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Old 07-22-2012, 11:57 AM   #1
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FW tank/Hot Water tank

I'm sure there's tons of info on this forum about this topic, as I've stumbled onto some. However I'll ask anyway--

How long is acceptable to "store" water in the FW tank and HW heater.

We usually go out every other weekend, this our second trip. Last time I drained the fresh water tank but didn't drain the HW heater. Today after I get back home the TT will be parked until the evening of 1 August when we roll out again. Should I drain both?
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Old 07-22-2012, 01:41 PM   #2
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There are also tons of differing opinions.

Personally, my feeling is if your fresh water tank, lines, and water heater have been properly maintained there is no reason the water should go bad in 4 months. I disinfect (bleach) once a year and always have at least 10 gallons on board at all times. I have never had any problems and I use my water for drinking as well. The water heater by its nature should have no problems.

Do a thorough disinfecting with bleach every year and always fill the tank with filtered water and you should be fine.
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:43 AM   #3
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Old 07-23-2012, 02:36 PM   #4
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alaskahofferts,

I have experienced an oder from the water in the HW tank if I let it stand for a period of time (week plus) after using it, so I tend to drain it because I don't use my HW every time I go camping. My water source is usually a well system.

I don't use my fresh water tank for drinking water (take drinking water in separate jugs), so I haven't had any issues with leaving some water in the tank for longer periods of time. If it's convenient I'll drain and put some fresh water in.

But I agree with Chuck, I also sanitize my system once a year every spring (twice a year is recommended), it also cleans out the P-traps as well (they can hold odors at times as well).

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I drain the water tank and water heater before I tow. This year I am doing most of my camping in one location, so I have not drained either tank since the threat of freezing has ended. No problems with the water.
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