We use an in line filter to fill our Fresh water tank, then use a multifilter setup under the sink for our cooking, and drinking needs. We sanitize the tank once a year and have had no adverse effects in two years of fulltiming. One thing: we never fill up our tank if the word "sulfur" is used in the area.
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We use a pre filter-always when hooked up, & sometimes when refilling (depending on where we are at and if connection has hose fitting). Normally we dont drink the water, or Margaret doesnt, at least straight from tank. Our house water tastes like clorinated clam juice. Well not so much anymore-Ill give the water district that but still leary of it. Clorine can be pretty high at times, but dont filter when fillinh tasnk because of that. 99% of my water gets boiled and caffinated so Im good to use thru the kitchen faucet filter.
We put a small pur filter on Kitchen faucet. Which works well, can filter or run water straight thru. Makes bad water if dumped in tank at least taste good for coffee etc- we probably could get by with just it-but filtered at both ends is nice.
I added our (removeable) pre filter outside under wing. I can either connect to city inlet or short hose that lives in tank inlet.
Simular to what Camper_Jeff_&_Kelli linked, worth the effort I think, not that expensive to at least make water palatable-actually purifying another subject but most do to a small degree. Holding your nose while trying to brush your teeth is aggrevating.
Yup, I also got some stinky water in the Mojave and Salton Sea areas. I would not have noticed except I tried to brush my teeth with it. Rather than try to filter all of the water, just filter the small portion that you actually drink. I use a Britta filter pitcher. Works great and the filter lasts for a couple of months even for full time use. It lasts so long I mark the date on the filter with a Sharpie.
A few years ago, the neighboring farm was sold to a developer. There is no city water by us, so he drilled 98 wells using explosive caps, and every time one went off, our water was cloudy and sulfurous for days.
The brita did do a good job of turning that water into drinkable water, but I do think that even if I were not using the water in my tanks, I still would not want to smell that every time I turned on the tap.
Mojave water is notoriously bad. Do the Brittas or PURs actually make it okay?
If 'potable' water yes, & by ok meaning taste and smell.
Thats why we use the Pur on faucet-sometimes not practicle to filter tank when refilling. We use the brita pitcher at home, should get one for the camper-other than slow, still would be good for dumping water in tank or have setting on the counter pre filter, the PUR is slow to fill large containers but works for a quick drink.
I don't drink from my tank. I always take bottled water. 4-5 gal will last me all week for drinking and cooking. Fresh tank is for showers, dishes, and toilet flushing. I do clean it regularly so I wouldn't be afraid to drink it in an emergency but it never tastes good no matter where I fill it from.
The DW and I are susceptible to poor water. We carry potable water in the FW tank, which I run through a Large Camco external filter on filling. I can also plumb it for the city water if needed. Then we filter that water through our Zero Technologies pitcher. We have been doing this for years and have circumvented the problems that we had back in the 70's while camping.
We used an everpure sink dispenser until we found the Zero Tech pitcher in our Class "A". Now with our T/C, I don't have to install the separate water dispenser.
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...Seattle city water has chlorine already it it and that will increase shelf life too.
Water doesn't expire.
The container holding water can leach bad things into the water. That is why bottled water has an expiration date.
If you are concerned about things 'growing in the tank' then there are contaminants in the tank which are causing a problem. That is a problem with tank inputs, not with how long the water sits in the tank.
We use our tank water for everything. Yes we carry bottled water, but that is to supplement our supply - carry on a hike, etc. Typically I fill the tank at home and don't usually have to refill it on the road (unless we are on a true vacation length trip).
Our water comes from a natural spring on our property. I run it through sediment, carbon, and UV filters. No chlorine / fluoride / other municipality junk added. Never expires or goes bad.
Oh, and that fancy expensive spring water at the premium restaurants...I shower in it.
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