HWT = HOT WATER TANK (for anybody that doesn’t know).
This ‘little job’ took me THREE DAYS !!
I’m going to try to detail this ‘Saga’ as much as possible for a number of reasons:
1. You can get a good laugh at my expense.
2. You will wonder how on earth I manage to get out of bed and dress myself !!
3. Possibly – just the remotest possibility – someone may learn something from all my MISTAKES !!
4. It is Sassy’s (mis) adventures after all !!
I sanitized my Fresh Water Tank awhile back and in that Video they talked about NOT wanting to get the bleach in your HWT. Well “my mind” (‘da poor old thing) heard “You don’t have to do anything with your HWT”.
The other day Rita & Pat came by to visit again and somehow the flushing of an RV’s HWT came into the conversation. I just love talking to other RV’ers because I almost always learn something new.
Prior to doing this I could open the door to the HWT and nothing in there meant anything to me.
So I got the required 5 Gallons of Vinegar and the proper wand to flush out the tank.
You can buy this wand at Camping World for $5.99. You can even get it on Amazon for $8.05. How much did I have to pay for it here in Canada ?? $17.95 plus tax of course !!! Only in Canada eh !
I already had this from my Class C – this was used to fill my fresh water tank in that rig.
And that probably would have been just fine – but OH NO – little MISS PERFECT here had to have the exact right gizmo.
I proceeded to watch the YouTube video – a gazillion times to ensure I had everything needed and had a general, basic idea of what I was about to do.
I released the Pressure and drained the tank as instructed. As you can see the water coming out was quite clear. I was surprised as this is the first time I’ve done this and I’ve had the RV over two years now. And it is very unlikely that the previous Owner ever did it !!
So now the next step is to get the vinegar into the HWT.
There are three valves inside where the actual tank is and although there was no mention on the video that I had to touch any of these, MISS NEUROTIC here had to go on one of the RV Forum with this pic to verity FOR SURE that I didn’t have to alter any of those.
All I had to do was adjust these two levers.
But were those instructions good enough for me ? Oh NO !! MISS PARANOID here had to go on the RV Website AGAIN with this picture to confirm.
FINALLY I’m ready to begin and the first problem I encountered was that is sucked up 4 of the gallons and then stopped ?? It wouldn’t suck up that last gallon. I was to discover the reason why later.
So I turned on the valve that fills the fresh water tank and it sucked up the last gallon lickiety split ! It made sense at the time !!!! BUT where was that gallon of vinegar going ???
BTW, Throughout this whole process I had a Supervisor watching my every move:
And Bennie was front and centre helping out in any way he could:
OK, So now the vinegar is into the system (although gawd knows where that last gallon went ??) and I’m ready to turn on the city water to fill up the tank.
You’re supposed to wait until you see water coming out of the over-flow valve.
And I waited and waited and waited – NOTHING was coming out. E-mails went flying back and forth to Rita/Pat again. Where was the water going ?????
After at least an hour or more I finally gave up and figured the damn tank HAD to be full. When I went to close the over-flow valve I saw my MISTAKE. The little handle on this valve is supposed to be straight out and NOT all the way back. We figured that because it was all the way back was also the reason for not taking that last gallon of vinegar.
I continued following the instructions on the Video and FINALLY I’m done…….or so I thought.
PROBLEM ONE: I’m running and running the water through all the taps and I’m still smelling vinegar and the water is still coming out foamy.
PROBLEM TWO: NO HOT WATER. I turn on the switch to heat up the water so I can do the dishes and it wouldn’t heat up. I had it on for a LONG time. Usually the water is scalding hot within 10 or 20 minutes at the most.
PROBLEM THREE: Trying the propane switch – that didn’t work either !! You can hear the propane cutting in but it cut out almost immediately.
The following day I drained, rinsed and re-filled AGAIN to get more of the vinegar out of the system. But still no Hot Water.
NO FEAR – SUPER-JOE TO THE RESCUE !!
‘Cause when it comes to problems with Sassy’s rig Super-Joe gets mean !!
So Joe comes by the following day to check on another matter for me and I tell him about the NO HOT WATER.
He explains that it would take MUCH longer to heat up because the tank had been totally emptied and filled with COLD water. OK, So that makes sense and sure enough eventually the water did heat up by the following day. But it didn’t explain why the propane kept going out ?? And no, it wasn’t because the water had reached the proper temperature which would make it cut out – the water wasn’t even lukewarm.
Actually it was only today (Wednesday) did the propane finally stay on – and I tried it numerous times over the last days. I guess that’s one mystery that may never be solved.
Now Joe goes to check out what he originally came by to look at for me. Two problems actually:
1. My fresh water tank takes a L O N G time to fill up – and it’s getting worse. It’s taking HOURS now. I had a pressure regulator on it (like I was told to do) and I thought that was the reason. But when I took that off the hose wouldn’t stay attached.
2. Why wouldn’t the hose stay attached ?
One part was an easy solution. The thread on the hose is not that great (I need a new hose) and with some effort Joe was able to get it screwed on whereby it stayed on.
But now he’s really puzzled about the length of time it takes to fill the fresh water tank. And when there’s a mystery to be solved SUPER-JOE doesn’t give up and gets all riled up until he figures it out.
First of all he asks why I have the water pump on when I’m filling my fresh water tank. Ahhhh – Hmmmm – Errrrr - Heck I dunno – someone must have told me I needed to have it on ? My Class C needed it on ?? The tank wouldn’t fill unless I had it on ??
Joe tells me DEFINITELY I do not need the water pump on. So we try a couple of different things whereby I have to turn the city water on and off as instructed. One time I was supposed to turn it off and obviously turned it in the wrong direction.
OOOOOPPPSSSSS SUPER-JOE got an unasked for shower…..
You can’t really tell by this pic – but he’s drenched from head to foot.
Here’s a pic after it’s all done….
Now he’s REALLY getting pissed of because he can’t figure out why my fresh water tank takes so long to fill….
He eventually asks me when was the last time I changed the water filter ?
Ahhhh – Hmmmm – Errrrr NEVER !!! Why do I need to change the water filter if I don’t drink the water from the tap ? He explains to me that ALL water going into the tank goes through this filter FIRST. Once he removed the water filter he saw that it was almost completely clogged – hence water going into the tank S L O W L Y !!!
There was even a brand new (which I knew was there) water filter sitting right next to it unopened. Once he put the new filter on VABOOOOM water flows in quickly.
And here all I wanted to do was flush out my HWT !!
Time to publish this post as I’ve been drafting it now for several days as I keep forgetting things. And I’m sure there are still parts to this story that I’ve forgotten !!