RV Fresh Water Tank - Everything You Need to Know

14th May 2024

Series 1, Episode 6 

Ah, the freedom of the open road! Your RV is packed, the itinerary is set, and all that's left is to hit the gas and chase the adventure. But before you set off, there's one crucial component to ensure a comfortable journey – your RV's freshwater tank. The freshwater tank holds the lifeblood of your mobile home, the water that you use for everything from cooking and cleaning to showering and, well, staying hydrated! So, buckle up as we delve into the world of freshwater tanks for RVs.

Choosing the Right Size and Material of Freshwater Tanks for RVsThe size of freshwater tanks for RVs is a crucial decision. Too small, and you'll be constantly refilling, cutting into your adventuring time. Too large, and you might find yourself exceeding your RV's weight limit, impacting fuel efficiency and handling. A good rule of thumb is to consider your RVing habits. For frequent boondockers (camping without hookups), a larger freshwater tank is ideal. Weekend warriors with full hookup access might be comfortable with a smaller tank.

The material of freshwater tanks for RVs is equally important. Here's a breakdown of the most common options:

  • Polyethylene: Polyethylene tanks are lightweight, durable, and resistant to cracking. They're also relatively affordable.
  • ABS Plastic: ABS plastic tanks offer similar benefits but might be slightly heavier and more expensive.
  • Metal: Metal tanks can withstand a beating. However, they are also the heaviest and most expensive, impacting your RV's weight limit and fuel efficiency.

For a superior option, consider ICON Direct's one-piece rotomolded freshwater tanks . These innovative tanks are built in a variety of sizes for exceptional durability and leak-free performance, making them ideal for worry-free adventures.

Sanitizing and Maintaining Freshwater Tanks for RVsThere are two main methods for sanitizing your freshwater tanks for RVs:

  • Bleach Solution: This is a simple and effective method. Fill your tank with fresh water, then add a bleach solution (typically 1/4 cup of bleach per 15 gallons of water). Let the solution sit for several hours, then drain and flush the tank thoroughly with clean water until the bleach smell is gone.
  • Commercial Tank Sanitation Products: These readily available products are formulated specifically for RV freshwater tanks. They are often easier to use than bleach and may leave a more pleasant results after use. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper use.

Regular cleaning and maintenance go beyond just sanitization. Here are some additional tips:

  • You must drain and refill freshwater tanks for RVs periodically, especially before a long trip.
  • Inspect the tank for cracks or leaks regularly.
  • Winterize your freshwater tank if you plan to store your RV in freezing temperatures. This involves draining the tank and adding RV antifreeze to prevent freezing and cracking.

Signs Your RV Freshwater Tank is Failing

Even the most robust freshwater tanks for RVs can succumb to wear and tear. Here are some telltale signs that your tank might be failing:

  • Leaks: This is the most obvious sign of a failing freshwater tank. Leaks can occur anywhere on the tank, but they are most common around the seams or connections.
  • Cracks: Cracks in the tank can allow contaminants to enter your freshwater supply.
  • Bulging Shape: A bulging tank is a sign of internal pressure buildup, often caused by trapped water or freezing temperatures.

If you notice any of these signs, don't wait. Replace your freshwater tanks for your RV as soon as possible is best to ensure safe and reliable access to clean water.

Ready to hit the road with confidence? ICON Direct offers a wide variety of high-quality RV replacement parts, including freshwater tanks for RVs. Visit our website or contact our friendly customer service team to find the perfect freshwater tank for your RV adventure!