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Old 03-25-2016, 06:39 PM   #1
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Sanitizing Fresh Water System

Heading out on our first camping trip of the year next weekend. Looking at sanitizing the fresh water system before we leave. Fifth wheel is currently sitting in our rock drive way and don't want to drain the 56 gallons of bleach water in drive way that would cause a huge mess. Has anyone made an adapter to attach the fresh water tank drain to a garden hose?
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:18 PM   #2
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Depending on how much bleach you used (a full tank of water only should take a cup or less of bleach), draining it in your driveway should not be an issue. I flush mine twice after sanitizing and then run all the water lines for 3-5 minutes. You might still get a bit of bleach smell but it's not bad. After all this, I switch the hot water tank over and fill it.
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:30 PM   #3
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If you have powered chlorine, 2 teaspoon full in the freshwater tank will do the job. You don't get that awful smell like bleach and does the same job. When it drains onto the ground, will not harm or have a smell. I personally don't believe in using bleach.
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Mark, what's the difference?
Isn't there such a thing as liquid chlorine bleach?
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:25 PM   #5
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Lloyd, here's the article my brothers, Biology teachers, sent to me.

Better than Bleach: Use Calcium Hypochlorite to Disinfect Water

You could decide for yourself. One thing I don't like is the bleach smell. You don't get that with pool chlorine and the little smell that's left is flushed out with plain water.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:52 PM   #6
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I'm not worried about the bleach part. The part that i'm having an issue with is the 56 gallons. I have about 3 inches of rock on top of New Mexico clay. If it rains hard here the wife gets stuck in the drive way with her car. I have no way of getting the front of the trailer where the drain is into the grass. i just need to move the water away from the trailer. The only other option i have is pump all 56 gallons into the gray water tank and use my sewer adapter cap that reduces it into a garden hose.
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Buy a drain valve with a hose outlet on the end. Cut off the end of the drain tubing. Attach valve to the drain line of the fresh water tank. You are now able to hook up a hose and run it to where you want to. That's what I did and it works great.

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Just put a funnel connected to a hose (could be taped in place) and support it under the drain and run the hose to the road or where ever.
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how about a 5 gallon bucket with drain fitting installed and hook a garden hose to it and drain the water off to anyplace you like
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If you're going to put a drain fitting on the bucket you mine as well put it on the end of the drain hose. Simple, cut, push on and turn to release water. BAM
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Buy a drain valve with a hose outlet on the end. Cut off the end of the drain tubing. Attach valve to the drain line of the fresh water tank. You are now able to hook up a hose and run it to where you want to. That's what I did and it works great.

Mark, where did you get this?
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Mine looks a little different, but works the same. I think it was Lowes or Home depot. Got it a few years back.
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I did something similar. I didn't like having a drain cap, I wanted a valve. I cut off the drain fitting on the pex, then used a quarter-turn faucet cutoff from the hardware store. Pex on one side, 3/8" compression fitting on the other. I leave the compression nut without fitting on to protect the threads. When I want to drain, I use a short faucet hose that has 3/8" compression fitting on one end, a pipe size (1/2" ??) on the other. To that I have a pipe to garden hose screwed on permanently. Using this little adapter, my drain valve goes to garden hose, for the purpose of routing my drained tank where I want it to go. Nothing special, all parts from hardware store.
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I did something similar. I didn't like having a drain cap, I wanted a valve. I cut off the drain fitting on the pex, then used a quarter-turn faucet cutoff from the hardware store. Pex on one side, 3/8" compression fitting on the other. I leave the compression nut without fitting on to protect the threads. When I want to drain, I use a short faucet hose that has 3/8" compression fitting on one end, a pipe size (1/2" ??) on the other. To that I have a pipe to garden hose screwed on permanently. Using this little adapter, my drain valve goes to garden hose, for the purpose of routing my drained tank where I want it to go. Nothing special, all parts from hardware store.
I didn't like the drain caps either because they are messy an hard to remove. On my Cruiser Aire I found that I could just remove the caps and screw on a plastic cut off valve -with some teflon tape. I'm not concerned with water in the gravel driveway but could screw in a hose fitting to the outflow end of the new valve. Those valves are about the most bang for the buck you can get for a convenience upgrade!
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I did something similar. I didn't like having a drain cap, I wanted a valve. I cut off the drain fitting on the pex, then used a quarter-turn faucet cutoff from the hardware store. Pex on one side, 3/8" compression fitting on the other. I leave the compression nut without fitting on to protect the threads. When I want to drain, I use a short faucet hose that has 3/8" compression fitting on one end, a pipe size (1/2" ??) on the other. To that I have a pipe to garden hose screwed on permanently. Using this little adapter, my drain valve goes to garden hose, for the purpose of routing my drained tank where I want it to go. Nothing special, all parts from hardware store.
MY MISTAKE! After reading the last comment, I realized I DID NOT cut the drain hose, rather I too, bought a valve with a screw-on thread to the drain plug. I correct myself because I CANNOT assert that the drain tube will fit a Pex fitting. The part about the adapters is correct.
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This is the route i went thanks you for you'r help. Sorry for the image being sideways. Still trying to figure out this forum.
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As long as it won't drag on ground your fine now.
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Good fix! Here's a thought - unscrew the bolt holding the blue, round "handle" on the valve, and keep the handle handy. Less to snag on underbrush, and less chance of anyone opening the valve to see what happens. Just hold the round blue thing up to the valve and turn it when you want to. Just an idea.
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