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Old 02-22-2015, 03:02 PM   #15
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The fresh water tank is where we get the water for coffee in the morning. The tank gets drained from time to time. Have no problems with water from the municipal tap.
Note that Nestle bottles our water at a plant in Hope, B.C. an probably sells it to you.
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Old 02-22-2015, 03:47 PM   #16
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I see an unused holding tank as a perfect incubator for anything that comes into the tank. As we often leave our RV for as long as 2 months between uses it would mean having to keep track of sterilization continually. For us it's just easier to use a fresher source of water, one that hasn't had an opportunity to cook in the warm California sun. But, as you will see, others will have less concern.


That said, I just built an extra tap into my Hunters massive kitchen, with it's own pressure pump, that we can now connect directly to our external 5 gallon water cooler.
Sooo we now have two sources of water, fresh drinking water and hot & cold water for bathing and washing. And we double our water capacity when we fill the cooler and the 5 gallon water cube when we get somewhere or go where there is no water available.
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Old 02-22-2015, 04:30 PM   #17
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We carry a couple of the Scepter Military Water Canisters (made in Canada). We too do not drink or cook with the water in our on board tank. I don’t really know why, just never have.

As a side note we also have a half dozen of the Scepter Military Fuel Canisters (also made in Canada) for use when traveling deep into the hinterlands.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:49 PM   #18
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I see an unused holding tank as a perfect incubator for anything that comes into the tank. As we often leav
Anything that was not drained out of my tank and pipes FROZE to death during this global warming winter - just looking for a silver lining...
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:18 PM   #19
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My on board tank is for toilet and washing dishes, drinking water I carry in jugs for both me and the dogs. Only after these are gone before I ingest the on board water. The other item to remember is weight, a gallon weighs like 8 lbs. so an extra 15 gallons is like an extra person along for the trip. I only fill mine 1/2 way for enroute use.
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Old 02-23-2015, 06:14 AM   #20
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We don't drink campground water. We bring water from home or we buy it. I keep the 2 1/2 gallon water jugs. They're good for water and if needed, an oil change. Raz
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It's interesting to see that folks don't drink from the fresh water tank (we don't either). What are your reasons for not doing so? Does anyone worry about contamination and do you regularly disinfect yours?
All it takes is a little bleach to disinfect the tank. Bleach is essentially a very dilute solution of chlorine, which is what is used in many public water systems to ensure that the pipes and structures remain pathogen free. Some utilities are now using chloramines (mixture of chlorine and ammonia) but I personally do not like its taste. Don't like chlorine taste either but it seems preferable to chloramines.

I am on a well, and in addition to water softening equipment, it is chlorinated using 1 gallon of bleach in a 30-gallon tank which feeds the chlorine injector. The taste is easily removed using a charcoal filter ahead of the spigot used for drinking, cooking, and supplying the refrigerator (icemaker and cold water dispenser).

Having worked in the "water industry" for almost 25 years, I have no qualms consuming water from any public supply system, be it municipal or private (such as a campground) in the U.S. or Canada. I know how stringently regulated the state and provincial environmental agencies regulate the production and delivery of potable water. Generally, if a private system serves more than a specified number of people then the system must be maintained by a licensed operator. If anyone is bringing water from home in jugs and it came out of the tap (not supplied by a private well), then its safety is no better than what is being supplied by any regulated water supply system. Due to mineral content, it may taste different, but it is safe to drink. Now Mexico...........
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Old 02-23-2015, 08:12 AM   #21
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We use the water in our fresh water tank in our Casita for everything. We use a filter when we fill the tank, which we thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis with bleach. We've added a marine deck plate to the top for access to the fresh water tank to ensure it is completely clean prior to filling. We haven't died or contracted anything (yet).


Each person has to do what they are most comfortable with.
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We never use holding tank water for cooking, only for washing and the loo.
Fresh water comes from refillable 1 gallon containers and up to three Coleman, 5 gallon collapsible containers. We can boondock in Joshua Tree NP (where there is NO water in the park) for about 4-5 days with a 10 water tank and 15 gallons of fresh water+ about 20 frozen 1 liter water bottles in the refrigerator.
Is camping in no designated areas in jtnp allowed.

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Old 02-23-2015, 09:20 AM   #23
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My Oliver has a port for winterizing the rig. The pump draws the antifreeze fluid and pumps it thru the system.

This same system can draw water from a supplemental tank or bladder and re-fill the fresh water tank.

If your trailer has a gravity fill, you could accomplish the same thing with a bladder tank in the bed of a pickup or cargo area of an SUV. Just run a hose from your tank to the gravity fill port. As long as the tank is higher than the tank in the trailer, it will drain into it.
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yep...what CPW said...

every other time that I fill the fresh water tank I add 2-3 drops of chlorine (bleach)...this is not so much to guard against some contamination (as Carl said any water from a utility in Can, US can be considered safe "out of the box")...it is to keep the tank and lines "clean"...water sitting for a long time in a vessel can go stale and develop odours...(disinfecting is just a bonus)

I came from boats...a huge number of boaters complain that their water systems smell funny and therefore don't use it for anything else but washing...but don't do anything about it!!! when it's so simple...

I too have spent 25yrs+ in the "water business" as Carl did...

Where I travel, BC, water is essentially everywhere so filling up, even from a stream or lake with a 5gal collapsible jug is not a problem...a couple of drops of CL and it's now tap water....

You can buy a little eye dropper container from any pharmacy, fill it with bleach and it's easy to keep your tank/lines clean.....I put a little CL in the grey water system now and then for the same reason
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Is camping in no designated areas in jtnp allowed.

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Off-Site camping at Joahua Tree NP is allowed only at designated areas off of trails and is only for those that are packing in. Check with the NP website for details.

TIP: Ferget arriving on a Friday-Sunday in the spring and finding a space in any of the in-park campgrounds. They are first-come, no reservations, and often fill as early as Thursday nights. However, there are two outside of the park NP campgrounds that may have reservable spaces available. Again check the NP website.
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It's interesting to see that folks don't drink from the fresh water tank (we don't either). What are your reasons for not doing so? Does anyone worry about contamination and do you regularly disinfect yours?
I seem to be the only reader of this thread who has drank water from seven or more different RV's water tanks! And never suffered any illness from doing so!

Only one of these RV's were new when I became the owner. With the first four or five RV's I just added water to the tanks, and went camping!

Later, I did make a half-hearted attempt to sterilize the water tanks, hose, pump, etc, by adding a gallon or two of water with a cup of Clorox mixed in the water to the water tank.

Then I'd drive around for a few minutes to ensure the Clorox treated water covered all surfaces of the tank. After I pumped some of the water from the tank, using the kitchen punp, I'd drain the water tank, fill it up with water, and drain it again. Sometimes it was difficult to rid the taste of Clorox from the fresh water!

Since I assumed that the water tank's water was to drink, cook with, and wash with, I never considered that this was something not to do!

Neither my wife, I, or our two children, ever became ill from drinking water from any of our RV's water tanks. Of course, it's possible that the fact that "I" never became ill, could be credited to the daily amount of alcohol beverages I was drinking in those days!

Seriously...what is the different between filling up a 1-gallon container from a water source, and filling a Scamp's 10-gallon water tank from that same water source? i'd worry more about the water that is availabe from small towns and gas stations near campgrounds.

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We never use holding tank water for cooking, only for washing and the loo.
Fresh water comes from refillable 1 gallon containers and up to three Coleman, 5 gallon collapsible containers. We can boondock in Joshua Tree NP (where there is NO water in the park) for about 4-5 days with a 10 water tank and 15 gallons of fresh water+ about 20 frozen 1 liter water bottles in the refrigerator.
I sure would hope you're not using the holding tank water for cooking.
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I just don't like the taste of the tank water. Mine was a new tank when I bought the trailer, and I hoped that with regular use, it would stop tasting like plastic. I also disinfect regularly. But unfortunately, after years of use, it still tastes like plastic.
So for me, its not a fear of getting sick, just dislike of the flavor.
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