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Old 12-14-2014, 01:51 PM   #11
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Old 12-14-2014, 02:02 PM   #12
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If you go to our Long Leaf Piners album, you will see the four pics. the first four we have ever put up. So far, I can't figure out how to attach them to my comments. Help me, long timers.......thx

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Old 12-14-2014, 02:54 PM   #13
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I've always wondered and figured I'd ask....what about filtering on the FW tank? I take drinking water with me so it's not an issue but, for the people removing the filters, does nobody drink water from the freshwater tank? It seems most people adding external filters are concerned with taste and smell. An external filter will only handle city water whereas the internal filters cover both sources. Just curious.
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Old 12-14-2014, 03:40 PM   #14
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Operating with filter canister empty!

I have a Rockwood 8329 which has this under counter Waterpur filter. Like many others I'd like to remove this system or bypass it, and just use and external filter. But I'm wondering if there's a way I can avoid removing the system (since I'm not sure about what fittings to use.)

Two questions:
1. Does anyone know if it's okay to operate the system with an empty canister (that is, the canister WITHOUT the filter?) I read somewhere that the internal filter cartridge is necessary to make sure the canister does get overtightened to the upper housing;

2. I've seen references in a couple threads, to a "bypass plate" that simply replaces the canister? Does anyone know about this, whether it works satisfactorily, and, most importantly, WHERE to get one?

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Old 12-14-2014, 03:44 PM   #15
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We NEVER drink any water at an RV site that comes thru a hose whether directly or from fresh???water tank......We play it safe and for the low cost buy gallon jugs of spring water for coffee and small bottles for drinking in RV or in truck....
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Old 12-14-2014, 04:34 PM   #16
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Doing a search in here reveals lots of people who have had extensive damage from these filters letting go. Granted, many of you have not, but I wasn't going to leave it to chance. Those that had problems, it never happened at an opportune time, was when they were outside and didn' t realize till quite some time later, or during the night.
I posted in some other thread, but can't seem to find it now, that the white "braided" hose used inside the trailer is not very good stuff. Its really troublesome when you cut it, or try to work with it. Best to replace any of it that you are working with, with pex and the proper clamps. I had issues with our braided hose where water got between the 2 layers, there is an inner jacket and an outer layer. Water got between mine when under pressure and a couple days later caused the outer layer to swell and subsequently burst.
RV tech told me to yank that crap hose out and replace it with pex.
Your best bet for making your connections are the Shark Bites....a bit more expensive but they clamp down real good, and they can be taken apart if you need to without destroying RV tech guy swears by them.
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:06 PM   #17
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If you have to winterize then you should remove the filter from the canister. Full timers need to replace this 3-4 times through the year. With the external type it makes the filter replacement easyier and the mess is always outside of the RV.
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:37 AM   #18
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OUr filters were clogging quickly due to the wide range of water quality as we traveled this past summer. The inside canister had never had the filter put into place from the beginning; we used outside small filters...went through 3 this summer! I couldn't figure out a by-pass plug or plate. Old Timers said, when it comes to winterizing-take out the cartridge, put a plastic bottle in it and reconnect to lower the amount of antifreeze you need to put in. All too much trouble. So I opted to remove and replace with standard fitting from Lowes--without cutting any feed lines & worrying about additional leaks. Here's the finished layout. Took a couple of hours to get it all apart-easy to put back together. Now using the two-stage outside filters. (As for on-board tanks, I would still filter all water going into the tank with my externals--before pumping through the rig.)
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Old 12-15-2014, 08:52 AM   #19
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Originally Posted by donanddona View Post
If you have to winterize then you should remove the filter from the canister.
Then you should seal it in a zipper bag and put it in the refrigerator, if you plan to re-install it, to prevent bacterial growth.
And since we cold-weather camp, we winterize 2-3 times a season. That's why I removed my on-board filter. I had nary a problem with the filter leaking or anything; it was just a PITA to winterize.
When I fill my fresh water tank (as we must do to winter camp), I use my outside filter.
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Old 12-15-2014, 09:39 AM   #20
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Wow, here is what we have done...the dealer asked if we want the cartridge filter put in the big bowl....I still have the filter if needed, but said no to putting it in the bowl..
I use one of the blue external filters when I hook to outside water source after running the water a bit and then filling a glass to check it....hook pressure regulator and filter to the dedicated white hose that attaches to the camper.....we have been doing this for 3 years now and no problems.....when we fill the fresh water storage tank for on board water we use the same procedure but attach a impeller type gauge to see how much water we put in the tank and use the appropriate amount of Clorox based on the tables for treating drinking water....the has been no trash entering the bowl or at the tap filter discharge screen.....bottom line is all water entering the campers system is filtered and treated with Clorox....we use trailer year around and never have any empty tanks......we drain fresh water tank once a year and have no problems.....if buying a used camper I would recommend a test from a micro bac testing place to make sure no bad bugs are in system.....or even a new one.....the test is around $35 and is good peace of mind if you are drinking and cooking from your tanks.....Good luck to all.....


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