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Old 05-19-2013, 07:20 AM   #211
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This topic begs the question; Has anyone here actually gotten sick/ill from drinking water from their RV fresh water system?
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:25 AM   #212
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This topic begs the question; Has anyone here actually gotten sick/ill from drinking water from their RV fresh water system?
For me it has less to do with the possibility of getting sick than it has to do with protecting my plumbing and heating systems. Having clean healthy water is just a bonus.

When we first began full-timing I had a neighbor in our winter roost in TX show me a valve that had to be replaced due to mineral deposits in the water from the same campground the year before. I came to the conclusion that clean soft water was a "pay me now or pay me later" proposition. The upfront money I spent on our water softener/filtration system is small potatoes compared to what I would spend in plumbing/Hydro-Hot repairs. That would just be a matter of time.

Besides the obvious health benefits of clean, soft, mineral deposit free water there are hidden benefits also. Chief among them are clean plumbing with no mineral deposit buildup in the pipes or expensive systems like Hydro and Aqua-Hots. You can also include the fact that soft water means better sudsing action in washers and dish water. Softer clothes and towels. Water that cascades off of your vehicle when you wash it instead of leaving water spots. The black tank stays cleaner because *stuff* tends to slide off the vertical surfaces better.

I'm not trying to convince anyone that they need to run out and spend hundreds of dollars on water filtration. Just pointing out the 'not so obvious' benefits of it for those of us who full-time or spend extended periods parked in the same spot where hard and/or not so clean water may exist.
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The old trapper's name for the sickness from water was Beaver Fever, believing it came from drinking water contaminated by beaver waste. It is now usually called giardia after a one-celled micro organism. Montezuma's Revenge, stomach flu, Beaver Fever, Giardiasis, whatever you call it, is caused by many things other than giardia. Hundreds of viruses, bacteria, many things causes this condition. 7% of Americans are carriers, and the percentage is higher for people who spend time outdoors.
It is transmitted by ingestion that can be from under a fingernail, any contaminated surface, etc.

Drinking the water in a properly maintained RV water tank is NOT going to be a major source of this problem.

I'd rather worry about getting buried under a mountain of plastic water bottles and the depletion of natural resources with all these one time use containers.
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:56 AM   #214
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Most municipalities are required to have a chlorine residual in their water, and this is what generally makes the water safe to drink. About the only case where a disinfectant is not added is in a small system supplied by well water with no other chemicals added such as for iron sequestering. Take out the chlorine when you purify the water and now you must rely on the water being absolutely bacteriologicallly clean and free from other pathogens. It must sit in that bottle for a long time and if there is a foul up in the bottling plant after the chlorine is removed, then theoretically, you could have an issue. Likely to happen? No. On the other hand there are pathogens in surface waters supplying some cities, Milwaukee comes to mind, that are resistant to normal levels of chlorine but would be removed in the filtering/purification in the bottling plant. Cities must now test for those pathogens and provide alternate treatment that would remove them before distribution in the water mains.
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:58 AM   #215
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Thanks for any input or thoughts.
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Your input, thought (or even rants, it appears to me) are as requested by the OP. I assume you also respect the input and thoughts of all the rest of the posters as well.

What we should do is all go get a large drink of water, it's origin is your choice, and drink it slowly to quench our thirst for what is right in the world.

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I haven't read all 16 pages of threads but there is one thing that comes to mind with drinking water from your FW tanks (from a used unit). RV antifreeze. How do you folks flush your system completely to be sure it's safe to drink?

Wife and I are about to bring home our first full size TT we purchased together tonight. It is a 99 Jayco Eagle 266 FBS and the PO has stated he used RV antifreeze in his FW tank and ran it through the system. I was somewhat un-easied when I heard this. I do not plan to drink from the FW system and only shower on board when absolutely needed.

When I purchased my first Hybrid TT when I was 19 I was a fanatic about the FW. I never used antifreeze and I filtered the water going into my system. I always blew out the water with low pressure compressed air and poured RV antifreeze down all the drains that had traps.

So, those that use RV antifreeze how do you completely clean out your FW system???
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RV anti freeze is labeled non-toxic. Fill and empty water tank by running it though faucets. I usually add 1/4 cup of bleach per 10 gallons and run it though the system, let sit, then fill and empty one or two more times. All clean.
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You are assuming that the PO used RV antifreeze versus regular antifreeze. Knowing how unpredictable people are, you don't know....

RV antifreeze is supposed to be safe for the FW holding tank.... Of course, asbestos used to be safe, same with many pesticides that are now banned.
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The best way not have to deal with RV antifreeze is simply not use it. A better option is to head south when is gets cold and keep going until you are warm.
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LoL, that was my thoughts. However, I don't really care much about the heat. If I had my way my family would be living in the arctic circle.

I guess I'll just flush the system as best as I can. I don't see any traces of red (RV antifreeze) or green liquid in the FW tank or lines. Hmm...
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I don't see any traces of red (RV antifreeze) or green liquid in the FW tank or lines. Hmm...
Green liquid in your fresh water system, that wouldn't be good...
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Been using the pink in the boats and RV's for 25 years. Flush out in the spring with your normal city/well water and your good to go. Gasgets in all your faucets and toilets are moist and not dryed out and the water tastes great. But, just like every other opinion, we'll hear from chemical engineers here that say we should have a will.
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Actually RV antifreeze is Propylene Glyco and water, and is not a problem. I use the automotive version because it is not poisonous to animals, The MSDS sheet reads " No significant adverse effects are expected under anticipated conditions of normal use. Excessive ingestions may cause central nervous system effects. It is sweet in taste and as long as you flush it not a problem.
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See what I mean! Exactly, you just can not assume that the PO used what they should have...
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