gray tank for a little cleaning there too. Once it's all drained out, I fill the FW tank all the way up again with fresh water and run all the faucets to rinse them out and drain all the water again. Then I drain the black and gray tanks (they started out clean from the trailer being winterized, so I just dump the water in my side yard; between the very dilute bleach mixture and the added straight fresh water, it's VERY dilute at this time and poses no danger to the environment). Then I put about 35 gallons in the now clean and empty again fresh tank for "incidentals" over the weekend, flip the WH valves back to normal, add 5-gallons and tank chems to my black tank, and I'm good to go.
It's not that hard, but it takes FOREVER because that's a lot of water and draining is a SLOW process.
I did the sanitation last night. I also checked the tire pressure and topped off as necessary, filled the fridge and pantry, made another batch of ice, cleaned off the counter tops, packed my personal gear, brought the slide in, jacks up. All I have to do is unplug and bring the tongue jack up, stow the block, grab a few last-minute items, put the DW, kid and dog in the truck, and we're burning gas!
Well, I gotta finish work first, but who's counting!!