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5 Steps To Freshen Up Your RV’s Water System


Has your camper been sitting up for a while? If so, chances are the water may be unsavory. By performing routine RV water maintenance for each system component, you can correct this issue in no time with our step-by-step instructions.

1. Water Heater

Turn off the power to the water heater. Next, remove the drain plug or petcock. At the top of the unit, you should see the pressure relief valve. Open it and let the water drain out.

2. Low Point Water Lines

These RV water lines are for your hot and cold water, and they are often located in odd spots. Because of this, refer to the owner's maintenance manual to find their exact location. Open each line to drain the water. Make sure the kitchen and bathroom faucets are turned on during this step.

3. Fresh Water Holding Tank

Open the drains and let the water pump run for a minute or so. As soon as the tank empties, stop the pump and close the drains. That’s it for cleaning your RV’s water system. If you’re having an issue with water that smells or tastes bad, then you’ll need to sanitize the system.

4. Tank Sanitation

Use one cup of bleach for every 15 gallons of water. Pour it into the tank and fill it up with water. Turn on the faucets and water pump, and run the water until you smell bleach coming from every tap. Shut off the water pump and taps, and leave everything as is for 12 to 18 hours.

5. A Final Flush

Empty the holding tank and fill it with clean water. Turn on all the faucets until the bleach odor is gone. Now, your RV's water system is good to go.

The total time for cleaning RV water lines is less than an hour’s worth of work. Don’t overlook this weekend warrior project. It’s essential for keeping your drinking water fresh and tasty.

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