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Old 10-04-2016, 07:54 AM   #29
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Have you not heard of all the places where that hasn't happened?
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Found that when full timing when we change areas we had to be careful of the local bugs in the water. Especially when going out of country. Nothing life threating but it would give us the "runs" for a couple of days until our bodies adjusted. So, we have 6 one gallon containers that we fill from the water machines at grocery stores or from our own home RO filter. Have a 5 micron carbon filter on our cooking water for taste pasta and coffee. These precautions solved the problems. I bleach my water tank about once per year more often if it sits longer. I put in a 1/2 table spoon of bleach and fill the tank with 50 or so gallons of water. When I first starting rving I would rinse the tank, but now after 36 years I don't bother since we don't really drink the water.
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Old 10-04-2016, 08:25 AM   #31
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I guess that I shouldn't relate how as kids, we regularly climbed up the huge water tower for our neighborhood, opened the hatch (lock was missing, climbed down into the tank and paddled around in the one person rubber raft that was tied off to the ladder with a long rope . . . .

Nowadays we'd probably be sent to Gitmo if caught!
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Old 10-05-2016, 08:15 AM   #32
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Have you heard nothing about Flint Mi.!!!!
I think I can avoid getting into a political discussion by simply saying that if you look into what happened in Flint the politicians knew the water had a problem but was a lot cheaper than the source they were using. Once they switched and the media coverage started they have reaped a huge amount of Federal money to clean up all the pollution around the Flint River. They had a clean source, they chose to go back to an older dirty one, we are now paying to clean up the dirty one. I'll leave it at that.
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Sorry I haven't been around as work has me overwhelmed but I wanted to answer back to some who asked why I even brought this up.

After bleaching the tank a few times and then trying the water form the tank thru a brita filter and then the bottled water I found the bottled water just tasted a little better. Whether that's my imagination or actual results I don't know but I tend to favor the side that feels better to me. I keep it filled about a quarter the way for the bathroom use when on the road and refill when I get to the campsite.
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Old 10-13-2016, 03:56 AM   #34
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I sanitize my FW tank twice a year. I run a filter between the source and my tank and there is a small inline filter to the kitchen faucet. I have no issues drinking water from the tank all the time.
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A couple of weeks ago, when I returned home.........my pump in the water well had failed..........I had a full tank of water that I just filled up with before leaving the campground to return home.......
I parked the Coach in the driveway, ran a hose from the water bay faucet to the outdoor faucet on the front of the house, blocked in the well line in the basement, and back-fed the house with the Coach

Worked very well for a week while I replaced the well pump.
So, yes, I drink and use the water from my Coach's sanitized water system..........I also carry a Total Dissolved Water Meter with me and check the water everytime I travel before filling up.
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Just curious, but what does the Total Dissolved Solids Water Meter do for you?
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I never drink out of mine just from paranoia, the tank has no lock on it and you just never know if someone has tampered with it. Especially after parking and boondocking for awhile. I only drink bottled water, even at home.
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Ya that's a bit paranoid. Who's going to tamper with your water? Be more worried about bacteria.
We have bored kids wandering around our neighborhood, the first thing I did on our used rv was put a locking door.

Of course it's not very secure and it's not meant to stop them it's meant to let me know someone tampered with the water. If the door is pried open I know something is wrong.

On the topic of drinking the water, I'm a germophobe to the extreme and as long as I'm the one that sanitized the system I have no problem drinking from the tank.
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I've spent the last year living in many different environments, many different places, among kid, adults, criminals, drunks and drug addicts, all complete strangers before I meet them (if I meet them), left the trailer alone for hours, and days, and never had any reason to think for one second that anyone messed with anything of mine.

If day I have evidence, but I erase the files from the stealth camera I put up when I park if there isn't anything worth keeping on the chip.

So, my laymen's conclusion is there are some unfounded fears about water tank tampering based in my experiences alone.
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Just curious, but what does the Total Dissolved Solids Water Meter do for you?
Hi Pete!
This will explain it better that I can type it... Total Dissolved Solids - TDS - in Drinking Water
I always fill the tank up when there is good water and keep it full.......and when water is not so good, I use the water from my tank for drinking, coffee and so on. Use the supply water for the toilet, and shower's.......
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