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Title: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: Alpena Jeff on October 24, 2017, 08:07:19 AM
I need to add water to my fresh water tank so I have enough to partially fill gray and black tanks prior to dumping so I can eventually winterize. We are on a well. Any known issues using my well water supply for this purpose?
Thanks as always!
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: Gary RV_Wizard on October 24, 2017, 08:09:01 AM
Depends on your well water, I guess. If it's safe to drink it at home, how could it be harmful to your RV water system?
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: Alpena Jeff on October 24, 2017, 08:19:20 AM
Just thinking sediment I guess. I have drank from the tap but it does have a "taste". Being overly cautious maybe? New and first motorhome jitters!
Thanks, Jeff
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: SeilerBird on October 24, 2017, 08:28:38 AM
It is better to ask the question than to not have asked it and have a disaster strike you. I think you are perfectly safe. Most of us have been putting water into our RVs without any thought for a long time. I got my water from many different sources. The worst thing that might happen is you might need to clean the intake screen on your water pump.
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: UTTransplant on October 24, 2017, 08:35:58 AM
We have put a sediment filter on our fresh water hose due to getting a lot of sediment a few times when filling the tanks. If you have a lot, then that is something you might want to consider. As long as the water meets public health standards (and since you drink it at home I assume it does), you should have no problems with the tank and health.
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: 1PlasticMan1 on October 24, 2017, 08:43:02 AM
Been on well water for over 40 years here at home.  Use it to fill coach tank before a trip.  However, since I have a water softener at home, by pass the softener so not to get salt into the coach water.  Think I got the idea from previous messages on the RV Forum.
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: indiana journey on October 24, 2017, 08:46:44 AM
We are on a well, have been for over 40 years. I installed a whole-house filter in the water line just before the water softener and drinking water. It is to catch the sediment coming from the well. I change it every month and have very little sediment in it.
When I fill the MH water tank I have another filter that I also use. The water is "double-filtered". It takes some of the worry out of having sediment in the water.
I also use that filter when I hook-up to any other water system. The charcoal unfused filter element takes out some of the chemical taste that you get from some of the "city" water.
Good Luck,
Indiana Journey
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: kdbgoat on October 24, 2017, 08:50:22 AM
I'm on my own well also. I run it through a whole house filter and on of the blue Camco filters then on to my RV. The biggest reason I use the two filters is because where I park, I need the extra 5' or so of hose to reach the RV. I have 70' of potable water hose now, and am too cheap to go buy more.
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: skydivemark on October 24, 2017, 04:12:35 PM
I have a well here at home. Truthfully I never gave it a second thought about filling my RV tank with it.
I  have noticed when I  use my father's water (also a well but different state) sometimes I catch a little silt in the inlet screen, nothing a quick rinse won't  cure.
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: Boonieman on October 24, 2017, 05:17:07 PM
Iím on a well also. My last place also had a well. Depending on what part of the country you are from, some areas are susceptible to iron bacteria. While not harmful, it is a pain because it will leave reds stains in your toilet bowls, etc., even though out of the tap it was crystal clear. It becomes a lot more active when exposed to oxygen (air) and grows rapidly inside the toilet tank (where the float is). You can control it with chlorine, but never get rid of it, and you canít get a small enough micron filter to filter it out. Most campground taps and others are chlorinated, most residential wells are not. There are also other bacteriaís that are dormant until exposed to air. For that reason, I would have no problem using my well water, but I wouldnít leave it in my fresh water tank for any length of time. But thatís just me, and based on my experience with well water quality....not safety-wise, but off white colored tee shirts and stuff like that. But again, you may not have that issue, and my current well does not. The water is just very hard. 
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: ArdraF on October 24, 2017, 06:41:32 PM
Hard water can cause problems.  If that's your case then get some decent filters that take care of sediment (which can be calcium), taste, and microorganisms.  We have extremely hard water and it corrodes anything using water, from valves to water heaters, to pool pumps to yard irrigation parts.  Oh yes, it also leaves bad water spots that are difficult to remove.

As to well water, we tend to avoid filling our water tank at campgrounds with well water.  And we always use filters regardless of the water source.  One time down in Mexico we saw leaves floating in the water storage tank where the water came up from a well.  It was potable but kind of disgusting so we didn't fill there!

ArdraF
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: John From Detroit on October 24, 2017, 06:55:32 PM
If it is the well thar supplies your house... no In fact I'm on well water all summer. City water in winter.. Well is better in my case (This is not always true).
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: Arch Hoagland on October 25, 2017, 01:36:41 AM
Over 14 years we've hit 48 states and used water from all over the place. I don't use any filters and have not had a problem yet.

I think you will be just fine.
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: skydivemark on November 03, 2017, 10:16:19 AM
Iím on a well also. My last place also had a well. Depending on what part of the country you are from, some areas are susceptible to iron bacteria. While not harmful, it is a pain because it will leave reds stains in your toilet bowls, etc., even though out of the tap it was crystal clear. It becomes a lot more active when exposed to oxygen (air) and grows rapidly inside the toilet tank (where the float is). You can control it with chlorine, but never get rid of it, and you canít get a small enough micron filter to filter it out. Most campground taps and others are chlorinated, most residential wells are not. There are also other bacteriaís that are dormant until exposed to air. For that reason, I would have no problem using my well water, but I wouldnít leave it in my fresh water tank for any length of time. But thatís just me, and based on my experience with well water quality....not safety-wise, but off white colored tee shirts and stuff like that. But again, you may not have that issue, and my current well does not. The water is just very hard.

If my rig will be sitting more than a couple weeks I put an ounce or 2 of bleach in the 1/2 full fresh water tank and then open the faucets for a couple minutes.  Don't know if it helps but it makes me feel better.   Then  a couple days before next trip I empty the tank and refill, then open faucets again for a few minutes to clear the lines of the bleach. 
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: sgkane on November 03, 2017, 10:59:35 AM
Jeff,
I think you got some great answers but I can add to this by saying we go to Alpena every summer for 3 to 4 months, own property on lake Huron. I haven't put in a well yet so we've been drawing water directly from the lake with a particle filter after the pump. When we leave Alpena, I put a "couple glugs" (never really measure) into the fresh water tank and go through the process of checking each faucet much like SkyDiveMark describes then rinse.  I've never had a problem with sediment and I have to believe the lake water would be worse then any well water.
Obviously we don't drink the water when in Alpena and in reality we never really trust campground water except when using the Everpure water filter.
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: Alpena Jeff on November 03, 2017, 04:49:41 PM
Jeff,
I think you got some great answers but I can add to this by saying we go to Alpena every summer for 3 to 4 months, own property on lake Huron. I haven't put in a well yet so we've been drawing water directly from the lake with a particle filter after the pump. When we leave Alpena, I put a "couple glugs" (never really measure) into the fresh water tank and go through the process of checking each faucet much like SkyDiveMark describes then rinse.  I've never had a problem with sediment and I have to believe the lake water would be worse then any well water.
Obviously we don't drink the water when in Alpena and in reality we never really trust campground water except when using the Everpure water filter.
Well howdy neighbor!
We are north of town on Long Lake. You know it?
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: OLDRACER on November 04, 2017, 02:13:12 PM
Somewhere west of Surprise, Arizona we stayed a week, water was safe but taste was terrible. We had a sediment filter, then a charcoal filter, then the big onboard everpure  filter, then a BRITA pitcher, what came out was drinkable but not at all "good". :P

One of the reasons we drink bottled water.
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: pz on November 04, 2017, 02:40:38 PM
I'm on a well for nearly 30 years, have used the water in my RV the entire time (no water softener) with no ill effects
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: staggerlee on November 04, 2017, 04:14:02 PM
The 2 filters before going into M.H. one is for the larger things, and the second could be charcoal if you prefer.
From your own well you should be fine, but when hooked up at some C.G. you never know whats coming out.
I have a 2 filter setup with a regulator at the other end. Always use it at C.G.

Our daughter learned the hard way. they changed water sources while she was at C.G., suddenly her water was coming out black.
They then came around and told everyone to let the water run freely on the ground, till it cleared up. Yuck.
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: sgkane on November 11, 2017, 03:37:53 PM
Well howdy neighbor!
We are north of town on Long Lake. You know it?
I know it well. I sent you a PM
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: gwcowgill on November 11, 2017, 04:20:40 PM
we topped off with well water when we were in WV last summer and ended up with algae. Had to sanitize the tank when we got home. I would recommend adding some Clorox based upon how much water you add just to be on the safe side besides, it cannot hurt anything.
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: NY_Dutch on November 11, 2017, 06:02:04 PM
When we're at our upstate NY cottage, we use the well water with no filters other than the standard Shurflo sediment filter attached to the pump. In RV parks, we almost always use our whole house charcoal filter plus a point of use Pur filter on the kitchen tap to get rid of any chlorine taste. Parks with naturally good tasting water seem to be a rarity, although I don't typically question the safety of the water.
Title: Re: Well water and motorhomes
Post by: JudyJB on November 12, 2017, 09:00:34 PM
It really depends on the well water.  We had a cottage on Lake Huron at the tip of the Thumb, and we all loved the taste of the water.  There was a bit of iron in it, but we had no problems with anything.  I would not have hesitated in the least to put it in an RV tank.  We did have it tested periodically, and it was fine in terms of safety.