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thedavidzoo

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Posted: 04/20/20 11:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, we used to just sanitize our tank once a year and use a Brita filter pitcher.

Then we installed one of those round marine clean out hatches. The first look into the tank would have made anyone cringe. Sure, there was some slime, but also plastic shavings and stuff left over from installation, tons of organic debris that basically looked like a layer of mud on the bottom. Since the openings to the pump or drain are not at the lowest point since they come out 1/2" above the bottom, one can never truly get out all the nasty gunk.

Now I can get my arm into the tank through the port and reach all 8 corners to truly clean it out. Besides, regular Brita and those inline filters "aren't at all intended to "purify" water or remove biological nasties such as giardia." Also, think of all those toxic industrial chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals, etc. that are in your tap water. There is enough **** assaulting our bodies and our environment without consciously adding to it.

Since we are almost exclusively off-grid when we camp, we wanted to be sure we could purify our water no matter where it came from (rain, pond, river, etc). We have since upgraded to a simple gravity-fed purification system for drinking/cooking and even use it in the house. Look into Berkey or Royal Dalton. Plus you just periodically clean the filters, no replacements to buy like those wasteful plastic Brita things! These systems are used by relief organizations like UNICEF, the Peace Corps and the Red Cross. Bonus, when the SHTF you are covered!


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I buy 1 gallon water jugs for drinking, but I do use the onboard tank for brushing my teeth. No problems after 130+K miles and 14 years of half-timing. [emoticon]


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Posted: 04/20/20 12:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

thedavidzoo wrote:

Well, .....Look into Berkey or Royal Dalton. Plus you just periodically clean the filters, no replacements to buy like those wasteful plastic Brita things! These systems are used by relief organizations like UNICEF, the Peace Corps and the Red Cross. Bonus, when the SHTF you are covered!


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Posted: 04/20/20 12:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We did for years, but since M'lady got sick from well water, we have used a filtered pitcher for both drinking and for ice.

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I don't drink water when camping period.
Having dually I have no problem to load more adequate liquid.
That said, we always used tank water for consumption. Never sanitize the tank and usually, when in California I would have water in tank over the winter.
In Las Vegas now, we have very hard water, so I dump it for winter storage.
Our last camper has build-in water filter, so going to Alaska last summer, I bought new cartridge for it.
In the past I would cary Brita water pitcher for situation when water might not be safe.
Still remember camping years ago where campground water had nice brown color. Ironically the lake and campground belong to Sacramento Water District.





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Posted: 04/20/20 01:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

pasusan wrote:

We drink filtered water brought from home. We do everything else with water from the tank.

Taste matters.

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Just did last night. Tasted horrible. Didnt want to walk into the house and use the reverse osmosis. Im good for about a gallon a day. More when working in summer heat.

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Posted: 04/20/20 01:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Our trailer is 6 years old and I fill the water as needed. I've never drained it or sanitized it and yes we drink from it. No issues.


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Posted: 04/20/20 02:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Brita pitcher all the way.

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thedavidzoo wrote:

. . . The first look into the tank would have made anyone cringe. Sure, there was some slime, but also plastic shavings and stuff left over from installation, tons of organic debris that basically looked like a layer of mud on the bottom. Since the openings to the pump or drain are not at the lowest point since they come out 1/2" above the bottom, one can never truly get out all the nasty gunk . . .
We saw the bottom of our first "empty" FW tank a few years ago. Hard to get that mental snapshot of slime/gunk out of our minds. Sanitizing a FW tank "may" kill off the bad stuff in the slime---not sure. Regardless, we're not willing to take a chance. We always drink bottled water when we're on the road.

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