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Old 05-10-2015, 12:25 PM   #1
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Adding chemicals to the fresh water tank

I have noticed there are products on the market to add to your fresh water tank that keep the water fresh. These products are drinkable. Are they something I should consider using? Will they benefit my fresh water tank? I am hesitant about adding anything to the water I drink and would appreciate some opinions on this. Thank you.
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:03 PM   #2
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Most of it is a simple marketing ploy...and it works with many..why add chemicals to your fresh water tank to later assume it is not detrimental to one's health. You don't need it. Just make sure you are using good potable water through a proper hose. If you sanitize your tank before start of season, (search the forum here, there are tons of posts on how to do it, no need to re-hash again in this post), and if you don't let water sit in your holding tanks for weeks on end when not in use, you will be fine. Get an outside filter to filter any water before it goes in, empty your tank between trips, and always start out with fresh water and you will be fine.
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:21 PM   #3
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Just remember it is usually impossible to totally drain your fresh water tank. If your RV sits for a month or so it is a simple matter to just do a partial tank sanitize using bleach and you are certain to not have issues. I would not waste time on expensive treatments. Use what most public water companies do.
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Old 05-10-2015, 08:48 PM   #4
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Thank you so much for your replies. Happy Camping!
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:08 PM   #5
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I keep 5-10 gals of fresh water in the tank during the season - handy to wash hands or whatnot when we stop for lunch or after emptying the tanks.

Haven't had an issue when drinking it, which isn't often, but has been done. Now we fill with city water - so it's been chemically treated to be 'clean' vs say, well water than won't have been.

I believe you can add a SMALL amount of bleach (look it up to be sure the quantity) or of course iodine tablets like you carry for rustic camping.
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Old 05-11-2015, 04:02 PM   #6
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You drink Water !! Do you know what fish do in water? (:>)
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Old 05-12-2015, 04:58 PM   #7
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That was also my thought, I don't drink the water from the tank, never have.
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Old 05-12-2015, 05:35 PM   #8
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Heck No do not drink water from your Plastic F/W Tank! Drink it from Plastic Bottles! Youroo!!
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Old 05-12-2015, 05:42 PM   #9
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About the only thing I've ever added to my FW tank is a little lemon juice. It helps keep your water from tasting "flat".

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Old 05-12-2015, 05:56 PM   #10
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Scotch or Bourbon is better.
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