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Old 04-09-2007, 02:45 PM   #1
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What to inspect?

We just bought our first camper a 1987 15' Saturn. Can all of you pro's tell me what to check out before our first trip. Thanks a million
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Old 04-09-2007, 04:18 PM   #2
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Hi Beth,

Welcome to the Sunline Forum and congrates on you're new Sunline.

Check out:

Water System by
- put water in fresh water tank run pump, check all faucets. With all faucets the pump should shut off - if it doesn't there's a water leak some place.
- Check water system with city water connection.

Run all applicance including:
Hot Water Tank - make sure it's filled with water first.
Range
Oven
Furnace
A/C (don't run long if only hooked up to 20Amp)>
Microwave (don't run both A/C & Microwave together)


I would Santize the Water System before the 1st camping trip, by:

1. Fill Fresh Water Tank with water bleach mixture. Mixture should be bleach for each 15 gallons of water.
a. I mix 1 cup of bleach with water in a 5 gallon water container.
b. Poor the Bleach Water mixture into your Fresh Water Tank.
c. Fill the Fresh Water Tank up with water using a hose.

2. Run Water-Bleach mixture through Water Lines to purge air and any remaining anti-freeze by:
DO THIS WHILE THE HOT WATER TANK IS STILL BYPASSED so you dont put anti-freeze into the hot water tank.
a. Turn pump on and wait for it to stop.
b. Once it has stopped open up each Faucet both Hot and Cold to purge remaining anti-freeze is drained out and until you start detecting the smell of bleach.
DO THIS FOR ALL FAUCETS BOTH HOT AND COLD, including exterior shower (if you have one)

3. Run Water-Bleach mixture into the Hot Water Tank.
a. TURN PUMP OFF.
b. Re-Set Hot Water Tank By-Pass (so that Hot Water Tank IS NOT being bypassed).
c. Turn pump on and wait for it to stop.
The pump will run for a while because its filling up the Hot Water Tank.
d. Once it has stopped open up each Faucet; both Hot and Cold to purge all air out of the lines.
DO THIS FOR ALL FAUCETS BOTH HOT AND COLD, including exterior shower.
e. Turn pump off.

4. Let Bleach-Water Mixture sit for a few hours.
This will sanitize the full water system.

5. After a few hours (2-3 hours), drain the water system, hot water tank, and fresh water tank.

6. Fill fresh water tank with a Water-Baking Soda Mixture
a. Mix 2 cups of Baking Soda with a gallon or 2 of water.
b. Poor Water-Baking Soda Mixture into Fresh Water Tank
c. Fill the Fresh Water Tank up with water using a hose.

7. Run Water-Baking Soda through Water Lines and Hot Water Tank by
a. Turn pump on and wait for it to stop.
The pump will run for a while because its filling up the Hot Water Tank.
b. Once it has stopped open up each Faucet both Hot and Cold to purge remaining water-bleach mixture and until you NO LONGER are detecting the smell of bleach.
DO THIS FOR ALL FAUCETS BOTH HOT AND COLD, including exterior shower.

8. Allow Water-Baking Soda Mixture to sit overnight.
This will remove the bleach smell from the water lines.

9. The next day drain the water system, hot water tank, and fresh water tank.

10. Run water through the system via the City Water Connect.
a. Allow Hot Water Tank to fill-up with water, then
b. Open each faucet to purge air and remaining water-baking soda mixture.

11. Youre ready to go.

Have fun and enjoy your Sunline
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