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How to Check Drinking Water Safety for Your RV or Caravan

April 08, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 129

Storage water tanks in RV's or caravans can be very useful if you are going places where there is limited or no water supply, but some simple care and maintenance can save you from some very uncomfortable consequences of a contaminated water supply. Tanks should be flushed before each trip using appropriate sterilizers and following the instructions for their use. Do this especially if water has been left in there for some time and has begun to stagnate. If you have recently purchased a vehicle then this is one chore you definitely need to do straight away or at least before embarking on your first trip. Clean tank healthy people.

Tip: Empty the water storage tank on your RV or caravan before setting out for the return trip home. Not only do you allow the tank to dry out and stay cleaner, but you save m-o-n-e-y on fuel for the trip back. Any idea how heavy water is? One gallon weighs over 8 lbs. or 1kg per liter. So why cart it all the way back home and use up the extra fuel.

Whether you are filling the tank or connecting to a water supply at a camping site ALWAYS use a food grade hose. Normal garden hoses are not made for use as a drinking fountain and contain harmful chemicals. A warning to this effect is noted on the label of most reputable garden hose suppliers. As a rule never use a garden hose for a drinking water supply. A flexible food grade drinking water hose used for filling the tank or supplying the caravan or RV with water should also be thoroughly flushed if not used for some time. Coiled up hoses or hoses in retracting drinking water hose reels should be flushed every time before leaving for your trip. Hoses left in the boot of the caravan or thrown into the back of the RV may still have water in them and need flushing before use.

Tip: Drain your drinking water hose before leaving camp and storing it away. Get the kids to play a game of it.

Better quality hoses will pay dividends in serviceability and longevity of use. In very cold conditions hoses become stiff and can split or break. A split hose can pick up contaminants in the ground that end up in your coffee.

Tip: To avoid some of these problems it is wise to not drive a vehicle over, or step on hoses. They are not designed for this kind of treatment. Keep water supply hoses out of the path of any traffic, but if unavoidable, take steps to protect the hose from direct contact by burying it or placing "bridging" materials on either side of the hose protecting it from direct contact with any tyres or foot traffic.

Just as important as the hose are the fittings that connect your supply. Loose or leaking fittings waste precious water. Check fittings before your trip so you can have a trouble free water supply.

If you follow these tips you will have one less thing to concern yourself about on your next camping holiday.

AK Reels have been making RV and Caravan drinking water hose reels ( RC1700) since 1993. see

Together with the Marine reel RC5000 they are the ideal companions for the outdoor family to enjoy their fun with safety and keep hoses stored out of the way when not required. With 50 ft. of hose and a multitude of installation options including "built in" the RC1700 Drinking water hose reel uses only FOOD grade drinking water hose with the flexibility required to last for years of service. The RC1700 was originally designed for the harsh Australian summers and freezing cold desert nights. The fully enclosed UV treated high impact polyproplyne case protects the hose when not in use and extends the working life of the hose. Full specifications and enquiries can be made on the website.

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