RVAuthor Lifestyle eZine


December 25, 2015

No. 335


Buying that First RV; following the sun;
frugal RVing; working on the road





  Sanitize the Fresh Water Tank


Dometic Toilets - New Designs


Trivia Quiz

Sanitize the Fresh Water Tank


You made this same New Year's resolution last year but did not quite know how to accomplish the task. It seems like a simple project, but depending on the chassis of your RV, it can turn into quite a chore.


  •     How do you get any cleaning solution into the blasted tank?
  •     What kind of cleaning solution can be used?
  •     Where is the drain to flush the tank?

There are only a few things to know about sanitizing tanks:

Hopefully your RV never needs a replacement tank, however, if that happens, it is best not to try to patch it.

In freezing conditions, drain or use potable antifreeze to keep tanks from bursting.

Sanitation Procedure

It is a good idea to follow this sanitation procedure when you first purchase your used RV, right before you take your first trip.


  • Sanitize the water system at least once a year if boondocking frequently or storing for a season.


  • Expect to spend 5 to 10 hours on this task. Most of this time is spent watching monitors or waiting out the sterilization time, so you can read or do other chores. Do not leave the RV unattended during this process.


  • Change the internal and external water filters (and RO filters) after you finish sanitizing the water system.


  • Flush out your hot water tank at the same time (see Flushing the Hot Water Heater).



  • Drain all of the water out of the water system, this includes hot water tank, fresh water tank, and the water lines. You can use the built-in water pump and open the faucets until the water drains out through the sewer hose.
  • To make this process quicker, find the drain valves under the water heater and fresh water tank and drain directly to a bucket, if feasible.
  • Close all of the drain valves. You do not want to start this process with water that is questionable or of unknown quality in your RV water system.
  • Determine the size of your RV water system, the fresh water tank plus the hot water tank and 2 to 3 gallons for water lines depending on the size of your recreation vehicle. (See formula below.)
  • Prepare a 5% solution using chlorine bleach (non-scented and non-gel) and water. Example: For a 60-gallon (227 litres) water tank, add 1.5 cups (360 ml) bleach to 6 gallons of water.
  • Add the bleach mixture to the water tank - never pour straight bleach into the RV fresh water tank as this destroys any gaskets along the way. There are two common ways to get the bleach mixture into the tank (see below).
  • Top up the fresh water tank with water.
  • Run the chlorinated water through all lines (hot and cold, one at a time) for one or two minutes. You should be able to smell the chlorine.
  • Top up the fresh water tank with water again.
  • Let it sit for 4 hours minimum, overnight is better. The most important thing is to wait the appropriate amount of time for the tank to be properly sanitized.
  • Drain and rinse the water tank and water lines several times with fresh water.

To handle the chlorine smell and taste, add a mixture of 1/2 cup of baking soda and a gallon of water to the fresh water tank, repeat the fresh water flush.


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Two Ways to Add Bleach Solution to the
Fresh Water Tank


1. Using an empty fresh water hose, hook up the park water faucet end first. Using a funnel or spout, add the chlorine mixture to the hose, being careful not to spill the bleach solution (or add it over a bucket). Securely hook the hose to the RV outlet. Turn on the water to its highest pressure. Follow instructions above.


2. Affix a drill pump, purchased at the local hardware store, between two small diameter hoses using hose clamps.  Using a large bucket containing the bleach solution, lower one section end of the hose into the bucket, pushing the other section end deep into the RV connection. Insert your drill and turn it on. Follow instructions above.


Just in case you need to figure out how much water your fresh water tank really holds, here is the formula:


Length x Width x Height divided by 231 equals the Gallons of the Tank.
Tank LxWxH / 231 = Gallons


Conquer the Road

"Conquer the Road: RV Maintenance for Travelers" covers maintenance of all the basic systems and much more is included.

Partial Contents:


Air conditioning Inverter/converter
Awning Roof
Generator Sewer
Hot water heater               Tires
Hydraulic levelers Driving and weight balance tips



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Safety On the Road Essential Tools
Breaking the News to Your Family Repair Tools
Basics of Buying a Motorhome Towing Your Car   
Buying an RV Long Distance Finding the Best RV Accommodations
Resources for Choosing the First RV Boondocking (Primitive Parking)
Dealing with the Repair Shop Adding Solar Panels
Sales Tax and Registration Fees Maintaining a Comfortable Lifestyle
Managing Power, AC and DC  



Dometic Toilets – New Designs

The MasterFlush 7640 toilet is the first pedal-operated macerating toilet in the RV industry. It is designed for RV owners who want to upgrade to a powerful, comfortable macerator toilet without paying the premium price of an all-ceramic toilet. Swirl-jet flush action assures powerful, more thorough rinsing of entire bowl. Toilet discharge is isolated from the holding tank, eliminating the possibility of holding tank odors entering the bathroom.  

The new MF7640 toilet also can replace existing gravity-discharge RV toilets because it fits in the same footprint and on the same flange as many standard RV toilet models.

Read more …











CT 4000 series toilets feature a full-size, lightweight plastic toilet with ceramic bowl liner for just-like-home cleanliness and comfort. The entire toilet seat rotates 90 degrees in each direction to accommodate a wider range of installation options.


This new Dometic toilet incorporates a convenient “cassette” holding tank that, when it is ready to discharge, slides out from below the toilet via a service hatch on the outside of the RV. Use the tank’s pull-out handle and built-in wheels to roll the 5-gallon tank to the nearest dump-out facility.
Read more …


See Margo’s blog,
Moving On With Margo.com, for more tips, tools, and strategies to help you explore the RV lifestyle and get started. Her website, RV Lifestyle Experts.com, has articles on all phases of the RV lifestyle. Start with "Road Map to RVing".



Geography Quiz


1. Name the state that is due west of the state whose name means “green mountain.”
    a. California
    b. New York
    c. Idaho

Hint: Ethan Allen was the leader of the Green Mountain Boys.

2. The Chattahoochee River forms the southern half of the border between which two states?
    a. Alabama and Georgia
    b. Georgia and South Carolina
    c. Mississippi and Alabama

Hint: The northern half of this border is artificially straight.

3. Name one place found in the U.S. Fall Zone.
    a. Bridalveil Falls, Calif.
    b. Niagara Falls, N.Y.
    c. rapids in Richmond, Va.

Hint: A fall zone, or fall line, is the place where the upland region of continental bedrock and alluvial coastal plain meet—where the waterfalls are.

4. The gentle hills in the Southeast are known as:
    a. Piedmont
    b. Baby Appalachians
    c. Allegheny Plateau

Hint: This area includes parts of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama.

5. Name the place to find one of the world’s richest deposits of copper.
    a. Cooperstown, N.Y.
    b. Butte, Mont.
    c. Las Vegas, Nev.

Hint: The name of this city means an isolated hill with steep sides and a flat top.

6. The Grand Coulee Dam makes hydroelectricity by using the power of what river?
    a. Columbia
    b. Colorado
    c. Snake

Hint: This river runs through Canada for 465 of its miles
7. Which group of mountains are the source of many rivers in the West?
    a. the Catskill Mountains
    b. the Smokey Mountains
    c. the Rocky Mountains

Hint: These mountains form the Continental Divide, separating rivers draining to the Atlantic and Arctic oceans from those draining to the Pacific.

8. Name the steel-making center of the Southeast.
    a. Birmingham, Ala.
    b. Atlanta, Ga.
    c. Clarksville, Tenn.
Hint: This city’s nickname is “Pittsburgh of the South.”


1. New York. Lake Champlain forms much of the border between Vermont its western neighbor, New York.
2. Alabama and Georgia. Originating in northern Georgia and flowing SW to the border with Alabama, the Chattahoochee River joins the Flint River and turns into the Apalachicola River.
3. Rapids in Richmond, Va. Richmond, Va., where the James River falls across a series of rapids down to the tidal estuary of the James River, is one example of a fall line city.
4. Piedmont. “Piedmont” is French for foothills.
5. Butte, Mont. This city is the birthplace of Robert Craig, “Evel Knievel,” and was named a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2002.
6. Columbia. Grand Coulee, now a reservoir in the Columbia basin project, was a former stream channel of the Columbia River, created during the last ice age.
7. the Rocky Mountains. The major rivers rising in the Rockies include the Rio Grande, Arkansas, Platte, Yellowstone, Missouri, Saskatchewan, Peace, Athabasca, Liard, Colorado, Columbia, Snake, Fraser, and Yukon rivers.
8. Birmingham, Ala. Overlooking Birmingham, on nearby Red Mt., is a huge iron statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of the forge.





Margo @ TheMaxwellGroup.net


Blog: Moving On With Margo.com

Website: RV Lifestyle Experts.com

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