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Old 10-19-2016, 09:49 AM   #1
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I am recovering from an attack of giardia. We had been camping in a rural wooded campground with water and electric hookups. We use a filter on the water hookup, use it only for bathing and toilet. However, I got lazy one morning and brushed my teeth with it instead of bottled water. I have been dealing with this aftermath for more than two weeks. My immune system had been weakened by antibiotics for another health issue so I think this is why I couldn't fight the bacteria. It has been a really scary situation. I fully intend to never ingest water from my camper again and am hoping to find a filtering system that will prevent this.
Has anyone else ever had this happen? Is there a filter that will do a better job than the Camco filter to prevent this? Not all filters will filter out giardia.
Another reason to never trust a water source, don't care where it is.
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Old 10-24-2016, 05:51 PM   #2
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That has to be no fun at all, feel better. I don't use campground water either except for the toilet and shower. We carry bottled water for all drinking, etc including the water my dogs drink. I don't trust the filters and at some campgrounds the water smells funny.
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Old 10-24-2016, 06:36 PM   #3
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I am recovering from an attack of giardia. We had been camping in a rural wooded campground with water and electric hookups. We use a filter on the water hookup, use it only for bathing and toilet. However, I got lazy one morning and brushed my teeth with it instead of bottled water. I have been dealing with this aftermath for more than two weeks. My immune system had been weakened by antibiotics for another health issue so I think this is why I couldn't fight the bacteria. It has been a really scary situation. I fully intend to never ingest water from my camper again and am hoping to find a filtering system that will prevent this.
Has anyone else ever had this happen? Is there a filter that will do a better job than the Camco filter to prevent this? Not all filters will filter out giardia.
Another reason to never trust a water source, don't care where it is.
Sorry to hear you got sick from your water. Here is a link from the CDC, says you need a filter with the absolute 1 micron filter .
A Guide to Water Filters | Cryptosporidium | Parasites | CDC

Like these filters.
https://www.amazon.com/Hydro-Life-52...+by+Hydro+Life

Filter holder here.
https://www.amazon.com/Hydro-Life-52...6CE6HGMM6HEA57
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That has to be no fun at all, feel better. I don't use campground water either except for the toilet and shower. We carry bottled water for all drinking, etc including the water my dogs drink. I don't trust the filters and at some campgrounds the water smells funny.
X2!!! Only drink bottled water, and pooches also. Filters are "iffy" and campground water can be either good or bad depending on where your at. Just imagine camping in the area of Flint, Michigan.
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The campground we normally go to gives you purified water free just bring your container. Their city water is fine just tastes salty so we use their purified water.


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I switched to bottled water after Jake got the runs from campground water, I do filter all water coming in and use it for cooking (not my coffee) and showering and the toilet.
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Old 10-24-2016, 07:26 PM   #7
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Water is a funny thing we all take for granted sometimes.

Myself, I'd install an under counter Reverse Osmosis unit and call it good. You can get packaged units at Lowes or Menards and an RO will remove all orgainsims plus lead and everything else.
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X2!!! Only drink bottled water, and pooches also. Filters are "iffy" and campground water can be either good or bad depending on where your at. Just imagine camping in the area of Flint, Michigan.
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Horrible thought. There really isn't much food water here in Michigan anyway. I don't drink my well water, never have in 40 years.
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Sorry to hear you got sick from your water. Here is a link from the CDC, says you need a filter with the absolute 1 micron filter .
A Guide to Water Filters | Cryptosporidium | Parasites | CDC

Like these filters.

https://www.amazon.com/Compatible-Fi...cron+filter+rv

Filter holder here.
https://www.amazon.com/Camco-40631-P...m+Water+Filter
So will the filters you recommend in the link fit most housing units?
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So will the filters you recommend in the link fit most housing units?
Hi,
After doing additional research... the first link for filters were not genuine but a "compatable" 4 pack. The link has been replaced with a genuine Hydro Life filter.
Camco owns Hydro Life.
Hydro Life Water Filtration Systems
I also replaced the Camco Evo filter housing with the Hydro Life housing.
I have the Camco Evo housing that I am going to try this filter in. Before reading the OP's post, I used a Camco 5 micron filter, I will now only use these 1 micron filters that "Reduces cysts such as cryptosporidium and giardia lamblia by 99% "
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