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Old 11-05-2013, 07:38 AM   #15
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I notice mention of an anode rod in the hotwater tank.....If your hotwater tank is aluminum you don't need an anode rod.
I am just going to try cleaning the system and see if that solves the problem. If the problem persists them I'll look into the anode rod. Another camper at our campground told me that there is a treatment for the fresh water tank and that I should be adding to the fresh water. I was also going to look into that.

I do have another question. When my AS is in storage (not winterized) should I keep water in the fresh water tank or drain it out? I've has my AS a couple of months and haven't put water into the fresh water tank. We have just used the water hook-up's at the campgrounds.

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Old 11-05-2013, 05:49 PM   #16
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I do have another question. When my AS is in storage (not winterized) should I keep water in the fresh water tank or drain it out?
Depends. During hurricane season, I leave my fresh tank full for the entire six months. But since I have camping trips scheduled for each Federal holiday during the season, that means the water is only sitting for about two months or so at a time, not six months. But during my Thanksgiving weekend trip, I try to use up the remaining water, so there's less to drain at the end of hurricane season.

To forestall stagnation, I add a SMALL amount of chlorine to the water stored in the tank. Chlorine does evaporate out of the water in a few days (look at how often chlorine has to be added to a swimming pool), and a Britta filter on my galley faucet removes any residual chlorine taste that might remain. EPA Safe Drinking Water Primary Standards call for a maximum chlorine residual in your drinking water of 4 parts per million of Cl2 (chlorine), or 0.8 ppm of ClO2 (chlorine dioxide). So if I calculate the amount of chlorine so that I add less than 4 ppm chlorine initially, whatever evaporates out must leave less than 4 ppm residual so it's still safe to drink even if some of the chlorine hasn't evaporated out.

And as long as ANY measurable chlorine remains in the water, you'll get NO microbial growth in the water.
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:37 PM   #17
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Please read Post#6 of this thread.
You have several hundred combined years of experience trying to respond to your request for advice.
Don't be adding any "water freshener" to your fresh-water holding tank. Nothing should go in that tank but fresh water from a known source and from time-to-time household bleach.
If you use it off and on add scent-free household bleach when it's in temporary storage.
If it's going to be sitting more than a month, drain it and refill with fresh water before you take it camping.
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The owner's manual should have directions on purging the HW tank of odors. Basically, it's flushing with white vinegar.
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