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Old 08-24-2012, 11:42 AM   #1
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Question External Water Filters - how long do they last?

What has been your experience? I understand that it depends on the quality of the water source, but am interested to hear from others.

I've used a Camco external filter since April. We did not have water at any of our sites so this is 24 nights camping without hookups. Its mostly used at home and when I refill at the state park's potable hose and has recently slowed to a trickle - barely enough to flush the toilet.

So, 4 1/2 months of total time but realistically used only 5 times or so to fill up my 30gl FW tank and another 5 times to hook up to city water. Is this typical?
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I always replaced mine at the end of the camping season. I never noticed in loss in pressure cause by the filter. Typical camping being with water hook ups about 14 days a year.
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Old 08-24-2012, 12:02 PM   #3
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Len, do you mind if I ask what filter you're using?
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I use a Omni whole house see thru filter,with a (10) micron cartridge. 5 GPM flow rate,10,000 gal. or 3 months. I can see if we want to use the water,the solid (Blue) ones do not have that option. Youroo!!
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:31 PM   #5
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It's been almost 2 years since I used an external. It was whatever Walmart was carrying at the time. It could have been a Camco, but I can't say for sure now.

Is it possible you're getting debris from the State Park's water?
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Len, that's what I'm thinking. Or, maybe even the issue is at our house. I said " city water" but it's actually well water (through the city inlet). I'm just surprised at the short length of time before it went kaput.

Either I pony up a bit ($17) more and use two per season or find a better filter.
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I'd have to guess one of those sources is the problem. At least you know the $17 is going to a good cause. I wonder how much sediment you'd have in your lines without a filter?!?!
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Think I'll order a new one for the rest of the season. We still have 6 more good weeks of camping here in WI (and maybe longer if it stays this warm). Guess I'll just plan on two per year now.
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Yes Bob it is a solid element,not pleated. Youroo!!
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Menards,on sale Part# RS 14 $ 1.99 each,buy several at that price! Your welcome Bob. Youroo!!
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