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Old 07-31-2010, 09:06 PM   #1
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Changing the Water Filter

We just put our water filter into it's canister. What a messy pain in the pettutee job. Who designed this? How on earth do you do it without spilling several cups of what into the cabinet?

On the 09 8319SS it is located behind a panel under the TV. You have to unscrew the "hinges" that hold the panel in place, and then somehow unscrew the full water canister and tip it out from under there to change the filter.

There is a mess of wire and plastic tubing in the space. The manual is useless when it comes to figuring these things out.

Anyone got any suggestions.

Today we used a plastic tray that we could bend to put under the filter - that caught some but not all of the water.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:09 PM   #2
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I put an old bath towel on the floor under my filter housing before I unscrew it.
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:19 PM   #3
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I have the 8315ss. To change the filter I have to open the curb side pass through storage compartment door, move the sliding storage bin towards the other side about 3' (oh yeah, I have to make sure the compartment door on the other side is open to do this), remove a panel, lean in my upper body and it's located behind the hot water tank between the bypass valves and the water pump.

To winterize, I have to lean further in to reach the valve and hose used to siphon the antifreeze through the system.

I remove the filter when I winterize and replace it with a new one when I sanitize the system each spring.

Crawling half way in that small of a place twice a year is all I want to do. I'm 6', 225 lbs.

There is room enough that I can place a plastic bowl under the canister. Somehow I manage to miss the bowl somewhat, so I always have a towel handy.
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An easier option is to get a filter and attach it to the outside spigot. Remove the one inside and replace the canister without a filter in it. I have a capped bottle of sand in mine to take up space so I won't have to completely fill the canister with antifreeze when I winterize.
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An easier option is to get a filter and attach it to the outside spigot. Remove the one inside and replace the canister without a filter in it. I have a capped bottle of sand in mine to take up space so I won't have to completely fill the canister with antifreeze when I winterize.
That would be better. I use to buy the ones at wally world. I did have a problem with 2 or 3 of them though, different campgrounds. One lasted one weekend and a couple of others about 3 each. My brother had a problem with a few as well, also different campgrounds.

I figure since I'm having to get in there to siphon the antifreeze, I might as well deal with the filter.
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My filter was also in the pass thru area right over the water pump
and a bunch of wires. I just disconnected the inlet and outlet water
lines and put a brass coupling in between them thus eliminating
that filter.

I now also use a filter at the spigot.
Actually I put mine on the trailer connection so the filter can
help remove the hose taste. Yes we have RV hose but on a hot
day it can still put a plastic taste in the water.
Having the filter last in line B4 the water comes inside helps.
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Filter?

Do all the FR trailers have a water filter? There was a filter spanner wrench in our Flagstaff 831FKSS when we bought it but I have never been able to locate a filter. It sounds from the posts on this thread that depending on the model it can be buried somewhere in the bowels of the TT. Anyone with a 831FKSS or similar TT been able to locate one?
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Do all the FR trailers have a water filter? There was a filter spanner wrench in our Flagstaff 831FKSS when we bought it but I have never been able to locate a filter. It sounds from the posts on this thread that depending on the model it can be buried somewhere in the bowels of the TT. Anyone with a 831FKSS or similar TT been able to locate one?
I believe your tt is the "sister" to mine. Front kitchen floorplan?

Read my first post on this thread and your's will probably be located there as well.
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Yup gr, I think you are right. In looking at your signature photo the only obvious difference is that it is your truck in front of the TT instead of mine. Next time I get the trailer out of storage and home I'll check it out. Thanks for the reply.
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An easier option is to get a filter and attach it to the outside spigot. Remove the one inside and replace the canister without a filter in it. I have a capped bottle of sand in mine to take up space so I won't have to completely fill the canister with antifreeze when I winterize.
Good idea on putting something inert in the canister to take up space. A bypass might be a better long-term solution but it's in a tight spot!

Either way, I use an outside filter. I bought a bracket to get it off the ground. The bracket comes as a pair so you can put one in a storage area to hold the filter while traveling.
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