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Old 10-03-2016, 07:29 PM   #1
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Our motor home has a 105-gallon fresh water tank. We generally fill it full when we arrive at a campsite and use water from that. If we are staying long enough we will refill it and then put the hose away.

I understand that an Airstream doesn't have a huge fresh water tank, so 'Streamers keep the hose hooked up to a city water connection. When you stop for lunch, though, you use water from the fresh water tank, right? How do you keep that water fresh? Since we're constantly using our water it stay fresh.

I suppose that we could do as we do now, filling the tank upon arrival and using from it, but I'd like to hear from those of you who actually live in your coaches.
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:07 PM   #2
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Our motor home has a 105-gallon fresh water tank. We generally fill it full when we arrive at a campsite and use water from that. If we are staying long enough we will refill it and then put the hose away.

I understand that an Airstream doesn't have a huge fresh water tank, so 'Streamers keep the hose hooked up to a city water connection. When you stop for lunch, though, you use water from the fresh water tank, right? How do you keep that water fresh? Since we're constantly using our water it stay fresh.

I suppose that we could do as we do now, filling the tank upon arrival and using from it, but I'd like to hear from those of you who actually live in your coaches.
If it's been in there for less than a few weeks it shouldn't be not fresh. Many rv shops and wallyworld have an additive to help keep the water fresh. It's basically a non chlorine bleach. I use 2 oz in my 40 gallon FW tank.
Then again I don't drink water very much. Doesn't taste bad though.

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-40206-TastePURE-Drinking-Freshener/dp/B000BQLQYM
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:49 AM   #3
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If it's been in there for less than a few weeks it shouldn't be not fresh. Many rv shops and wallyworld have an additive to help keep the water fresh. It's basically a non chlorine bleach. I use 2 oz in my 40 gallon FW tank.
Then again I don't drink water very much. Doesn't taste bad though.

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-40206-T.../dp/B000BQLQYM
Depending on the weather, I'm ok with water staying in the tank for a little extra time. If it's warm, maybe a week. Colder, I'm comfortable with 2 or 3 weeks. I generally rely on my wife to tell me because she has a better sense of taste & smell.

CDC recommends 1/8 tsp in 1 gal to make questionable water safe to drink. For our 40 gal tank, it's a scant 5 teaspoons. Drive around for a few minutes to mix well & wait 30 minutes. I haven't needed to do this yet because we just don't keep water around that long and I fully drain in between trips.

If you ever get to a point where you need to do this, the above procedure will only be a band-aid fix. The bugs-n-stuff are have already started to grow in the tank and this procedure won't effectively get all of them. It should be sanitized.

Sanitizing the tank is different. I use 1 tbsp per gallon. 10 minute contact. Drain. Refill. Drain again. Then it's good.
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