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Old 11-13-2014, 08:45 AM   #71
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As you get out there and travel this beautiful country, letting go of irrational fears of the unknown (from living in a white bread world, as we in the business say) is part of the process of relaxing, getting into, and thoroughly enjoying, the travel life......i.e. fear that muggers/robbers lurk everywhere.....fear that everyone living differently or not in step with your life is dangerous, degenerate, mentally ill, to be avoided, etc......
I live in the New Orleans metro area. Nearly everyplace I go is safer than where I live! At least if you listen to the evening news and get the daily murder rate reports.
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Maggie, I must agree with your approach. We do not consider ourselves folks who throw caution to the wind, but we try not to let caution rule our lives. We really enjoy our Airstream adventures, and seeing every nook and cranny of this great nation. We now have over 1,500 nights of Airstream camping in the last nine years. We drink the water from the campground and from our fresh water tank. We use the toilet and shower in the Airtream. We don't have a burglar alarm. We camp at "sketchy" campgrounds. We eat out at restaurants. If these things are throwing caution to the wind, then so be it.

We have decided that we are going to enjoy our retirement immensely. We are doing this by Airstreaming our way around America. We hope to be able to do this for a long time to come.

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Old 11-13-2014, 08:57 AM   #73
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Not letting caution rule our lives.....I really like that.


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Old 11-13-2014, 09:01 AM   #74
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I just have to say this.....

We have traveled and camped 20,000 miles in our first rig, and then 154,000+ miles in the Interstate, in 47 of the lower 48 states since 2002.

We have never once become sick, anywhere......not from the water, food we ate, nor anything appearing to be from water or food we had consumed.

I have never heard of anyone becoming ill from campground water anywhere, altho it certainly could have occurred.

I have a few thoughts on this issue of generally voiding campground water....

Use common sense, sanitize your tanks, filter your water for taste or if that is what you usually do at home for whatever reason. If the water is okay for the rest of the campground, it is okay for you......specific allergies, sensitivities, etc., notwithstanding

As you get out there and travel this beautiful country, letting go of irrational fears of the unknown (from living in a white bread world, as we in the business say) is part of the process of relaxing, getting into, and thoroughly enjoying, the travel life......i.e. fear that muggers/robbers lurk everywhere.....fear that everyone living differently or not in step with your life is dangerous, degenerate, mentally ill, to be avoided, etc......and fear that the public water in strange places in this country is unsafe.

I'm sure there are other irrational fears most of us have suffered from at some point, but this is what I am thinking of right now.

Most of us, but not all, have lived somewhat "white bread" lives.....a bit sheltered from the dredges of humanity, living lifestyles we had complete control over......and only drinking familiar water.

If we are going to really enjoy and embrace this beautiful country, and the wide variety of people in it, we need to open our minds and hearts, and let go of the fears we have cultivated......use good sense, smile and say hello, be kind and open-minded....and drink the water.

Life is short. You want to live it.

A bit of a diatribe.....I just had to.


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If you are worried at a particular spot. Do like backpackers do. Use purification methods for your drinking water. I drink river and lake water while in the wilderness...and this is know water full of giardia (sp)...nasty parasites, and other bacteria.

Rather than carrying a lot of weight and bottled water, mostly just tap water anyway, carry purification methods.

1) your choice of filters, either on board the AS...or specifically designed for muddy untreated water. My choice for drinking water is this:

MSRŪ MiniWorks™ EX Microfilter.

Small, filters to .2 microns (captures all parasites and bacteria...but not viruses) has a cleanable ceramic filter, no expensive replacements nor landfill.(I am still using my first one after about 10 years)

To treat your filtered water my choice is:

Aquamira Chlorine Dioxide Water Treatment

It is absolutely tasteless and I think actually improves the taste of water with minerals or odors.

For bulk water needs, I use this as the filter:

Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter

You can get all your cooking and washing needs done with this, as well as drinking water. But it uses rather expensive throw away filters.

Mind you, I don't think ANY of this is necessary 99% of the time for AS camping and fresh water hookups, but for boondocking near a water source, you could stretch your stay.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:23 AM   #75
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Sounds like everyone has their mind made up based on this discussion, for their own reasons. Mine is, still won't drink campground water and see no reason for adding a water pressure regulator to the Airstream built-in unit, and harbor no irrational fears of living on account of it.
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Old 11-13-2014, 09:34 AM   #76
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Choosing not to drink unfamiliar water isn't letting caution rule your life. Sheesh !
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I don't let caution rule my life, but I practice risk assessment and risk management. Some risks are worth taking. Others aren't. But only you, the person facing the risk, can tell which are which.

When it comes to water supplies, I'll choose the cleanest water available, and take simple precautions to make the water cleaner. Because unlike some posters on this thread, I have gotten ill from drinking unfamiliar water supplies before, and it was a great heap of no fun.

But I don't go to the extreme of bringing my own bottled water. I filter the water that comes into my Airstream.
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Choosing to drink water that stinks or tastes bad isn't letting caution rule my life-
To a certain degree we need to let caution rule our lives-
We got to be more careful-
Our water at home used to be the best clean, clear water ever. All of a sudden, it either smells like sulfur or chlorine. They are building a new waste water treatment plant. I wonder if this is a result/byproduct of the construction and maybe it will be a temporary thing? Maybe when the new treatment plant is completed we will get our clean, clear water back? We'll see-
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We buy bottled water by the case anyway. It is what we buy now instead of soft drinks.
I do still drink tap water at home occasionally. When it is real cold it goes down better.
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And, what I was saying, broadly.....what may be perfectly rational for one person may simply be a generalized fear of the unknown for the next.

It's the latter, and we've all been there at some point in our lives, that I was speaking to.


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I don't let caution rule my life, but I practice risk assessment and risk management. Some risks are worth taking. Others aren't. But only you, the person facing the risk, can tell which are which.

When it comes to water supplies, I'll choose the cleanest water available, and take simple precautions to make the water cleaner. Because unlike some posters on this thread, I have gotten ill from drinking unfamiliar water supplies before, and it was a great heap of no fun.

But I don't go to the extreme of bringing my own bottled water. I filter the water that comes into my Airstream.
I only got sick once. On a mission trip to Mexico...and we were so careful not to drink local tap water (this was NOT resort or city water!!!!) But it happened due to a series of mis communications. Several of us got sick. Still don't worry about US sources...within reason.
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Our aversion to drinking unfamiliar water largely results from third world travel as well. Tough habit to break!

Additional factor for me, we've had our 09 Airstream for a year now, still not completely confident that the previous owner used proper technique in consistently sanitizing the freshwater tank. This concern will pass in time.

I'm not at all worried about public water supplies in the US and Canada.
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I only got sick once. On a mission trip to Mexico...and we were so careful not to drink local tap water (this was NOT resort or city water!!!!) But it happened due to a series of mis communications. Several of us got sick. Still don't worry about US sources...within reason.
My nurse sister was in Columbia or some such place, on a mission trip, where the water was so bad they were told to put tape over their mouths when showering.

She still picked up a parasite and brought it home in her GI tract.

The bug-out bag we put together about a year ago includes a bottle of tablets for purifying water in event of an emergency.


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Additional factor for me, we've had our 09 Airstream for a year now, still not completely confident that the previous owner used proper technique in consistently sanitizing the freshwater tank. This concern will pass in time.
How the previous owner sanitized the tank makes no difference at all, as long as YOU properly sanitized it at least once. The purpose of sanitizing is the kill microbes that may be growing in the tank. Dead is dead, and as long as you killed them all, it doesn't matter how long they were growing in there, they're still dead. and as long as you flushed the system afterwards, any dead microbes are gone, too.

That's one of the benefits of tanks made of food-grade plastic. The tanks don't absorb odors or anything else from the water, and don't impart anything to the water, either. There is no way that microbes could have become embedded in the tank to where they couldn't be removed.
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