VAGABOND™ WATER SYSTEMS FOR RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF PURE WATER
Today we are drinking the same water that has been on earth since its creation. It has been recycled millions of times by the Hydrologic cycle - a process whereby water is evaporated from our rivers and oceans into the atmosphere as a gas and then recycled over and over again. Rain starts out as "pure" water, but is immediately contaminated as it passes through the atmosphere and picks up airborne contaminants such as dust, mold, pollen, and carbon dioxide. When the rain water combines with carbon dioxide, carbonic acid is formed; in industrial areas where there is sulfur in the atmosphere sulfuric acid is formed. Accordingly, depending on where you live, rain water can range from slightly to very corrosive. As the rain runs over the earth's surface, it picks up other contaminants. Even more contaminants are picked up as the water percolates down thru layers of limestone and other rock formations as it is collected in underground streams. By the time we use the water it is full of all kinds of minerals and can have bacteria or parasites such as cryptosporidium. Water softeners are used to remove hard water minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese and magnesium. These hard water minerals cause soap to be insoluble. Remember the old rain barrel our ancestors used to collect water to use with their wash? They needed good mineral free water so that they could use the pure soap they made. Today, it is more convenient to use a water softener and/or detergents to eliminate soap curd.
In recent years, reverse osmosis technology has improved such that it is no longer limited to large industrial applications. In fact, home units are commonly used for purification of drinking water, but "whole house" systems tend to be very costly for the average homeowner because of the volume of water being used. We have designed a system that will accommodate most RV's, and, by eliminating the need for expensive pumps and controls, our system is affordable. You will no longer have to cart around a messy water softener, or suffer with bad tasting mineral water and the resultant soap curd and water spots.
When the hot water in your RV starts to smell like rotten eggs, it's time to clean the water system. The smell can mean anything, but don't take chances - it's likely to indicate a buildup of bacteria.
1. Turn off the water heater and let it cool.
2. Drain and flush the tank.
3. Brush with a stiff wire brush, being careful not to damage the threads of the tank.
4. Make sure all the sediment has been stirred up and flushed out of the tank.
5. Make sure the drain hole is free of sediment.
6. Fill the tank with two parts vinegar to one part water, and let stand for at least 3 hours before draining; or,
7. Fill the tank with about 4 tsp. household detergent for every 10 gallons of water and flush the entire water system with it. Remove faucet aerators and shower heads before doing this; or,
8. Fill the tank with 5 to 6 oz. (2/3 c. to 3/4 c.) bleach per 10 gallons of water. Let this sit in the system for a few hours, and then flush the entire water system with it.
9. Drive your rig around with the water and cleaning solution mixture in it. This will slosh the mixture around.
10. Fill your hot water tank with a solution of 1/2 c. baking soda to one gallon of water, and let sit. Drain.
11. Flush out the water system with water until the smell of vinegar, detergent or bleach is gone.
12. Repeat as necessary.
Using household detergent or bleach has the added advantage of freshening the entire water system, not just the hot water tank.
Never turn on your water heater while it is empty.