Water Tanks In Caravan

Submitted: Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 11:47
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Hi All,
Just wondering what Caravaners do with there about there water tanks in there vans when they return from there trips away. Is it better to empty them out or do they leave them full to prevent algae build up.
Cheers Steve
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Reply By: Motherhen - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 11:51

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 11:51
Yes, best left full Steve, although no light there should be no algae. We leave ours 'as they come home' and top up before leaving next time.

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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 11:53

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 11:53
We leave ours with whatever water is in them when we return. Fill them as required, when required. Algae won't grow in a dark area such as a black caravan water tank. Ensure connecting hoses are also opaque.
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Reply By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 12:38

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 12:38
We leave our water tanks as is, but I make sure I empty the hot water system tank so the anode is not anoding while we aren't travelling.

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Follow Up By: Member - Sanantone - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 13:03

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 13:03
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Do you empty hot water when travelling, ie. from site to site, say
over 200kms?

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 14:09

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 14:09
No I don't Tony. We bush camp a lot and that would waste a lot of water.

It's just my OCD that compels me to empty the tank while the van is stored over summer, plus it's a good idea anyway.
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Reply By: pop2jocem - Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 19:37

Monday, Jun 09, 2014 at 19:37
I do drain the water tanks and HWS. The HWS to inspect and if necessary change the anode/cathode, and flush the tank.
I then re-fill the main tanks from our own household supply and leave until the next trip.
As others have said, no light should not let any little nasties grow in the tanks.

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Reply By: LIFE MEMBER-snailbait - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 08:06

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 08:06
Stephen H
if you have filled up your water tanks from a doubtful source when you have travelled I would empty them out and fill up with town water containing clourine the clourine will kill all the bugs in the water not just the algae eg like water from a bore if you go from CP TO CP i would not worry about filling the tanks
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Reply By: Stephen H - Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 09:27

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 09:27
Thanks for all your replies and advice. It seems every one does a similar thing and I will do what you experienced travellers have advised.
Cheers and Happy Travels Steve
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Reply By: Chris S20 - Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 09:28

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 09:28
Hi Folks
Well i just learn t something iv all ways wondered if you should empty water tank or not now i know i will leave water in my tank on the camper.

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