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Old 08-24-2014, 01:53 PM   #1
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We have recently purchased our 2008 AS and have been out a few times for weekends. Twice at KOA's where we had full hookups and twice at state campgrounds where we boon-docked. Last weekend, we sanitized the water system, and then this weekend we were in a state park using the on board fresh water. We won't be going out again for a couple of weeks - again to a state park where we will only have electric hookup. My questions are: 1) fresh water tank - should we drain (about 1/2 full now), 2) having just sanitized, the system should be good for the rest of the year - correct? (assuming we don't accidently introduce something.), 3) how long can the AS safely sit(water safety) between uses?

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Old 08-24-2014, 02:17 PM   #2
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My suggestion would be to drain it and re-fill when planning to use it. I really think it would be OK with having sat for a few weeks. If you drink your tank water ( I do sometimes) it will taste better if you drain and put fresh water in. If you don't drink it I don't see it mattering. We usually bring gallons of water from a known source or bought for drinking, making ice or hot tea. I did sanitize my tank on our last trip. Final morning with a partially filled tank I added some bleach and let it slosh around on our trip home.

That's my $.02 and it's almost worth that much.
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Old 08-24-2014, 02:23 PM   #3
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Drain it. It's not that big of deal to refill.
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As long as there is the proper amount of chlorine in the water, it will be fine and stay fresh. But chlorine breaks down and Stuff grows. Be safe,drain after, and sanitize before each time you use the system, it does not take that long to do..
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Old 08-24-2014, 05:12 PM   #5
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I drained and we moved to the storage facility. Will pull out in a couple of weeks. Thanks for the replies.

If I think about out normal houses (wood, foundations, don't move) we go away for a couple of weeks and don't worry about the water when we come back. The only time I can remember doing any water system sanitization was when we had a well and sometimes had to dump a gallon of Clorox down the well hole.
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Do not let things freeze!

A full, sanitized and PROPERLY chlorinated tank will not readily grow stuff. Leaving the petcock open can introduce bad stuff. Once drained, close.
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to sanitize what should be used ?
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:59 AM   #8
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We use on average 1 gallon water a day 2 people, coffee, tea and cooking. No reason to drink water from a source (tank) that you are not sure of. Why take the chance. Water average 75 cents a gallon.
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To sanitize I put some water in the tank. The amount isn't too important but enough to slosh around. When I did it the other week I think I had something less than half a tank. Figuring about 15 gal. I mixed about 1/2c clorox in some water and added that to the tank before our drive home. After parking the trailer I opened the drain to empty the tank. In retrospect I might have thought to run some water through the sinks just to flow some through the lines but I didn't. When we leave next week again I will simply put some water into the tank and off we go. We do carry a few gallons for most drinking and ice making but I do drink the tank water from time to time. Never have gotten any bugs from it and it tastes better than many hookup sources.
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There are usually directions for sanitizing water on bleach bottle labels. We do not drink the water from the tank but do use it for dish washing, showering and brushing teeth. Sanitizing once a year should be enough. Sometimes if I am topping up the tank I will pout a small amount of bleach in. Remember to use your white hose when filling up. We carry all our drinking water and sodas, etc in an ice chest just for that. Don't remember why, must have been a reason, but I'm too old the recall it. Habit, I guess. Jim
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Keep in mind that if you fill your fresh water holding tank with well water (which is our situation at home and also at many campgrounds) you will not have the benefit of any chlorine in your holding tank so the water might not last as long as if it had come from a chlorinated municipal supply.
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