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Old 02-02-2004, 06:21 PM   #1
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New A/S Prep Questions

We've been out in our new Safari 25 most of the week-end preparing for our first ROAD-TRIP!...YEAH!! I need help with compleating two more items.
1st: The fresh water tank has never been used, the manual says it must be flushed with a bleach solution before use. I'm not sure how much bleach (39gal. tank) to put in. Then how to 'flush' it, open the faucets, pull the drain, both...??
2nd: The trailer came with a heavy plastic nailed to the floor covering the carpeted areas. As I started to remove the nails I noticed the plastic was put down before any of the furniture was screwed in place. Do I just cut/trim the plastic where it goes under the furniture or what...??
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Old 02-02-2004, 06:38 PM   #2
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Acording to my handy dandy AS manual from 1975 You clean the tank by: Pouring some bicarbonate of soda into the filler spout(doesn't say how much) with several gallons of water, let stand for 4 hours and flush. If your system requires further sanitizing, You use 1/4 cup of bleach to a gallon of water, and use 1 gallon of bleach water per 15 gallons of water tank capacity. Then add enough water to fill the system. Allow closed system to stand for 3 hours. Drain, flush. If bleach taste or odor remains remove by rinsing system with a vinegar water solution of 1 quart of water to 5 gallons of water. Flush and refill with clean water. I would reccomend that you pull the filter before you do all of this. BTW I plan on bleaching mine...no telling how long it has been setting up.

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Old 02-02-2004, 07:10 PM   #3
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The dealer should have trimmed that plastic for you. Very surprised they left for you to do! You can bet they will do it for me!
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Old 02-02-2004, 10:47 PM   #4
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Unfortunately we bought from a new dealer, no other viable choice in our area. Only his 2nd A/S sale. The Dallas dealers have been dropping like flys. 2 gone in the last 2 yrs!!! One was a dealer for over 20 yrs, now only service, the other lasted only 1.5 yrs, said "Airstream is too difficult to deal with". Is there something we need to know?
We've wanted an A/S as long as we wanted a travel trailer, but really didn't understand the price differential. Now that we do, we just want what we paid for. We're just not sure where, or who, to go to. This forum seems to be the only respite in our A/S world. Any & all assistance is more than welcome.
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Old 02-02-2004, 11:13 PM   #5
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Hmmm. That's interesting about TX dealers.

Here, Toscano's been selling them since 1967. I guess they figured out how to make a profit.
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Depends ...

My dealer gave me the option of him removing the plastic or leaving it. In my International, I left it in the plastic in the gallety area until I had the flood, then I removed it all. On the Classic, I had them remove it all because it was tacky from being on the lot for quite a while.

Just cut the plastic with a sharp knife along the edges and pull all the nails you encounter.
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Old 02-02-2004, 11:21 PM   #7
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John,

Did you leave the plastic under the front gauco (sp?) and rear beds or just cut around the mounting wood strips and leave the plastic strips underneath?
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After you have followed Aaron's very proper instructions, if you still have a little bleach taste drop a couple 500mg ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) tablets into the filler tube of the a full freshwater tank. It should be healthy to drink from that tank fill.

This is what the halazone backpacker folks use in their de-flavoring tablets. This can only be done after treatment, not at the same time as -- or it will negate the bleach entirely.

Of course a bleach taste is not harmful if following reasonable treatment concentrations...
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Old 02-02-2004, 11:29 PM   #9
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Reasonable Bleach??

I'm guessing 1 cup for 39 gals. Then 2-3 flushes before use. Bicarb has also been recommended, will probably try that also but not sure if order of treatment is important.
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I think the concentration is in your Safari manual somewhere -- I will not venture to guess, but it was a ratio per gallon...I recall reading it last weekend, but I did not pay much attention to it as it has been close to zero hereabouts...and I was 12 weeks away from using water.

I would look it up, but alas, our new safari manual is at home...

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Old 02-03-2004, 08:37 AM   #11
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Ed & Debbie,

I'd be ok about the plastic being down personally until I was ready to hit the road. The longer it's down, the cleaner the floor/carpet while you're getting things set up. Use an exacto knife and trim from inside the cabinets if possible without scratching or cutting the floor. Look forward to seeing it soon.
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Re: New A/S Prep Questions

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Originally posted by Ed &amp; Debbie
The fresh water tank has never been used, the manual says it must be flushed with a bleach solution before use. I'm not sure how much bleach (39gal. tank) to put in.
2nd: The trailer came with a heavy plastic nailed to the floor covering the carpeted areas.
Check your Safari manual. It has the amount which if remember correctly was fairly minimal. I sanitized my tank in the Safari before last year's midwest rally and remember that it flushed out easily with no residual taste. Just follow the ratios in the manual, no need to make it any stronger which just makes it harder to flush out. Its interesting that in 2 1/2 years of ownership, that was the only time I used the tank. So much for boondocking.

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Old 02-03-2004, 10:40 AM   #13
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Found Formula

Thanks, I just found the A/S formula in our manual. So much coming at one time, must have missed it. A/S man. says "0.13 X total gals. fresh H2O cap. = oz. of household bleach. Contact for 4 hrs. necessary. If you double the bleach, contact reduced to 1 hr." This is suggested for all trailers after any extended periods of storage...I didn't see what constituted an 'extended period'.
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One other thing that I do is that I've bought one of those in line filters that connects to the hose. There are some that filter just sediment and taste, while others do that plus filter for lead, etc.

I've had good results keeping the tank clean and also taking any of the normal water treatment smells and tastes out of the water.
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