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Old 08-08-2010, 09:05 PM   #15
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RV places and Walmart sell an drinking water additive which is placed in the tank on fill up and keeps the water fresh for quite a period of time. It will keep water useable for at least 3 months even in summer weather. have used it for years and always keep water in the tank in case of an emgergency/ Just drain and flush tank from time to time and no there isn't any crud coming out of tank and no has gotten sick
Never heard of that stuff - or seen it in their RV section, what's it called? I get sorta tired of emptying and then refilling our water tank every few weeks between outings. Something like that, if it works, would be great!
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I drain and flush the fresh water tank at least once a year. I always keep about 1/3 full in case of emergency.
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Old 08-08-2010, 10:29 PM   #17
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I have had tank full for 12 yrs. except in winter when there is danger of freezing. I have not added anything and haven't had any crud come out.
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I like CD, have never emptied my water tank, it is always full. Never had bad tasting water or the green apple quick step from it either. You never know when your motorhome can be used as a life saving resource. As the Boy Scouts say, BE PREPARED.
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Safe drinking water may be stored for months, even years IF completely blocked from light sources, and sealed from air circulation.. I remember being on a team (during the 1980's) that cleaned out old bomb shelters on a local college campus. Barrels of drinking water tested safe, after sitting down there for about 20 years.
This guide is quite useful to have: http://ndep.nv.gov/bsdw/docs/disinfe...king_water.pdf
I use powdered chlorine instead of liquid bleach because it has no taste, is much easier to store, and may be purchased from most any swimming pool supply store. The ppm dosage remains constant, but the concentration is much higher for powdered chlorine, around 60-75%. This means one tsp will disinfect about 100G of clear water.
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Gary- it is called "Everpure" and is available in all Walmart RV sections in about 8-10 oz containers. Also sold at Camping World in the fresh water section (hoses/filters/etc). Only needs a full cap full(s) per tank. I normally put the correct doseage into the water hose and then turn on water to tank.
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Gary- it is called "Everpure" and is available in all Walmart RV sections in about 8-10 oz containers. Also sold at Camping World in the fresh water section (hoses/filters/etc). Only needs a full cap full(s) per tank. I normally put the correct doseage into the water hose and then turn on water to tank.
Thanks - we'll be in Walmart tomorrow - I'll watch for it...
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Water left in a tank for long periods at a time would not be called "Fresh" by me.
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Thanks - we'll be in Walmart tomorrow - I'll watch for it...
I picked up some of that stuff at Walmart - and reading the label for contents, see that it is simply ordinary bleach. The container is convenient to carry and use, but just 1 oz. of regular household bleach per 20 gallons of water would do the same thing. Another issue to be aware of in carrying and using bleach for this or other uses, is that it's strength is pretty time/storage sensitive - and what you bought to use last year, may be pretty weak THIS year...
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Water left in a tank for long periods at a time would not be called "Fresh" by me.
What is considered a long period of time? I have had it in for 6 to 8 months with no apparent problem. I drain and refill before using the RV. IMHO that is much better water than our pond or seasonal creek is if something happened so that was the only choices.
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What is considered a long period of time? I have had it in for 6 to 8 months with no apparent problem. I drain and refill before using the RV. IMHO that is much better water than our pond or seasonal creek is if something happened so that was the only choices.
I guess that is determined only by you. For me, anything that has been in the tank beyond a couple of weeks needs to be drained and refilled. That is if it is to be used for brushing my teeth etc. If all I wanted to do was scrub the flloor or wash a window it would not matter. I know that the only water available to me if I were dying in a desert was found sharing space with a pile of cow manure I would drink it and be darned happy it was there! In the meantime a tiny bit of bleach will help fight the bacteria and make it usable for greater periods of time.
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I get my fresh water advice from my brother-in-law. He was a chemist, started working for a water company in an entry level job, got another degree, worked his way to plant manager in a large city and traveled the country teaching other water companies how to treat and test water. Since he retired he teaches seminars on drinking water. He carries water testing kits in his motorhome and tests the water at every caampground, not because he's afraid of drinking the water, but because testing water is in his blood. He said in hundreds of campgrounds he has never found unsafe water. Maybe water that taste bad, but not unsafe.

The water company he worked for took a jug of sample water every day and stored the jugs in a warehouse. At 3 months, 6 months, and 1 year, they would take samples from the jugs and test them. He said after one year they never found a sample to be unsafe.

So water is safe to drink after one year of storage out of the sun. But in his own motorhome he likes to dump the water after three months and refill the tank. This is for city water that has been treated and tested. With well water all bets are off.
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don't be the one on the news the next day being hauled off on a stretcher cause they finally found you and the news woman saying that this person is barely alive when they thought their RV weighted down by a full water tank would save their lives and refused to evacuate....

PLEASE DON'T DO THIS, AND WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW SIRENS GO OFF AND YOU HAD TIME TO FILL A 50-100 GALLON WATER TANK?
What the heck?
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Hey Vegasdan, i just purchased a 2000 tradewinds model 7373, and maybe you have the same inverter as i have i have the freedom combo 458. Mine has two breakers on the unit and i was wondering if they should be in the on position or the off position. One is a 20and the other is 15. My monitor has been blinking above the charge square and should it be doing that. Also do i keep the inverter on or off parked. It constantly shows overload, overtemp. I unplug the unit and everything seems to go back to normal for awhile. Can you tell me what settings i should have on the monitor and any info that you can on the unit itself. I dont think anything is wrong with it. I pushed a few buttons on the monitor and i think i messed it up. I am electronically not too smart. Rivrduk. If you want to email me and have some info for me my address is Rivrduk2@aol.com. Thanks in advance, i am a new MH owner. Rivrduk
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