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Old 05-29-2013, 12:54 PM   #1
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Water System for Drinking?

I was wondering if Berkshire owners (as well as others) use the fresh water system or bottled water for drinking. I read up on the prep and sanitization steps for the PEX piping in the coach. That author also recommended a bacteriostatic water filter to ensure safety from the wide variety of water sources we use. Certainly would be easier to utilize the fresh water tank along with the ice-maker and water dispenser on the refrigerator but we want to ensure it's safe.

Any thoughts and advice on using the water system appreciated
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Old 05-29-2013, 12:59 PM   #2
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I use my fresh water for everything except drinking, I bring bottled water for that. I do use it for the ice machine and for cooking. Guess I've always just been worried to drink it.....
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We use our onboard water to drink as we bring it from home. I sanitize the system in the spring and have the factory onboard water pur filter with a rain fresh carbon filter element installed.
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I use my fresh water for everything except drinking, I bring bottled water for that. I do use it for the ice machine and for cooking. Guess I've always just been worried to drink it.....
If you are making ice for drinks, you might as well be drinking it.
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We don't drink water from the taps but neither do we at home (except for the filtered water from the fridge- my camper doesn't have that). That's more of a taste thing than a phobia.

We do use it for making baby bottles of formula.
We do use it for cooking.
We will use it for making ice (for drinks) once I buy an ice maker.
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If you are making ice for drinks, you might as well be drinking it.
I do realize that and I do sanitize my tank and have a full coach filtration system but I guess I still just like to use the bottled water.
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I do realize that and I do sanitize my tank and have a full coach filtration system but I guess I still just like to use the bottled water.
And you're not alone. My last driving job in 2011, I hauled it from the Nestle plant in Denver to Walmart DC in Las Lunas, NM. I hauled 5-6 loads per week, and so did 15 other drivers. And that was just MY company!!

Has to be a statement on how few people trust public water systems anymore.

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we use and change the whole coach filter once a month. didn't want to take a chance for it to grow into some biological experiment so we change it often...

from the tap, we pour it into a pur pitcher with the built-in carbon filter (and that gets changed monthly too). the pur pitcher gets moved inside the house when we are back home and brought into the rv when we go on the road. the house has a whole house filter on it too.
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Has to be a statement on how few people trust public water systems anymore.

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I'm not sure that is the whole reason. I think that walking around with a bottle of water in ones hand is the 'in' thing to do. Not so long ago, no one walked around with a bottle of water. You just drank from the tap (or if outside, from the garden hose). We drink water from the tap even when at a campground and have been doing so for 30 years with no problems.
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