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Old 07-13-2016, 02:24 PM   #11
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To the question "RV's are not intended to hold water for drinking purposes".

I agree with what everyone says about sanitizing the fresh water tank (I do mine twice a year).

However, I will drink from it only if I am 100% sure of the water source. I can't locate it now, but in 2007 I read a story on water safety in the U.S. and the story stated that RV parks with water wells are often the least tested or not tested at all. Not good.

Yeah, I know many will say "I've never had a problem." I just don't want to be the guy that does.

There is a park I stay at several times a year that I know has safe water, so I will use it. But when I travel I use "bottled" water.

Here is a cost saving tip: Next time you buy water gallon jugs save them and then refill them from home before leaving. An occasional wash is a good idea. Vinegar jugs are even better because they are stronger.

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Old 07-13-2016, 02:47 PM   #12
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Fresh Water

Your DW's brother is likely hoping you will offer to serve beer. They call them fresh water takes because they hold fresh water and not much can grow in clean tanks. If it makes you feel better mix it with your favorite distilled beverage. Happy dining.

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Old 07-13-2016, 04:07 PM   #13
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Fresh Water

while relaxing at an rv park on 66 in AZ, my neighbor was filling his ice maker and noticed the local water was cloudy and red. Shortly thereafter, his water flow stopped. Needless to say the water filter plugged up. Concerned, I went to the local hardware store and configured a whole house filter external to the RV, the sediment 5 micron filters are about $2.00 each (a lot cheaper than Camco Filters)

the picture tells it all: this is less than12 hours, one dish washing and 2 showers.

I have replaced the filter 3 times on this trip - 74 days. Don't care how good they say the water is its less crud in my tank...
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Old 07-13-2016, 04:32 PM   #14
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We solved the issue by only drinking water from the water pitcher/filter arrangement we keep in our fridge. It's an expensive filter and there are many options like it. I think ours was about $50. We use it for coffee and to fill another pitcher that we have lemon, cucumber, mint and ginger in for just normal drinking purposes.
I also have a filter that all water goes through before going to the water tank on my Cardinal. We did the same thing with the Country Coach.
Luckily, we haven't had an issue and we do use the standard tank water to brush our teeth with so we're not overly fanatical about it.
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:43 PM   #15
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Filtered in and out.

If I am filling the fw at the park, I filter the water going in the tank and use a filter/pitcher for drinking and coffee.
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Old 07-13-2016, 05:53 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by tom50mg View Post
We flush with known good water and fill the tank with new water and add 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide ,it kills any bacteria and is drinkable.
Thanks for the tip using Hydrogen Peroxide. I had been wondering about that.
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Old 07-13-2016, 08:00 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by tom50mg View Post
We flush with known good water and fill the tank with new water and add 1 quart of hydrogen peroxide ,it kills any bacteria and is drinkable.
I Googled drinking hydrogen peroxide to see what I could find about this and I don't think I'll be practicing this method:

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Old 07-13-2016, 08:30 PM   #18
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Treat your water with chlorine. Use name brand chlorine bleach, it contains a full 5% chlorine. The dollar brands have about 3%.
Instructions are freely available online. Use instructions posted by the Health Department.
Also, if you reuse water jugs, they only have a shelf life of six months.
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One thing to be careful, depends on where you fill up, your tank could be loaded with Hydrogen Monoxide. They use that chemical to cool down nuclear reactors.
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Old 07-14-2016, 08:40 AM   #20
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Drink it, but sanitize

If you're sure of the source ( like at home), just fill it up.
To sanitize, add a cup or so of bleach per 30 gallons, and leave it in overnight. Then drain and fill, untill it doesn't taste like chlorine. Since yours is new, you can probably skip that step.

If you aren't sure of the source, then use a filter to remove the big organisms, and bleach to kill the little ones.

The FEMA website says: Add one-eighth teaspoon (or eight drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household chlorine bleach for each gallon of water (one teaspoon of bleach disinfects five gallons of water). Stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before use. Store the disinfected water in clean containers with covers. Since liquid chlorine bleach loses strength over time, only fresh bleach should be used for water disinfection. For bleach that is one to two years old, the dosage should be doubled.

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