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Old 05-01-2015, 11:05 AM   #15
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Lets get serious here. There is no reason to put vinegar in the water system. You put vinegar in plastic you may never get it out. Just flush the calcium deposits from the water heater and remove the strainers from the faucets till the flow clear of deposits.

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Old 05-01-2015, 12:36 PM   #16
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Not sure if I would use vinegar in my RV this way just yet but I can tell you this. When our home dishwasher stirs up an odor I dump about 1/2 gallon of white vinegar in it and put it through a normal wash cycle. When the cycle is complete there is no longer an offensive odor nor do I smell vinegar.
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Old 05-01-2015, 12:58 PM   #17
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I picked up four gallons of white vinegar today and I have a Camco water tank rinser coming in today too. I read the atwood manual which says to fill it with four gallons of vinegar and two gallons of water. It also says to let it run through six (I believe) cycles of heating and cooling while this stuff is in the tank. Then flush it well. That's the plan for this weekend.

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Old 05-01-2015, 01:36 PM   #18
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I picked up four gallons of white vinegar today and I have a Camco water tank rinser coming in today too. I read the atwood manual which says to fill it with four gallons of vinegar and two gallons of water. It also says to let it run through six (I believe) cycles of heating and cooling while this stuff is in the tank. Then flush it well. That's the plan for this weekend.

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I have never diluted mine.....and I didn't know about the heating cycles.
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Old 05-03-2015, 03:48 PM   #19
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I found a video on YouTube about doing this and picked up one more tip. So here'so what I did.

Drained and flushed the tank. I repeatedly flushed it with the camco wand until the water came out clean and no more chunks were coming out. At first the water was milky colored and lots of chunks were coming out. Then I put in the vinegar and topped off the tank with water. I turned the hot water heater on and let it run overnight. In the morning I drained it and flushed it again. Then I filled and emptied it a couple times. Lastly I ran water through the lines for about fifteen minutes.

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Old 05-03-2015, 05:37 PM   #20
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Vinegar can be used instead of baking soda to get rid of bleach taste in your tanks and lines when you sanitize your system. It leaves no aftertaste, even in plastic tanks. Takes several gallons of white vinegar for a 50 gal. tank mixed with water. Therefore, no problems using white vinegar. I have used it this way, but still prefer baking soda.

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Old 05-03-2015, 06:10 PM   #21
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I use the shop vac to suck the sediment out of the bottom of the HW heater. A short length of flexible vinyl tubing duct taped to the shop vac hose, shove the other end in through the opening for the anode rod. Always amazed at all that I get out of there.
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:14 PM   #22
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Calcite in the Hot Water Tank while draining it out...

The source of the calcite has already been explained and the hot water tank is the source.

Upon the end of any trip, short duration or extended, I will remove the plastic drain plug and drain out the hot water tank. You will see calcite coming out as the water flows out. It is almost the size of coarse salt crystals you use in your Soft Water Tank at home. I leave the plug in the compartment and do not insert it until I am filling and pressurizing the water system before leaving home.

Flushing out the hot water tank, I will take our water hose and spray it into the hot water tank drain hole, after it is empty, to flush out any other calcite debris. Sometimes the high pressure wand at a car wash can be used if you have so much calcite that it might take a bit more force to remove it and get it to wash out.

I will leave the plastic plug out until we are ready to go on another trip. Always.

Considering how important it is to DRAIN THE HOT WATER, FRESH WATER TANK and FRESH WATER FROM THE WATER LINES... there is one of these tasks that is difficult. The Hot Water Tank plastic plug. It is in a spot where you have to work around the propane line. I have tried to figure out how to get a ratchet, extension and socket to easily remove the plug without any success... maybe someone has a solution for that. I have to use a "monkey wrench" and slowing back the plug out.

Vinegar is acidic and the idea is to dissolve the calcite. I do not think it is that effective in calcite "crystals" but better than nothing. Baking Soda will neutralize the Vinegar. Add baking soda into some vinegar in the kitchen and it should fizz... After each and every trip I flush the fresh water, grey water, black water and the hot water tank. Even on your first trip with a NEW trailer, calcite crystals will come out when the hot water tank is being emptied. I was even surprised at the amount on the first trip. We use the hot water tank infrequently for showers, so it does not take much. I am sure there is a chemical reaction to mineralized water when heated to the temperatures for the trailer hot water, but still am surprised.

Mild Muratic Acid is much stronger than Vinegar, but ONLY in cases where the calcite is so profuse in your hot water tank and lines there is NO OTHER OPTION. Baking Soda will neutralize it. If you can keep it in the hot water tank, you can flush it out through the drain hole. I would also be aware of keeping the aluminum well watered, as I would not expect a reaction but I have never found myself in this position. There are also kitchen products to do the same that are safer, but not up to getting the "caliche calcite" and scale removed. A 25 year old Trailer that had poor maintenance would be my candidate for extreme measures.

Just always flush your hot water tank and you will probably have fewer problems.
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