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Old 03-26-2018, 12:44 PM   #1
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OEM Water Filter Questions

How long do these house water filters last? I was always leery of using it for a weekend, have it sit a month, use it for a week, have it sit another month, etc. I always end up using the external blue Camco water filters and chucking them after my trip.

If I wanted to actually use the in-house filter system, not to sound silly but how do you actually use it if you don't USE it day after day, week after week?
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Old 03-26-2018, 12:47 PM   #2
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Never used it and I'll bypass the whole filter housing when the weather warms a little more. Like you I also use the external Camco filter.
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Old 03-26-2018, 12:55 PM   #3
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I've usually just change them every spring. When I winterize, the old filter is tossed out. Then, when I dewinterize, it gets a new filter. It's something that I'm going to miss on the new trailer. It was always nice knowing that both the City Water inlet AND the FW tank was being filtered.
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Old 03-26-2018, 12:59 PM   #4
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So these filters don't go bad by just sitting w/ stagnant water in them for weeks on end?
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Old 03-26-2018, 01:06 PM   #5
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We have left ours in for weeks at a time, We have never had any problems, If its going to set for a few months i pull the filter out let it drain for a short time and put in a ziplock and freeze it until we are ready to go out again, never had any problem doing this, just make sure the filter is drained. Defrost and its ready for use. LOL
When its time to winterize i discard it, When i de-winterize it gets a new one.
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Old 03-26-2018, 01:08 PM   #6
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I de-winterize, bleach system, flush out good, then put a new filter in. I take it out prior to winterizing in the fall.
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Old 03-26-2018, 01:57 PM   #7
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Huh. I had one of these systems on my Greyhawk and I NEVER used the thing for fear of the filter getting gunked up while sitting. And the Sunseeker's is SO much easier to get to !!!
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Old 03-26-2018, 02:54 PM   #8
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I never use the water from the tanks for drinking. I buy water in gallon jugs and refill them. Saves a lot of sanitizing.
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I never use the water from the tanks for drinking. I buy water in gallon jugs and refill them. Saves a lot of sanitizing.
We also rarely drink the water. What we do do however is:
  • Wash hands
  • Brush teeth
  • Fill pots for boiling food (like pasta, corn on the cob, etc...)
  • Wash dishes
  • Shower

I don't use the onboard expecting it to be bottled water quality, I use it to hope my water is at least as clean as I'd expect my home tap water to be dealing with unknown water sources.
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Old 03-26-2018, 03:16 PM   #10
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I never use the water from the tanks for drinking. I buy water in gallon jugs and refill them. Saves a lot of sanitizing.
2X

Also, just before filling the fresh water tank I add a small amount of bleach. But still, we drink and cook with bottled water.

BTW, very often the "fresh" water we use is filtered river water.
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