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Old 04-10-2010, 05:00 PM   #57
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Culligan shows different levels of in-line filters, at varying prices, with different ranges of filtration.
One of our camping friends exists, at home, on collected rainwater, and his household depends on a (very expensive) highly rated filtration system. He bought something similar, also expensive, for his camper.
I still believe in boiling water when posted or suspect, for consumption. Again, anything you introduce into your tank, with or without adequate filter, will be with you a long time.

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Old 04-10-2010, 09:48 PM   #58
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I know we all have different ways of thinking about what we are willing to drink or put into our tanks. I personally am not comfortable drinking the water out of my tank, it is for dishes and showers mainly. So this is what I did when I dry camped over the past few months.

For drinking water I would take 4 or 5 clean gallon jugs and get drinking water for a quarter at one of the free standing drinking water dispensers, I left it in my truck and brought one in as I needed. For my tank, I had 4 or 5 jugs that I would fill almost anywhere including from my ice chest (though that water usually went to the dog). My sources were a county park nearby (the ranger said no problem), a store nearby where I did most of my other shopping and fueling so the manager had no problem letting me fill a few gallon jugs, and a friends house in town (cause I was close to my hometown).

I have also found that most truck stops and gas stations have water available, you just need the jugs.

For me, I didn't really need the tank to be full as I took very few quick showers in the trailer, so a few gallons here and there while being careful was plenty.

Just my two cents worth...don't know if it will help, but it seemed to work for me. MM

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Old 04-11-2010, 08:59 AM   #59
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I think Monica has the right idea and her approach simplifies things a great deal. I think I'll do the same thing in my new-to-me Casita. The amount of water you actually drink is going to be a lot less than what's in your tank. Anybody who has lived or traveled in Latin America has done it the same way. The tap water is good for washing dishes, clothes, and bathing. Nobody would think of drinking it.

And I also like Alf's method. It's the same method the Pilgrims used on the Mayflower. Beer is always safe.
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:47 PM   #60
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OK, I started this thread. So let me give you a progress report!

I basically used Joy's posts to put together a shopping list of (mostly) brass RV specific hardware.

I did end up at camping world for the quick connectors, brass pressure reducer, and brass elbows, specialty hoses and water thief. I don't think that I spent much more than the hardware stores were charging and these items are designed for RV fresh water systems.

I got the RV portable water filter many of you recommended from Wal Marts.

I also picked up the outside faucet handles & key that Joy suggested at Lowes Hardware, and a collapsible 5 gallon jug at Harbor Freight.

All I need is the 12 volt portable pump. There I have some questions.

I went to Harbor Freight and found a portable 12 volt marine/utility pump. It is very similar to the picture on Joy's post (post #7) and costs about the same amount she paid ($29). However, instead of a cigaret "lighter" plug, it has 2 battery clips. In fact, all of the 12 volt pumps I am seeing on the internet has battery clips.

So, my question is: can I exchange the clips for a cigaret plug?

Also, this is for use as a bilge pump. I'm hoping that the chamber where the water pumps through is stainless steel, so the quality of the water from the collapsable jug is not compromised. I'll be calling the manufacturer tomorrow to ask.

BTW, I did search for water pumps and various stores and on the internet. The Harbor Freight pump that Joy has is the least expensive.

Anyone have any other thoughts, suggestions?

Again, thanks for your help!
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Old 05-02-2010, 11:58 PM   #61
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This thread is a good example of why it is so difficult to get anything done on FGRV! I was looking for screen doors, ran into this thread and have been so intrigued, I read all the posts.

My experiance with water:

When on the road, we buy our drinking water from Safeway or other food stores. Only a buck a gallon which lasts several days.

The water at rv parks we connect to our sink or not depending on our time to be spent there and only use it for dishes. We heat the water to near boiling, pour part into the sink with detergent and use the balance for rinsing. This is all potable water BTW. If we do not hook up, we can obtain water with an empty water jug for washing dishes.

When dry camping for a week, we got a 6 gallon water cooler, placed some ice blocks in it and then filled with water from home.

We haven't really used the 12 gallon fresh water tank on the Trillium. Saw no need to. All that is in there is pink antifreeze!!

The comment on the misuse of public spigots got me to thinking, a plastic wide mouth jar like from peanut butter containing water and bleach could be used to dip the spigot into before hooking up.

We use a short piece of hose intended for filters to connect to the Trillium then connect our 25' hose to that. We always use a water pressure regulator since an incident at Tiadnapam last year.

Always use two people when handling your water hose so an end does not fall on the ground, then screw the two ends together when traveling to prevent any foreign matter from entering the hose. Use paper towels to wipe them off when packing up.

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