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Old 07-09-2007, 02:06 PM   #1
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Fresh Water Tank ??'s

Hi all,

I sanitized my fresh water tank this weekend according to the instructions in my owners manual.

Should I keep some water in the fresh water tank when not in use? I emptied the tank with the valve located on the side and the monitor panel reads empty but I'm sure there's a little left in there. Will this little bit create problems or will it eventually dry out?

Any advice is appreciated.

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Old 07-09-2007, 03:03 PM   #2
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I don't know if this is the correct answer, but I always keep mine full. My logic is keeping it full presents less surface area for things to grow on.

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Old 07-09-2007, 03:15 PM   #3
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I always keep mine empty. I look at the water in my pool (comes from the same place). If I do not add chorine to it daily it will turn green. This may be due to the fact that we have about 100 days of 100+ degree weather. I also empty the water heater when not in use.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:22 PM   #4
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We always try to keep ours empty whenever we can. I use the main drain under our AS to empty it. When we do need to go FULL/EMPTY I will flush out the tank a few times and then fill it.
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Old 07-09-2007, 03:32 PM   #5
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We keep our fresh water tank about 1/4 full. I don't want to lug the extra weight of a full tank, but I do want some in there to use the toulet or get some water on the road. I that some water sloshing around as we go down the road helps keep the tank clean. We also fill the tank occasionally and use the pump for water for the day even while at a campground. We feel that this keeps all the seals in the pump going.
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Old 07-18-2007, 06:08 PM   #6
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Water in the tank

I am not on the road this year due to renovation, just did axels now the plumbing. I travel with a full tank to lower the center of gravity in the trailer. Wind resistance is the big gas factor, it is a square of speed. for short term storage I leave anywhere from an eigth to a fourth of a tank in it with a double dose of hypochlorite (Chlorine bleach has it as the bleaching agent) to prevent growth of various organisms. When I fill up the dilution puts the hypochlorite below tolerance levels. If I have a full tank when I park I just adjust the Chlorine level. I have a 40 gallon tank and a fourth of a cup of standard Chlorine Bleach is ordinarilly enough. Too much could ... loosen things up !
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Old 07-18-2007, 06:18 PM   #7
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Totally empty when not in use.....and a re-sanitize before being put back in service.
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Just wondering ...
Does draining the fresh water tank also drain the water heater? Or should the plug be removed?
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Thanks folks! I have been reading this thread and found it to be very insightful.....
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Old 07-18-2007, 11:44 PM   #10
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Just wondering ...
Does draining the fresh water tank also drain the water heater? Or should the plug be removed?
I have to pull the plug on mine to drain it. Be careful it is under pressure. I open the relief valve first then remove the plug.
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Old 07-25-2007, 02:51 PM   #11
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Fresh Water Tank Drain Valve?

Does anybody know if there's a drain valve for the fresh water tank? Or do you have to run the water pump and unstop the drain valve to drain the fresh water tank?
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The drain valve for my 75 TW is under the sink, below the floor, right where the line from the tank goes to the water pump. It is a little hard to get to and has a handle like a garden hose valve.
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Thanks, Richard.
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I drain mine as soon as I get home. If we are boon docking I take a full tank but otherwise leave about 5 gal's in for travel. Washroom/picnic stops along the way always require some water. I flush the tank well before reusing it.

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