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toedtoes

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Posted: 10/07/21 11:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rather than bleach, I used chlorine granules like for pools and hot tubs. It only requires emptying out of the sanitizing solution - no rinsing or baking soda necessary. Any chlorine left is no more than you'd get in chlorinated tap water.

I sanitized the fresh water tanks of both my campers when I bought them. After that, I only sanitize if the water starts tasting off.

Interestly, at work, people started complaining about the horrid taste of the drinking fountain. The sink water was fine, but the drinking fountain water was disgusting. Folks kept saying they were from different sources. I told the facilities management to have the holding tank of the fountain sanitized with chlorine/bleach. They did so and the bad taste went away. Sometimes having an RV gives you knowledge that is useful.


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way2roll wrote:

OP said they don't use their FW tank and asked if should they sanitize it. Turned into 3 pages of opinions on why they should use their FW tank.

To the OP, no. If you've never used it, no need to sanitize it. If you do eventually use it, most public water sources contain enough chlorine or chloramine to take care of anything that would be harmful.


Glasses need cleaning, i guess.

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way2roll wrote:

Lynnmor wrote:

I want no part of a fresh water system to be a potential source of disease, so my suggestion is to sanitize whether you use it or not. Also, after seeing and reading how other campers handle their equipment, you might want to rethink going to campground potluck dinners.


Have you ever eaten fast food, or at any chain restaurant? You really don't want to know how they handle their equipment.


At least they are inspected. Some information.





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Lynnmor wrote:

way2roll wrote:

Lynnmor wrote:

I want no part of a fresh water system to be a potential source of disease, so my suggestion is to sanitize whether you use it or not. Also, after seeing and reading how other campers handle their equipment, you might want to rethink going to campground potluck dinners.


Have you ever eaten fast food, or at any chain restaurant? You really don't want to know how they handle their equipment.


At least they are inspected. Some information.


Sure. Whatever makes you feel better.


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Lynnmor wrote:

way2roll wrote:

Lynnmor wrote:

I want no part of a fresh water system to be a potential source of disease, so my suggestion is to sanitize whether you use it or not. Also, after seeing and reading how other campers handle their equipment, you might want to rethink going to campground potluck dinners.


Have you ever eaten fast food, or at any chain restaurant? You really don't want to know how they handle their equipment.


At least they are inspected. Some information.


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Yeah, right..

I would recommend watching a few episodes of "Restaurant Impossible" and multiple the ones they have encountered by 100,000 that never would pass food inspectors minimum requirements and I would bet you will never want to eat at another restaurant ever..

For the non squeamish and those that dare, HERE is a link to Roberts top 5 worst ever filthy restaurants they have encountered..

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To the OP, if you never use your FW tank, there is no need to sanitize it. Why would you?

But, I read in your post a subtle question being asked about our tanks. What would you do? Well, I will tell you what we do. We use our FW tank, we use our toilet, we use our hot water tank, we use our furnace, we take showers and we use our fridge, even when running down the road. I spent a good sum of money for my trailer and if I didn't want to use these features I would have purchased a tent. When it comes to water there are lots of folks out there that live in fear that they will get some kind of "disease" from their tanks. All you have to do is treat it each spring with bleach. You don't need to go out and buy special additives, you don't need to buy special rinse agents, all you need to do is add about a cup to 30 gallons (this is actually more than recommended), fill the tank, run it through the lines, faucets and shower heads and let it sit for a few hours. Drain and rinse the system. Any residual chlorine in the lines will be less than what most city systems have in the water.

As I age, I do like FHU more and more but we still travel with half a tank anyway. I am more concerned about having some kind of breakdown during a hot day than about "dirty" water. I continue to be amazed at those who purchase a very nice trailer but don't use all the features that came with it. I also wonder why people pack gallons and gallons of water to drink and make coffee when you have a built in tank that will do that for you. And, for the germaphobes out there, are you comfortable with drinking water from a campground spigot?
I know, to each his own. Always do what makes you feel comfortable. There is no right or wrong path. I am just confused as to the rationale on some of these issues.


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I mostly worry about the “always/never” people…as many have said, the water tank can be useful, and there are other times where you maybe don’t need it.

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K3WE wrote:

I mostly worry about the “always/never” people…as many have said, the water tank can be useful, and there are other times where you maybe don’t need it.


I don't worry about others' choices. If they NEVER use their fresh water tank then that's great. If I ALWAYS use mine then that's great.

The only time someone else's choice concern me is when they try to force that choice on me. Or they just won't shut up about their choice and berate me for not agreeing.

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In something like 1900 nights on the road I don't think that we have EVER hooked up to CG water. Never used a CG shower either.

The trailer has a water tank & a pump for a reason. The tank gets filled, running the water through a softener, then the hose is put away for at least 3 or 4 days before it is needed again. The only time we get a FHU site is if the CG has nothing else but a FHU site. We can go a week without dumping if necessary.

It is plug in power & DONE most setups. A whole lot less to put away when leaving too.

The regular turnover of water is good along with a shot of water freshener at almost every fillup.


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It only took once for us to put at least some water in the tank. State park water system ruptured and had to shut down for most of a day.
We always carry drinking water in jugs but need tank or city water for showering, bathroom, etc.


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