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    smelly water

    Does anyone have the smelly water ? We have had our camper for almost a year and when you first open faucet the water still smells bad . It clears up soon , but the bad smell is still present at first after all this time . Any ideas on this ? thanks

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    You didn't mention your usage, but we're Fulltimers for over 1 1/12 years in a 380 and have no issue. I change the filter every 6 months and also use a charcoal filter at the inlet. We primarily operate on City Water wherever we are, but I always keep some water in the tank which we use a little weekly and replace, plus I sanitize the tank with bleach annually.


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    I didn't mention, but as part of my annual deal I do run the chlorinated water thru the pipes to clean them as well.....


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    coopedw,
    What is your water source ? City or well ? And where are you located ?
    The "bad smell" is likely sulphur (rotten egg smell) and fairly common in "aged" well water in different parts of the country.
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    Well water was my thought also. I have seen some well water with sulphur, and when it sits in the line for awhile it will get smelly.

    Flint, Michigan water popped in my head too
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    Is it your hot water? If so you need to flush your hot water heater.
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    Turn your water heater off. Drain all water from system and fresh water tank. Mix 1 cup bleach to a gallon water add to fresh tank, fill fresh water tank about half. Run water through all faucets until you smell bleach. Let run for a few minutes. Flush with fresh water. See if that helps
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    Thanks for all the input ya'll . I put some bleach in the tank and ran the faucets for a while then flushed everything with fresh water . Just used it on city water and seemed to be fine . Just a little bleach smell but much better than before . thanks again .

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    If the bleach smell is too much for you, add vinegar to your fresh water and run it through.

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    Glad it worked out! Sanitize it on at least an annual basis and you should be fine.


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