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In RV park for awhile -- keep water in Fresh Water tank?


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I would keep some water in the tank...at least a day's worth. We've been in RV parks where, for whatever reason, we had some period of time without water...once for more than a day.

 

Depending on how long you're going to be in the RV park, you might think about using the water from the tank for a time and then refill it just to keep the water fresh.

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We almost always have close to half a tank fresh water. We too have many times had shore water shut off w/o warning for several hours or a day. We use the tank water while driving, and often when we stop for just an overnight we will not hook up water and sewer, hooking up only when we need to replenish water/dump tanks, or when in place for several nights or more.

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We kind of learned that one the hard way. We were once in an RV park that had a waterline fail and our tank had no water in it. Since then I always keep at least a 1 day supply of water in the tank. If you use a charcoal filter for water into the RV as I do, it is good to put a small amount of chlorine bleach (I use 1/4 cup) into your fresh water hose below the filer when you go to put this stored water into the tank so that it will be chlorinated for longer storage. I also drain and replace that water on a monthly basis just to make sure that it is fresh if needed.

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We always have some water in the fresh water tank traveling or in a park. Every once in a while the water will get shut off in the RV park in Yuma, and this immediately brings the park model people out to the RVers asking for a little coffee water etc.

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We are currently located where the temperature drops below freezing at night and if we remain hooked up our hose will freeze. My routine is to disconnect the hose, blow the water out of it and turn on and set the light bulb in the small hose bay. Forgot to do this a few days ago and our filter, hose and outside H/C connection froze up. So yep keep some water in your tank just in case.

Later,

J

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We almost always have close to half a tank fresh water. We too have many times had shore water shut off w/o warning for several hours or a day. We use the tank water while driving, and often when we stop for just an overnight we will not hook up water and sewer, hooking up only when we need to replenish water/dump tanks, or when in place for several nights or more.

 

X2 We always keep at least a half tank when parked or traveling. During the winter when we are stationary for 4 or 5 months I shut off the park water occasionally and run through the fresh tank and then refill. Don't do anything else to keep it fresh.

 

As other have said, occasionally the park water is off due to a broken line or something and it is nice to have the water there. In the spring we often stop in Denver where temps drop below freezing at night so we just run on the fresh tank when we are there.

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We kept about 1/3 tank when we were towing with our pickup, enough for a couple days boondocking or a park water issue, with the MDT towing we kept it full since weight wasn't an issue then. You never know when you are going to need water, anything from gotta stop to tinkle to putting out a roadside fire that some smoker started by tossing a butt.

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If in warm climes keep a portion in the tank and use and replenish every so often to keep fresh. Rarely hooked up but still if we are always keep some in case of CG shutoff, as we've experienced once. If in freezing temperature risks (when travelling in the winter from North to warmer southern climes) keep tanks empty and always some antifreeze in the black and grey plus keep couple big water canisters on board for personal use till safe to fill fresh.

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We're at a RV park for awhile with full hook-ups. Should we keep the fresh water tank full (or partially filled)? Is there a hazard with keeping the fresh water tank completely empty when not needed?

 

Thanks!

My DW is a big help when towing. She drives her car and helps me change lanes when traffic hectic. She is no help at all at camp parking though. She has never backed a trailer and she is lost.

 

Glenn, not sure what this has to do with if they should keep water in there holding tank? Maybe you posted it in the wrong thread?

 

 

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Like many others, we too travel with about 1/2 full water tanks. We cycle thru at least once a month to keep it fresher. Once a year, we cleanse the full water system with the bleach technique. We have a good filter that both our tank and shore water flows thru, with a 'finisher' filter on top of this, feeding the ice maker. (Jury is still out on this. We may just turn the water off, and continue making ice cubes in tray as we have the last 10 years. Going to give the Samsung Ice maker a few months to see how we like the quality of the ice.)

 

We currently drink bottled water, but will probably end up putting in an under the counter quality filter for a counter top drinking water faucet.

 

We pay close attention to water levels, for the reasons mentioned... We new cloth water hose, old white Camco was a goner, that I found at a Lowes along the way. Cranks up flat and stores neat. But, prone to kinking and that can reduce water flow. And, not as robust in cold weather. It froze in Sante Fe, where I feel the Camco white vinyl hose would not have... So, we'll see how long we use this one:)!

 

Best to all,

Smitty

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We do it a little differently. We keep the dump valves closed and the water tank full and remain self-contained (except for power). When the tanks need to be dumped we do that and fill the water tank at the same time. We almost always know where our tanks are in terms of full or empty all the time. Never a big surprise on water or tank.

 

WDR

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I stayed in a COE park west of Santa Fe, NM, last fall. Had a gorgeous water and electric pull-through site with a view of the lake. I was awoken early one morning as the crew arrived with a back-hoe and to notify me that they were shutting the water off immediately as there was a leak. And, by the way, the leak was right next to my campsite, so it would probably be a good idea if I moved to another site, which I did! I had been having water pump problems so I barely had time to fill two big jugs for toilet flushing and drinking. (I keep two empty gallon jugs for the same reasons.)

 

I always try to keep at least half a tank of fresh water for just such emergencies. If it sits in the tank for a long time in hot weather, I will add some bleach and then try to use it up, assuming my water pump is working.

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