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Old 06-25-2014, 06:28 PM   #1
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Removing the onboard Water Filter

I had a small leak coming from the output 1/2" connector of the onboard water filter in our FR 5W. It was a drip about every 30 seconds and very difficult to see exactly where it was coming from since in our unit the canister is behind a fake wall and they must have had a contest to see who could find the most inaccessible location. After practicing several contortionist movements so I wouldn't rupture any needed body parts, I tried the usual retightening the connectors and managed to get some teflon tape on the male thread to no avail.

Since we never actually use the water filter, and it's a real pain in the butt come winter anti-freeze time, I decided to remove it completely. My total cost to remove it was 69 cents at Home Hardware for a 2" female to female 1/2" threaded connector, it just took the place of the water filter housing female input/output ports. Once the water filter housing and bracket was removed, it took about 5 minutes to connect up and test. Works like a charm, doesn't leak, and I won't be spilling water and anti-freeze all over the place come this fall.
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Old 06-25-2014, 06:47 PM   #2
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There are a few here that have done just what you did, I have not seen anyone post that they were sorry about doing it.

Filter mod for thought.

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Old 06-25-2014, 06:53 PM   #3
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I have the filter housing and bracket in the garage, might rig something up similar to your picture for our month camping in August with full services. We use bottled water for drinking (and beer), and I bring 5 gals of water from home for coffee and mixes. I find campground water is too chlorinated for my liking. Thanks for sharing .
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:02 PM   #4
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If you have the filter I think you do you will find the replacements are kind of spendy and can reduce the flow rate.


If I may suggest.

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There are a few here that have done just what you did, I have not seen anyone post that they were sorry about doing it.

Filter mod for thought.

What is the black tube and gallon of water do for the filter? I want to do this to stop needing the blue camco filters.
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What is the black tube and gallon of water do for the filter? I want to do this to stop needing the blue camco filters.
I have no idea, it is just a picture of one like an uncle has on his trailer he does not have the tube but the rest is like his.
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Oh I yhought it be yours. Sorry
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I have no idea, it is just a picture of one like an uncle has on his trailer he does not have the tube but the rest is like his.
Maybe he fills up his jug this way?
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Possibly. But it us weird, a very small diameter tube into the jug on the outlet side. Can't make out the brass fitting hookup. I do not have one but maybe for a water softener set up?
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