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Old 05-29-2013, 11:54 AM   #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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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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Old 05-29-2013, 12:01 PM   #4
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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 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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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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Old 05-29-2013, 12:11 PM   #7
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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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Old 05-29-2013, 02:46 PM   #10
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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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I don't have a Berkshire, but I do drink the water from the camper through the filter.
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Filter-Carbon Filter-Osmosis System=Drinking Water more pure than (Bottled water from a store). Youroo!!
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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.
no reason not to... water as a utility is fed and state regulated. unless otherwise state (like the reclaimed water for watering plants), it is potable by law.

i just use the filters for taste... tap water usually has too much chlorine and calcium from the purification plants so it tastes funny to me.

i drink water out of the stream when i go into deep into the backcountry as well. sometimes i purify (filter, uv, boil, or tablets), sometimes i don't... lol
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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.....
Me too. Being sick on a vacation is no fun.

Bottled water always for drinking, coffee, tooth brushing, and pet bowl.

Cooking, wash up, etc is why we sanitize the fresh system.
Maybe we are over the top, but WTH.
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We always ask if the CG's water system is from a well or from a city utility. If it's city water, we use it for everything, unless it has a peculiar taste. If it does or if it's from a well, DW insists on bottled water for her own drinking water. We used a Brita jug for water we're going to use for cooking. My "water" intake is usually from the 94% of it in beer, and whatever's in tea, coffee, OJ and milk. British people rarely drink plain water.

I sanitize the potable tank after it has sat empty during the off-season and we always leave home with the tanks pretty full, depending on the planned trip duration. Anacortes' city water is in the top 5 in the nation for quality and I'm not bothered about the effect of 650 pounds weight when the rig is rated at 22,000 and there's just the two of us and two dogs.

Last time I weighed the rig, we were almost 8,000 lb below the max. with a full gas tank and full potable tank.
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We always ask if the CG's water system is from a well or from a city utility. If it's city water, we use it for everything, unless it has a peculiar taste. If it does or if it's from a well, DW insists on bottled water for her own drinking water.
BEST water we EVER had was from a 500 foot well at 7000 feet elev in Colorado. It tested very pure, tasted like liquid heaven, and was icy cold right out of the tap.

Here in AZ, it's tested safe of course but smells and taste like TMP... First two letters = Texas Mule.

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Hope no one misunderstood. I was referring to the pre-treatment of Chlorine in city water. Well water, while yummy and good for you, is not treated in any way allowing algae/mold growth in a short period of non-use in hot weather.
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