Water tank between trips?

Superduty

Adventurer
I got a Front Runner 17 gallon water tank mounted in the bed of my truck. Plan is to fill it with water before a trip.

How should i care for the water tank between trips?

I am able to remove it from truck, but if i don't need to use the bed of truck, my plan is to leave it there.

What care is needed so the inside of the tank doesn't get gross.

The water is used for showering, dishwashing, hand washing, dog water and cooking.

Per Front Runner:

Made from food grade polyethylene and is BPA free.

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smbisig

Adventurer
Since my Gladiator isn't a daily driver, I usually leave my 13-gallon tank full and if I am not traveling, I will swap the water out every couple of weeks. I use Camco drinking water freshener when I fill it. My thoughts, this is one source of emergency water if needed. And same, I only use it for non-drinking applications, but I keep it clean so that I could drink if needed.

Curious as to what others use and what others add to their tanks to keep them clean.
 

Superduty

Adventurer
My truck isn't a daily driver either. However there are times where I will drive it around. If it's best for the tank to keep it full I can do that, though I'd rather not lug around an extra 17 gallons of water.

I will also add, where i live, in the summer it's over 90° pretty much every day with many days breaking 100. As a result I presume the tank and its contents are getting to at least the ambient. There is a shell on the truck so the tank does not get direct sunlight.

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Superduty

Adventurer
I usually keep my tank full with water freshener. I also add a couple of drops of bleach.
So that means you keep it full of water as well between trips?

What water freshener do you use?

Is this water that you drink if needed?


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mep1811

Gentleman Adventurer
So that means you keep it full of water as well between trips?

What water freshener do you use?

Is this water that you drink if needed?


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I use Camco water freshener, any will do. This is for drinking water. I would not carry any water I could not drink. That does not make any sense.
 

MOAK

Adventurer
We’ve a pair of Frontrunner tanks in the trailer. Maybe once a year I’ll drop a few polidents in each 10 gallon tanks. Let it set overnight, drain & fill. Been doing that for 10 years. In the truck we’ve a 12 gallon tank used primarily for showers. Once a year, I’ll drop in a capful of bleach. Our showers are clean, and our drinking water cleaner.
 
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