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Old 09-03-2015, 08:54 PM   #43
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I doubt the conestoga crews had definitive guides for water treatment. Lots of "rules of thumb" I am sure. That coupled with theft and desperation probably precipitated a lot of the cholera outbreaks that decimated wagon trains...........wow do I digress....Sorry guys......
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:27 AM   #44
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I doubt the conestoga crews had definitive guides for water treatment. Lots of "rules of thumb" I am sure. That coupled with theft and desperation probably precipitated a lot of the cholera outbreaks that decimated wagon trains...........wow do I digress....Sorry guys......
wow ...this forum is really comprehensive when you can get your questions answered about water treatment in wagon trains!
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Old 09-04-2015, 08:50 AM   #45
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Copper wil do about the same thing. We at one time put copper scrubber pieces in humidifiers to reduce eliminate bacteria build up.
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The main bacteria found was Pseudomonas. Smells like grapes. Do not stick your nose in it, that infection could be bad. Vinegar or bleach will kill the bacteria.
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What is the inside of the tank lined with?

It's not lined, read the specs from Atwood.

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Lots of good recommendations here, but a few details may be needed.

It takes about a tablespoon of common household bleach to disenfect 200 gallons of water! Don't go crazy with a cup or two of bleach in a 50 gallon tank.

In a previous life I was associated with a beverage company and clean tasteless water was mandatory. What you are looking for is about 200 parts per million chlorine to a volume of water for about 20 to 30 minutes. In this way you don't trash out any of the water system.

Chlorine is a reactant and it CAN damage features of a water system.

So, a tablespoon of chlorine in 50 gallons is going to be about 1000 PPM. Household bleach will be somewhat less than pool chlorine or USP chorine. No problem.

Let the solution (chlorine & water) stay in the fresh water tank for about 30 minutes then flush through every valve in the vehicle. Sink, Showers, hot and cold valves and commode. Try not to splash it on you, what your wearing or your AS.

Then flush out every tank with fresh water and you are done. Remember also that you do not need to heat the hot water heater water in any way.

Also prepare to change the water filter associated with the kitchen sink if there is one. The activated charcoal filter will trap the chlorine and reduce the filters effectiveness.

It does not hurt to pour just a cap full of chlorine (household bleach) into the fresh water tank ever so often to keep the little bugs in check.

Chlorine breaks down when exposed to air and sun light so it will go away after a very short while.

All the best and Happy Trails.

PS, where you smelling foulness when you were running hot water or when you ran any water? If only hot water you took on a load of "h2s" laden water (hydrogen sulfide) and the sacrificial anode in the hot water heater was liberating rotten egg smell. It's harmless in small concentrations.

Atwood hot water heaters do note require an anode, nor is one recommended by Atwood....

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