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Old 03-07-2015, 09:55 PM   #11
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Boondocking: We have a house spigot for our soft water and we use the blue drinking water hose to fill the fresh water tank. In storage on each end of the hose are pin-hole vent caps to prevent bacterial growth. The hose is stored in an enclosed container, also to keep out the bugs and dirt.
Hookups: We have two short drinking hoses for our larger water softener (it sits in a milk crate and uses salt as its agent); again, all hoses have the pin hole vent caps when stored.
Seems we're either hauling generators for boondocking or softener for shore!
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:29 PM   #12
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I keep the ends connected like you. I use an inline water filter. I also pour bleach into the house end before connecting to the spigot every time. We also don't drink the water and always take bottled water....
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:31 PM   #13
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we sanitize our tank in spring, use campground water to fill fw tank 95% of the time, no filters and have never had any problems. and haven't ever sanitized the fw hoses
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Old 03-08-2015, 08:25 AM   #14
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One thing to check when buying bleach. Some of the discount/no name brands contain half the sodium hypochlorite as the name brands. So you are getting half of the cleaning/sanitizing power at little reduced price. I have found it better to buy a name brand and use a lot less of it.
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I use a filter on the outside hose as well, but have never sanitixed my water hose, actually have never thought about it. It would not be that hard to do and not a bad idea. However, the main reason I run bleach through the lines in the spring is to get the antifreeze taste and smell out of the camper fresh water system.
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we sanitize our tank in spring, use campground water to fill fw tank 95% of the time, no filters and have never had any problems. and haven't ever sanitized the fw hoses
X2! Bleach / water solution ran thru the hose will kill whatever is hiding in there. Also use an inline filter at the hose bib. Have never worried about the actual CG water as where we frequent all water systems even small CG wells have to be tested on a regular basis. Truth is you are exposed to XXX germs from touching counters and bath room fixtures at the gas station or fast food eatery. Have camped all over the lower 48 and Alaska and have never met anyone who has gotten sick from CG water.
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During the year I hook the hose ends together. Never use a water filter. I do put a bleach solution In the hose, I find it a pain to do. Let it soak while the tt soaks.
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Have never worried about the actual CG water as where we frequent all water systems even small CG wells have to be tested on a regular basis. Truth is you are exposed to XXX germs from touching counters and bath room fixtures at the gas station or fast food eatery. Have camped all over the lower 48 and Alaska and have never met anyone who has gotten sick from CG water.
Appreciate the health-related comments, we concur. However, we prefer soft water (home and camping) for "sudsing and spot-free" advantages ~ much of the CG water in our area is hard with minerals that eventually clog pipes (ugh). So ... we're used to and prefer using softened water when we can.
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Just a thought- if you connect the two ends together doesn't this keep water/moisture inside much longer which allows bacteria growth? I would think you want it to drain and dry out faster to help prevent growth of organisms.
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Just a thought- if you connect the two ends together doesn't this keep water/moisture inside much longer which allows bacteria growth? I would think you want it to drain and dry out faster to help prevent growth of organisms.
Exactly!! That's where my question originally came from. Keeping the hose closed up with moisture inside does not seem like a good idea from a bacteria or mold point of view but it keeps the insects out.

What are the vented caps that some talk about? Do they screw onto the ends of the hose with a screen to keep the bugs out but let air get in and dry out the hose? I've never seen them, but then again I've never looked for them becasue I didn't know they existed

Anyone have a set they like?
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