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Old 06-01-2016, 02:50 PM   #1
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Question Filter water or not?

My new surveyor 245BHS did not come with a water filter (WaterPur Water Treatment System). Is it really necessary? What other options do I have instead of going through the work of installing one?
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Old 06-01-2016, 02:52 PM   #2
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Only filter with no worries is an outside filter.

Camco Water Filter with Hose - Walmart.com
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We always bring our own bottled drinking/cooking water. Traveling around from one area to another, quality of water always changes, as does taste. For everything else we just use campground supplied water, unfiltered.
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I do not use a filter for tasty water, it's to keep sediment out of the tank and pipes.
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I use a sediment filter, two carbon filters and a water softner. Best water anywhere.
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I do not use a filter for tasty water, it's to keep sediment out of the tank and pipes.
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If you want to avoid bringing bottled water (which, IMHO, is a PITA) you should (at minimum) run the Camco sediment filter, then a whole house filter and, just to be safe, a Brita pitcher filter.

I have a friend in the Berkshire Owner's Group that is a fanatic about clean water. His suggestion is to shop for filters here:

RV Water Filter Store: Standard Filter Canisters for Whole RV
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You can get the individual canisters off amazon for $15

http://www.amazon.com/DuPont-WFPF130...ilpage_o06_s00

Coarse filter for $5

http://www.amazon.com/DuPont-WFPFC40...ilpage_o06_s00

1 micron filters for $13

Amazon.com: Purenex 1M-4PK 1-Micron Sediment Water Filter Cartridge, 4-Pack: Home Improvement

and finally carbon filters for $9

http://www.amazon.com/DuPont-WFPFC80...ilpage_o06_s00

I put three of the canisters together with brass pipe fittings for around $20. For a total of about $100, I had a three stage filter system that would cost close to $500 (or more) if you bought everything together in one system. The coarse filter gets the big particles. The 1 micron filters the small stuff and the carbon filter takes out the bad taste.
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We bought a gravity feed Big Berkey. http://www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com/big-berkey-water-filter.htmlAbout 258.00. It is amazing and gets all the chemicals, pesticides, cryptosporidium, even fluoride and arsenic. The filters last for 6,000. Plus refills (2.25) gal. It is stainless steel and looks nice and could (in an emergency) filter creek or pond water and we can still have clean healthy water.
We love it! Way cheaper than buying water or messing around with an in system filter. And we can use it when we are not hooked up to "city" water.
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Water is one of my favorite topics and one that I have been experimenting with for many years.

First of all, remember that the better the filter, the slower the water flow. So, if you use one of those "cheapies", you will have great water pressure and flow when hooked up to city water. It tickles me when I read user comments about a particular water filter and it reads "does a great job and doesn't reduce the water pressure".

Another factor is water quality. If you plan on staying in places like "RV Resorts", then you expect good, clean water. But, do you want to take that chance, think of Flint Michigan for example.

Regarding the water flow, if you look at the filter's flow rate, you can get an idea of how good the filter is. So a filter rated at 5 gpm (gallons per minute) seems to a normal "cheapie". The lower the gpm rating, the more stuff the filter will block. If you cannot find a filter's gpm rating, then the micron size (lower the better) is another measure.

Personally, I use a "cheapie" one to remove large particles, then a water softener, then a 2 gpm filter that filters everything including bacteria, heavy metals, etc. Probably the water is better quality than home!

Obviously, I would not get a good water flow in the RV with this arrangement - I would hate to try to take a shower with a 2 gpm flow. So, I fill my water tank, turn off the city water, and use the water pump in the RV.
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