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Old 10-05-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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07 baystar water issue

Most of my camping is done without hookups. Back in the spring I went to a full service resort and enjoyed a week without worrying about my services.
Within about two days my water tasted horrible and I couldn't even get a good cup of coffee.
I tried to sterilize the lines with bleach but the taste came back within a couple of days. I don't get the taste when i draw from the water tank, which I use most of the time.
Over the last three weeks on a trip through the beautiful Rockies and my home away from home, Montana, I had the occasion to use the city water hookup again. Again I have that terrible taste from the city hookup. I again tried to sterilize it with bleach but this time I left it for about 12hrs before flushing. Within a week it was back again.

Any suggestions?
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Old 10-05-2012, 03:51 PM   #2
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Do you use an inline filter from the camp water to the coach? If not that would take care of your problem. If you do have a filter at the CG outlet you should install one at the inlet on your unit. Chlorine and sulphur are the common problems and you must filter out
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Old 10-05-2012, 04:21 PM   #3
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The way you describe this, makes me think you are just getting bad water a these "city water" hookups. If however you use these hookups to fill your tank, it shouldn't make any difference.

Since you say you rarely used city water, I suppose it's possible that portion of that line is "crudy" from non-use. You could fill a hose with bleach, then hookup to city to clean that portion of the system. However, if you just have a valve to switch from city to fill tank, then that wouldn't make any difference.

We have great water at home and I always fill the tank before we leave. But that doesn't last. I have a filter under the kitchen sink hooked to a separate faucet just for drinking and have never had a taste problem with CG water. A "whole house" filter is never a bad idea and one is in my future.
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Old 10-05-2012, 07:53 PM   #4
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Welcome to irv2.
If you have a outside shower check and make sure the faucets are closed, maybe getting sulfated water from water heater.
If you do not have a whole house filter you can install or use the one off the hose as trackman described.
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Old 10-05-2012, 09:34 PM   #5
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A water filter!....what a novel idea! Guess what my next purchase is going to be?
I have a pick up line that I can use to draw anti freeze into the system with and thats how I got the bleach into the system.

Thanks for the help.
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Old 10-06-2012, 05:45 AM   #6
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we NEVER use cg water or onboard water for coffee or cooking we use bottled water
at a buck a gallon it worth it for consistent taste
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Old 10-06-2012, 08:35 AM   #7
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Hi fishennut,
Welcome to iRV2 and the Newmar Owners Forum. If your coach has a whole coach water filter, change it. These filters do not last very long, maybe one month of use at the most.
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The way I sanitize water system is place bleach in water hose you use for camping while its empty hook up to water line and run all through the system into fresh water tank and piping with filters removed.
Let set for at least four hours and maybe take a drive to slosh around in the tanks.
Water heater included and white water hose for hookup.
After the time allowed flush out with fresh water the whole water system.
Place new filters kitchen sink and whole house than set to go.
System in hot weather will get egg smelling hot water out of HW tank if not used or drained during the summer.
Usually treat first in spring after de-winterizing and mid summer to keep everything fresh.
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Apart from the hose, there isn't a lot of fixed pipe inside the RV that is solely used for hookup.

Might be worth either buying a new hose or borrowing one to see if the problem occurs
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There are water filters and there are water filters. Some/most do little more than remove chlorine and others are good for, as the military put it NBC nuclear biological and chemical. I have a two or three stage system (depending on the water source) I can pump from a stream or lake and make it potable/safe to drink.
Our needs are esoteric and more than most need so my recommendation is check out NSF Consumer Information: Home Water Treatment Devices as a starting point. This is important and we always use two filters in line.
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Old 10-07-2012, 11:26 PM   #11
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Thank you all! I'm going to try the new hose idea as well.
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