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Old 03-10-2015, 03:14 PM   #31
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Water from a tap at the CG is properly treated and sanitized water from whatever water source the park is close to (city, county, etc.). This is the same water that flows through all sorts of pipes until it eventually gets to the park or our homes. How often does anyone want to sanitize our home pipes? I never haul bottled water and drink direct from any faucet in my 5'er. Fuel is too expensive/gallon, but bottled water is absolutely crazy expensive.
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My house has copper pipes which are a natural anti-bacterial. Also house pipes don't sit stagnant for months on end and with access to oxygen so the situations can't be directly compared.

Just a question, do you sanitize your 5'er water system each year?
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Old 03-10-2015, 07:28 PM   #32
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I sanitize my system every couple of years if I'm bored, but I full time so my system doesn't sit ever.
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"I'm acutally suprised there weren't more comments on this as it is has never come up in any threads I recall over the last year and a half."

I've not commented because I'm contrary. While I do use a RV water hose for the camper I grew up drinking from a regular hose; I still do around the house when working in the yard. Quality hose- not the el cheapos. By first running the water a short bit I've never noticed any off taste or odors.

Both of my fridge's have well expired filters. I never noticed any difference when they were new so haven't bothered changing them.

I think there's more marketing at play than real health benefits.
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Old 03-10-2015, 08:33 PM   #34
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I sanitize my system every couple of years if I'm bored, but I full time so my system doesn't sit ever.

Are you using your water tank or hooked up to campground water? If your using your on board tanks, all the more reason to clean it once in a while. Amazing how fast mold can grow.
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"I'm acutally suprised there weren't more comments on this as it is has never come up in any threads I recall over the last year and a half."

I've not commented because I'm contrary. While I do use a RV water hose for the camper I grew up drinking from a regular hose; I still do around the house when working in the yard. Quality hose- not the el cheapos. By first running the water a short bit I've never noticed any off taste or odors.

Both of my fridge's have well expired filters. I never noticed any difference when they were new so haven't bothered changing them.

I think there's more marketing at play than real health benefits.

I don't think you would taste the difference, bad things many times have little taste. I too drank out of a garden hose, but, not on a regular basis for days or weeks at a time.

FYI most seasonal campground will run bleach or some sanitizer through their pipes when the campground is first opened. For several days after that it's not uncommon to smell the bleach. Working there and being there before the park opens, guess were subjected to more of the smell than guests would be. That being said, not every stand pipe is opened to allow the bleach water to run through them...so... better safe than sorry.
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Old 03-11-2015, 05:56 AM   #36
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Are you using your water tank or hooked up to campground water? If your using your on board tanks, all the more reason to clean it once in a while. Amazing how fast mold can grow.
I am hooked up to shore water both at campgrounds where I host and also my home base site. I do use my fresh water tank regularly as well. Over the past few months I fill my fresh water tank and unhook the hose from both the faucet and the RV so it doesn't freeze. I then use the water from the fresh tank until low and then fill it up again. I find this much easier for me than heated hoses and worrying about where the freeze might take place. During the non freezing periods I use the water in my fresh tank every week or two just to keep it fresh and occasionally I completely drain the fresh tank and fill it up again.


As I said earlier, I use my system completely and full time. If I were only using it on weekends it would be a different story.
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:39 PM   #37
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Re: water hoses, I just ordered one of these: Amazon.com : Clear Flow® Water Garden Hose (50 ft) the Best Flexible Lightweight Shrinking Hoses - Lead Free & Drinking Safe! 5/8" : Patio, Lawn & Garden

I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but it looks like it's going to be a very handy hose. I like the fact that's it's clear and lets in UV rays.

Their web site is: The Best Kink Free Lightweight Garden Hose | Clear Flow™
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I've been using the same fresh water hose for about 10 years. I rinse it out each spring and keep the ends screwed together the rest of the year. But I always run water through the hose to flush it out each time before hooking it up to the trailer. I've never had any problems. But sanitizing with bleach water in the spring doesn't sound like a bad idea!
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@ troutslayer: I did look at some of the anti bacterial filters, but If I read the info correctly, the filter just prevents bacterial growth inside the filter between uses, not necessarily disinfecting the water. That's why houses get fancy UV filters to kill off the bacteria. If I'm wrong, let me know what type of filter is best.

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You may be right on that, t2dan. The Water Sentinel leads me to believe otherwise but that could be "marketing". Afterall, it's pretty difficult to see bacteria so who knows if it's being removed.
I did however find some interesting things on storing water in the hose. I think it was on the FEMA site (you know them from the trailers with all the formaldehyde?). They said that if you run water through the hose briefly before each use it will clear most of the bacteria. Also, the bacteria will grow much faster depending on how long the water is stored and if left at higher temperatures...makes sense to me. Also stated was that the hose should be empty when not in use.
So, armed with this new education, I just ordered caps, with vent holes, off the Amazon website for my hose. I think they were Valtera.
Happy Camping and don't eat too many "bacteria(s).
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if you want a quality hose that is hard to beat https://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/Hoses.htm
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