RV Motor Home Water

Drinking water is one of the most important things to have with you when RV-ing...

Potable (safe for drinking and cooking) is one of the most important things needed for every road trip taken in your recreational vehicle.

You more than likely have at least sediment filters and possibly even carbon filters to prevent bacteria from reaching your fresh water supply.

However, it is a good idea to sanitize your water system periodically especially if it looks murky, smells or tastes foul.

If the motor home has been stored for a prolonged period of time for instance, during the winter.

You may be wondering how to go about cleaning your system.

We have a couple of ideas for you on how to go about doing this.

The method most frequently used is to start with an almost full tank.:

  • Turn the water heater off and let the water cool.
  • Dilute ¼ cup of ordinary household bleach in a gallon of water for every 15 gallons the tank can hold. Add to the tank. DO NOT ever add straight bleach to the fresh water tank of your mobile home.
  • Let the chlorinated water run through one faucet at a time for about 2 minutes. You will smell chlorine. Be sure you are using your water pump and not an external supply of water.
  • Fill the tank to capacity and let it stand overnight if you can, but for at least three hours. Drain completely by turning on each faucet for several minutes each. To speed emptying of the freshwater tank open the vale and hot water tank until empty. Again use the water pump.
  • Refill the tank. The water should be safe however if there is a strong smell of chlorine, repeat the flush.

Our friends Jack and Nan, full time Rvers living in their motor coach, told us about a method they learned form other folks who live fulltime in their RV’s.

Chlorinating Concentrate, used in swimming pool care, takes only 1 teaspoon per 100 gallons of water as opposed to ¼ c of bleach for each 15 gallons. Since the product is so concentrated you only need to carry a small amount of these dry crystals.

As with any chemical, store it in your 5th wheeler out of reach of kids and pets, maybe in a locked box in the hauler that holds your 4 wheeler. We use this product in our van. Either method will protect your RV motor home water supply.



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