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Old 12-17-2013, 06:29 PM   #11
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And then, of course, the water out of my tap at home is chlorinated, and that's mostly what's in my tanks at any given time.
And, I'm not a member of the Legion in any case.

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I am not a member of the Legion either, although I did feel poorly one morning after drinking at the Legion the previous evening.

I suspect that the chlorinated water from our home water supplies does not have a high enough chlorine concentration to disinfect the tanks and water lines and would need to be supplemented with additional chlorine bleach.
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Old 12-17-2013, 06:54 PM   #12
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Even chlorinated water will, over time, lose its efficacy and harbor growth...usually algae, which while not pretty will not usually kill you. My lady friend would not take kindly to having something like algae pumped into the sink while brushing her teeth, hence my strict attention to frequent draining and sanitizing! Legionnaires Disease isn't even on the radar screen.
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:56 PM   #13
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I am not a member of the Legion either, although I did feel poorly one morning after drinking at the Legion the previous evening.
So then, it is not just me. I knew that place, with their cheap drinks, was no good.
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Question here though. How does one get the concentrated bleach solution into the hot water tank? Do you fill the fresh water ( with bleach added ) and then run the pump with a hot water tap open?
Yes. Although right or wrong I've always filled the HW tank using the pressure relief valve, once full I run all the faucets.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:19 AM   #15
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I did sanitize the tank in our Casita wne we first bought it because the water in it smelled bad and we didn't know the origin. We have not done so with the Escape.

We don't typically drink from the tanks in the trailer. We carry separate drinking water. Though I have been known to brush my teeth with it, Chris does not.

I will sometimes drink from the faucets when hooked up to external water supply on a public water system.
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Old 12-18-2013, 09:58 AM   #16
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Given all the time we spend in our beloved Escapes, to me, sanitizing the system is cheap easy insurance. Most of the process is just letting the bleach do its work: fill the water tank, put the required amount of bleach in, run some into the pipes, let in sit for a few hours and then drain and flush it a couple of times. It is easy to do while loading and getting the rest of the stuff done to the trailer and tow getting ready to head out in the spring.

During our travel months, I use my homebrew sanitizer (One Step) that is a no rinse peroxide based sanitizer at the end of each trip. After draining the system (except hot water tank) I put a little of the sanitizer in the tank and lines to help prevent the baddies from growing too much while Blue awaits the next trip. Being peroxide based it doesn't need to be rinsed out when we fill up and head out again.

To me, the freshwater tank and system is relatively easy to keep clean and with minimal effort the water can taste fine. We use a hose end carbon RV filter on all water that goes into the fresh tank and a PUR water filter pitcher to further make the water taste good for all our drinking water.
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Old 12-18-2013, 11:44 AM   #17
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This article makes you rethink your home water as well: Legionella and Scalding Facts | Cash Acme. When we're out at the lake, and after washing/rinsing our dishes, we sanitize with a bar sanitizer such as Steramine Quatemary Sanitizing Tablets. Maybe I should be using them at home too ...
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I think science is coming to the conclusion that we'd all be better off if we ate dirt. All the anti-bacterial soaps etc. are keeping our immune systems from building up, so when something does come along, we are in bigger trouble.
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Old 12-18-2013, 12:07 PM   #19
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I think science is coming to the conclusion that we'd all be better off if we ate dirt. All the anti-bacterial soaps etc. are keeping our immune systems from building up, so when something does come along, we are in bigger trouble.
That is so true , but we should start eating dirt as kids - so our immune systems build up naturally . Don't think it's a good idea to start as old croaks ….. well that's us anyway -the old croaks I mean .
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George Carlin used to say that as kids, they swam in the Hudson River as training for their immune systems. Humorous, but there is some truth to that.

I avoid anti-bacterial soaps, margarine, fake sweeteners, and the like. But I still don't think I am getting out of this alive.
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