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Old 07-09-2019, 04:37 AM   #1
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Water in the freshwater tank, new to the group

Hello to the group
The wife and I just graduated from a truck camper
to a Jay Flight 248RBSW, We never really did much camping just a night or two, and always carried water in my 6 gallon Igloo water jug.


Now we want to travel and I was wondering how long to leave fresh drinkable water in my holding tank, I wouldn't want to get sick.

Thanks for any advise in advance

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Old 07-09-2019, 08:37 AM   #2
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I'm sure you'll get a lot of different opinions on this....

Me personally, I would leave water in the tank if I was planning on going back out in a few days. If I know it's going to be longer, I drain the fresh water tank, and drain all water lines and water heater. I would rather error on the side of safety, versus letting things "grow" in the warm weather in the tanks and lines.

Then, before I go back out, I reflush the tank and lines with city water for a while to make sure I get any standing crap out of the lines...

But that's just me...
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Old 07-09-2019, 08:46 AM   #3
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I’ll leave water in there for a couple months at any given time. Then sanitize the system if I know it’s going to be sitting for the “off season”. We don’t drink our water though, it’s for showers, dishes, and what not. For drinking water we use either the Berkey to filter our onboard water or use the refillable 5 gallon “water cooler” jugs and one of the hand pumps that mount to them. I’d never trust water from an unknown source for consumption especially since I have little ones to consider.
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Old 07-09-2019, 09:08 AM   #4
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Hello to you.

As RetiredOne said, LOTS of opinions on this...

So far, we've kept the same water in our fresh water tanks for weeks at a time between trips without a problem.
When the 'between trips' time was longer than that, it was a bit over 2 months, I re-sanitized the system. I'm not sure it was necessary, but I had the time so why not.

We use 3 filters (2 sediment and a carbon block) for ALL the water that goes into our trailer. We've never had a problem with our water and use our filtered water for everything, including drinking.
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Old 07-09-2019, 09:29 AM   #5
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Most of our trips include a drive home of several hundred miles. On the last day I drain the tank and water heater while hooking up. That way I don't have to haul the weight down the road. I do leave a few gallons for that emergency flush along the side of the road or at a lunch stop.

We don't drink the water but why haul the weight and use up more fuel?
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Old 07-09-2019, 04:08 PM   #6
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My TT is parked in my driveway where I use it as a man cave or for sleeping in sometimes when I work midnight shift. I keep water in the holding tank but generally don't use it for drinking water although I have a water filter connected to the kitchen faucet if I want a quick drink. We have only been camping a little over a year and so far have not traveled further than about a 3 hour drive so our trips have been non-stop. So I always empty the holding tanks before leaving to reduce weight and we always hook up to CG city water at the campgrounds. Once connected I'll flush the system for a short time.
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Been full timing it for about 10yrs now.

1) Sanitize twice a year (Spring/Fall)
2) Drain and flush monthly.
3) Use the water in the fresh tank at least every two weeks.
4) I travel with about 1/2 full of freshwater.
5) Drain if your rig is closed up, as well as drain the water heater.
- Be sure to turn off the electric water heater element first before draining the water heater!!!

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I have no issues leaving chlorinated city water in my tank for 2 weeks. I am sure it is good for longer.

Well water gets to be more tricky. Some of it can leave a horrible sulfur smell/taste. especially in the water heater tank. So I always drain unknown water from they system.

If we do not plan to use the water for more than 2 weeks I drain the system, and then run a little water through the lines once I am ready to go.

I'm just a weekender, so I sanitize in the spring of each year. We do drink water from our tank.
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What all is included in "sanitize" ?
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What all is included in "sanitize" ?
Drain your fresh water system completely. Make sure youíve drained and bypassed the water heater. Fill your freshwater tank adding 1/4-3/4 cups of bleach to every gallon of water you add. Now turn on your water pump and one at a time go to each faucet and run it until you smell bleach. Donít forget the shower head and faucet. Donít forget the outside shower it your have one. Now let the camper sit for 24 hours, you can take it for a drive around the block if you want to slosh the water in the tank around. Now drain the water system again and fill with fresh water. Run the faucets until you donít smell bleach anymore and your done.
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