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Old 11-05-2015, 09:37 AM   #11
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With all this good talk about winterizing the MHs, no one is talking about winterizing the chassis. I asked our dealer if the windshield washer fluid was suitable for below zero temps and apparently nobody asked before. (We had one freeze up in the family with a required light bulb heated thaw out in a garage - fortunately caught before any serious damage happened.) The service counter guy said they use fluid good to -35 and brought out a gallon, but it was purple. The fluid in our (new) MH is a typical blue, although quite dark at that. Not having any other testing system handy, I've siphoned out a small amount and put it into the deep freezer for testing. Results later. 😴

"Tropicana blue Orange" Don't worry it's labeled per ISO 9001 now!
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At 0 degrees that windshield fluid was still fully liquid so seems good there. (We use fluid good to -20 to -35 once cold weather is approaching.)
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Old 11-05-2015, 01:40 PM   #12
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I like your ideas. I have a 24R so the filter is under the rear bed. So three things are bad with the 24R filter design. 1) as you say the pump has to push through it - reducing pressure and making it harder on pump. 2) filter is after Potable Water tank, so you are potentially dumping bad water into your tank, then cleaning it up before it gets to spigots. 3) the filter is in a terrible location.

Mine is installed with PEX, so easy squeazy to take it out and install two PEX couplers. I'll just use an outside filter I already have between the campground hose and the Solera.
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I like your ideas. I have a 24R so the filter is under the rear bed. So three things are bad with the 24R filter design. 1) as you say the pump has to push through it - reducing pressure and making it harder on pump. 2) filter is after Potable Water tank, so you are potentially dumping bad water into your tank, then cleaning it up before it gets to spigots. 3) the filter is in a terrible location.

Mine is installed with PEX, so easy squeazy to take it out and install two PEX couplers. I'll just use an outside filter I already have between the campground hose and the Solera.

Hold on a minute. If the water pump is pushing through it (and not sure why that's a problem...), then you are drawing from the fresh water tank. If you don't use that, you will not filter water from the tank. Of course you can filter water from the outside before it goes into the tank, but that will not filter any dirt, sand or debris coming out of the tank, nor any mold or bacteria that might be in the tank.

If you are using an external filter with a campground hose then I would assume you are running city water and filtering that, not tank water, unless you are talking about filling up at the camp water fill site. Also if running city water then you are filtering everything including water going into the commode. Whereas I would assume (but have not confirmed) that the internal filter only filters what is needed which is presumably the sink lines, refrig/freezer if applicable and hot water tank feed line therefore including the shower hot water as well as cold.

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