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Old 08-08-2012, 04:20 PM   #1
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Do you store with fresh water or not?

I've just completed the sanitization process of my fresh water system. Now that everything is clean I'm wondering if I should leave it empty until I need to use it or keep it full. I don't have city water at the house. We have a pumped well that we've been drinking out of for 20 years. No chlorine in our well water obviously. I was thinking of leaving the system empty and then filling with the filtered well water just before we need it.
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:26 PM   #2
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We have unchlorinated well water also, and for that reason, I do not leave it in the tank for long periods of time. I will, however, leave water from a park that is supplied by a city with chlorination in the tank for long periods.
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:35 PM   #3
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If you are concerned, you can add a little bleach as a disinfectant. Not sure how much to add (it's not much), but I'm sure Google will turn up the correct ratio. This would make your well water the same as chlorinated city water.

Assuming your water source has no hazardous contaminants, your fresh water tank should be OK for several months. However, we use bottled water when traveling to avoid Montezuma's revenge, and only use the contents of the fresh water tank for hand washing, showers, toilet flushing, etc. I'm not concerned about a mouthful when brushing teeth, but we don't drink directly from the tap.

Just an opinion...
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We always drain the fresh water tank when we get home, and then fill it when we get ready to hit the road again. Haven't had an issue for 25+ years.
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Old 08-08-2012, 04:38 PM   #5
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FWIW. I leave the tank full of well water (with a little household bleach) in the summer just due to frequent power outages. At least that gives me 50 gallons to "boondock" for a week or so at the house. But I drain and re-fill with fresh before a trip. Sal.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:10 PM   #6
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We always drain the fresh water tank when we get home, and then fill it when we get ready to hit the road again. Haven't had an issue for 25+ years.
Yep, that's us as well.

We sanitize it the beginning of every year, when we take it out of storage.

We also use it up, once filled, even if we have a hookup with water. Just seems to make sense not to let it sit in there for long periods.



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Old 08-08-2012, 05:14 PM   #7
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We always drain the fresh water tank when we get home, and then fill it when we get ready to hit the road again. Haven't had an issue for 25+ years.
Ditto

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We don't carry much water, never travel with a full tank.
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Old 08-08-2012, 05:46 PM   #9
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We always travel with a full fresh water tank and an extra portable seven gallon tank in the tow vehicle. However, we live in the desert where extra water could mean the difference between an interesting/amusing breakdown story and tragedy.

With a 2.5 ton floor jack, an air compressor and generator, and extra gas and water, hopefully we are prepared for about anything.
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I sanitize at the beginning of the season. I travel with about a 1/2 full tank of fresh water just in case. I drain and refill before each trip.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:03 PM   #11
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I keep water in the tank all season. drain it for winterizing. I hate fooling with that drain. Every once in a while I will drain it and re fill it if I am really bored. Like to have water on the road when we travel. Hot water to wash at lunch, etc.
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Old 08-08-2012, 07:12 PM   #12
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We always travel with a full fresh water tank and an extra portable seven gallon tank in the tow vehicle. However, we live in the desert where extra water could mean the difference between an interesting/amusing breakdown story and tragedy.

With a 2.5 ton floor jack, an air compressor and generator, and extra gas and water, hopefully we are prepared for about anything.
That sounds just like me when I travel anywhere!
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We usually travel with a full tank. We store our Bambi at the house and keep the tank full there, too, just in case... We are out camping frequently enough that the water never sits in the tank for very long. When we are filling it from an "unknown" water source we add a little bleach solution to help keep it fresh. Recently we've started a new routine.... at campgrounds that have water hookups, we fill the fresh water tank and using that instead of a direct water hookup. Mostly because we have better water pressure using the pump and the water gets used and replaced more often that way.
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We sanitize in the spring and fill the fresh water tank with city water and top off again every time we do a sani dump or soon after.
That way we have an idea how long the tank capacities will last. The gauges are not very accurate, so if in doubt, I will take a visual of the fresh tank volume, (flashlight to side of tank) and that tells me how close we are to filling the gray tank. The gray is always more prone to overfill than the black tank which can be eyeballed down the hole.

If I don't follow this routine, we have had occassion where we end up with gray water backed up into the tub.

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