R 22

Rhodes 22


Water Tank

I think it is a Todd water tank, #203023 Boat US or 486654 West Marine or 85-1667W Todd part #. That's the 9 gallon unit. I think I could have gotten away with a 6 gallon, but Pamela insisted we get something larger than 6 gallon.

The reason for the "hose fittings relocation kit" is that the large 1 1/2" port was in the middle of the tank when oriented upright (see cataloge picture) and I needed to relocate that to the upper side of the tank. Pamela also wanted an inspection hatch that would allow easier cleaning of the tank. The relocation kit consists of a 4" inspection port (needed to get inside the tank to install the new fittings) the 1 1/2" and 1/2" fittings and plugs that screw into the existing holes. Part # is 486613 West or Todd#90-2218. It has a list price of $21.99, the tank has a list of $56.49. You may need fittings, but you can use the ones off the old tank too. That is what I did.

I relocated the 1 1/2" port and that was all that was necessary. I had to get new hose to reach the tank in it's new location. That required removing the trim teak that covers the hose. All other hoses were long enough. The tank takes up less room all around, so there is space to store a few more things you don't need to get to all the time. Plus, and this is big, at 8# per gallon, the load is 72# but with the Rubbermaid 30 gallon, it is 240#. No wonder most Rhodes list to starbord.

See you later,

31 May 2001

These basic principles ought to work just fine for sanitizing the water tank. Just ignore the stuff about the hot water tank and the external water supply, as the R22 doesn't have them.

Kill Stink, Freshen Taste
by Joe Lacey, SKP # 9461

How to clean and sanitize your freshwater tank
I have a "project file" that I fill with clippings from various sources. When it comes to the RV lifestyle, there are certain procedures that are simply routine; thus you hear the same information from many different people. Sanitizing your freshwater tank is one such procedure. This clipping came from Camper's Digest, May/June 1999 issue, page 26.

What is that smell? Why does my water taste so bad? After extended storage or before using your RV for the first time, you should sanitize the freshwater system. Routine sanitizing is also recommended for full-timers.

  • If your system is in use, turn off the water heater and let the water cool.
  • Drain water from the water tank. Refill your water tank halfway.
  • Add 1/4 cup of bleach for every 15 gallons of freshwater capacity. Make sure to dilute the bleach in a bucket of water before adding to tank.
  • Fill the remainder of your freshwater tank.
  • Open one faucet at a time and let it run for one minute. You should be able to smell the chlorine.
  • Refill the tank, close off all faucet's and let it stand for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Completely drain the system. Don't forget to open all plumbing drains including the hot water drain plug.
  • Close all valves and drain plugs and refill tank with freshwater.
  • Flush each faucet, one at a time, until the tank is empty. (Be sure to use the water pump and not an outside water source.)
  • Refill the tank. The water should be safe to drink but if there is still a strong chlorine taste, reflush the system and/or disolve 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bucket of water and add to your freshwater holding tank.

When done properly, cleaning and sanitizing can help to extend the life of your freshwater system not to mention the elimination of strange tastes and foul smells. Happy Camping!

30 Apr 2001

Pamela has some sort of filtering system she uses in house that makes a gallon of water at a time. I installed a filter on our refrigerator that takes out 90% of the bad stuff, but I can still detect a hint of chlorene. It helps if the water is ice cold to lessen the bad tastes.

So when we head out to the boat, she briings jugs of water that are purified. In Durango, we had a well with almost perfect water, and she would fill collapsable water jugs for our trip to the lake.

I am going to replace our water holder with a good water tank but will have to install a 6" inspection port for cleaning. Pamela wants to be able to scrub it out. I know others have told how easy it would be to clean and purify the water tank, and it's a pain to bring extras aboard such as water jugs, but there you have it. I don't drink the water anyway. It's eother soft drinks or juice for me.

Your comment about adding a Pur water filter might be correct. We have a Seagul IV on the new boat and it seems to work well with pressure water system. But it needs the pressure. Filters will set you back a bunch, so perhaps the gallon jug filtering setup would be best after all.

30 Apr 2001

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