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Old 10-25-2013, 09:30 PM   #1
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Water tank- save or not?

I took the water tank out of my Campster (I don't use the faucet or sink, and it allows me more access to storage under the seat.) So my question is- is it worth saving this for a future owner? Or would they be able to replace it easily enough?
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Old 10-25-2013, 09:45 PM   #2
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It depends...

I guess it boils down to whether you have spare storage space for something that may not see the light of day for possibly a long time. Here in San Diego I can think of at least 4 different RV supply stores I can (and have) bought a water tank from. But where you live it may be a different story. The trailer would be more readily marketable with it than without it...
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? Or would they be able to replace it easily enough?
Depends on the size and shape. Some tanks are very difficult to replace. Do you have the storage space? A tank stores well.
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If you have the space keep it as Frederick says more marketable with it than without it.
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Old 10-26-2013, 06:23 AM   #5
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Golly, I could never give up the water tank in our Hunter Compact. We couldn't use the shower, flush the loo, or fill the hot tub when boondocking, without it.

But YES, save it, a trailer without any water is a deal breaker for a lot of future buyers and telling them to go buy a new tank isn't much of a fix.
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I don't really have the storage space but maybe I'll fill it with fresh water and store it in case of emergency- then at least I can justify giving up the space. Though frankly one reason I never used it was the thought of drinking or using water from a tank that had been sitting in a trailer for forty years.
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Tanks are easily cleaned and disinfected. Most people drink water from plastic containers these days. The pipes that bring the water into most homes are much older than that.
For example the pipe from the water main to the city shut off valve at the sidewalk of my house is still the lead pipes used in the 40's. They are scheduled to be replaced when the infrastructure budget allows. In other words, when hell freezes over.
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It's fairly east to sterilize a water holding tank but, per my Post #5 above, I don't use that tank for drinking or cooking water either.
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It's fairly east to sterilize a water holding tank but, per my Post #5 above, I don't use that tank for drinking or cooking water either.
I did sterilize it when I got the trailer, before I decided the water was more trouble than it was worth. But one thing I noticed when I removed it was that draining the tank did not totally empty it, so some water was still standing in the tank even years after I last filled it.

Well, I'll save it if I can find somewhere to stash it.
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I did sterilize it when I got the trailer, before I decided the water was more trouble than it was worth. But one thing I noticed when I removed it was that draining the tank did not totally empty it, so some water was still standing in the tank even years after I last filled it.

Well, I'll save it if I can find somewhere to stash it.
I would suggest if you change your mind don't throw it out. There is bound to be some one looking for one. What once was common can quickly become rare. Raz
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If I don't find a place to stash it I'll offer it to someone. But the idea of storing emergency water in it is good, so I think I'll do that. Then it won't feel like wasted space.
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I've thought about removing the water tank in my trailer. When I am not hooked up to water, I carry jugs.. so the tank isn't used and that space for storage looks appealing.

On the other hand, there's no outside access to the space. And the idea of unmaking the bed or lifting cushions, etc. to get into a small space to get something is even less appealing. I've seen where folks have built a sliding door to get into the under dinette storage, but I really dislike getting down on my hands and knees to root around looking for something. YMMV So, the water tank stays...
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Hey Donna, you gonna order your Escape 5.0 TA without water tanks?
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I'm not familiar with your trailer or your camping style but we find our trailer has plenty of storage space, it just takes a little utilization of what you have. As well we never travel without a half tank of water in our Scamp, more when going into boondocking. We use it for cooking, drinking and the bathroom.

One of the big differences between your 'city or well water' is that you're up close to the trailer's water system. I suspect that if you yearly clean your trailer's water system with a 1/2 cup of bleach that it may be cleaner than your home water system.
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