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Old 02-04-2011, 10:20 AM   #1
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Fresh water treatment

Hi everyone,

I have a question for the ones that carry fresh water in their travel trailers when they go camping... What do you use to treat the water in the tanks please? I am assuming nobody drinks that water, but you still want it to be as clean as possible.

thanks in advance and stay warm!

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Old 02-04-2011, 10:30 AM   #2
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As far as "treating" the water, I don't do anything. At the beginning of the travel year, I flush the tank with a water/bleach solution followed by plenty of running fresh water through the system. I have drank the water and basically if your tank is clean and flushed, its going to taste just like the tap water or other water you use to fill it. Others may have a different idea on this but I say if the tank is clean, and you know the source of water you are using, you are good to go.
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Old 02-04-2011, 12:57 PM   #3
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As for me even with my old motorhome I use to drink the tap water from the tan kall the time... Just have a slightly off taste but nothing wrong with it. But like other I would bleach the tank on a regular basis and flush with plenty of clear clean water.

Since my water come from a well on the property and there is no additves or processing it the best thing...
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I use the water in my tank just like I use the tap water in town because that is where the water came from.
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If you're worried about drinking the water just use a torpedo type inline filter when you fill the tank at the CG. You could also use a filter type water pitcher that you leave in the fridge or a countertop model. WalMart has them.
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Old 02-04-2011, 02:38 PM   #6
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Hi everyone,

I have a question for the ones that carry fresh water in their travel trailers when they go camping... What do you use to treat the water in the tanks please? I am assuming nobody drinks that water, but you still want it to be as clean as possible.

thanks in advance and stay warm!

Duran
When we bought used RV's in te past, we bleach treated them when we bougt them. After that, never. Crud doesn't normally grow in water tanks unless it is introduced somewere. We have alway drank the water right out of the tank without issue.

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Old 02-04-2011, 09:29 PM   #7
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We bleach ours over night with bleach in all the lines. Then flush everything several times. We usually use filters on the city water connection and we use RO water system to keep the tank full if the city water is bad smelling or tasting. Water in Arizona really sucks.
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We bleach ours over night with bleach in all the lines. Then flush everything several times. We usually use filters on the city water connection and we use RO water system to keep the tank full if the city water is bad smelling or tasting. Water in Arizona really sucks.
I'll following you... Since I live out here in the middle of nowhere Idaho and live off a well the water is pure. Yeah even in the spring of the year the water looks muddy but no problem.

But as for going to the city and drinking water neither Mom or I can touch city water. The content of chlorine and fluoride makes us sick. So 99% of the time we will be packing our own water.

Funny part everyone always tells you not to drink out creeks and stream you might get beaver fever. Well I can drink from just about any stream of creek in Idaho but can't drink that nasty stuff called city water. Like in Riggins, ID the city water stinks of clorine...



Yes I have and will drink water from the stream behind me... This is the irrigation dam that feed our property...
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One thing I will add. I also have well water. We used the trailer early April last year and it setup 2 months before I used it again. I drained the fresh tank but forgot the water heater. When we used it again DW told me "the hot water stinks". Sure enough it had a punky odor that did not go away so she did not use the hot water the rest of the trip. I sanitized the whole system with bleach when I got home and now drain the HW tank after each use, unless it will be used again shortly. -Lee
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Interesting... I'll keep that in mind...

But thinking about that I always drained the water heater on the old motorhome too...
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