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Old 10-04-2015, 04:09 PM   #1
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Sanitation and fresh water close to sewer hole

I have been a bit shocked at how close some fresh water hookups are to the sewage pipe in the ground at some RV parks. In one, the tap was 6 inches from the poop pipe, facing UPWARDS like a cup.

I always spray bleach and wait a bit. Can't hurt. And I dislike the idea of fecal bacteria and hepatitis viruses hanging out in my fresh water tank on a warm southwestern day.

Some people say they have been not worrying about it for X years of camping.
I also recently watched a guy at the state park dump doing everything with his bare hands, fresh water last.
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Old 10-04-2015, 05:42 PM   #2
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This concern has been danced around regularly, here and elsewhere. I too have been amazed in observing the sanitary procedures of some fellow campers. Basic precautions are prudent.

On the other hand, my unwrapped toothbrush hangs every day just a few feet from my unsealed toilet, so who's to say what constitutes danger?


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The human "Immune" system is a wonderful tool............
There are a lot more ways to ingest a lot more of bad things into our body's........without even knowing it........like restaurants
Enjoy camping, with the full hookups...........and worry about more important things in your life.
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I feel your concern! But I have seen people use the rubber gloves while dumpind and grab the door handle and enter their camper for whatever while still weari g the gloves!
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That's why we prefer sites without full hookup.

As to why they're close together....in order for someone to take his sewer hose and stick it under the fresh water faucet in an attempt to clean it while proceeding to let it drain on the ground. Yuck. :( Using a dump station is more desireable for us. At least the fresh water fill is a good distance away although we've seen some take the dump station's rinseout hose and jam it into their freshwater tank to fill.
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Sanitizing spray bottle is now on our list!!!!!!!!!!
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I (and many others) are amazed that folks actually drink from their RV water tanks...we boondocked with groups for years and didn't realize people actually did until we joined several RV forums..yuck... we carry bottle water..

So it is all perspective..
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This past week in Nashville, I observed a camper water tank being filled with the hose at the dump station. I certainly hope they don't drink from their tank.
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While I believe germaphobia is somewhat overblown, I always use gloves handling the sewer hose and avoid cross-contamination of other surfaces. Having a bleach bottle handy is a good idea, too.
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I (and many others) are amazed that folks actually drink from their RV water tanks...we boondocked with groups for years and didn't realize people actually did until we joined several RV forums..yuck... we carry bottle water..
We drank the water from our fresh water tank for 16 years of full-timing and got our water from many sources. No problem if you use the proper water filters before the water hits your glass.

I can't imagine hauling water in for 16 years!
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I guess some of us older folk were taught to let the water get cold before you drink it from a garden hose. Maybe it was common sense, now that I think about it.

I have a hard time wrapping my old head around the thought of using stagnant water from a hose laying outside in the hot sun for hours for anything. I really do not care if it is white hose. That is gross. Gross is a newer word for dumb as I understand it.

Now I realize you cool “bottled” water for drinking. However, the cold filtered water I put into my tank is most likely equal to or better filtered than the “spring water” from say Walmart or where ever you want to pick your poison from. It also stays cold enough for me in my rig.

The thought of using a water hose that has had its ends connected for who knows how long makes me shudder. That is a good ten minute flush of cold water to be safe. Kinda like what I do with my open ended garden hose each spring when I find the end in the bushes.

But the way, I have lived half of my life on well water. Ever looked down into a well pipe?

Life is good. It is also good there are so many feelings as to what is right.
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I feel your concern! But I have seen people use the rubber gloves while dumpind and grab the door handle and enter their camper for whatever while still weari g the gloves!
I use thick rubber gloves, but I disinfect them before storing them and never use them unless handling the black/grey slinky or macerator pressure hose.
I disinfect the spigot and don't let the water hose end touch the ground.
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The human "Immune" system is a wonderful tool............
There are a lot more ways to ingest a lot more of bad things into our body's........without even knowing it........like restaurants
Enjoy camping, with the full hookups...........and worry about more important things in your life.
You know those food poisoning outbreaks we hear about more and more?

The immune system did not handle it. People got really, really sick. A few died.

Just saying.
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You can't be paralyzed by everything outside the front door of your stick and brick house. People have been drinking from water tanks, hoses, wells, etc. for hundreds of years, now it's not safe? Every faucet in your house is just inches from the drain.....do you not use the faucets/water in your house?

Millions of people RV and you don't see any epidemics from tainted water.

If you want to worry about something that is loaded with germs, check the bottom of your wife's purse. One of the nastiest places on earth. They get set down on every filthy surface around.
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