Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-02-2014, 03:13 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
fivecodys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 324
Leaving Fresh Water in Tank for Emergency

Here in Central California we are going through a tremendous drought.
We have wells failing and pretty stiff water policies in place.
I filled my fresh water tank (30 gallons) early this summer and for the most part it's still full.
We have gone on our final trip this year and I am considering leaving the tank full as kind of an emergency stash of water should we have a water emergency. (Not for drinking)
I do sanitize my tank every season.
We don't have the freezing issues that some areas have.
Is there any good reasons that I shouldn't do this?

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Bill
__________________
2009 Flagstaff 8528 RKSS
2019 GMC 2500 HD Diesel
Pullrite Superglide 14K

"I've got a mind like a steele.. a......a steele......um.....uh...... what's that thing called again?
fivecodys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 03:20 PM   #2
Member
 
RudysWorld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Collierville, TN
Posts: 579
I would look into how to keep drinkable. Maybe a small amount of bleach or other way to have it available for drinking as that would be the greatest need in case of emergency. Hopefully someone could help. Good luck!
__________________

Rudy - 10 year old long haired dachshund, RIP
2011 Georgetown 350TS
2013 Chevrolet Equinox toad
RudysWorld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 03:39 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Ontario
Posts: 1,167
Are you filling with well water or city treated water? City water is drinkable for about 5-6 months ( may taste funny being in plastic tank but won't kill you)
__________________
2014 Forester 3051s
2016 Nissan Pathfinder SL
2012 Sonic toad
wana65stang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 03:40 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
crunchman12001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Posts: 3,225
I would bet that water is very stinky by now. What could the emergency be other than for drinking?
My dad still lives in Calif. and I know that watering the lawn is still considered an emergency. ;-)
crunchman
__________________
2017 Salem Villa Estate 395RET-
2011 Coachmen Freedom Express 295RLDS- Sold
2015 F-250 FX4
crunchman12001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 04:04 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
fivecodys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 324
Quote:
Originally Posted by crunchman12001 View Post
I would bet that water is very stinky by now. What could the emergency be other than for drinking?
My dad still lives in Calif. and I know that watering the lawn is still considered an emergency. ;-)
crunchman
I didn't want to be crude but I was thinking about water for flushing the toilet.
Yes, we still have people that are watering like there is no problem but we are trying to do our best to comply.

I imagine that I will never need it but if it doesn't hurt anything to keep it then I thought what the heck!

Bill
__________________
2009 Flagstaff 8528 RKSS
2019 GMC 2500 HD Diesel
Pullrite Superglide 14K

"I've got a mind like a steele.. a......a steele......um.....uh...... what's that thing called again?
fivecodys is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 04:22 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
crunchman12001's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Posts: 3,225
My buddy got a used camper that the people never drained the hot water tank and when he tried to use it, it was very bad, like rotten eggs. Just might be more hassle than it is worth trying to get that funky stuff out of the fresh water supply.
Good luck,
crunchman
__________________
2017 Salem Villa Estate 395RET-
2011 Coachmen Freedom Express 295RLDS- Sold
2015 F-250 FX4
crunchman12001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 04:31 PM   #7
Member
 
RudysWorld's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Collierville, TN
Posts: 579
^ good comment was in a CG and neighbor had a problem with a chemical reaction in Hot water heater. Might be a good idea to bypass and drain water heater.
__________________

Rudy - 10 year old long haired dachshund, RIP
2011 Georgetown 350TS
2013 Chevrolet Equinox toad
RudysWorld is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 05:21 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Iwannacamp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Posts: 7,829
Get you some water bladders from the internet. Cheap and clean


Sent from my iPhone using Forest River Forums
__________________
2017 Puma 297RLSS
2005 Ram 2500 4X4 diesel SMOKER!!
I love puns, irony and tasteless jokes...
born in Texas.... live in Arkansas
Iwannacamp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-02-2014, 05:53 PM   #9
Member
 
Kungfu01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 36
I am not an expert but I do have a background in civil engineering. I would not consider that water potable after very long (1 or 2 weeks). Even though it is treated there are too many factors were bacteria can begin to grow or virus strains multiply due to other factors other than just being treated at the municipal facility.

Non-potable is good for showering and cleaning other items and in your situation as long as you use anti-bacterial soap I consider it ok for hand washing in emergency situations maybe even brushing your teeth.

I have another hypothesis about the plastic tank so take it for what it is worth. When it sits in the plastic for very long the chemicals in the plastic begin to leach out into the water as well I suspect that is the cause for the plastic taste. Just my thoughts.
__________________
- 2015.5 Salem 30QBSS Show Stopper
- Previous 1999 Skamper Lite by Thor
Kungfu01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-03-2014, 02:44 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
fivecodys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 324
Thanks to you all for the comments.
I have already drained the water lines in the trailer in preparation for the off season.
I think I will keep the water in the tank.
I will drain it and do my normal sanitizing treatment this spring.

Bill
__________________
2009 Flagstaff 8528 RKSS
2019 GMC 2500 HD Diesel
Pullrite Superglide 14K

"I've got a mind like a steele.. a......a steele......um.....uh...... what's that thing called again?
fivecodys is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
fresh water, tank, water

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:09 AM.