Monday, April 22, 2019
As with any of the information on this blog, we're not professionals so, take what we say with a grain of salt and consult the manuals for your specific RV before proceeding.
The procedure is pretty-much the opposite of the winterizing process we wrote about in this post: Winterizing - 2018 Lexor TS
We broke out a new Camco RV water filter for this process. We use these for a season and replace them annually.
There's great debate over whether to put the filter close to the faucet, or at the tank end of the hose. We fall into the faucet camp thinking that it will keep the hose as clean as possible.
That's all the bleach we use.
It is NOT 1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of tank capacity.
Here are the three low point drains in the closed position...
Open the fresh water door and put a little filtered water in.
Next, pause to add the gallon of diluted bleach.
Finally, continue filling until the tank is about 2/3 full then replace the cap and close and lock the door.
Next, turn the pump on and watch for leaks.
Again, check for leaks under the sink around the pump.
Note that it won't get hot yet. We will work on the hot water system later in the process.
By this time, the smell of bleach should start to replace the smell of anti-freeze.
Ours shower head is an after-market replacement with a metal hose. You may have a plastic hose and shower head.
Search Amazon for "Cuisipro 13.2-Ounce Foam Pump, Chrome" if you would like one. They were $12 last time I looked.
Twist the top knob a quarter turn counter-clockwise to open the water heater compartment.
Pull the yellow lever out and down after releasing the black tab right above the word "Caution."
Red is hot, blue is cold, and white is the hot water recirculation line. The valve between the red and blue lines is the water heater bypass.
Now the AquaGo control can be turned on. Here it is shown in the off position. The detent on the knob is tiny and the same black color that makes it difficult to see.
Run the water in the galley sink and listen for the burner to ignite. Keep running the hot water and it shouldn't be long before you feel hot water coming out of the faucet.
A solid green light means all is well. If the light is flashing, consult your Truma manual for troubleshooting advice.
If everything looks good, close up the cover.
You should now have a working water system.
To complete the freshening of the water tank and lines, close everything up and take a short drive around your neighborhood. That mixes the water bleach combination and sloshes it around the inside of the tank.
We let the bleach solution sit overnight to help sanitize all the lines, then dump and refill the tank and lines with fresh water the next day.
I hope this was helpful. Please leave constructive suggestions in the comments. We're always looking for better ways to do things.
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