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Posted: 09/26/20 03:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you using well water?


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It is well water that is softened and goes thru a sulfur system. I don’t know how old the hose is. I did sanitize it. Water that comes out at low spot doesn’t smell.

I sanitized the system with bleach, AGAIN. Flushed with fresh water. Then sanitized with vinegar. Flushed with fresh water. I drained the HWH each time. I filled up at the campground two days ago. Water seems ok. I don’t trust that it’s safe to wash dishes. I’ll sanitize again when I get home.

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If the water from the campground "seems ok" but the water from your well doesn't, you have your answer.


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I sanitized with bleach, then flushed with fresh water. My well water is horribly rusty. So I used softened water. Next I sanitized with vinegar, and flushed with fresh water. I emptied and flushed HWH each time.

I filled up at CG three days ago. The water isn’t horrible. It smells of iron but not a strong sulfur odor. My wife showered and had no complaints. I’m gonna sanitize one more time when I get home. Then I think I’d feel comfortable Using for dishes.

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You need to drain the hot water tank after every trip and leave it empty until the next trip; otherwise the smell will come back.

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wing_zealot wrote:

You need to drain the hot water tank after every trip and leave it empty until the next trip; otherwise the smell will come back.

If that were true, then the fresh water tank would also have to be drained until the next trip. Fresh water sitting in the water heater is no different than fresh water sitting in the fresh water tank. For the last 13 years, I have not drained the water heater except when winterizing in November and not had a problem.

Now, considering the OP's water supply is from a well, it may very well be necessary to drain both between trips. We don't know what is in their water that may be growing. That water is not chlorinated to kill stuff.

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Bobbo wrote:

If the water from the campground "seems ok" but the water from your well doesn't, you have your answer.


Yep. And in my old house my water softener was plumbed so that the outside water garden bibs weren't softened .... if house is similarly plumbed it's possible that he's filling his rig with unsoftened water


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yup. that's what it is. the outside hoses are usually hooked up to bypass the water softener as mine outside spigots do.

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No, I’m using softened water.

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how are you sanatizing,just putting it the city water conection or putting it in the tank fill? Are you runing off your fresh water tank or are you hooking up to city water when it smells?

I had it when I was hooked up to city water it would taste/smell funny but when I used the onboard tank it would be fine. my sanatize process was using the fresh water tank as the source so it never got that bit bettween the city atachment and the water pump , so now I sanatize both ways.

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