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Old 11-26-2013, 10:57 AM   #1
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Eliminate water filter?

Here's a question:
what do you all think about removing and eliminating the filter cartridge from the housing, and just water flow thru their freely? I don't have a need to actually filter the water - this won't hurt the system, will it?
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:02 AM   #2
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We removed ours, patched the plumbing and now use external filter. Sure made winterizing easier, I did not like dealing with thing!
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:22 AM   #3
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I use an external filter as well but this approach still reduces pressure in the TT. My concern is if you hook up to a water source without any filter and sand comes through with the water the potential of the sand grit damaging something so I would at minimum have a screen in place. Having said this I prefer a filter be in place that includes activated carbon even at the expense of lower pressure.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:22 AM   #4
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I ran all year w/o the water filter in (basically because I forgot all about putting it back in after de-winterizing)

No apparent harm done.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:26 AM   #5
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I ran all year w/o the water filter in (basically because I forgot all about putting it back in after de-winterizing)

No apparent harm done.
Most units have a screen in the hose connector and the water in your tank shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 11-26-2013, 11:36 AM   #6
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True, mine does, though it's not a very tight mesh so I bet little bits of sand could get through. I'll probably use the filter next season, if for no other reason than it exists.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:00 PM   #7
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Ours was a pain in the butt, hard to get to, and took up storage space. I removed it years ago. No problems or issues.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:00 PM   #8
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Both of my trailers had a mesh on the city water connection (I also have one in the faucet side of my hoses) that should catch "most" anything that would plug up a line and a much finer sediment filter inline at the suction side of the pump as well to keep that from getting any junk in it from the tank. Worst case scenario is enough little particles could build up in the aerator screens on the faucets over time and start to restrict flow...easy enough to clean them. The only real purpose of the filter / housing is for drinking water (and removing what very little fine particles managed to slip by) kind of like a Britta filter on your house water. If you're like us and just use the faucets for washing, boiling, and brushing teeth, etc., it's not needed at all really. I keep mine in, but 95%+ of consumed water comes from a bottle so a chlorine / sediment filter really doesn't matter to us.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:14 PM   #9
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It won't hurt anything to not use it but if you don't and you hook up to water that has sulpher, iron or other minerals they can discolor showers, sinks and fixtures. On top of that the smell of sulfer will need chlorine ran through your lines to get rid of it. Water should be filtered before putting it in your tank also if your at a campground, you can't guarantee that water is clear of contaminates.
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:28 PM   #10
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Me personally, I feel better having a quality filter. I just have a thing for clean water. If the drawback is a little less pressure, I will live with it. But I am planning to redo mine so that only the cold water to the sinks is filtered.
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