Plastic water tank storage

Submitted: Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 21:41
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Hi everyone. I am having trouble finding any articles on long term storage of plastic water tanks on a camper trailer. I wont be using my camper for a couple of months, so is it better to have the tank full with tank cleaner added or empty during that time? Also any good tips to get rid of the plastic taste, nothing I have tried seems to work? PoppyG
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Reply By: Notso - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 21:47

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 21:47
I always leave my tank full then drain and refill before use.

Have you tried BiCarb Soda in the tank.

Use half a kilo or so, disolve in a bucket of water then pour it into tank, fill tank and leave to soak at least overnight.

then drain and refil a few times.

Make sure you don't use garden hose for filling the tank, buy food grade hose if you don't have it already.

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Reply By: Dave & Shelley (NT) - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 22:01

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 22:01
Hi poppyg2,

I have a camper trailer which is 12 years old now and nothing has ever worked to keep that taste out. After different methods, I now drain the tank and flush several times (yeap, being in Darwin without water restrictions is great). After flushing I pop in a couple of Milton Anti-Bacterial Tablets when I put in the water. This doesn't help with the taste but kills off any nasties. I haven't died yet!!!!


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Reply By: Member - John W (WA) - Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 22:45

Monday, Apr 14, 2008 at 22:45
Go to bunnings and get a .2micron ceramic carbon filter,
also a housing for it.removes all flavours,bacteria,etc.
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Reply By: Member - len W SWANSEA (NSW) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 06:46

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 06:46
hey poppy everything the others are saying are good and will help my caravan is 25 years old and every 6 months i let out all the water in both tanks half fill them again put in one packet bi-carb in each tank and go for a drive come back and drain fill back up and a few drops on micropur from bias boating works wonders for me ................... len
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 15:09

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 15:09
I always leave the tank full on the camper.

For a couple of months rest, I wouldn't even bother to flush and refill.

For long periods of storage, I too would drain the tank and simply refill with fresh water. You only need to flush the tank with a cleaning agent if you experience bad tasting water.


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Reply By: poppyg2 - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 20:37

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2008 at 20:37
Thanks for the tips. The bride doesn't like the taste of plastic or chlorinated water, so I will try each suggestion and let everyone know how it goes. Otherwise it might be a stainless steel tank. PoppyG
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Follow Up By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 17:07

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 17:07
Hi poppyg2, how did you go with the tank? we have a problem with the one on our caravan and was waiting to see how you went. We tried the cleaner from Camec but the taste has come back with vengeance. was going to try the carb soda.



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Reply By: poppyg2 - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 21:56

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 21:56
Hi Dunworkin. Tried bicarb & commercial brands but taste is still there. The bride is not a happy camper with the taste. PoppyG
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