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We have been using a water softener at campgrounds for 6 months now and we also use it for fresh tank, while on the road.  Before we leave the ranch, well water, we fill our tank...yes it's soft.

I have used my HP 3%, for 17 Motorhomes, in 52 years now and I'm not dead yet !  Prior to the early 90's, most folks just changed out their water filters...guess what?  They are alive and still doing the same thing.  Geez!

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2 hours ago, jleamont said:

Richard, how do you test campground water? 

Same way we test city water supplies - we don't. We do, however, check the best we can before filling out tank. Sometimes it's easy, as in many states if the campground uses a well they've got a testing certificate posted for guests to see. Other times it's not as simple, but we've had good success with asking other campers before filling the tanks if there have been any problems with the water. The seasonal campers will more likely know the situation.

When we were in a campsite in PA this fall, I was really glad we asked at the desk before filling. They had been issued a water-boil advisory by the health department only a short time before due to a problem with their fresh water supply. Would have contaminated our whole system. 

We don't hook up our electrical without testing first with our pedestal tester, and we don't fill our water tank without doing what we can to verify that the water is safe to drink. It's not a perfect system by any means, but sometimes imperfect is the best we can do.

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8 hours ago, richard5933 said:

We use the onboard tank exclusively for all needs - bathing, cooking, drinking. We've got a whole-house filter to remove sediment, and a drinking water filter on the sink which further filters water for cooking/drinking. We stopped using bottled water years ago. When possible, I fill the tank from our well water (softened) before leaving on a trip. It holds 90 gallons which will last the two of us more than a week. We'll fill from city water while on the road, but only after double checking on the quality of the water supply at the park/campground.

We do the same. The under-counter Everpure/ADC carbon/silver water filter is for drinking, cooking, and especially coffee maker, and ice maker. If a water supply is suspect I add 1/2 tsp Sodium Dichlor to the 100G fresh water tank to insure the water is disinfected.

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7 hours ago, jleamont said:

Richard, how do you test campground water? 

I'm not Richard, but I use a TDS meter for initial test.

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RayIN.

Do you really know what Sodium Dichlor is?  Who told you, that it would be a good thing, to use for purifying drinking water?  SD has many uses, but primary is Pools & Spas and is not to be ingested, under any circumstances!  It's regulated by OSHA, listed as a Hazard, under 0030!

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Nope...Aquatabs are NaDCC (basically the same as city chlorinated water)!  SD will remove rust, just depends on witch of the 5 varieties you use!  None of them are not on the CDC or OSHA hit list of hazard material.

In all hot tubs and Jacuzzi's, that I have owned...I used Bromide!  Never Chlorine.  

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Admittedly, it's been a long time since high school chemistry class. But isn't NaDCC the same thing as sodium dichloroisocyanurate? Is the sodium dichlor we're discussing here something else?
 

 

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Yes Carl I know what Sodium Dichlor is, it is stabilized chlorine; how to safely handle it, how to use it to destroy Cyanide( Sodium Dichlor/chlorine may be used to neutralize Cyanide, which makes the solution safe to discharge into a city sewer system). One tsp will sanitize a 100G water system, 1/2 tps  70% Sodium Dichlor will disinfect 100G water while maintaining a safe drinking water level. It leaves no aftertaste like household bleach.

Richard you are correct; this WHO pdf explains using Sodium Dichlor to disinfect drinking water.https://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/chemicals/sodium_dichloroisocyanurate_2add_feb2008.pdf

EDIT: Using this chemical is not for a novice, it can cause blindness if it gets in the eyes, and other serious injuries when handled improperly. If the granules get wet in a container it may emit Phosgene gas.

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We use mainly bottled water for consumption and CG water for everything else.  Our coach has a whole house filter and the frig has its own filter so the ice maker is helped by those.  We do consume the ice from the ice maker.  

We change our filters probably a little more often than we need to.  We also use a little bleach to sanitize our system every few months.  We honestly are more cautious with our water than when we were in a sticknbrick.

Hope I don't freak anyone out, but yesterday after cleaning all my wheels I took a huge long drink straight from my green garden hose!

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8 hours ago, ISPJS said:

Hope I don't freak anyone out, but yesterday after cleaning all my wheels I took a huge long drink straight from my green garden hose!

:lol: Joe, did that many times as a kid while playing outside.....STILL HERE! 

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9 hours ago, ISPJS said:
1 hour ago, jleamont said:

:lol: Joe, did that many times as a kid while playing outside.....STILL HERE! 

Hope I don't freak anyone out, but yesterday after cleaning all my wheels I took a huge long drink straight from my green garden hose!

In California you could be arrested for doing that.:rolleyes::unsure: 

(To all Californians it's just a joke) 

Herman

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Been there & done that & still do!  I think I'm alive..

Herman.  Arrested, no!  Fined? Yes...in Santa Monica! Ugh.

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On ‎3‎/‎27‎/‎2019 at 6:39 AM, jleamont said:

:lol: Joe, did that many times as a kid while playing outside.....STILL HERE! 

Our youth…….the good old days for sure.  Could take a long drink from the neighbors garden hose and then jump on your bicycle and ride as fast as you could down the road, no helmet, no knee pads!  How did we survive?  

We checked into a park (I won't bad mouth the State) a few years ago and the office must have reminded us 5 times about the bicycle helmet rule while riding in the park.

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On 3/27/2019 at 4:58 AM, hermanmullins said:

In California you could be arrested for doing that.:rolleyes::unsure: 

(To all Californians it's just a joke) 

Herman

It's the wasted water not the drink.  First year my coach had a freshwater drip.  That led to a full investigation by campground officials Indio, CA.  They were worrying about the evaporation rate of that drip.  I told them that it's recycling into rain.  They didn't like that comment.  

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Ah yes, California the land of the TOOs.

Too little rain.

Too much Rain.

Too many fires. 

Too many earthquakes. 

Too much traffic.

Too many wackos.

Please feel free to add your own TOO's to the list. Could think of more but it's 6:15 am and just got my first cup of coffee.   :rolleyes:

Herman

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We did our exploring of California back when we were full timing in a fiver.  Coming from Illinois I didn't think I would ever find worse maintained roads but California changed my mind about that.  We won't be back.

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I'm guessing they spend all Interstate money on their illegals and homeless.  I-5, 10, 15, 40 & 80, is appalling!  

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The big problem with the socialist state of Kalifornia is "do as I say not as I do" Last time I was out there they had a major drought going on. Not one water restriction in place, in fact all the towns along 99 were watering the center and sides of the road. They were on tv moaning about the drought but watering the freeway. 

Bill

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Since we are on the subject of sanitizing the fresh water tank, do not over chlorinate your fresh water tank. Your pump uses black rubber diaphragms, O-rings, and the onboard check valve. Chlorine will cause the black rubber to disintegrate prematurely, thereby shorten the life of the pump. If you don't believe it, look at the black flapper valve in a S&B toilet where the city water is chlorinated. If you want to slow down replacing those flapper valves so often, replace them with a red or white rubber one next time. Also if your water tastes bad, clean the inside of the faucet end with vinegar, that is where the nasty taste comes from in most cases. 

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