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philh

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Posted: 07/22/19 10:16am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Reading people experiences with water pressure surges got me thinking about running only off onboard tank. Campground I parked at, left me 10' short of attaching to the trailer, but could reach onboard tank.

also took note, the "host" a traveling full timer, kept his water turned off, along with a higher quality pressure regulator AND and pressure gauge on his water line.

It was actually fine, and gave me a good idea on when I needed to dump grey tank. As the fresh water tank was run down, grey tank needed to be dumped [emoticon]

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Posted: 07/22/19 10:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I always do.

The campground I stay at in winter has a habit of water line breaks, I don't have to mess with pressure regulators and hoses, leaks, or run out a gallon of water to get rid of the hose taste.

And yes, you can approximate your gray tank level by how much water you've used.

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I don't necessarily use the fresh water tank all the time, but there's always fresh water in it. Couple of times, there was a problem with the Campground water so we used the onboard tank, and if we leave the RV for any length of time and I am hooked to water, I shut off the water and even shut my secondary shut off at my 45degree brass fitting inline at my water filter


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We also often use the tank/pump. We almost always drive with a full fresh water IF it's good tasting water and hence no concern about the next water for drinking.

Yes we drink water from the tank and never had a problem in 30 years likely do to the occasional treated city water.


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Running from tank when on a water site is a viable option at times for many reasons.
I have done it on occasion , but I prefer to use CG water most of the time


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One nice thing about being "unplugged" from city water is as long as you keep your water pump off you don't have to worry about internal water leaks springing up on you while you are away or asleep.

About the only benefit to full hookups for me is you don't have to be as stingy with the water when showering.


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Posted: 07/22/19 12:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been using tank/pump exclusively since 2008 due to MAJOR flood while connected to city water with regulator in service.
While sleeping a $0.50 fitting gave way...water ran all night long. $6000+ repairs/costs and 2 weeks out of our lives (we were FTng) PITA!

Flip of a switch and pump is OFF when we go to bed, when we go outside/leave etc.
Consistent pressure/flow regardless of where we go

Refill tank as needed and top off before we go.

ONLY time we needs to be 'conservative' is when boondocking
If at a FHU CG Site...use the pump---let the water run. Fill tank while dumping waste tanks.
It's NOT complicated and after having an indoor swimming pool it eases ones mind.


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Posted: 07/22/19 04:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We always run off of tank also. For all the reasons mentioned above. When we still had a herd of kids around then I would use full hookups once settled for the night but I always shut the water off at night for the reasons mentioned above also.


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I used to use regulators (one park I stay at hits 120PSI Plus from time to time) but they also way over chlorinated the water so I started filling on board (A short time without pressure and the excess bleach dissipates)

Have ever since... Good results.


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Posted: 07/22/19 08:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The only time I hook to shore water is when we are hosting one of the teenage granddaughters. (That is also the only time I stay hooked to the sewer and leave the grey valve open.)


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