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Old-Biscuit

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Posted: 06/25/19 10:01am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Up until 2008 used 'city water' when available.......then had a leak
While sleeping a fitting gave way on WH Tank Hot out.
FLOODED living room, kitchen, and on slide out.
We were FTng and our 'home' was in shambles ....... $6000 in damages/repairs/costs plus 2 weeks of jumping thru hoops to get repairs done

THAT was last time we hooked up to 'city water'
Fresh water tank and pump exclusively
Regardless of where we go.same pressure/flow
AND simple flip of the switch...pump is off when we go to bed or step outside


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PNW_Steve

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Posted: 06/25/19 10:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have had two significant floods in my RV's. Both occurances I was hooked up to city water, left it on and wasn't paying attention.

I pay strict attention to the shut off valve now....


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Posted: 06/25/19 10:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Like several others ~ used 'city' water ~ until a couple of 'pex' fittings quit fitting ~ flooded basement. Now if water is tasty will fill the FW tank & use the pump. Turn it off at night & out exploring.


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Posted: 06/25/19 12:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

100% tank all the time. Unlike others, no bad experience...but I've ready of plenty other bad experiences, so that's enough for me. Pressure is better (more consistent) running on the pump anyway. Every evening, I top off the tank.


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Both?


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Posted: 06/25/19 02:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We predominately use the tank for our fresh water requirements, primarily due to poor water quality encountered at most campgrounds and RV parks. On the rare occasion we do connect to water supply at our site, we always turn off at spigot before leaving rig for any length of time.

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Posted: 06/25/19 02:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Run off the tank with the water pump only and always. And we have a note over the door that says "Water Off?"


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Posted: 06/25/19 03:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We use the city water, I'm paying for it might as well use it. Yeah, stuff happens, but most times it doesn't happen. But we carry 5 gallon refillable jugs of distilled water for the coffee maker, and for drinking water.

Works for us.


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Posted: 06/25/19 05:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Haven't used the FW tank in the 5+ years we've had this TT. DW refuses to drink water out of the tank even if we were to use it. Only had a low pressure problem in a CG once otherwise city water has always had good pressure.

We've had the toilet valve fail several times (valve replaced twice) and one time water ended up on the floor and got into the insulation below. Pulled the coroplast down immediately and replaced the insulation. Not fun. The junk Thetford toilet has been replaced with a much better Dometic 310.

Since we never dry camp, I installed a 120 volt solenoid valve and a switch next to the door. If we go out, we just have to flip the switch and then don't have to worry about water damage. I think there's a water sensor that you can place on a floor to sense leaks and could be connected to a solenoid valve.

I even thought of installing a solenoid valve just for the toilet and a time delay off switch in the bathroom. Toilets are the most likely thing to leak. Someone could easily forget to fully shut off a sink or shower faucet and that could be a good argument for leaving grey tank valves open in a CG.


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Posted: 06/25/19 05:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never use my tank unless unless no hookups.


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