October 13, 2011
Our ’07 Flagstaff came with a filtration system built in. We took the cartridge out after the 1st trip because it cut the water flow too much. We use bottled water for drinking and cooking and use the tank on the camper for washing and brushing teeth, so it didn’t seem like a big deal.
I fill the tank at home, so I know what that water’s like, and thoroughly sanitize the water system at the beginning of the season and then run a bleach mix through a couple times during the season.
If we were filling the tank at the CG, like we see many people doing, I’d consider replacing the filter cartridge.
Steve: True, CG water systems do have to be tested. Unfortunately, we received a notice mid-summer this year that we had been camping at one of our favorite state parks on a weekend when elevated e. coli levels were detected. A number of people got sick, the lake was closed to all activity, etc., but they denied that the potable water was affected, even though a ranger at the park and a DCNR spokesman admitted to me that if they were camping there, they would bring water or boil the park’s water. It took several weeks before they allowed boating or fishing again and the beach was closed for the remainder of the summer. I just saw a DCNR notice that an emergency contract was awarded for investigation of the sewage system for leaks and emergency repairs, if needed.
Our two-year-old grandson is with us most weekends, especially at that park, and there are some things I won’t leave to chance. By carrying a full tank of water I’m adding ~200 lbs to our load. I’m within the GVWR of the camper and far below the GCVWR of the truck/camper combo. I know that CG systems are checked, but it’s a peace of mind thing as much as anything else!