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Old 07-22-2013, 09:23 AM   #1
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Fresh Water Tank

I sanitized my fresh water tank last week and we went on a short trip this past weekend. We really never used the fresh water because the RV site had full hookups. My question is how long is it safe to keep the water in the fresh water tank before I should drain it out and change it? Also, if I'm not going to use the RV for another month or so, is it better to keep the fresh water tank full or should I drain it completely?
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:30 AM   #2
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That depends somewhat on where the water in your tank came from. If it's well water it'll likely have a shorter 'safe life' than municipal water will, because municipal water is often treated to prevent bacteria growth.

I'd put some bleach in it, and run all the faucets till you smell it. Then drain it and fill it with fresh water when you are setting up to go out next time.

As an exercise, run a little water out of your tank into an empty gallon water bottle. Sit it on your counter top in the RV and leave it until you're ready to camp again. It'll give you a little perspective into what goes on inside the fresh water tank over time.
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Ramblin,
Thanks for the tip.
So what you are saying is I can just leave the water in the tank for now then before my next trip, drain and refill it and I should be ok?
I just never knew if I should keep the tank with water or empty when not in use.
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Ramblin,
Thanks for the tip.
So what you are saying is I can just leave the water in the tank for now then before my next trip, drain and refill it and I should be ok?
I just never knew if I should keep the tank with water or empty when not in use.
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That's what I do during camping season, when there are just a couple of weeks between trips. When I winterize at the end of the season, I disinfect and drain the system, then blow it out with compressed air.
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Hi binspector,
For me, I'd drain the tank and leave it empty until the next trip. I would never leave water in the fresh water tank for a month. We are in the hottest part of the year.
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Hi binspector,
For me, I'd drain the tank and leave it empty until the next trip. I would never leave water in the fresh water tank for a month. We are in the hottest part of the year.
That's what I usually do.
However information on the safe life of stored water can be found here:
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