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Old 09-01-2009, 06:29 PM   #29
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New tank, new pex throughout, Britta filter, picky where I get water, but mostly use it for coffee, boiled foods (soup, noodles, etc.). Never had a problem..yet!

I do rest easy most of the time with the knowledge that no known pathogens can survive in alcohol!

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Old 09-01-2009, 06:33 PM   #30
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Absolutely!
That is what it is for. The last thing I want to do is haul around "other" water. After spending over thirty years developing and maintaining state park water systems to state and federal safety standards I feel confident I can keep my little closed trailer system water safe and good tasting. It's not rocket science. Flush, sanitize and use, repeat as necessary. Don't put dirt in it.
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:34 PM   #31
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I don't understand. You own a travel trailer with all the conveniences yet some refuse to drink water from the fresh water tank. Others refuse to use the built in shower (I presume they at least shower in a campground facility at some point). You have a built in toilet but some would rather stumble in the dark to find a pit toilet. Many have an oven but only use it for storage. How many sleep outside so they don't have to make a bed?

Didn't we all buy one of these things so we could enjoy all of these conveniences out in the middle of nowhere?
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:36 PM   #32
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We drink it. It's sanitized. Yes, it's 42 years old, but that's a good deal younger than some of the water systems found in city water around the country.

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Old 09-01-2009, 06:37 PM   #33
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Only with a strong dose of Crown Royal

Like others here, we sterilize a couple of times a year and never have a problem drinking from our fresh water tank. Ours is a bit newer than some but we're not at all paranoid about it. We utilize a filter when hooked up to shore water and when drinking from the tap in the galley. We change both filters regularly.
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:46 PM   #34
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I don't understand. You own a travel trailer with all the conveniences yet some refuse to drink water from the fresh water tank. Others refuse to use the built in shower (I presume they at least shower in a campground facility at some point). You have a built in toilet but some would rather stumble in the dark to find a pit toilet. Many have an oven but only use it for storage. How many sleep outside so they don't have to make a bed?

Didn't we all buy one of these things so we could enjoy all of these conveniences out in the middle of nowhere?
I know we did!

We clean it regularly and filter the water going in from a known source...we've never had any problems. And yes, we do use our beds, toilet, shower & oven as well...

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Old 09-01-2009, 06:55 PM   #35
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I don't understand. You own a travel trailer with all the conveniences yet some refuse to drink water from the fresh water tank. Others refuse to use the built in shower (I presume they at least shower in a campground facility at some point). You have a built in toilet but some would rather stumble in the dark to find a pit toilet. Many have an oven but only use it for storage. How many sleep outside so they don't have to make a bed?

Didn't we all buy one of these things so we could enjoy all of these conveniences out in the middle of nowhere?


Hehehe! Good points!

I guess when I think about it, I don't drink from te fresh water tank because I don't trust my sterilization methods!

I do use the shower whenever I have doubts about the cleanliness or inconvenience of the campground showers - which seems fairly often!

We do use the toilet, but a cardinal rule I set from the first day we owned an RV, many years ago, was "only for peeing!" We have adhered to that ever since!

I could well be all wrong in this, but I always felt that the chance of plumbing troubles could otherwise be much higher and I didn't want to have to deal with that!

Maybe I should rethink!


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Old 09-01-2009, 06:58 PM   #36
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Flush, sanitize and use, repeat as necessary. Don't put dirt in it.
best advice I've seen in such a concise form!

Filters help keep the dirt out but can't be depended upon for sanitizing. Public water systems in the US are disinfected and generally 'safe.' Sanitize with the quarter cup plain bleach to 15 gallons to get the smell in all faucets at least once a year then flush until the smell is gone. Drain and refill weekly or so when in use. If using private wells add a small amount of plain bleach. Should be safe, shouldn't smell, shouldn't taste any funnier than any water you're not used to.
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We never use the fresh water from our tank or water away from home for drinking or cooking. Not even for our dog. We wash and use it in the toilet only. We fill four or five fresh water gallon jugs before we leave home and put them on the floor of the shower where they will cause no harm if they should spill. As they become empty we make a "NECESSARY" trip to WalMart where they have a reverse osmosis water machine. The water is inexpensive and gives us pease of mind. I have gotten sick from water away from home and it won't happen again.
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:38 PM   #38
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Fascinating thread. What a wide variety of opinions: some for, some against, some passive, some full of conviction! We're only just getting around to cleaning our tanks for the first time since we bought the thing (and it was likely in storage for decades before that) so I can't weigh in yet with experience.

I'd like to use all on board systems in the way they were intended, but when it comes time to fill my cup from a 47 year old galvanized tank, who knows -- I may chicken out and turn to my giant insulated thermos. I can refill from multi-gallon jugs of distilled water on the road.

I'll add I'd feel more comfortable drinking out of an aquarium, where at least I'd be able to scrub it out and make sure it's spotless!
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Old 09-01-2009, 07:46 PM   #39
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I flush, brush, shower, cook and make coffee with it. But I have to say that I dont just pour a glass of water to drink....mainly because I can never completly get the bleach taste out.
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Do we drink the water from our fresh water tank?

Yes, and we don't even think about it. I will admit that we use the kitchen filter for our drinking water and an inline filter when we fill the tank or hook up to city water (which we almost never do).

For those who are using it to brush their teeth but won't drink it, well... duh - that's like Bill Clinton (I didn't inhale!).

We bought our Airstream used four years ago and had to clean out a really GUNKY fresh water tank. But once sterilized and flushed repeatedly, its been fine. We now sanitize twice a year, and store it empty.

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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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When I was a child in the 50's and 60's, we travelled Europe and North Africa (Dad was in the Air Force). We never lived 'on-base' but always in local homes in the countryside - and drank the water that was in the tap. And whenever Dad had time off, we all piled into the car and travelled everywhere AND drank whatever water was available on the road.

I think Kay is right. I've NEVER had problems when travelling and I think its because my immune system was turbo-charged during a childhood of being exposed to everything in the world.

Also, if you really think your home tap water is safer than your easily-sanitized and completely contained Airstream system, you probably don't want to look at the underground pipes feeding your house!

And that's my rant!
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:11 PM   #41
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We drink from the tank, but only if we fill it at home 1st before leaving. I always use a Walmart hose filter. We also fill used gallon milk jugs to take with us. If we need to fill while out, we try to get city water instead of well. If well or questionable/unknown source is only available, that's where the reserve gallon jugs get used. I make sure to clean/sanitize after returning home.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:30 PM   #42
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I have drank out of our '87's fresh water tank for years. It tastes great and it's never made me sick. I did, however, add a Culligan water system a couple years back for my wife (she's kind'a finicky at times). I have the water out of the tank tested annually to be sure I'm changing the Culligan system filters often enough. Historically, every couple of years has been sufficient. Of course you gotta remember, I grew up drinking pond water so everything is "up" from there.
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