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Old 02-22-2010, 09:06 PM   #57
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The Fantastic Fan rain sensors have to be cleaned periodically or they don't work.

Never thought about the hoses for fresh water, but when I flush the tank in the spring, lots of water goes through the hoses and flushes them too. The chlorine our water company uses probably sanitizes them. Our company uses chlorine, not chloramine.

Our water comes via a dole which gives us 10,300 gallons per month per dole tap (we have 3 taps—this is different than other systems) and empties into 2 1,500 gallon cisterns. Who knows what's in there? I haven't seen any algae in it. Hasn't made us sick, but I did fish out a dead mouse floating in one several years ago. Still haven't told my wife. Water drains out the tanks by gravity and comes to the house and then a pump in the house provides pressure. Rural water systems are a learning experience. I have a whole house filter at the end of the line to clean out the silt and chlorine.

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Old 02-22-2010, 09:42 PM   #58
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OH 'dem nasty meece's... still haven't told Sandy about the Toastmaster.
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I always leave home with a full tank. You never know where your journey will lead you and water is the basis for survival. In my case she tows better since the water tank is over the axles.


Yup. Never know what you will need it for. The whole point of a trailer is that one has big capacities for food, water, clothing, etc that car travel can't match. Any reasonable exploration of being stranded (usually, but not always weather) indicates that one wants a minimum of 48-hours supplies. Being able to use a bathroom, take a hot shower, just makes it better. I challenge anyone to prove a mpg loss for carrying fresh water. And, the full tank offsets other weights, higher up (A/C for example).

Self-sufficiency is time-consuming, and trailers are energy hogs. So what? Beats all the alternatives. I don't always need an excuse to avoid evening television with my wife, but I've noticed she's been plenty happy to leave all "plumbing problems" to me. Being perfectionistic about tankage seems small enough, especially on a nice evening. (Take note, Gene, this way I don't have to do it in the morning, and leave earlier . . . .)
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:58 AM   #60
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Well from our trip I learned a lot already. Grey tanks Fill FAST!! 37 ngallons ain't squat. My wife decided to wash the dishes before we ate on them <new plates> and the grey tank was full after the showers we had.

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Use a wash basin and dump your wash water down the toilet. Saves grey water and keeps things hydrated in the black tank. They flush easier that way.
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CW has a spout to put on a hose with a clear end.

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How do you know when your holding tank is full w/o looking at the gauge? Will it just equalize if left un attended?
I fill up at home with my own filtered water, sanitize it, and only use it for showers, flushing etc. I do the bottled route as everyone else has noted.

CW and Walmart have an adapter for the garden hose it shows the water flowing into the tank. I start torching the lug nuts when I hear it hitting the deck, I know it's full...lol...I like my own well vs. a campgrounds.
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We saved 6 one gal jug's and fill them with home filtered. Try not to bring too many of 'dem damn teeny bottles,(end up all over the place).

Don't really have a safety concern with the storage H2o, just tastes like cR@p
after awhile.
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Old 02-23-2010, 11:06 AM   #63
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I do the bottled route as everyone else has noted.
A bit of a point of order. Not everyone said they took bottled water. I certainly didn't. I have been drinking water out of RV tanks since I was 14. I am now 66 and still alive.

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A bit of a point of order. Not everyone said they took bottled water. I certainly didn't. I have been drinking water out of RV tanks since I was 14. I am now 66 and still alive.

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You are correct I made an assumption incorrectly...I stand corrected.
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REDNAX (post#59) makes some great points!
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You are correct I made an assumption incorrectly...I stand corrected.
Actually, although I do drink the tap water, I do also carry some canned or bottled sparkling water. That with a little lemon juice is my substitute for soda pop.

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3/4 tonners KNOW AirStreams tow better with a full H2o tank...
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We fill our fresh water tank for travel...we treat with a purifying bleach mixture when we fill with water from other-than-home sources...we drink the water from the fresh water tank and cook with it, too...and we are still here....
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Shane,
Use a wash basin and dump your wash water down the toilet. Saves grey water and keeps things hydrated in the black tank. They flush easier that way.
Hi, Shane. If your sink or sinks are like mine, Sterilite makes a tub and dish drainer that fits nicely in your sink. As Michelle said, I do the dishes and dump the dish water down the toilet while boondocking.
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There's a collapsible dish drainer that fits on one side of our sink perfectly. I think we got it at the Container Store, but not sure.

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