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JoeH

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Just curious how people supply their water.... fist a little background story.
Several years ago we were walking back to our RV and I saw water pouring out of the door of another RV. As I was running up to the camper, someone else was also heading that way and got to the water spigot first and turned it off. The owners were not there, I can only imagine what they found when they returned.

So, while connected to city water, if we leave the RV for more than a several minutes, I turn off the city water.

Others I have talked to like to fill the onboard tank and then exclusively use the pump to supply water , turning on the city water supply only when refilling the tank.

What do you do ?


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I hooked up once 7 years ago. Then I had an issue with the valve so I just capped off the city water line. I use my tank and pump. I shut off the pump at night or when I leave the camper.

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Posted: 06/25/19 07:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Only tank. If the pump turns on in the middle of the night either someone is using the bathroom OR there is a leak.
My guess would be that 95% of the RVers use the CG source.


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I ran into a problem in one park where the city "Shocked" the system to sanitize. Well they over did it. and the water tasted like bleach for a long time. I got in the habit of filling the fresh tank and using the pump (Without pressure the chlorine swiftly dissipates) and.. Still do it that way .


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Posted: 06/25/19 07:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We fill & use the tank.

My brother usually connects to city only when his GF needed long showers to do her flowing hair.

I suspect it depends on the RVr's usage model - if they are parked for the longer duration, they probably connect to the city.

If, like us, we are on the move nearly daily where we boondock 2 or 3 nights out of 4, much of our water usage is away from city sources. Thus, even when in a campground, we'll run on the water we have until it's about time to leave. We then top up on fresh and subsequently empty the waste.


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JimK-NY wrote:

I hooked up once 7 years ago. Then I had an issue with the valve so I just capped off the city water line. I use my tank and pump. I shut off the pump at night or when I leave the camper.


Did you try to fix the valve?

I really like having the option of either tank or hook up. We do plenty of dry camping so the tank comes in handy. We usually turn off the pump when we leave. Have heard horror stories of something breaking or coming loose while people are away and return to a flooded trailer.

When we have hookups I always use the campground water. I prefer this because it is much more quiet, our pump is not silent. There have been a very few instances where the campground water was not the best so the tank would be better but that is not worth all the hassle of towing all the weight around. I have a pressure reducer and I try to turn off the water at the faucet when we leave. Truth be told, I often forget.


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Most of the sites we've ever camped on have been electrical only, no water. Those few times we do have on-site water I still don't connect and only use it as a convenient source of water to fill the trailer's FW tank. Whenever we plan to be away from the camper any length of time the water pump master switch is turned off.


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I use whatever's works where I'm at. If I have water at the site I use it. If dry camping I use the pump. Been doing it that way for 10 years. If I leave for any length of time I turn off whichever supply I'm using.

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We use city water when available if of reasonable quality but still with a good filter to get any chlorine or nasties.
Sometimes we fill tand and use from it, if the water pressure is low during part of the day.
We have encountered parks where water pressure was 80 lbs or more. Get a good shower then. I have as we all have accounts of lines bursting or fittings coming apart with high pressures. we have a pressure regulator..which we sometimes use.
We generally get a better shower off our tank with 55psi pressure than most parks service which seem to keep pressures in the 30-40 lb range which is too low.
As to water fill check valve blowing out, we have read accounts here and I think seen it once. It could burst the tank perhaps. I accidentally filled too long and had water coming out of the fill port on the side of the coach.
One thing that will insure the integrity of the fill check valve is to always filter the water before it gets to it.
It is perhaps a great idea to turn the spigot off at the post when leaving, and certainly not imprudent to just fill the tank and use from it.
But...is life that uncertain?

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I taste the water. If I like it, I'll hook up. If i don't I'll use the tank. However, I mostly boondock.


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