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Old 04-22-2019, 02:54 PM   #1
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How Long is Too Long to Keep Fresh Water in the Tank?

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I would agree that this is a "get out the popcorn and watch the answers pour in" question. It depends on what you're using the water for. We have extremes from drinking it to maybe just using it for the toilet and baths and avoiding our cooking ware from touching it. What is your normal use with your water?

If you're filling your fresh water tank with city water, it's likely already been chlorinated and will last longer than filling it with well water. It will also depend on how clean or recent your sanitation efforts were to your fresh water system. Water itself doesn't necessarily go bad but the microorganisms and other "natural" particulates present in it can. Obviously, this happens moreso with well water verses city water.

I really don't know if there is a standard out there to live and die by but IMHO, the city water is going to last longer than well water. If I've got my camper sitting for more than three or four weeks, it's coming out. Besides, I generally don't tow my trailer with more than just a few gallons in there at any given time until I get to the campsite.
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Old 04-22-2019, 03:35 PM   #3
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Gee... Never considered water would go bad. In the shade. Sealed container. Clean from the tap. Forever?
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Old 04-22-2019, 03:44 PM   #4
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I was hooked to city water in a RV Park. I had to leave for 2 weeks. I turned off the water but still had city water in the trailer plumbing. When I got back I ran the water for a few minutes then took a shower.

I did not get sick nor die. Now. I do not drink the water from the RV Park city but it was fine to shower with. I do get some of that water in my in my mouth, ears, and eyes. No flesh eating bacteria. And no brain eating amoeba. This a 5 years ago...so far so good...I think, even though I responded to this thread.
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LOL @ tuffr2 - I like your sense of humor!

We use our fresh water for bathing, washing dishes, brushing teeth, etc., not drinking. Living in drought prone Southern California, and having an almost 80 gallon tank, I hate the idea of dumping water after trips. We typically use the trailer for the month of July, for a week at Thanksgiving, and for Spring Break. We might do a short trip or two in addition, but typically it's those three times.

I've considered buying those tablets people put in water emergency bins for long term storage, just not sure that it's necessary.
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Old 04-22-2019, 08:33 PM   #6
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Had RVs for years, never worry about it, especially since it's generally being used, added to with more water, etc. However, I don't drink it, ever. I do wash dishes, etc.
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Old 04-22-2019, 09:12 PM   #7
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Never gave it much thought. I sanitize the tank in the spring and the fall. Like others, I don't drink it, just everyday use such as showers and dishes. I would make sure to sanitize at least at the beginning of the season, and not worry about it.
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Old 04-23-2019, 04:49 AM   #9
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I fill my tank before each trip and drain it when we return home. The tank gets sanitized and flushed in the spring. Our trips range from a couple of days to a week or so. The water is used for everything including drinking.
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I empty mine at the end of September or itís a big ice cube.
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Old 04-23-2019, 08:41 AM   #11
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Cracks me up. We lived on a boat for 28 years and our RV for 3 years. We bath, cook AND DRaNK from our tanks for all those years as did our son since he was an infant. We still do in the RV. Guess what? We are all healthy and still walking the face of the earth. Our tanks were turned over on a regular basis. In many marinas the water source was a well or RO system. In the RV, some water sources were unknown. But it never killed us. Turning the tanks over so often made having to sanitize the system almost unnecessary. In the RV, we do add chlorine to the tank if it has sat for more than a couple of months. To each his own I guess. Chuck
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If you're filling your fresh water tank with city water, it's likely already been chlorinated and will last longer than filling it with well water. It will also depend on how clean or recent your sanitation efforts were to your fresh water system. Water itself doesn't necessarily go bad but the microorganisms and other "natural" particulates present in it can. Obviously, this happens moreso with well water verses city water.
Actually, chlorine in chlorinated water will off gas and will be gone after a few days. After that, it's just water, same as if it came from a well.

I think the advice to sanitize in the spring and forget about it is fine. I live in a northern climate so I need to empty my tank in the fall and then I fill it in the spring or when I do my first outing. I keep it filled from there. Never know when I'm going to need some water.

I generally don't drink it by the glass full out of the tap but I prefer cold water from the fridge. However, I don't kid myself that I'm not exposing myself to what's in the water when I wash my hands, brush my teeth, wash my dishes and cook with it. It's the same as drinking it so anyone who says that they don't drink it is still exposed to what's in their water tank.

Bottom line, properly sanitized water does not go bad.
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Pure water last forever and needs nothing to preserve it

Since you don't fill your tanks with pure water then peroxide is an excellent way to freshen them and kill any bacteria if present

You can't assume all water is safe to drink especially if you or someone you travel with has a comprised immune system

I can't remember the amount of times I have watched someone disconnect their fresh water hose, hook up their black tank flush hose, and when the next camper arrived they simply hooked up their fresh water hose

There are also those who flush the black tank with the potable hose

Sanitize the hydrant and coach connection, store the hose separately, and keep the hose ends off the ground when hooking up

Be careful and your fresh water tank will be just that

Contrary to some thoughts water has much more contaminants present than in the past
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I keep my fresh tank full at home as earthquake water. A water Co guy told me our water should be good for a few months in the tank. Before I go on a trip I dump and refill it. A full water tank does not grow stuff in it as easily as a empty one. I take a few gallon bottle water for drinking on trips but do drink the tank water with no issues. So do the dogs. I trust the water out of my tank more than the RV park water.
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