Originally Posted by DustyGeek
While we do much the same as everyone above (bring bottled water or jugs of water), I still use a drinking water hose with our trailer. We usually take some water bottles and about 4 1-gallon jugs for a weekend, always keeping one of the gallon jugs in the fridge.
As far as hoses go, I have a 50' version of this Camco premium hose
and love it. It's a 5/8" hose (good for water flow), good quality machined ends (versus the stamped ends on most other drinking water hoses), doesn't kink and has strain relief. It's not that much more expensive than other drinking hoses, either. Once my other couple of shorter hoses die or otherwise become unusable, I'm going to replace them with the equivalent of this particular one as well.
Thanks for the link! That's the exact hose I've been looking for to replace the ones I got when I bought the trailer almost 2 years ago!
Thoroughly rinsing and sanitizing are key IMHO to removing that "plasticky" taste/smell, and always attach a filter between your trailer and the water source.
We use a filter and drinking water hose in the trailer, but we still carry bottled. We use one of the 5 gal water cooler jugs with this pump: http://www.amazon.com/Water-Bottle-G...hin+water+pump
The bottle is a bit cumbersome, but the pump makes it a lot easier to use. We can get through a weekend on just this water. For longer trips we pack 2-4 extra 1-gal jugs to supplement. You can fill the 5-gal jug for $1 most places, and it's always been VERY good water. We typically search for "Glacier" vending machines. Once you know what to look for, you see them everywhere. We make ice with little Camco ice trays in the freezer, and I'll usually start making ice the Monday before we leave. If I'm diligent with it, I can have a whole bucket of ice prepped for the trip by Thursday, and if I'm really on top of it, I can have that plus a gallon bag full and ready. I realize I could buy a bag of ice for less than $2, but what's the fun in that?!
I also thoroughly rinse out the trailer's entire water system every time we travel, and sanitize with bleach solution at least once a season. I put around 30 gallons of filtered tap water from the house in the fresh tanks to use on the road and when we're setting up or tearing down.
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