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Old 09-01-2009, 04:27 PM   #15
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We are on our 6th trailer with a fresh water tank. Little Girl will be #7. We always drink the water out of the fresh water tank. If I count the USS Fletcher, then it's 6 RV's and 1 ship.

We check the water at every campground when we hook up to water, and especially if we are filling our fresh water tank. Bad odor or taste and we don't use the campground water. Never had a problem or gotten sick. But then, we also go the Boundary Waters every year, and drink lake water. Filtered or boiled of course.

When we get to the point of checking out the current fresh water tank in Little Girl, if we have any doubts that we can clean and sanitize the 38 year old tank, we'll put in a new one.

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Old 09-01-2009, 04:28 PM   #16
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I sanitize twice a year or anytime I get a load of water that doesn't taste good to me. I try to keep the tank pretty full between camping trips. I always use an in-line filter to fill the tank.

All that said, I don't have any problems at all drinking the water. The only time I don't is when we are in a situation where we need to fill the tank with water that doesn't taste good to me. Many areas of the country have water with high mineral or iron content and it just doesn't taste like "water" to me.

Who am I to judge though... I routinely drink tap water at home and have even been known to take a drink from the hose if I am out working in the yard ;-)
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:36 PM   #17
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Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.
W. C. Fields.
He also remarked he didn't drink water because "Fish function in it."
I doubt your tank is a bio-hazard. I've had plenty of filtered and un-fitered water from campgrounds and RVs and never had a problem.
We do carry gallon jugs of distilled water but that's an issue of taste not fear of bacteria.
Like Mr. Fields, while camping, I prefer my liquids sanitized with a bit of alcohol.

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Old 09-01-2009, 05:44 PM   #18
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Uh yeah...it sure tastes better than the grey or black tank water!

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You are too much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That made me laugh out loud!!
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:48 PM   #19
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We use water from our fresh water tank all the time...some drinking and all cooking. We do use in inline filter when in a campground but never hook up if there's any question about the quality of the water. We also use a fresh waer "purifier" liquid additive that you can get at camping stores that is basically a very light bleach solution...add a little each time we refill...have never had a problem. We always keep some water in the tank while at home, too, just to keep everything wet...we do periodically check how the water tastes when we are at home, especially if we are there for a couple of weeks or longer...and it is always just fine. Of course, we know where our fresh water tank has been and what's been put into it....
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I clean the tank but................

I use bleach in the tank and lines. BUT I don't drink the stuff. I don't give it to the dog, he gets the poops quicker these days, no need in helping that probelm along. Jugs of water go in the trailer to drink, mix with the dog's food, brush my teeth, coffee, cooking. I will shower out of the tank and wash with it. I fill from home, no filter, heck my city water is clean, but when it hits the tank, game on, take no bets, go with the bottle when drinking.
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Old 09-01-2009, 05:51 PM   #21
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We always drink from Lucy's fresh water tank. We use an in-line filter on the hose that we fill with, and we also run our drinking water through our Moen in-faucet filter. i also feel that it has got to taste better than the gray or black tank water.

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Old 09-01-2009, 06:03 PM   #23
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We use our tank water and drink it. We sanitize it every spring with bleach water and then use vinegar to get rid of the bleach taste. Used to use baking soda for that, but then my eldest son turned me on to the vinegar scene - recommended by the hot water heater manufacturers. Works great!
We try to avoid bottled water - too expensive and too much plastic generated! We drink regular tap water at home too. Comes from the Mississippi river.
We drain our water tank on the trailer in between trips/uses, including the lines to the sinks, etc. We've never been sick from it, and have never had issues doing this. I also grew up camping in a travel trailer, and my parents did the same things. Never had issues.
I don't use antibacterial soaps at home either. I'm a nurse and have dealt with way too many superinfections generated from weak immune systems, and super bugs caused by antibacterial soaps and cleaners and over/misuse of antibiotics. If we never expose our bodies to bacterias, we never build up the immunities we need to survive. Not to say we should be foolish, but antibacterials aren't needed in our homes. (sorry for the rant - one of my "topics").

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Yes, the water in my fresh tank is probably much cleaner than it was on the ole USS Santa Fe, and I drank that, so I think I'll be fine. Of course I bought new and I know whats been in it, if I bought an older unit, I'd probably think twice.

Question: My dealer told me not to keep the fresh water tank full when in storage to prevent algea and stuff from growing. Is this a good recommendation or should I just keep it filled between camping trips?
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:13 PM   #25
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I always sterilize with bleach, but even so, we generally don't drink it. Not sure if my Mrs cooks with it or not!

It is mainly for toilet flushing / hand basin & shower , if we find ourself without hookups.

We do have a filter in the galley faucet that removes chlorine and larger lumps though!


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Old 09-01-2009, 06:14 PM   #26
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I try to avoid water as it makes you rust. If liquids must be consumed it is best to add some form of anti rust such as hops that turn it amber or those brown beans that add caffeine. Another choice is to let Mother Nature filter through some trees or plants and then squeeze it out.

As mentioned above when on a boat you don't have a lot of choice. We lived on ours for ten years and never had a problem. We never really sanitized it but we did use it on a daily basis so it never had a chance to get stale. Add a jug of white wine one or twice a year keeps it tasting good.

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I received a PM from a health care professional that said I don't know what I'm talking about regarding salt (see #4) and made a sensible case about that. I am going to arrange a cage death match between the professional and the scientist and let them bite, gouge, and kick and I'll stay away from chemistry (something my college chemistry professor would heartily recommend).

Interestingly, our water company has been under a state boil order for years—our old filter plant lets too much silt through the filters. Silt can hide bacteria, though the silt itself is harmless. No one of the 300+ customers has ever admitted actually boiling the water and no one has gotten sick. We have to test the water and it passes every test except silt. Our new plant isn't quite ready yet and a long strange trip that has been (lawsuit, 3 bad engineering firms, rogue company officer screwing up things). Our water comes from a creek flowing through completely undeveloped land, mostly wilderness, over 9,000'—giardia is possible, but the filters will pick that up. So we have excellent water, but are supposed to boil it.

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Question: My dealer told me not to keep the fresh water tank full when in storage to prevent algea and stuff from growing. Is this a good recommendation or should I just keep it filled between camping trips?
I think that depends on how long you are going to store it, the quality of the water in it, whether you add anything to keep the water fresh, and the general climate where you store it. I am uncomfortable with letting things "dry out" because that's asking for leaks to develop, especially our dry SW climate. We have had our unit since 2007 and the tank has never been completely empty... If I were going to store it for a period longer than a month without using it, I would drain the tanke periodically and put fresh water in, along with "freshener" produce or a very weak bleach solution, just to help anything "growing."
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