We are picking up our brand new rental RV at the factory - should we sterilize the water tank or just use bottled water. I've been reading about sterilizing with clorox so, I think I can, but what do you experienced RVers recommend?
Not unless we put it thru our Brita pitcher. We do use onboard water for cooking when needed.
I am paying money for all the things in the MH and that includes the 100 gallon water tank. You can bet I use it just like I would the S&B water. Bottled water is notorious for being nothing but tap water anyway so why pay for tap water?
Being a water and sewer line contractor and seeing it all, I have no problems drinking water from our on board tanks. I sanitize the tank every season and all is good. You should see how dirty the water mains are in the streets that we drink every day. Do you really think bottled water is any better? Think again. Bottled water
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Add me to the list of NOT DRINKING from the fresh water tank. We use bottled water for drinking and cooking. Always start out with two or three bottles and they dont last long. Another reason is I love my fresh ground bean coffee and it will taste different depending on the water you use so I have found which bottled water company I like and always use that.
We just use the fresh water tanks for showers, washing dishes, flushing the toliet etc...
We are also now hearing that some camp stores are not selling water anymore because of the plastic containers... It will probably be like the outside firewood ban and we all will have to go through the firewood-bottled water inspection line before going into the camp ground.
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We drink bottle water and use the on board water for showers when no hook ups are available!
Make coffee? bottle water.
Wash dishes - on board water.
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Ditto this! And even more so now. We recently drained our "freshwater" tank to winterize the RV for a trip to Colorado and the STENCH of the water in the tank was unbelievable! Disgusting! I would NEVER drink it now! When we re-fill it in a few weeks, we are going to completely clean it and add bleach to see if it helps, but I STILL won't drink it. We don't even give it to our dogs - they get bottled water when we travel.
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A little bit off the topic and probably not scientifically sound but, I found a relationship in Florida between water restiction areas and water taste. Those areas that restrict water use for watering lawns the most, like limiting use to once per week between midnight and 8 am, have the worst water. Processing this water through a home water softner does not help.
Areas that have no water use restrictions have good tasting water.
Just my experience. Water here at Rock Crusher Canyon RV Park is very good.
I'm surprised at all the different answers. If you maintain your RV water tank there is absolutely no reason you shouldn't be able to drink that water. When I used water from a used RV I flushed and flushed and used bleach in the tank to make sure it was clean. Once I am filling the tank for the final time I add about 4 ounces of bleach for 100 gallons of water. Chlorox indicates the rate that can be used to purify water. The water from my RV tank will taste as good or better than the city water people drink every day.
When I lived in CA where there is no weather and no freezing temps I left the water in my RV all the time. Just refilled and used Chlorox to purify. Never had a problem. I could be on my way at a moments notice.
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Why pack the extra weight of the bottled water? uses up space in storage. If you have to have bottled water, just refill a bottle and chill in the fridge. What do you use when in your stick house, and not on the road? Its just extra expense.
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