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Old 02-13-2016, 08:52 PM   #1
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De-Winterizing

I'm curious what others do. When the spring thaw finally arrives and I can remove the pink antifreeze from the water lines should I just flush all of the supply lines real good or should I try and run a little bleach through them also? We never use the water holding tank so I don't know of any reason to sanitize it. If y'all suggest I sanitize then I can fill the fresh water tank partially along with small amount of bleach and use the 12 volt pump to push the mixture through the water supply lines. All suggestions welcomed yay or nay!

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Old 02-13-2016, 09:01 PM   #2
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I don`t drink water from the tank but do use it, and always sanitize the system in the Spring when dewinterizing. Even if you don`t use the tank I think you should sanitize the system so the lines are cleaned.
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Old 02-13-2016, 09:53 PM   #3
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I don`t drink water from the tank but do use it, and always sanitize the system in the Spring when dewinterizing. Even if you don`t use the tank I think you should sanitize the system so the lines are cleaned.
We DO use and drink the water from our FW tank.

And I agree with Crabman, you should sanitize the system (even if you don't drink the water) to help ensure things you don't want in your water system GROW to be a big problem.
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One of my projects for this Spring is to figure out a better way of sanitizing the FW tank and water lines. The bleach/water system wastes so much water! I am a home brewer and they have a "no rinse" product for use in sanitizing brewing equipment and bottles so I figure there must be a better way
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O.K. so here's the product. 1oz per 5 gallons. I see no reason why this wouldn't be better than the bleach/water mixture (except the cost, but that's not bad).
Amazon.com: Star San- 32 oz: Industrial & Scientific
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Old 02-14-2016, 01:43 PM   #6
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wouldn't you still have to fill and rinse out freshwater tank
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wouldn't you still have to fill and rinse out freshwater tank
I think you would add the star san to the FW tank, then fill the tank with water and run the faucets for awhile and then dump it. It would save filling the tank a second and/or third time to eliminate the bleach and bleach smell/taste. For me that would save 40 to 80 gallons of water. I need to run it by the manufacturer just to make sure it is recommended.
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One of my projects for this Spring is to figure out a better way of sanitizing the FW tank and water lines. The bleach/water system wastes so much water! I am a home brewer and they have a "no rinse" product for use in sanitizing brewing equipment and bottles so I figure there must be a better way
But don't you sanitize the brewing equipment with hot, not cold, water? I make wine and always use hot. Just asking.
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Fill your FW tank with the beach solution. Pump enough into all the lines to insure the solution has gotten to everything. Let it set for the prescribed amount of time, then drain the tank. Refill with just enough water to pump fresh water through all the piping and then drain the tank. You are good to go until you fill up the next time you plan to use your camper. No need to rinse as any remaining bleach will be diluted by the fill up of the tank and other than taste it won't hurt you.
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If you do not use the fw tank, I would sanitize it along with your piping. Fill the fw tank and pipes. Let it sit overnight, drain, I use the pump too, just to get the water out of the tank faster. Add a little clean water to the tank to dilute the remaining bleach water and drain. Connect your hose to the city water connection, and flush the water lines until the smell and taste of bleach is gone. Now your safe for the just in case senerio.
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