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Old 12-28-2018, 10:43 AM   #1
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Is the liner for the fresh water tank infinitely viable or is it something that should be replaced after some 47 years when refreshing things that matter? If it were clear or translucent plastic you could at least see living critters of microscopic origins resembling a bachelors refrigerator. The unknown layers of scum left over from years of questionable water sources has me thinking to error on the side of safety. Flushing with water/bleach and letting the mixture simmer is doable but does the plastic internal liner have a life cycle that must be considered?

This system is a hand pump pressure type and if changed to a new tank would it need to go to a power pump delivery because of plastic tank power pump compatibility? The unit this is in is a 1971 Jo Bud 16' that is Hi Lo twin brother from a different mother and is hard to tell it isn't a Hi Lo brand.
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Old 12-28-2018, 10:56 PM   #2
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I would modernize and put in a new system. That way you won't take a chance on getting sick. Not an expert.
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Old 01-03-2019, 05:24 PM   #3
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The water is fine for a shower and washing dishes, do not drink it. Filter it or replace the tank. A Berkey filter system is a good option. I use one, the Travel version, does not mean travel though, and I dont have to worry where I get water from.
Plastics will break down over time, a few years, and be toxic. I toss bicycle type bottles after more than 5 years, after ten you can taste the petroleum.
The plastics leach out the toxins into your water.
I would keep the tank and filter for consumption.
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Marininn, good points on plastic leaching. I will be removing the original metal with a hand pressure pump system and going to the blue plastic 7 gallon containers available at every Walmart and stores like that. They have a port where the reversible spigot is that a hose going to a pump can be used instead. Placement has yet to be determined but closer to the wheel well may be a better weight balance too.
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Hose water might be worse…
Use a vinyl tube not a hose. or that copper is good forever.
That is a nice tank, is it a pressurized tank system where the tank is pressurized to provide flow? I see flange fittings which suggest pressure.
I would just get the water tested first. It might be fine.
The tank is galvanized on the outside. Are you sure it has a liner?
Bite the bullet and get a square shape tank to fit in your space. Retrofitting bottles will not be a long term fix, I bet they leak at the caps. One drip per day will rot out the floor over time.
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