Learn how to sanitize an RV water tank and enjoy clean water in the outdoors. Some camping locations do not have fresh water available, and campers are required to bring along fresh water in their RV water tank. Sanitize the RV water tank before going on a trip. Even if the camping location will have a fresh water hookup, the trip to the camping location usually requires a stop, and most RV owners prefer to use their own bathroom or kitchen during the stop.
To sanitize an RV Water Tank, you will need:
- measuring cup
- household bleach (regular, non-concentrated)
- clean bucket
- Disconnect any fresh water hose connected to the fresh water supply. Any supply to that port will bypass using the fresh water tank and pump system.
- Fill RV Water Tank fairly full with fresh water.
- In the bucket put 1/4 cup of household bleach for every 15 gallons capacity of the RV water tank. Add some fresh water to the bucket to dilute the bleach
- Pour the chlorine mix into the RV water tank (a funnel may help).
- After adding the chlorine mix go in the RV and turn on the water pump.
- One by one, go to each faucet and turn it on for about a minute. Chlorine smell will be noticed at this point.
- Fill the RV water tank to the top so the entire tank will be in contact with the solution. Let the RV sit for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Drain the fresh water tank and flush out the hot water using the external valve.
- Fill the RV fresh water tank and flush the faucets again.
- Decide how much fresh water to bring along and fill the fresh water tank once again for the trip.