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Old 03-28-2014, 10:52 AM   #1
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Drinking water safety

Speaking with another camper they were saying that they NEVER drink water from a hose hookup at a campground due to the high risk of contracting an intestinal parasite. I spoke with my doctor and he concurred. Aside from packing in water jugs, any way to protect against this? Should we fill up our fresh water tank at home and use that? I heard that was nasty too. Now I'm totally paranoid but really don't want to have to buy water jugs.
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Old 03-28-2014, 10:59 AM   #2
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There is a thread on this somewhere, just can't remember.
There are a lot of tips / how to's

In our situation if we get water from the refridgerator door, the water is double filtered. Coming in to the coach and again at the refridgerator.
Some folks buy an add-on water filter and connect at the hose. Some folks use a bleach solution at the faucet to clean the connection really well. Some folks bring water jugs, us, we use the CG faucet with no concerns all said and done.

You can clean your fresh water tank as well, there are also threads about that.

just my .02
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:02 AM   #3
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I trust the on-board water filter to handle that for me. Other's have external filters they hook up. And other still bring bottles. It's all a personal preference.

Just think about this way: Would you drink water from a tap in a house next to the campground? Because essentially most are on the same city water or pumping from the same well water.
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:03 AM   #4
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Found the thread

Drinking water

There may be more, but this one has several comments
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:04 AM   #5
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I posted this to a filter question, but it applies here, too.

One of the links covers what filters what.

I use both internal and external filters (Camco) because the well water at home and at some of the parks we go to have a high iron content so the external one that I use (100micron) removes that for me while the better filter within the trailer (1 micron) does the rest of the job.

However, others just use an external filter. Make sure that it filters what you want, though.

Water Filter Filtration

My trailer's OEM water filter is a Water Pur CCI-10-CLW Clear Water Filter Housing and uses a CCI-10-C filter. Everything in standard 10" length will work in that housing. What you want is a low micron cyst filter with as high a flow (in GPM) as you can get. I've bought the F1 model from this place before... RV Water Filter Store: Standard Filter Canisters for Whole RV
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We have been camping for 35 years plus now. Mostly dry camping but we do stay at campgrounds especially when traveling out west and back every 2 years. Two years ago I picked up a parasite nicknamed beaver fever(giardiasis). Great weight loss bug. I lost 20 lbs in 12 days. Anyway, it was my fault, because the campground tells you to boil the water prior to drinking it. We've stayed there many times before and never boiled the water. My wife and I used bottled water but I used their water for brushing my teeth. I got caught. That's the only time in all those years. Now it's bottled water for everything but showering and washing dishes. When dry camping I fill 60 gallons on the 5er and a 50 gallon container in the bed of the TV and bring that with us. When on site I'm able to fill another collapsible container with another 50 gallons. It depends on our length of stay, which is not less than one week on whether or not I use the 2nd portable container. So I guess you can say we use both means for water but don't drink it from the tap. We do have an on board filter but it didn't catch the bug.
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I suggest the OP read up on micron ratings of filters and the size needed to effectively remove parasites. Camco filters won't help you.
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Old 03-28-2014, 11:48 AM   #8
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We've never drank the water from the taps in our trailer only because we've never bothered to do the whole fresh water tank/line sanitation process. For drinking water we always filled up water jugs from the spigots spaced through the campgrounds and never thought twice about picking up parasites from drinking it.

Is the concern that the water itself may contain parasites or that it would become contaminated at the spigot, hose, etc? I know certain places require backflow preventers on all the spigots to help protect the water supply.
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I suggest the OP read up on micron ratings of filters and the size needed to effectively remove parasites. Camco filters won't help you.
That was my initial reaction, too. Trying to recall from my saltwater aquarium days, to filter out everything, you needed a TFC membrane reverse osmosis filter. Anything higher than about 0.2 micron rating would still potentially let nasty stuff through. So at 1 micron, there's a still a lot of stuff getting past the filter. RO filters are about 0.0001 micron. Unfortunately RO is slow and wastes a LOT of water. Not practical for whole RV applications, but you could put one in with a small pressurized holding tank just for drinking water.
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Old 03-29-2014, 08:50 AM   #10
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Does anyone know how to sanitize the lines?
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