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Old 04-30-2015, 07:39 AM   #15
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Fill and drain times for fresh water tank

Just prepping for 2015 30' for the upcoming season. I know the fresh water tank is huge (54 gallons), but should it take 2 hours to drain? The trailer is level, I even left a faucet open, and the valve is open all the way but it is taking 2 hours to drain completely, which makes cleaning/sanitizing the tank a time consuming project.
Is this about normal?

It took me 17 minutes to fill. Maybe I am just too focused on time - oh well, used the time to silicone the window gaskets, check out all the awnings, prep the generators, etc.......
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:58 AM   #16
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How do you add the bleach? Do you pour it in the fresh water tank hole and let the water from the hose carry it through the system?

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Old 04-30-2015, 08:18 AM   #17
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How do you add the bleach? Do you pour it in the fresh water tank hole and let the water from the hose carry it through the system?

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No other way to do it that I'm aware of. You should probably premix the bleach with some water (in a bucket or something) then dump it in.
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There's not much different you can do if sanitizing at the beginning of the season. I do it once or twice during the camping season. What I do is before leaving the last campsite to head for home I put the bleach solution into the fresh water tank through the filling tube. The tank would be partially filled by this time and on the way home it gets to slosh around thoroughly. Once home I open the drain and let it drain on the ground. It's just fresh water with a very diluted bleach solution so it won't do any harm.
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Just prepping for 2015 30' for the upcoming season. I know the fresh water tank is huge (54 gallons), but should it take 2 hours to drain? The trailer is level, I even left a faucet open, and the valve is open all the way but it is taking 2 hours to drain completely, which makes cleaning/sanitizing the tank a time consuming project.
Is this about normal?

It took me 17 minutes to fill. Maybe I am just too focused on time - oh well, used the time to silicone the window gaskets, check out all the awnings, prep the generators, etc.......
If you are draining using the tank's petcock valve it will take a long time. There should be another drain that uses the pump and is much faster. Not sure where the valve is located on your 2015 but probably near the hot water heater bypass. Look under your trailer to see where a piece of Pex tubing goes through the bellypan and the valve should be above that. When you locate it, turn on your water pump and open the valve to pump out the water.
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Draining the fresh water tank using only the little petcock is a slow process. To speed things up, I usually turn the pump on and turn on the outside shower head cold water spigot and let it run out on the ground also.

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I do not think it takes my 54 gal tank 2 hours to drain. But, leave the filler tube cover open as this will allow air into the tank.


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