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Old 10-01-2016, 10:21 PM   #1
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Water filter:bypass or remove?

I have a Rockwood Mini Lite 2304 with inline water filter. I usually use an external filter on the city water or the fresh water inlets. The Rockwood filter is kind of redundant and a pain to remove for winterizing. Should I remove the filter or keep it and put in a bypass? The inline setup uses 1/2 inch blue PEX lines. Removing the filter would be a negative should I sell the trailer down the road. What is needed to perform both options and where do find the parts needed?

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Old 10-01-2016, 10:25 PM   #2
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A 1/2 threaded PVC coupler is what some have used, wrap the threads with a couple of loops of thread tape.

Remove the filter, put it in a box, store it for the next owner should there be one.

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Old 10-01-2016, 10:34 PM   #3
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:58 AM   #4
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For about $5 you can also use a Sharkbite, readily available in any plumbing section of your hardware store...saves you from having to use a pex crimper. As far as it being a negative down the road should you sell it....I don't think it will make a difference, in fact the buyer might be happy you dealt with it and he/she won't have to. Many people don't want the inline filter. It's the first thing I modified and removed when I got our trailer home.
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It doesn't leak and I don't use it so I just leave it alone.

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Old 10-02-2016, 12:10 PM   #6
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I have a Cardinal. Our filter is right where I can easily twist if off and remove it for winterizing. I guess it isn't that easy for you. If I had the same situation, I'd bypass it, keeping the filter system in place. It doesn't take that much time to install a ball valve or something similar.
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We also have the 2304 (KS model) I run the city water through a sediment pre filter before the inline filter. I completely agree with rbrak29 about what a pain it is to remove the filter for winterizing, or changing the filter.
So, I am curious about others thoughts and experiences with this ?
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Old 10-02-2016, 03:53 PM   #8
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1st thing I do is purchase a filter and add it to the hose ~~ at the faucet. Always eliminate the in coach filter.
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Old 10-02-2016, 03:53 PM   #9
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Filter Options

On my Roo the filter and water pump were right in the way of using the pass through for any good purpose so I removed the filter and moved the water pump next to the water heater. Like you I use an external filter so the factory one make little sense and was in the way. Pex fittings, tubing and compression rings can be purchased at home depot. The compression ring tool is cheaper on Amazon.
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I also have a Roo with a cartridge filter that's installed in a floor cabinet underneath the front bed, but I also use an inline filter at the connection. I will be winterizing in a few weeks and will pull the cartridge filter. To me, no harm no foul - the water is double filtered. LOL!

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