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Old 11-04-2014, 11:09 AM   #111
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Thanks for your answer Jim. Come camping season we re-drain our fresh tank using the spigot at the bottom of the tank and a hose in the fresh water fill. It does take several cycles but seems to come clean (to us).
http://www.amazon.ca/Camco-40206-Tas.../dp/B000BQLQYM gets added if need be.

Works for us!
I also like the idea that it allows the pink to get into the pump, the toilet and the entire system.
But, I repeat, we don't drink water from our trailer. We drink bottled water, or store bought refreshments.
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Old 11-04-2014, 11:26 AM   #112
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We never used the fresh tank for drinking. We do, however, use it for cleaning the dishes and flushing the toilet. That said, what would be wrong with bypassing the hot water tank, removing the plug, draining all tanks, before employing the low point drain. Then add 2 gallons of RV antifreeze to the fresh tank and run every tap and toilet with the water pump until pink comes out. The fresh water tank does take some time to rinse out come camping season but it does rinse out. Add some pink to the P traps and you're done. The pink RV antifreeze is potable (or at least labeled as such) and has yet to leave any noticeable residue (at least to us) when used to clean dishes.
This is nearly exactly what I do, except my final step is using the low point drain to drain out as much antifreeze as possible. I figure it has done its job of pushing the water out of the system by then. And as I have said in other threads, by the time the system is properly sanitized with bleach solution in the spring, neither of us can taste even a hint of the antifreeze. After a proper sanitation /rinse cycle any remaining antifreeze would have to have been diluted to a few parts per million.

I reiterate my contention that not sanitizing your water system every year is far more dangerous than a few PPM of RV antifreeze. We drink water from our freshwater tank. We always use a good quality RV water filter on anything that ever goes into the tank and a portable PUR filter/container for drinking water.

In between trips I use a solution of peroxide based homebrew sanitizer to help prevent any nasties from getting established in the tank and lines. (Being peroxide based it does not need rinsing)
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:20 PM   #113
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If camping in cold weather and it will be below freezing, cannot just empty lines some nights, leaving fresh water tank alone when it will not freeze, if there is no low-point drain. Someone might want to do that. Then use lines again in the day.
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Old 11-04-2014, 12:31 PM   #114
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Once trailer is winterised and a trip comes up, go camping!

Expensive as it may be, bring drinks in the trailer and flush toilet by adding RV pink to the bowl.
Warm water on stove, sponge bathe, and discard water outside.
Brush teeth outside.

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Warm water on stove, sponge bathe, and discard water outside.
Brush teeth outside.
This is what we do most of the time during summer months, with the exception the hot water comes from the tap if the heater is on).
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Most national parks in the US do not allow gray water, nor any water dumping, particularly in bear country. Have to use your on board systems.
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:04 PM   #117
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Most national parks in the US do not allow gray water, nor any water dumping, particularly in bear country. Have to use your on board systems.
Good to know but I doubt a couple cups of water is what they are talking about.
National Parks in the USA are now advising people to not take "selfies" with bears either. It's comforting to know the National Parks are looking after our best interests.


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National Parks in the USA are now advising people to not take "selfies" with bears either.
My father used to say "God has many ways of getting rid of fools"!
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Good to know but I doubt a couple cups of water is what they are talking about.
That's true, but a couple of cups added to a couple of cups added to a couple of cups... over an entire summer can become a problem. It's different when folks are truly dispersed. But that usually doesn't happen when everyone wants to get the best campsite at a national park.
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Old 11-04-2014, 10:19 PM   #120
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That's true, but a couple of cups added to a couple of cups added to a couple of cups... over an entire summer can become a problem. It's different when folks are truly dispersed. But that usually doesn't happen when everyone wants to get the best campsite at a national park.
Donna D, The post I made referred to winter camping. Campsites, for the most part, in winter, are rather dispersed.
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