After living in our RV for the past 11 years, I fail to understand why people pay extra money to buy water that is tap water, run through a filter and put into a plastic bottle? It is so very easy to just use a filter on the water supply into the RV and you have that same product! '
The purpose of the fresh water tank to for supplying potable water. We always use a charcoal filter on all water put into our system, but not take advantage of it makes no real logic. If you ever drink tap water anywhere, even in a restaurant than you are drinking the same thing. The carbon filter prevents any sediment from entering the system and it removes excess chlorine and minerals. In our 11 years, we have never had any health issues from this approach, but we do purchase a quality filter.
We also sanitize that water system annually, which should be done with any RV. You can find simple instructions on how to do this by visiting this web-page.
When we are camping we used bottled water. I don't like to drink warm or hot water so we fill the bottles from the faucet and put them in the refrig to cool down. 2 weeks ago, in Atlanta, we took our showers from the cold water faucet because it was that warm. That just ain't good drinking temps.
2003 Newmar Mountain Aire, Workhorse W22, 2008 Saturn Vue, Falcon 5250, & US Gear Unified Tow Brake
I have never been able to drink from the tank, or even when hooked up to campground water. I cannot stand the taste. Years ago I bought several of the 5 gallon water totes that you can find at sporting goods store. I fill those with water from home and drink it. I have a 1 gallon spigot container I keep on the counter to fill cups with, and keep the 5g containers in the truck bed.
If we run out of "home" water, I will refill the 5g containers along the road at one of those "pay-per-gallon" stations.
I do use the fresh tank for cooking, and of course bathing. I am not afraid of germs being in the system, I just simply cannot stand the taste.
2012 Dutchmen Voltage Epic 3795
2010 Dodge 3500 DRW MC
2009 GMC 2500 DA CC
2012 Smart-for-two (sometimes hitches a ride in the Voltage!)
2005 Sundowner Sunlite 777
We drink from the tank. Someone said it might be an age thing, but we are a young family in our early 30's, so I do not think it is an age thing.
We also drink tap water south of the border. We have been all over Mexico, Central and South America. We have never been sick. We usually go with a large group of friends who think we are crazy, but some of them always get sick and they don't drink the water. Must be all the whiskey and takillya that sanitizes our systems.