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Old 04-06-2004, 08:05 PM   #1
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Longterm freshwater storage?

Hi all,

Been camping over the winter/spring and have realized some issues that I wanted to run by ya'll...

3) Is it safe to keep a supply of freshwater in the freshwater tank for extended periods of time? I've read about some bacterial growth issues but isn't the tank always moist to an extent? Will leaving water in the tank be any different?

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Old 04-06-2004, 10:20 PM   #2
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Water storage past a couple of weeks needs to be in tightly sealed full containers designed for long term water storage. Your RV water tank is not tightly sealed.

The RV water storage tank should be sanitized once per season and flushed before every outing. If you are full-timing and using the tank all the time, the flow in an out should be OK as long as using public water supplies that are chlorinated. (private wells may not be treated and you should add a few drops of plain generic chlorine bleach when filling the tank from these sources.)
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Thanks for the sound advice. How does one flush the freshwater tank. By simply draining the remaining water out? Or by draining and then adding new water and then draining?

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Drain the tank and then refill. If you park the trailer for more than a week or two, I'd suggest draining the tanks when you park it and refilling the tanks just before you head out.

Sanitizing the tank would be to drain, fill with a bit extra bleach, pump water through all valves until you smell the bleach, let sit for an hour or two, drain fill with fresh and pump through all the valves to clear out the excess bleach.

Keep in mind that plastic pipe and tank material really doesn't like chlorine, so keep it properly diluted. Your owner's manual should have a process with amounts and such.

see http://sierranevadaairstreams.org/ow...ing/water.html for some ideas and additional links.
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