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Old 03-05-2015, 03:58 PM   #15
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We deal with the water pretty much as Radar1 described. While on long road trips, we drink commercial bottled water for convenience. As far as cleaning and sanitizing the tank, winterizing the Scamp is an opportunity to do it. And, I think I posted in another thread, any alien life hiding in my water lines froze to death this winter, assuming that the RV antifreeze didn't do it in! I prefer to travel with just a couple of gallons in the tank to keep it light.
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:40 PM   #16
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I use my fresh water tank to drink water. I keep it clean. No problems in 30+ years of camping. The secret to success is called maintenance, not magic.
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:52 PM   #17
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I use my fresh water tank to drink water. I keep it clean. No problems in 30+ years of camping. The secret to success is called maintenance, not magic.
Charlie do not like tastes in water after drinking distilled water for about 21 years after 1994 Earthquake . We do keep our water tank clean that isn't the issue . Only will use for baths , cleaning dishes and toilet. Don't like most water in restrurants unless they filter it .
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:43 PM   #18
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As a number have mentioned, to many it is about taste, not only what's in the tank but what's added as you travel.


My concern, as I live in a year round warm climate, is the water tank becoming an incubator for contaminants between trips, so I go with local tap water for drinking & cooking. I may not always like the taste, but it's usually free of Montezuma's Revenge etc.


Here is my answer: Another Answer to Fresh Water
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Old 03-06-2015, 08:59 AM   #19
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Fresh Water Tank....

An article from an RV magazine recently reminded me about using white vinegar as a cleaning solution for fresh water tanks.

We have used our fresh water tank when dry camping for a week at an aviation event and at parks where there are no city water hook-ups.

After reading this discussion, I guess I will just be even more mindful about using a water filter
and about fresh water tank sanitation and maintenance.

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Old 03-06-2015, 09:42 AM   #20
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Very good comments and ideas! This is what is so good about this forum... so many opinions to read.
This really helps in the decision making process... to be well informed!
Thank you all...
Ralph & Peggy too!
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:03 AM   #21
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White Vinegar ???

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An article from an RV magazine recently reminded me about using white vinegar as a cleaning solution for fresh water tanks.

We have used our fresh water tank when dry camping for a week at an aviation event and at parks where there are no city water hook-ups.

After reading this discussion, I guess I will just be even more mindful about using a water filter
and about fresh water tank sanitation and maintenance.

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You might have posted a link to the article you mentioned as white vinegar IS NOT an effective disinfectant if used in the same concentration as bleach for disinfecting. A mixture of 1 part vinegar to about 4 parts water might be needed, and even that may not kill off all pathogens.


From an article on the subject:
"So does vinegar kill germs? The exact science is a little murky. When it comes to food safety, vinegar hasn't been as thoroughly tested as chlorine bleach. Studies that find it kills germs are generally vague in terms of how much of the germs are killed and how much are left behind."

Ref: This or That: Bleach vs. Vinegar to Kill Germs | Rodale News

In short, for cleaning your coffee pot, vinegar works great,
but for disinfecting RV water tanks, stick with the bleach....
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:39 AM   #22
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Why do people buy and drink water from bottles instead of from the tap?

After running into several state and NFS campgrounds with bad (failed water test) water or cloudy or smelly water, we decided to bring our own or drink bottled. I still disinfect the tank at least once in a season as we use it for dishes, washing, and cleaning teeth. Raz
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:46 AM   #23
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Sorry.
I wasn't clear enough.

The article was specifically about eliminating the bad taste of water from
the fresh water tank after winterization with RV anti-freeze. The article
was from the "Mark, My Words" column of the March/April 2014 Escapees
magazine.

De-winterization is a task that will be coming up for me (and others?)
fairly soon. The article said that the "taste" may be coming from
the water tank or even from residue of the anti-freeze in your fresh
water piping.

The recommendation was:
Drain your fresh water tank. Then, for tanks of under 40 gallons, add
one gallon of plain white vinegar (Heinz apparently makes a white
"cleaning vinegar"). Use the manual or electric pump to get the
white vinegar into and through the pipes and coming out of the faucet(s).

Allow things sit overnight (or at least several hours). Then drain the
tank and fill and flush with fresh water. If the vinegar flush is done
immediately after removing/flushing the RV antifreeze, it usually
kills the taste and odor. (Credit: Escapees magazine).

In addition, it said that you might consider installing an under-sink
charcoal filter to filter out tastes and impurities.

We've now purchased an external filter (Camco - although there may
be better?) that we will use to filter the water going into our city water
inlet or to use on the hose that we fill the fresh water tank with when
we are camping without a city water hook-up.

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Old 03-06-2015, 10:46 AM   #24
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Some people are under the impression that vinegar is not a "chemical".
Vinegar is a liquid consisting mainly of acetic acid (CH3COOH) and water. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria.[1]

Bleach is a more effective chemical.
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:35 PM   #25
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Fresh Water Tank....

In-line water filter when hooked up at campground.
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Old 03-06-2015, 10:50 PM   #26
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My ETI build is 8 months old. Dang young for a water tank. Why do I carry water outside of the tank? Because I want my COFFEE to always taste the same. I can wash my face, brush my teeth, wash dishes, flush the toilet with water from the tank, but my COFFEE should always taste as I expect. YMMV
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Old 03-07-2015, 09:50 AM   #27
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My ETI build is 8 months old. Dang young for a water tank. Why do I carry water outside of the tank? Because I want my COFFEE to always taste the same. I can wash my face, brush my teeth, wash dishes, flush the toilet with water from the tank, but my COFFEE should always taste as I expect. YMMV
YESSSSSSSs! We use our fresh water tank for most everything in our camper but, we always carry a couple of gallons of tap water from our home for making coffee. That much reserved only for coffee making will last for several days, & if we are unable to find same/similar tasting water on the road, generic 'drinking' water from a handy Wal Mart is generally close enough that we don't notice any difference. Freshening/sanitizing a fresh water tank should be a regular item of prep for using the camper. I do it spring & fall as a regular routine. We don't 'winterize' with the RV anti freeze in our fresh water system (just empty the fresh water tank, water heater, toilet including valves, blow out the lines, etc.). I do pour some of the 'non-freezing' RV anti freeze in the holding tank(s) & 'P' traps. I also use vinegar after the bleach sanitizing to remove the chlorine taste. Easier & quicker than 'double flushing' the system...
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Old 03-09-2015, 10:13 AM   #28
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Although I originally read Mark Nemeth's fresh water system cleaning
recommendation in an Escapee magazine article, here it is again in a
Woodall's link:
"Mark, My Words"
http://www.woodalls.com/articledetai...icleID=3053305

We tried to buy the same in-line water filter that Radar1 was using
at the 2015 Scamp Camp in Sebring, Fl (Thanks, Dave/John! )
TastePURE KDF/Carbon Water Filter
TastePURE KDF/Carbon Water Filter - Camco 40043 - Water Filtration - Camping World
http://www.amazon.com/Camco-40043-Ta...87S/ref=sr_1_1

Information on the "cleaning strength" white vinegar can be found
at these links:
Heinz® All Natural Cleaning Vinegar
Cleaning Vinegar from Heinz® Vinegars
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Heinz-Clea...1-gal/21570071

If I feel that more "sanitization" is needed, after cleaning out the RV
anti-freeze residue, I guess I can use bleach in a separate step.

We did take some water from home to use en route and for the initial
pots of coffee at Scamp Camp, but we ran out by mid-week. If the
Camco inline filter doesn't do a good enough job, I guess we too can
try using a Brita or PUR charcoal filtered pitcher and double filter.

I don't like bad tasting water or water that tastes like bleach or vinegar.
It might be nice to avoid the RV anti-freeze by blowing lines out with air,
but I have a 12v demand pump in the line between the fresh water
tank and the faucet and I don't really know how to easily blow out all
of those fresh water and city water lines with air.

Aside from the subjective taste/smell tests, is there anything else
that veteran travelers use to "test" campground water?

Ray
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