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Old 06-07-2011, 01:14 AM   #11
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Re: Another dumb newbie question about camping

All very clever ideas! I am going to find a water thief and check out the water bottles with pump attachment, too.

Clorox in the tank... I would not have thought of that, either. I did not realize it needed sterilizing since only fresh water went into it.

This is good info -- thanks!
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:09 PM   #12
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Re: Another dumb newbie question about camping

No need to overdo with the Clorox -- I've been told by several folks that 1/4~1/2 cup for 20 gallons will do the trick. Let sit for 12-24 hrs, do a thorough flush of system with clean water.

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Old 06-07-2011, 02:16 PM   #13
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Re: Another dumb newbie question about camping

We sanitize the tanks once maybe twice per season.. probably not enough, but we're still alive!
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:24 PM   #14
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Re: Another dumb newbie question about camping

We rarely travel with water in our tanks due to weight. We do take drinking water, though, in bottles that have no BPA. We don't drink much from the trailer tanks; I like getting water from those machines that so many grocery stores have these days (Paul Braun mentioned that also). We can refill our own bottles and don't have to keep buying more plastic. By the way, Kalyson, there are no dumb questions! It is great seeing all the different responses to a question like yours; there are so many good ideas and different ways of doing things! That's why this forum is so great; great contributors and lots to learn!

I think it is always important to think about weight distribution and sometimes partially filled water tanks, depending on where they are and how the rest of the trailer is loaded, can be dangerous. They can slosh around or the added weight in the wrong place can imbalance the load and can cause trailers to sway sometimes. I have heard a couple of horror stories about filled water tanks causing trailer sway. I think it is a matter of personal preference and observing how things work.

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Old 06-07-2011, 09:16 PM   #15
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Re: Another dumb newbie question about camping

Like others, we sometimes go with our tank full, sometimes not, but if you decide not to due to weight, REMEMBER to fill up before getting all unhitched and settled in, as many campgrounds do not have water at each site and you might have to haul water in a bucket and pour it in - as we have done due to forgetfulness! We carry a nice clean 3 gallon bucket for that and a "T" funnel I made.

Also like others, we do like our 'home water' which is well water, so we carry a few large water containers in the car, but the longer the trip the more 'relaxed' we get about drinking what is available, unless we know, taste or smell it isn't to our liking.

We have never used bleach in our tank and prefer not to. We do however use a Vodka/Water solution as our anti-freeze in the winter and I suspect not much grows in the tank while it is full of Vodka for several months!

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Like others, we sometimes go with our tank full, sometimes not, but if you decide not to due to weight, REMEMBER to fill up before getting all unhitched and settled in, as many campgrounds do not have water at each site and you might have to haul water in a bucket and pour it in - as we have done due to forgetfulness! We carry a nice clean 3 gallon bucket for that and a "T" funnel I made.

Also like others, we do like our 'home water' which is well water, so we carry a few large water containers in the car, but the longer the trip the more 'relaxed' we get about drinking what is available, unless we know, taste or smell it isn't to our liking.

We have never used bleach in our tank and prefer not to. We do however use a Vodka/Water solution as our anti-freeze in the winter and I suspect not much grows in the tank while it is full of Vodka for several months!

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Bruce is right, it doesn't take much....1/4 cup is plenty in our tank. Now the vodka solution is interesting,,,keeps bacterial growth down in both the trailer and owner..while keeping both from freezing. Interesting!
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Re: Another dumb newbie question about camping

Hi: PJ...The only problem I can find with your water solution is I don't like that much water in my Vodka. Now extra spicey Clamato juice is another matter !!! Alf
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Re: Another dumb newbie question about camping

One more question from a soon-to-be-newbie [we pick ours up in 18 days!]: do you rinse/flush the fresh water tank on first time use? Like with the bleach rinse?

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Old 06-08-2011, 02:29 PM   #19
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Re: Another dumb newbie question about camping

I really notice the difference in towing the trailer with a full load of water. Acceleration goes away. I avoid hauling water when possible.

Our drinking water rides in several 1-gallon jugs that you buy drinking water in. We reuse them - filling them from dependable sources.

Not a remotely dumb question, by the way.
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One more question from a soon-to-be-newbie [we pick ours up in 18 days!]: do you rinse/flush the fresh water tank on first time use? Like with the bleach rinse?

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Unless Escape Industries does it for you (and I doubt that), your new fresh water tank has been through quite a construction process where cleanliness is less than sterility. If you plan on using your fresh water tank to carry drinking water, I would certainly run the bleach through 1st. Most as you can see from the responses, carry different water for drinking.
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