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Old 08-05-2019, 02:53 PM   #1
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Fresh Water/Non-potable

My DH says that if we hook up to a spigot at a park and it is non-potable water it will not go into the fresh water tank. Is this true? and if it is, wouldn't that bacteria still get into your system through the facets?
I have read somewhere, here?, that people do not use their systems at all for drinking water. I am not sure this makes sense to me.. but....
Another question is, When you fill your fresh water tank do you let it "backflush" to make sure that it is full? We thought we filled our fresh water tank when we left, but turns out we ran out of water the last morning we were there. We figured that we had 20 gallons missing, so maybe the fresh water tank was not really full even though the sensors said it was. Is there a FULL, and a full?
new at this.. trying to get things figured out.
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I fill fresh water at home before start on my trip. I also use bottled water to cook, drink and make coffee with. Habit from years of living overseas. My house water is perfectly ok to drink.

I would say the vast majority of camp grounds use potable well water. Drinkable for almost everyone, but you may find some strange tastes. Up to you if you want to drink.

Another approach is to install a good filtering system.
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If the water spigot is marked non-potable, it should NEVER be connected to your coach for anything other than the black tank flush (if you have one.) Non-potable water should not be connected to the city water connection or to the water tank fill port. It's intended to be used for cleaning up after dumping your holding tanks.

If you connect your hose to a non-potable water spigot, your hose is now potentially contaminated. If you put that water in the coach, it's a good idea to sanitize the entire system.

If you have properly sanitized your fresh water system, you can drink from the water in the tank or from water connected from the city water connection. Lots of videos and online information about sanitizing the fresh water system.
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just came from a camp site that had a spigot right along with the electricity, but it said non potable. People had this hooked up to their trailers with a filter at the spigot. My husband wanted to do this. I said no, we could wait until we got home.
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just came from a camp site that had a spigot right along with the electricity, but it said non potable. People had this hooked up to their trailers with a filter at the spigot. My husband wanted to do this. I said no, we could wait until we got home.

If it said non-potable, I'd be very leery of connecting it to my RV, no matter the filter used.

First step would be to ask the campground management why it's labeled that way. It's possible they have a problem with their well, which could be anything from contamination to a temporary boil-water order. Perhaps they don't have all their needed permits and are required to post the sign. Could be any number of serious issues. Or, they could have the sign up for some other reason. Regardless, I agree with not connecting to the spigot, at least until more is known.
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