fresh water in tank? how long

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  1. SC 05 OUT

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    being new to this motor home thing and coming from a caravan lifestyle, I'm wondering should I dump the freesh water after each trip, is it safe to leave it in for a week? or longer, I have been carrying about 1/2 a tank full and topping up on site, leaving again will around 1/2 a tank full ( this is just how its worked out and has not been planned)


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    I always dump any remainder when I get home..

    And open all taps and leave drain taps open,, to let as much fresh air through as possible..

    Prior to next trip I just wash through with fresh,, and only take enough for a few cuppa`s enroute and fill up at the site.. :BigGrin:
     
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    Same here just have enough for a few cuppas and allways empty when home i leave all taps open also and leave my waste outlet tap open aswell so all smells if any can get out.

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    thanks, Im of for a dump then:Rofl1:
     
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    do creepy crawlies get in ?
     
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    I agree with all the advice so far. I always drain down and run the taps through after each holiday. However if the van is not used for a while, I fill up and add Milton tabs (or similar steralising tablets) and give a good flush through. Better safe than sorry !! Remember to drain down the water boiler too, especially at the onset of winter (or if the van is not being used for any length of time).
     
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    with the van I allways did the milton thing at the end of the season and again prior to starting the next season, but is it nessercery to drian down if your going to use the MH each weekend? I'm still concerned about leaving outside drain off taps open to spiders and stuff, surly its inviting problems,?
     
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    We always use a seperate 5L container for making drinks probably a bit paranoid but don't quite trust the water tank :Blush:
     
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    Drain down , but close the drain taps / dump valves. That way you have no worries about spidery things etc :Rofl1:
     
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    That was the idea of filling up and flushing through,,, to get rid of any creepy crawly`s. :Smile:

    Another thing you could do is put a bit of the wife`s tight`s taped to the drain pipe,, inside taps should be ok..

    But remember to take the tight`s off your misses before taping them on the outlet pipes.. :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Seb, how's about using your spare water to water plants, flowers, tree, etc on the site before you leave?

    Carrying half a tank of water home puts money in the tax-mans greedy hands by wasting fuel.

    Save the world for ungrateful grandchildren?
     
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    Here Here! Remember the order reduce, re-use, re-cycle. so a) try to carry less water and only yop up as necessary, b) use to water plants before last plan of c) recycle it into the drains
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    whoops
    :Doh::Doh::Doh:
     
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    We keep fresh tank full and waste empty whenever possible, even at home. Have twice been in a situation with no access to fresh water for a day and were able to cook, drink, flush the toilet and shower without worrying about running out.
    Van is also our spare, spare, bedroom and can be called into use at 5mins notice without having to phaph about filling water.
    100 litres of water is 100KG (same as a full fuel tank ) so no great fuel penalty for carrying water around when set against the luxury of having it. If we were serious about fuel economy we would not holiday in 3.5 ton (or bigger) vans with the aerodynamics of a housebrick.
    Our cold water goes through a Whale filter and tank is cleaned with 'off the shelf' cleaner when we remember but less than once a year. No problems so far.
     
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    given it thought, I'll dump the fresh if i'm not using the MH for a couple of weeks, if using it more than that I 'll keep it around 25% full to give best sinario of having water avaible and not too much fuel wastage through carring unneeded weight, it wasnt this tricky with a caravan.


    wife has refused to lend me her tights:cry:so taps have been closed after draining
     
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    Same here I had to take my tank off the other weekend and had a look inside there was some debri in the bottom and I always drain off after every trip thats why we have always used a 5Ltr for drinking and the main tank for washing etc
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    Worried about Water tanks:Doh:
    Have any of you taken a look inside your loft tank:RollEyes:
    dead spiders, dead birds, slime and crap all in the bottom:Eeek:
    and you happlily shower and clean your teeth with it:Doh:
     
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    Hi Geo
    One of the last fittings to be installed to a new house is the toilet because sombody will use it whether it is plumbed or not.:Eek!:

    So given that the toilet isnt installed what do you think they use.:Eeek:

    And people think Wild Camping is rough:Eeek::Eeek:

    Jim
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    As our van is in almost constant use I don't drain water tank during Summer, I keep topping it up and add a drop of Milton now and again, I have just discovered water purifying tablets at Asda 71p for 56 so I am currently adding one of these now and again.We don't actually drink the water from the storage tank but use 5 litre plastic containers for drinking water.When in Spain and lately Morocco I obtained tank water from some very interesting places ie wells , garage forecourts and mountain fuentes and so far no problems with our regime.:thumb:
     
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    Hi vindiboy
    According to scotlandjim cemeteries are a good place for water. They all have a tap around or about the entrance
    Jim
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