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Old 06-14-2015, 12:24 PM   #11
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Great travelogue, thanks for sharing.

Re drinking water, I use the PUR 7 cup water filter for cooking and drinking: Amazon.com: PUR CR-6000 7-Cup Water Filtration Pitcher: Pitcher Water Filters: Kitchen & Dining

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Old 06-14-2015, 10:32 PM   #12
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We carry a 6 gallon & two 3 gallon jugs. One 3 gallon is for drinking water that we try to fill at the vending machines outside grocery stores or in Walmarts. The other two we fill using a filter for the house water. This helps us to travel with very little in the house tank for longer travel days & insuring that we will have some if we have to boondock somewhere.
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Old 06-14-2015, 10:48 PM   #13
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I wonder where the water in those vending machines and at Walmart comes from?
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Old 06-14-2015, 10:58 PM   #14
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Aren't they municipal water treated by the machine....RO & ultraviolet?
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Old 06-15-2015, 09:21 AM   #15
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Bottled water doesn't mean it's better. There's some pretty crummy tasting bottled water out there. And they're a huge waste of resources.

Isn't one of the options on the trailers a water filter? Or you can install your own like we did at home. Or bring a filtering container, like the Pur which has already been mentioned. We used one for years, until we installed a filter under the sink. Of course, if the water is pretty crappy to start with, it might not help that much.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:07 PM   #16
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What is wrong with the 30 gal on board water tank? After a couple of flushes and uses it brings your home water with you versus purchasing other local water.
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Old 06-15-2015, 05:55 PM   #17
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Love the 30 gal on board fresh tank when we're going to be at a place for more than two nights- mainly to not worry about running to the camp spigot with a bottle and to use the outdoor shower.

In the manual it states to either travel with it full or empty(to avoid side to side sloshing). We prefer empty as it tows way lighter and improves mpg. I still would not drink out of it.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:00 PM   #18
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With the Escape it can help reduce your tongue weight, particularly if it exceeds the 500 lbs limit on some receivers. I always keep 1/3-1/2 in my fresh tank while traveling and my t/w was 500 lbs the last time it was checked.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:11 PM   #19
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In the manual it states to either travel with it full or empty(to avoid side to side sloshing). We prefer empty as it tows way lighter and improves mpg. I still would not drink out of it.
With your big tow vehicle, I doubt that it would make very little difference to fuel economy towing with a full tank. That said, I have towed with partial tanks lots, in fact most of the time. It would be nice if they were baffled though.

I would not even consider bringing water I could not drink. The water I put in my tanks for the most part, is the same stuff that is in my taps at home. Is it that your tap water is not that great, I have seen a couple locals where it curls my nose hairs.
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:25 PM   #20
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I'm with Jim: why bring water in the tank, if it's not suitable for drinking? Like Jim's, ours comes from our tap water at home.

We don't particularly like it "warmed" when our Escape is parked in the sun but, we can always fill up a jug of cold water from the terrific campground water spigot where we frequently camp too.

If the water in the tank has been standing more than a week, I may add a small amount of bleach for sanitation once in a while.
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