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Old 04-27-2018, 12:52 PM   #1
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Newie question: water filter in or outside?

I want to add a water filter. Any recommendations on location? Inside or out? Fixed or attached to hose? Will I lose water pressure if I attach a filter to the city water inlet? Other comments or suggestions welcome.

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Outside, right at the spigot.
It will then filter everything....your regulator, the city water, the water you add to your fresh tank, your hose, etc.

Quality 'whole'house' type filters don't restrict much in the way of flow or pressure.
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X2. I use a 3 stage whole house filter assembly connected close to source outside. No flow or pressure issues. Regulator after the filters. I hang the filters up under the camper to help keep sun from breaking down the plastic. Last all season. Water at our seasonal site not the best. Whole area water is poor. FWIW I get cartridges from purewatersite on eBay. They have their own web site too. Good prices and any combination you want.
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The cheap $25 Camco water filter you can get at Camping World or Walmart will restrict the water flow, and they tend to leak and crack.

I recently bought a pretty decent System IV water filter at Camping World for around $35 and it has been a great water filter for the last month so far!

I've got it right at the water spigot directly after the pressure regulator...
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I use a whole house water filter that hangs on a bracket by the hose connection. I placed the pressure regulator on the outlet of the filter to limit any pressure drop. A short 12" hose connect them to the water inlet of the trailer. The whole system slips out of the bracket and is stowed in my shower when traveling.
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Our Windjammer came with a water filter mounted inside, in a cabinet below the pantry. I've read so many stories about these water filters cracking and leaking that I removed it and just used the Camco inline water filters outside at the spigot. I used them for 8 years with my old trailer and never had an issue.
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The cheap $25 Camco water filter you can get at Camping World or Walmart will restrict the water flow, and they tend to leak and crack.

I recently bought a pretty decent System IV water filter at Camping World for around $35 and it has been a great water filter for the last month so far!

I've got it right at the water spigot directly after the pressure regulator...
I've used the Camco's for a number of years and have never had one leak or crack. Also haven't noticed any flow restriction. YMMV

Also, you can get a single Camco with the spring-loaded short hose for about $18 at Walmart.

https://www.walmart.com/search/?quer...ilter&cat_id=0

After that, you can get TWO filters w/o the hose (you've got the hose now!) for about $35.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-400...of-2/166285926

But how fancy you want to get all depends on how paranoid you are about your water.
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I've used the Camco's for a number of years and have never had one leak or crack. Also haven't noticed any flow restriction. YMMV

Also, you can get a single Camco with the spring-loaded short hose for about $18 at Walmart.

https://www.walmart.com/search/?quer...ilter&cat_id=0

After that, you can get TWO filters w/o the hose (you've got the hose now!) for about $35.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-400...of-2/166285926

But how fancy you want to get all depends on how paranoid you are about your water.
A few years ago we were camped on the Olympic peninsula in Washington and the camper next to,us asked how we were handling the brown water. Our Cardinal came,with a residential style filter installed next to the water pump in the basement. Our water was clear. The white filter was black with sediment. I've since traded the Cardinal on another brand without an internal filter. My first purchase was an outside Camco water filter.
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I had an inside filter. I was somewhat concerned about leaks because it's cheap and different kinds of plastic. I purposely left it unscrewed all winter to prevent cracking etc. In the end I removed it mostly because it was a pain in the butt when winterizing. You have to remove the filter, empty it before you put the pink stuff in, again after you do, and then you still need to do it a few more times when sanitizing. If you forget to remove the filter then you have to throw it away.

If you put one inside then be sure to put a bypass in to winterize.

If you put one outside don't use clear if you plan to keep it in the open or they grow mold.

Me I stuck with the camco filters and have had no issues.
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I removed the inside filter,and made a bracket for the underside of the frame to install a See thru whole house removable filter! I can Select what "Element Cartridge" we want for Filtration needs! Campground water supply points can be located in a well or close to the ground or just on a post,which allow dogs to use as a restroom! Ours is high and dry off the ground! We can filter our tank or city water from this location! Youroo!!
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I've used the Camco's for a number of years and have never had one leak or crack. Also haven't noticed any flow restriction. YMMV

Also, you can get a single Camco with the spring-loaded short hose for about $18 at Walmart.

https://www.walmart.com/search/?quer...ilter&cat_id=0

After that, you can get TWO filters w/o the hose (you've got the hose now!) for about $35.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-400...of-2/166285926

But how fancy you want to get all depends on how paranoid you are about your water.
I think the two-pack at Walmart is only about $22.

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If you want a water filter that actually works and doesn't restrict your water flow, spend the extra $10 bucks and get this one:

https://www.campingworld.com/systems...v-water-filter

Believe me...it is worth the extra $10 bucks!

Where I'm at right now that Camco let a whole bunch of white stuff into my whole water system in two days...

I've been here three weeks this time and when I flushed out the water heater the other day with clean water from my fresh water tank...not one spot of the white power on the ground after the wet spot dried up!
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I think the two-pack at Walmart is only about $22.

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I thought so, too, but couldn't find them at that price on their website.
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I use a whole house water filter that hangs on a bracket by the hose connection. I placed the pressure regulator on the outlet of the filter to limit any pressure drop. A short 12" hose connect them to the water inlet of the trailer. The whole system slips out of the bracket and is stowed in my shower when traveling.
I store mine in a 5 gal bucket hose and filter
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Outside, right at the spigot.
It will then filter everything....your regulator, the city water, the water you add to your fresh tank, your hose, etc.

Quality 'whole'house' type filters don't restrict much in the way of flow or pressure.
Ditto - I buy the two-packs and it works great. I removed the cartridge in my "whole house" filter and just have the empty canister...filtered right out of the hydrant.
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I've used the Camco's for a number of years and have never had one leak or crack. Also haven't noticed any flow restriction. YMMV

Also, you can get a single Camco with the spring-loaded short hose for about $18 at Walmart.

https://www.walmart.com/search/?quer...ilter&cat_id=0

After that, you can get TWO filters w/o the hose (you've got the hose now!) for about $35.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-400...of-2/166285926

But how fancy you want to get all depends on how paranoid you are about your water.
X3 .....

2pk ... $17.64 ... https://www.walmart.com/ip/TastePURE-KDF-Carbon-RV-Water-Filter-2Pk-Carbon/14504322
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There it is! I KNEW it was under $20! Don't know why I couldn't find it yesterday.
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Ditto - I buy the two-packs and it works great. I removed the cartridge in my "whole house" filter and just have the empty canister...filtered right out of the hydrant.
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Our Windjammer came with a water filter mounted inside, in a cabinet below the pantry. I've read so many stories about these water filters cracking and leaking that I removed it and just used the Camco inline water filters outside at the spigot. I used them for 8 years with my old trailer and never had an issue.
Yes same here. And the one that came with the trailer is a nuisance to winterize.
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