Sanitizing the Water Tank
Many years ago, I was taught to use one gallon of bleach for a thirty-gallon tank - - drain the gallon of bleach into the tank then fill with water - - run the pump until the smell of chlorine is evident at each faucet - - top off water tank with water and allow to stand for at least three hours. Drain the tank, and this is a new technique that I picked up - - dissove half a box of baking soda in about half a gallon of boiling water and allow to cool - - drain this solution into the tank and fill with water - - allow the pump to pump water through the lines until there is only a trace of chlorine odor at each tap - - this reduces the residual chlorine odor. After at least three hours of sitting time, I make a final flush of the system with clear fresh water.
Don't follow my lead, however, and leave the bleach solution in the tank - - I did this in 1999 and had the "pleasure" of taking a bleach water shower the first night we dry camped on the 1999 Wagon Wheel Caravan.
Kevin D. Allen
WBCCI (Lifetime Member)/VAC/Free Wheelers #6359
1964 Overlander International/1999 GMC K2500 Suburban (7400 VORTEC/4.11 Differentials)
1978 Argosy Minuet 6.0 Metre/1975 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible (8.2 Liter V8/2.70 Final Drive)