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Old 09-27-2014, 04:38 PM   #11
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When hooked up to shore water I use the shortest hose needed and connect the charcoal filter at the Rv, not at the faucet, to try and minimize hose taste.
On our last RV we installed a filter at the kitchen faucet (from Lowes) that you could filter or bypass. This was for drinking and coffee. Washing dishes it was in bypass. Took a cheap replaceable cartridge.
On occassion, we'll freshen our tank with a mix of vinegar and water and a good rinsing flush.
We also carry a 3-5 gallon water jug from home. Love our well water.
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:23 AM   #12
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I never drink from the tap... but then I never stay at a place with hookups. Are you using the white drinking water safe hose? Or are you using a regular garden hose? I will bet you are using a garden hose...
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Bottled water for us for drinking and coffee, etc. Campground water for cooking and showers etc. Never had a problem with taste but hardly ever use fresh water tank. In fact, usually keep fresh water tank empty. If ever do use it would have to sanitize again. Do keep some in fresh water tank on trips just for use of bathroom on the road. But try to keep all lines drained when not in use.
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Its bottled water for us as well. We are FRESH GROUND BEAN COFFEE lovers and found out real quick that if we didn't use the same water brand all the time our coffee taste would change big time.

We bring along our own same brand bottled water for cooking, drinking, and making coffee.

For us the fresh water tank or city water is only used to wash dishes and take showers etc...

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When hooked up to shore water I use the shortest hose needed and connect the charcoal filter at the Rv, not at the faucet, to try and minimize hose taste.
Love our well water.
X2 on the hose & well water
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I never drink from the tap... but then I never stay at a place with hookups. Are you using the white drinking water safe hose? Or are you using a regular garden hose? I will bet you are using a garden hose...
Don't put money on the type of hose! It's a white fresh water hose from the RV store, both of them actually. We have a 25ft and a second at 50 ft for longer stretches. Both are new and have the same taste with them.
I've done the diluted bleach for up to 18 hrs before using them.

Admittedly we have only had the trailer for just over a month so it might need some more time to clean out the tastes.

Having a coffee or tea with another taste than what was supposed to be there is a bit much.
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Something is very wrong then.. FW hoses and RV plumbing have no rubber that would impart taste.. they are supposed to be chemically neutral. Has it been water from more than one source?
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Something is very wrong then.. FW hoses and RV plumbing have no rubber that would impart taste.. they are supposed to be chemically neutral. Has it been water from more than one source?
Yes it has been from more than one water source. I'll bring it up to the guys at the place we bought the trailer next month when we winterized it. Maybe they can find something.

Thanks for the heads up.
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Something is very wrong then.. FW hoses and RV plumbing have no rubber that would impart taste.. they are supposed to be chemically neutral. Has it been water from more than one source?
I don't know that I agree with this entirely. Yes, if water is flowing regularly through the lines, then there is nothing imparted to the water. However, if you do like I have done and leave water in the lines between trips (say 6 weeks or so, in the Texas heat), the water definitely takes on a taste. And that taste is exactly what I remember the garden hose water tasting like as a kid. Granted, it doesn't take much to flush that old icky water out of the lines, but if you don't flush it, the smell and taste is intolerable.

Most recently we made ice with the water that was left in the lines, and it stunk up the entire freezer and made our drinks taste absolutely horrific.

So I've changed my process for water management. Now I drain all the water from the lines before it goes to storage, I run fresh water through my white city water hose for at least a minute before I connect it to the trailer, I use a charcoal filter attached at the city water connection, and I flush all the lines inside the trailer during prep before we depart. We also refill a 5 gallon water cooler jug at our local "Glacier" water station strictly for drinking water (same taste, same bacteria, every time).
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If your water taste like rubber its the hose. Do you use a drinking water hose? Do not use a garden hose! Even some of the cheap drinking water hoses taste like rubber.
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