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Old 04-01-2009, 10:18 AM   #11
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After I winterized last fall, I removed the filter housing & left it off during the winter. I placed a small wash basin under the opening in case of drips from expansion.
Any problem with this - why would you leave the housing installed over the winter?

Last weekend I reinstalled the filter housing & flushed the water system out.
Everything seem to work fine.
I'll remove the housing again this weekend & install a new filter element.

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Old 04-01-2009, 10:30 AM   #12
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After making sure the lines are completely empty to prevent dripping water from filling the bottom of the canister, I leave the canister in place without the filter for winter storage. I don't want an inquisitive mouse climbing into the piping and pooping, or even dying in there after eating the D-Con treats I leave for them.
I also leave the caps loosely on the outside drains and loosely install the anode rod plug back into the water heater for the same reason.

My wife thinks I am anal.
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:41 PM   #13
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How often should the filter element be replaced?
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Old 04-01-2009, 02:22 PM   #14
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rafcar, filter replacement depends on usage. The cartridge that came new with ours stated 1 year. We were out two weeks ago and the water slowed to a trickle. The cartridge was 11 months old, and we use the trailer every two or three weekends--just two of us, but that's still a good amount of water passing through it. A new cartridge fixed the pressure troubles.

Somewhere around 10-12 months should be about right--maybe less if you have a large family using more water.

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Old 04-06-2009, 09:42 PM   #15
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I replaced my stock water filter with a GE water filter from Home Depot, (cost about $30) The replacement cartridges were only $7. The GE unit also had a 3 position lever. Using the bypass feature would allow you to winterize it without putting anti-freeze into the filter housing. I also use an outside carbon filter (available from any camping distributor) as the interior filter only removes small impurities (rust, dirt etc.) in the water. I have found over the years that with the 2 filter setup, my morning coffee tastes great and the shower water does not smell "funky"
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Old 04-07-2009, 03:25 PM   #16
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I too replace the stock water filter system in our TT with a GE from HomeDepot, after I could not get the stock one to stop leaking water after replacing the filter element. Anyway, it's a plain model so I paid only $19 for it, but it works great.
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