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Old 07-01-2016, 03:09 PM   #1
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Drinking water

We always fill up the A frame water tank before heading out on a trip so we know the water is good. However, it has a nasty, plastic taste coming out of the sink faucet. For that reason we don't drink it, just use it for washing hands and dishes.

I would like to drink that water, it would sure cut down on the number of water bottles we have to haul with us.

Any suggestions on how to make it better? We bought the camper new a few months ago.
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Old 07-01-2016, 03:13 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, some of those plastic tanks have an inherent plastic/chemical smell/taste.

I had one unit that no matter what I did, it didn't help much.

On another, I used a mixture of baking soda and water, put it in the tank, drove around for a while, emptied and refilled and it really helped.
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I just use bleach to clean out my tank but this might be a better option for you.

Can't hurt to try it.

https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=...cr_92241712464

Check with a local RV dealer they may have it in stock so you do not need to wait.
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5 picker, do you remember the ratio of baking soda to water?
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Old 07-01-2016, 03:22 PM   #5
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I'm pretty sure I dumped a couple boxes into a bucket of hot water to dissolve and funneled into fresh tank then added additional water.
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What type of water hose do you use at home to fill your tank? Do you use a "white potable water" rv hose or a regular garden hose? A garden hose will give you a different taste. Just saying.........

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Old 07-01-2016, 08:20 PM   #7
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I'll second the use of a RV drinking water hose at all times Even if it's not strictly necessary for heath reasons it minimises the consequences of mistakes. Always run the water long enough to make a full trip through the hose before you start filling the tank. A small amount of stale hose water can give an off taste to a great deal of fresh water.

Second, does the taste go away if the water runs for a few seconds? I ask because if it does, it may be that substandard tubing was used in the camper.
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:29 PM   #8
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I drain as much water out of my unit after every outing.

I know there is still some water in the FW tank even when drained as well as in the lines, this water gets hot and sits, it does not take long for the water to go stale.

As posted above a little bad water goes a long way...

Drain your system as well as you can, add some fresh water and run thru the lines then do it all over again.
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Have you tried filtering the water you plan to drink?
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My A-Frame has a half=height filter under the sink. From the factory, it just had a sediment cartridge. I now use a charcoal replacement. Really cleans out the bad taste.

Good and cheap here:

https://www.amazon.com/Pentek-C2-Car...2P7F35JRAGSZR6

I use them in the home at 4 faucets and the ice maker. They last over 6 months.
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