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valhalla360

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Posted: 08/27/22 01:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't drink out of your gray or black tanks and you should be fine.

Campgrounds have their water tested by the local jurisdiction, so even if it smells or tastes less than ideal, it should be safe.

I'm drinking some water out of the tank as I type this.


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valhalla360 wrote:

Don't drink out of your gray or black tanks and you should be fine.

Campgrounds have their water tested by the local jurisdiction, so even if it smells or tastes less than ideal, it should be safe.

I'm drinking some water out of the tank as I type this.


First part, I agree with.
Second part is basically saying something as fact that you have no idea if it is and likely isn’t.

However not nearly as inane as the OPs paranoia.


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I'm not sure why OP is so afraid of his/her own doodoo.

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I have belonged to different forums at different times going back to when Al invented the internet. I have never seen one as bizarre as RV.net.


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The same germs and bacteria that you fear in your RV are just on the otherside of your P trap in your toilets and sinks.
Those germs are just as close to you in your house as they are in your RV.


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PButler96 wrote:

I have belonged to different forums at different times going back to when Al invented the internet. I have never seen one as bizarre as RV.net.


Folks have a lot of "fears", some founded and some unfounded, some rooted in hysteria from the Internet, TV, Radio and other sources, some from general concerns that something might be harmful but doesn't understand..

It isn't nice to make fun of folks that are concerned about potential health issues.

All it takes is some understanding, patience, empathy and a good explanation why their fears/concerns are not founded.

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Sarcasm seems to be unrecognizable these days.


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You are no more at risk of these tanks than you are from the sewer plumbing under your house.

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Thanks to everyone who provided serious replies. Always kind of followed the rule of "don't sh*t where you eat" and since my trailer is a pretty small trailer meant for 1 maybe 2 people, it was always kind of a health/sanitation concern. Another thing I worried about was too much moisture getting involved with the trailer since moisture/water can really erode/damage stuff over time. I've seen tips about using chlorine in your fresh water tank but should you not do that in your black water tank? I'm not exactly a germaphobe but maybe adding a little dish washing detergent on a regular basis to the black tank as Gdetrailer suggested would help keep the bad bacteria at bay. You guys helped ease my mind about this. Thinking about doing another cross country road trip and if I do probably will end up finally using the tanks. Gotten along fine without them for this long but age is starting to catch up with me. Thanks again guys.

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Like I think was mentioned earlier, no 'health issues' with using the tanks and having "stuff" in them and being in the living space in general.. Yes, you do still have to have them intact and have functioning plumbing in general... (ie: proper ventilation, no leaks, etc.)

But, you then do have to DUMP the grey and black tanks.. That's where you are going to be the closest to the nasty stuff..

Your fresh water tank is just that.. Fresh water, so depending on the source of your water and if you sanitize it or if you even elect to 'drink' from it, that's really up to you..

Since the OP mentions some physical limitations to even going to the parks facilities, I'd have to wonder about the ability to go thru a dump process??

You still need to basically have some physical ability to do the routine things that make up setting up and breaking down a campsite.. Be that a full hookup site, or some primitive site..

Good luck! Mitch


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