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Old 06-26-2019, 08:21 PM   #1
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Hello, we just purchased our 21’ Escape. When using the kitchen sink, the water had a harsh chemical smell which had me boiling my bottled water to make a hot chocolate.

How many times do I need to flush out the water tank and what should I flush it with? Hope someone knows an answer.

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Old 06-26-2019, 08:28 PM   #2
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Hello, we just purchased our 21’ Escape. When using the kitchen sink, the water had a harsh chemical smell which had me boiling my bottled water to make a hot chocolate.

How many times do I need to flush out the water tank and what should I flush it with? Hope someone knows an answer.

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I've been meaning to ask about this for two years - THANKS FOR POSTING THIS!!
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I have to wonder why the bottled water doesn't smell?
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Old 06-26-2019, 08:50 PM   #4
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I only used a store bought water bottle to boil my water for my hot chocolate. Trying to figure out how to rid of the chemical smell. Yuck!
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That is strange to have a harsh chemical smell. Did you add something. I am pretty sure Escape does not add anything.

I have noticed a bit of a plastic smell that goes away after a while. If you wish to you could do a santitize which will remove some of that odour. Just add 1/2 cup of bleach to a jug of water and add it to a full water tank. Open all taps until you smell the bleach. Let that set for a few hours and drain everything good. Some people will fill with fresh and flush everything, drain the water tank and refill. I do this every year or two as well to freshen the water system.

You do have to include filling the hot water tank with the sanitising water. I usually just pull the plug to drain it out then recap to flush.
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I have flushed my fresh water tank at least 6 times. The water continues to have a very strong chemical smell. It's not like drinking out of a plastic bottle that was left in the sun. Friends have taken a sip despite my telling them it's not potable, and quickly spit it out as I look at them in disbelief for not trusting their noses, let alone me. The closest thing I can associate the aroma with is a volatile adhesive - it's that bad. This thread will finally get me to asking ETI about it.... Kinda nice to know it's not just me having the problem.
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Old 06-26-2019, 09:31 PM   #7
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I have drank water out of both my Escapes without a problem. I do the odd sanitize as mentioned above. We do have good water in Calgary. I have been to a few areas where while we do fill up with water, I don't care for the taste and replace the water as soon as I get to some better stuff.
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I don't have any first hand experience with this stuff, but maybe you should try it... https://www.amazon.com/Camco-40207-T.../dp/B000EDUTQS
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I have to wonder why the bottled water doesn't smell?
Ever hear of BPA-free water bottles? Pretty common now.
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I don't have any first hand experience with this stuff, but maybe you should try it... https://www.amazon.com/Camco-40207-T.../dp/B000EDUTQS
Jennifer - didn't mean to hijack your query - Again thanks for your asking!
Maybe somehow the very first fill created a problem.....though... ...it was a number of tanks ago and previous to two winterizations and de-winterizings...... But will give Donna's suggestion a try. - Thank you.

DID you email ETI, will share any advice they extend.
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(don't know how I stuck the "you" into my last line......I "DID email ETI", was what was intended)
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Ever hear of BPA-free water bottles? Pretty common now.

You didn't say thank you for giving you the opportunity to attack me.

Yes, I've heard of BPA-pretty much everything.
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Hello, we just purchased our 21’ Escape. When using the kitchen sink, the water had a harsh chemical smell which had me boiling my bottled water to make a hot chocolate.



How many times do I need to flush out the water tank and what should I flush it with? Hope someone knows an answer.



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The Owners Manual that should have come with your new trailer has a section on sanitizing your new tanks. There’s a lot of other important-to-know information in there as well that you may want to familiarize yourself with.
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Scott- you're right about the need to read manuals however the fact is most people don't which is why you haven't seen a paper manual in your cell phone box for years.

Never noticed a funky taste with the fresh water tank as to this day we don't use it for that purpose and carry a 3 gallon jug to fill the one gallon for drinking water obtained at Glacier machines and other sources.
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We sanitize the water system anytime the trailer sits for a month or more unused, which works out to 2 or 3 times a year. I include the hot water tank and pull the anode several times in the process, putting plumbers tape on the fitting when finished. Takes me half a day.

We don't use the trailers water supply for consumption unless it's water from home. Some campgrounds water has a bad taste or smell, once it's in the tank we won't drink from it. Not saying it's unhealthy, just not something I want to drink.
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Old 06-27-2019, 08:09 AM   #16
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There must be a chemical available that will get rid of the chemical smell / taste in your onboard water system
We have owned 3 FG trailers and we’ve experienced bad taste / smell in our water system on several occasions , everytime the culprit was lousy water .
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We have owned 3 FG trailers and we’ve experienced bad taste / smell in our water system on several occasions , everytime the culprit was lousy water .
This has been our finding too. We use this stinky water for all cleaning and use filtered water for cooking and drinking. Once rinsed out with a good water all is fine again.

I have a habit of testing the water at a campsite by smelling and a wee taste before we ever hook up to it, and if bad I might not use if I have enough on board.
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I've flushed and filled my fresh water tank with my wonderful home well water multiple times. It still has the original noxious chemical smell from my very first experience the day i picked it up from ETI
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I've flushed and filled my fresh water tank with my wonderful home well water multiple times. It still has the original noxious chemical smell from my very first experience the day i picked it up from ETI


Have you done the initial sanitization, as recommended by Escape in your Owners Manual?
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I'm still drinking British Columbia water.....
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