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Old 05-02-2015, 02:56 PM   #1
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Well Water in Fresh Tank

Hey Everyone,

Just getting the trailer ready for our camping season. I don't have city water, we are rural and on a well. Our well water has a rotten egg smell to it. I'd like to fill the tank using this water to at least flush out (de-winterize) the system but don't want the sulphide bacteria to slime up the RV tanks?

Anyone else with well water want to chime in? Do you just fill and then use a little bleach in the water?

My Jayco has an 86 Gallon Fresh Tank.
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Old 05-02-2015, 04:21 PM   #2
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Hey Everyone,

Just getting the trailer ready for our camping season. I don't have city water, we are rural and on a well. Our well water has a rotten egg smell to it. I'd like to fill the tank using this water to at least flush out (de-winterize) the system but don't want the sulphide bacteria to slime up the RV tanks?

Anyone else with well water want to chime in? Do you just fill and then use a little bleach in the water?

My Jayco has an 86 Gallon Fresh Tank.
I don't have an answer, but a question:
If this is your first time with the trailer and wondering about the water...
why not spend the first night at a full-hookup campground that has better water and use their water to dewinterize?
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Old 05-02-2015, 09:25 PM   #3
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If this is your first time with the trailer and wondering about the water...
why not spend the first night at a full-hookup campground that has better water and use their water to dewinterize?
We've camped in it a few times in the front yard but still haven't hooked up water. It's just an inconvenience trying to find a good water source around here and our first camping trip is at a campground that doesn't provide water.

We don't plan on using our fresh tank water to drink. We'll have bottled for that.
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:40 PM   #4
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We did not have the sulphur smell, but I always just de winterized with the well water to get the antifreeze out and then used bleach in the water at intermittent intervals. In the beginning of the season I would use one gallon of bleach in a full fresh water tank (we had a 30 gallon tank at the time, so it gave me the 30:1 mix). For your situation, I might look at a filter or filter system for the end of your hose that might take that out before it goes into the camper. Either way I have always used bleach in a system that gets used intermittently. Between trips you could also pull you low point drains and drain your hot water heater.
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Old 05-03-2015, 11:18 AM   #5
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I would get a filter for the hose as well and use bleach, when you are done drain all the water you should be fine. We did boat house vacations in Canada and would use the lake water to fill the fresh water tanks when they got low. You were instructed to put bleach in the water to make it useable. We never drank it but used it for washing dishes, cleaning fish etc.
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