Originally Posted by Long Leaf Piners
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.)
Thanks so much for the pics and description of what you did! Looks great.
A quick question: Where you've removed the filter and installed the fitting, I see that you're using, on one side, the white braided hose (and PEX on the other side). Is that a hose clamp
you're using on the white hose, or some sort of crimping ring?
I agree with an earlier comment here that replacing the white hose with PEX is the way to go, but that looks like a project that's a bit more involved than I want to take on at the moment. So ... I'm thinking that what I might do to remove my filter, is cut the three white braided lines (two incoming lines; one from the pump, one from external water; one being the out line) then join them with a simple plastic barbed T fitting secured with hose clamps.
But I'm a bit concerned about how tight and secure these connections would be. Any experience with barbed fittings and hose clamps on this white hose?