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Old 08-16-2016, 11:55 AM   #15
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How much bleach do you use? We don't drink it either....always take a big jug of bottled water on the road. Thanks!
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:59 AM   #16
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How much bleach do you use? We don't drink it either....always take a big jug of bottled water on the road. Thanks!
My fresh water tank is 20 US gallons. I add 1 - 2 capfuls, about a tablespoon total. Even with that small amount you will find that you can smell the chlorine in the water. YMMV - adjust so that it is no to strong an odor - you don't want too much.
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:12 PM   #17
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So does the blue filter remove Chorine?
The in-line blue water filter that we use is the Camco 40042 that is sold at Wal-Mart.

According to the literature. this filter:
  • Greatly reduces bad taste, odors, chlorine and sediment in drinking water
  • 20 micron sediment filter
  • High-flow carbon filter with KDF to help prevent bacteria growth
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I like the idea of using the blue filter. Assume the Chorine removal has not affected your system.
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Old 08-16-2016, 12:33 PM   #19
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I like the idea of using the blue filter. Assume the Chorine removal has not affected your system.
We have been using this same exact system in three different Airstreams over ten years and 1,800 nights of camping.

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Use the white hose if you feel it is important. We simply flush the garden hose and fill; we do have an extension that inserts about 8" into the inlet, and holds the hose in place. Flushing gets rid of any "hose taste", though we routinely take bottled water for drinking.
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Seagull IV filter

At $632 for the Seagull IV filter I think I will stay with my blue $15 Camco filter.
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Old 08-16-2016, 10:20 PM   #22
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Should I use a special hose end to fill the potable water tank on our 2015 FC 23? Some have recommended the Secure-fill adapters and others the Camco type extension.
Back to the original question, I use the camcorder it makes it easy to control and stop the fill as the tank gets close to full without having to go to the spigot.
Like filling a gas tank, don't leave it unattended when filling.

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Never used an attachment, just shove the hose in.
I don't recommend this, it's a great way to rupture the tank. If it fills the tank and enough water can't escape back out past the hose it can easily pressurize the tank. It doesn't take much pressure build up inside the tank to cause it to rupture. Your tank has about 1800 square inches of surface area, so at only 1psi that plastic will be trying to contain 1800 pounds of force. The tank won't win that battle. Others have ruptured their tanks and permanently deformed the support pan this way.
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If you use a hose end that lets air (and extra water) escape from the fill hole, and a medium water flow, and there is very little risk of tank rupture IMO. It is fine if it overflows and comes out the fill hole (in modern AS at least). Indeed, I believe our owner's manual even says so.

Yes -- On p. 38/114 of the following PDF, it says:

"The amount of water in the tank may be checked on the Monitor Panel, or you may fill the tank until water overflows out of the fill."


Pretty clear and simple stuff -- put hose in hole and fill until overflowing. Including our 1985 25' in the 90's, we have done this probably well over 100 times without incident.

https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...gcloud2014.pdf

The tank ruptures referred to are usually caused by other factors, including operator error. There may be considerations which apply to older Airstreams' water tank fill holes, of course, but for most modern AS -- no prob. IMO.

Using a too-large hose end, and jamming it in very tight, will of course introduce risks which Airstream did not intend.

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Back to the original question, I use the camcorder it makes it easy to control and stop the fill as the tank gets close to full without having to go to the spigot.
Like filling a gas tank, don't leave it unattended when filling.


I don't recommend this, it's a great way to rupture the tank. If it fills the tank and enough water can't escape back out past the hose it can easily pressurize the tank. It doesn't take much pressure build up inside the tank to cause it to rupture. Your tank has about 1800 square inches of surface area, so at only 1psi that plastic will be trying to contain 1800 pounds of force. The tank won't win that battle. Others have ruptured their tanks and permanently deformed the support pan this way.
Common sense says stay at the filler and don't walk away while hose is installed and filling. I can hear when the tank is near full and pull the hose out. I figured I didn't need to tell someone that.
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What ever hose you use be sure there is plenty of space around it for air to escape as you fill the tank. We put our large garden hose nearly tight into the nozzle and turned it on. Pressure will multiply inside the tank as it fills. Ours did and the high pressure inside the tank cracked it.

We now fill it with a nozzle that allows all air to easily escape around it, the larger the nozzle the less water flow we allow.
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What ever hose you use be sure there is plenty of space around it for air to escape as you fill the tank. We put our large garden hose nearly tight into the nozzle and turned it on. Pressure will multiply inside the tank as it fills. Ours did and the high pressure inside the tank cracked it.

We now fill it with a nozzle that allows all air to easily escape around it, the larger the nozzle the less water flow we allow.
Dkottum, sorry for your misfortune, I know what a pain replacing a tank can be and its not cheap either, but thanks for reinforcing my comment.
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Not to belabor the point, but just to be clear -- in the context of the owner's manual quote in Post # 23 -- placing a too-tight hose in the fill port, using excessive water pressure, and/or not monitoring the fill process, might be considered operator error, and not within Airstream's design parameters.

It is possible to break things if reasonable care is not taken . . .

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Sorry to say that is just one more evidence of the Cheapening Down of the Airstream. The older unit had a pressure relief tube in the water fill port.

Those of you without this relief tube don't ever fill up in Dawson City in the Yukon. The public filling system is very high pressure. You would blow the tank before you could react.
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