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Old 01-29-2015, 09:40 PM   #169
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Of course we do! What do you think it is for? Keep it sanitized and there should be no problem. Excess worry about these types of potential problems is a waste of time. Explore our great country and live like you do at home.
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:42 PM   #170
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So, by your logic, we also shouldn't get vaccinated against any diseases so that we can build up a "natural" disease immunity (or at least for those of us who survive)?

Count me out.
Entirely different discussion my friend. We're not talking polio or smallpox or happily drinking from a contaminated supply.
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Old 01-29-2015, 09:43 PM   #171
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Hello Again...

I know how to clean my water tanks, etc.

My question is: Does anyone really drink the water in their on board tanks unless it is a last resort? Or to clean your vegtables?

Personally, I stick to bottled water for everything unless I have no other options...which has yet to happen.

Just curious as to what other ways you get your drinking water.

Thanks All!
What is your opinion of the responses to your question so far?
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What is your opinion of the responses to your question so far?
I calibrated my thinking several years ago when I was standing pumping three plus dollar a gallon gas into my car. Looking at the sale items stacked outside I figured that the cost per gallon gas was cheapest follow by bad beer, then brand name soda and the most expensive was plain water. That was before the BPA scare so there was an extra bonus in the water. It seems the less one needs it the more it costs but there are always customers for the conspicuous consumption crowd.

What really gets me is that I learned around 8th grade that we were all drinking recycled dinosaur pee. Then we learned the space station water reclaimer was no big deal. All the towns along the river put their water intake upstream and their waste water treatment outflow down stream. That and a lot of similar issues has only convinced me that there are a lot of people who react without thinking.
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I calibrated my thinking several years ago when I was standing pumping three plus dollar a gallon gas into my car. Looking at the sale items stacked outside I figured that the cost per gallon gas was cheapest follow by bad beer, then brand name soda and the most expensive was plain water. That was before the BPA scare so there was an extra bonus in the water. It seems the less one needs it the more it costs but there are always customers for the conspicuous consumption crowd.

What really gets me is that I learned around 8th grade that we were all drinking recycled dinosaur pee. Then we learned the space station water reclaimer was no big deal. All the towns along the river put their water intake upstream and their waste water treatment outflow down stream. That and a lot of similar issues has only convinced me that there are a lot of people who react without thinking.

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Old 01-30-2015, 10:05 AM   #174
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I don't drink the water for one reason...I use that water for the coach...

I can add 10 -1 gallon jugs for drinking and put the weight were ever I need it.. also
I can replimish my supply at at the store or gas station..

if I run the coach out of water , sometimes it's tough to find a hook up willing to give you water...

if not drinking it I can fill up with non potable water on the road side..

I come from the van days and the water supply was a "GOTT" cooler

still have a van... wife doesn't like going "CRAMPING" as she calls it..
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Wonder why UAV has never returned to read and/or respond to, the 13(till now) pages of responses to his/her question. That's enough I quit this silliness.
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Wonder why UAV has never returned to read and/or respond to, the 13(till now) pages of responses to his/her question. That's enough I quit this silliness.
Perhaps he accomplished his goal -- just to stir up discussion.

What struck me in his initial post was, "Personally, I stick to bottled water for everything"

So he won't drink from the large plastic bottle installed in his RV, but will drink from small, one-time use plastic bottles he's got to tote around.

Only issue here is the size of the plastic container.
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So he won't drink from the large plastic bottle installed in his RV, but will drink from small, one-time use plastic bottles he's got to tote around.

Only issue here is the size of the plastic container.
Don't start confusing the issue here with logic.
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We have a 2.5 gallon container we fill before we leave home for coffee and whatever and buy a case of bottle water for drinking. I don't trust water in other places especially my water tank in my motorhome. I have health problems and don't want to add to the issues. So far we have never ran out but we have never stayed longer than a week. I clean my water tank every time we go on a trip but I still don't trust something I can't see.
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Does Anyone Really Drink Water from Their On Board Water Tanks?

If we are traveling, then every tank fill is from a different source. From hard to soft with varying levels and types of contaminants. Was a 'boil water' warning issued the day before we arrived or an hour after we left? Is the campground owner spending the money on water purification and testing of his well? We just don't know.

The bottled water, with all its impurities, is consistent by comparison.
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If you are traveling, then every tank fill is from a different source. From hard to soft with varying levels and types of contaminants.

Our water softener is between 2 whole house filters, so everything onboard is soft and clean. Always great showers, no bits in the ice, cleaner dishes, etc.
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We disinfect with bleach the tank and plumbing every year. I highly doubt you will run into bad water, if a Campground was dispensing it you would see almost everyone sick and the place would go out of business.
When I was kid I drank from streams while hiking, the lead laced green garden hose, and probably a few other places that were not so sanitary. I have a filter we use to keep the big chunks out, but if it has not killed me yet and comes from a faucet, I will take my chances, roll the dice and keep getting my water from there and drinking it.
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Survey Says . . .

If my counting is correct, out of 112 different forums users,
  • 80 said they drank out of their water tank
  • 23 said they used bottled water
  • 36 said they at least filter their tank water before drinking

Most folks seemed to take this thread as a RV water tank vs bottled water issue -- probably because OP said he only drank bottled water. But OP also asked "what other ways you get your drinking water". That's why I and a couple of others talked up filtering tank water before drinking it.

Some folks seemed to think that just regularly cleaning an RV's water tank was enough. Figuring, I guess, that any water they put into the tank would be good.

My favorite responses read like this . . . "I've been drinking tank water for XX years and I'm still alive" or "When I was growing up, I drank (something bad), and I'm still here." An interesting line of reasoning.
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