de-wintering

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  1. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    been preparing the van for newark after winter layup.
    washed, hoovered, water tank filled and water heater bled through, heating checked ect.:thumb:

    the last job..........refill toilet flush tank and put chemicals in black tank....ermmm......forgot to empty it after bosworth.:Doh:

    i never realised what a good job formaldahyde does, definately no shaking to get the 'jobbies' out.
    certainly came as a shock when i pulled the tank out.

    it must act as an anti-freeze as well as we had a few really cold spells but no damage, luckely.
     
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  3. TJ-RV

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    Just curious, did you sanitize the fresh water system?

    There's a school of thought that says don't use any chemicals in the black tank, least of all formaldehyde. The blank tank is essentially a septic system, and allowing nature to take its course is all the "treatment" that's needed. Formaldehyde will inhibit (or kill) the natural process. OTOH periodic flushing of the black tank is appropriate, either using a built-in flushing system, or a wand with a spray nozzle that you attach to a hose pipe and stick down the hole.

    Can't speak for the antifreeze properties of formaldehyde.
     
  4. Lindy-C

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    John has a European built motorhome Tom, it has a removable casette which has to be carried to an emptying point - a different system to our RV black tanks :Wink:
     
  5. TJ-RV

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    Thanks for clarification Linda. Maybe I could sell him some nose pegs :Smile:
     
  6. Lindy-C

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    Better if I could sell him an RV and a macerator! :Rofl1: :Rofl1:
     
  7. TJ-RV

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    That's true Linda. Try selling him the macerator first, then he'll need an RV to go with it. Heck, give him the macerator and he'll be banging down your door to buy a class A.
     
  8. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    I wish!!!!!!!!!! you wish.......
    if you have a 7.5ton 32ft rv diesel that does 26mpg uphill and down dale with a toad on the back i'll have one but only if you chuck in a macerator for free. :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    hi Tom,
    i dont bother too much with the water tank as i use a seperate drinking water source, bottled water.
    occasionaly i chuck in a couple of water purifier tablets just to be sure and give it a wipe out with milton fluid at the year end, thats it.
    if i bought the van from new i would be more thorough but you dont know what the previous owner had in the tank hence bottled drinking water.

    john.
     
  10. TJ-RV

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    Understood John. Which water source do you use to brush your teeth?
     
  11. pappajohn

    pappajohn Funster Life Member

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    bottled tom, but i see where you're coming from.
    we wash the dishes ect using the tank but we're still living and kicking.

    john.
     
  12. TJ-RV

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    Dave,

    We use bottled water for drinking too. Just don't open your mouth in the shower :BigGrin:

    I sanitize the water system on the coach and on our boat after a period of storage. I dump a liberal helping of cholrine in the water tank, fill it with water, then run all the taps until I can smell chlorine and I know the lines are all chlorinated. I leave it for several hours or overnight, empty and flush, then fill. Add some drops of vinegar if the residual chlorine taste is a problem. I also add a little chlorine after each fill and before short-term storage.

    BTW we could get into "how much chorine?", but it's not critical. I don't measure it and believe I can't do much harm if I put in 'too much'.
     
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    very good tip, Tom. never thought of chlorinating it but cant you smell the vinigar for a while.
     
  14. TJ-RV

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    I don't personally put vinegar in, although that's the recommended thing to do. My wife sometimes complains about the smell of chlorine.
     
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