Originally Posted by Ford Idaho
It is not hard to take rain water and make it potable, however the filter that comes with a RV unit is NOT one of them as it cannot filter out the things that can make you or your family sick.
You could chlorinate and or boil the water before you use it but would it be worth it?
+1. This is exactly the point that the OP isn't getting. You can't just "filter" rainwater and make it safely drinkable. That's a first step, but it's not the end. A filter will remove physical particles down to whatever size the filter claims it's rated to, but it cannot remove bacteria or other (potentially harmful) microscopic pathogens. It needs to be further "treated" (either with chlorination--with adequate contact time--or by boiling/distillation.)
To make the distinction that "I'm just going to use it to flush the toilet," doesn't hold water (pun intended) because you still have to put this potentially contaminated water into your FW tank to flush--and there's the potential that someone could drink this unsafe water by filling a glass from the kitchen sink. Especially kids--they're known for not listening too well at times--do you want your kid drawing a glass of water from the sink and getting sick from it? You'd never forgive yourself, even if you told him 2 minutes before "don't drink from the sink." You don't want to put any water into your FW tank that you wouldn't want to drink. If you're prepared to TREAT it (not just filtering it,) then by all means proceed with your plans. But understand that it's going to be more work than you think it is.
2015 XLR Hyperlite 30HFS5 (mods being performed regularly)
2009 Salem LA 292fkds (gone)
Nights- ('12)23 ('13)23 ('14)15 ('15)31 ('16)25
2014 Harley Davidson FLHX (XLR cargo)
2014 VW Jetta TDI (diesel sipper, camping support vehicle)
2011 Ram 2500 CC 4X4 CTD, B&W Companion (toy hauler hauler)