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Old 11-04-2014, 11:16 PM   #121
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Most national parks in the US do not allow gray water, nor any water dumping...
One possibility is carrying the gray water over to the pit toilets. One campground host I checked with thought that was a good idea. One 5 gallon bucket per day did the trick for us.

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Old 06-01-2015, 10:25 PM   #122
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About a week ago I developed symptoms of what I thought was food poisoning: nausea, upset stomach, etc. Unlike with a previous bout of this, the symptoms persisted and I had an unsettled stomach through the Osoyoos rally, which is one reason I wasn't too sociable during the rally (the other being, well, I'm just not very sociable).

At first I thought it was food poisoning, but it has persisted long enough for me to think my fresh water tank is contaminated. I went through the decontamination process before leaving on my current trip, but it looks like I need to do something again. Is there a way of decontaminating a fresh water tank "on the fly" as I'm currently using it? Or will I have to drain and purge it again as I did before? That might be difficult at a campground.
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Old 06-01-2015, 11:56 PM   #123
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Is there a way of decontaminating a fresh water tank "on the fly" as I'm currently using it?
Check into Aquamira water treatment. It will cost about $14 US to treat a 30 gallon tank but the final product is quite drinkable with no odd tastes.

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Old 06-02-2015, 05:12 AM   #124
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About a week ago I developed symptoms of what I thought was food poisoning: nausea, upset stomach, etc. Unlike with a previous bout of this, the symptoms persisted and I had an unsettled stomach through the Osoyoos rally, which is one reason I wasn't too sociable during the rally (the other being, well, I'm just not very sociable).

At first I thought it was food poisoning, but it has persisted long enough for me to think my fresh water tank is contaminated. I went through the decontamination process before leaving on my current trip, but it looks like I need to do something again. Is there a way of decontaminating a fresh water tank "on the fly" as I'm currently using it? Or will I have to drain and purge it again as I did before? That might be difficult at a campground.
It could be any food you have had just as well as any drink (besides what is in your trailer.) We get drinking water in gallons for the trailer which you could do to see if you feel any better. I assume your propane/co detector is working.
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:00 AM   #125
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Hi: Mike Lewis... My wife had something like your experiencing a few years ago. I didn't!!! We traced it to the milk container we used as she had milk on her cereal and in her coffee. I don't.
We always use the water from the tank thru a Brita, or buy it at Wall o Mart as needed.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:53 AM   #126
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I use bleach to decontaminate the water tank, let it sit for at least 30 seconds with the water tank full, move around in the trailer, run the pump to flush the lines to the sinks, dump, and flush every thing usually twice. You could do this at the sani dump. I follow Centre for Disease Control recommendations for amount to decontaminate a container (5 mLs in 1 quart or apprrox 1 litre):http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/pdf/..._Flyer_508.pdf
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:00 AM   #127
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I try to freshen my lines at the beginning of the year, when the water heater is empty. I only do this if I suspect contamination. If the water system has only had water from our house through it, I don't bother.

I put about 1/2 cup or so in a gallon of water, then add it to the near full holding tank. I then run taps to flush the lines, open the bypass valves to the water heater to fill it, and top off the tank. I leave this a few hours, then drain, including draining the water heater. I then repeat the flushing with clean water. I used to flush twice, but actually, once seems to be more than enough, as the minute traces of bleach left are really not noticeable at all.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:18 AM   #128
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I have been adding a little more than 1.5 cups of unscented bleach to decontaminate the 20 gallon fresh water tank in my 19 (about 380 mLs). Escape says it is 20 gallons but not sure if US or Imperial gallons, if Imperial I need to use 2 cups. Most RV water filters do not remove bacteria and viruses - they remove particulate and some chemicals/minerals. A water filter labelled with NSF 53 or 58 on them will remove crypto.
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Old 06-02-2015, 06:47 PM   #129
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Water Tank Decontamination

Hi,

Most of the time I use vinegar to sanitize my water system. I put two gallons of 5% vinegar in the tank and fill it with water. I try not to run any through the hot water tank, as even this weak acid could become more potent when heated up. Run water through the system until you smell the vinegar at each tap. We did this when we picked up our new 5.0TA last month. I like to leave it in overnight. Drain and flush and fill up new and you are ready to go. Chlorine is very good as a disinfectant, but as you may know it is quite potent, and can be corrosive. Residual vinegar in your system will not make you sick, and it is also readily available.
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:02 PM   #130
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I had read some test results recently, and vinegar will not kill all types of bacteria. Chlorine is used successfully world wide as a disinfectant, and when diluted properly, then rinsed well, leaves almost no residual traces.

I guess it is like going with what has been proven effective.
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