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Old 10-01-2015, 08:30 PM   #21
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Here what mine looks like. the braided nylon is on the output side. In the picture on the upper right you can see the braided nylon going to a "T" and blue Pex coming off it. That braided nylon is what's coming off the filter output side. I was thinking about cutting the Pex crimp band there and come out with a 90 degree elbow with Pex and eliminate that nylon hose completely. But I have concerns on reusing/re-crimping on that plastic "T". wow, it's no easy to explain.
I would not crimp over an old site, buy more PEX if you need to.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:36 PM   #22
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I would not crimp over an old site, buy more PEX if you need to.
Maybe you're saying the same thing. Removing a Pex crimp band and removing the braided nylon hose from the plastic "T". Replace with new Blue Pex tubing and crimping on the existing plastic Tee where the braided nylon was. I'm thinking that would be a no no.. The plastic 'T' might develop cracks and split over time if the plastic 'T' is re-used???
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:42 PM   #23
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Maybe you're saying the same thing. Removing a Pex crimp band and removing the braided nylon hose from the plastic "T". Replace with Pex and crimping on the existing plastic Tee where the braided nylon was. I'm thinking that would be a no no..
I would not worry about the "T" fitting itself the Pex is what get compressed the most.

New bands and Pex is what I would get.

However it is your unit if you want to replace the fitting and associated parts then do so.
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:51 PM   #24
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Just got off the phone with the local FR dealer. They want $44 for the replacement cartridge. a KW1...... Not going to Happen!!! Very displeased with this crappy piece of equipment.

Has anyone changed out the whole filter body and top?? Do you have much hose to work with ? My hose seems fairly short coming out of the walled compartment. Wondering if there is some extra hose length within the compartment, as in behind the wall. The Unit is Columbus 365rl 2014

Other than this piece of junk filter system, the trailer has been great, just love it.
If you ask any dealer for the most part they will only sell you what it came with from the factory, and the factory filter element is a extra fine filter, and if you go to home depot those filters run into the hundreds of dollars, but you can use any whole house water filter from any brand in the housing.
There is nothing wrong with what you have you just need to do some shopping and see what items cost, so just go to any big box store and get a hole house filter that meets your needs and install it and go camping you will be fine.
Now if you want more than what the factory installed yes you can get crazy with filters and water softeners and much more but if you just need a new filter you have all you will ever need without changing any filter housings.
So go enjoy your coach and Happy Camping
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Old 10-01-2015, 08:53 PM   #25
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It will be difficult to get back in there and replace the "T". It will be easy (cut one band off, add new pex tubing and 2 elbows to bypassing filter) if I reusing the plastic "T". Sounds like that not a problem, great thanks...
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Old 10-02-2015, 06:07 AM   #26
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You can reuse the plastic T. If you don't have access to Pex crimpers you can also use sharkbite fittings. They slip on and lock in place. Good for copper, pex and PVC. Hell, half of the fittings in the house I had built are sharkbite.
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I did like most and eliminated my on-board water filter and went with the blue inline filter that most have. The on-board water filter was hard to get at and was a pain when winterizing. After a few back aches bending into the storage area to even reach the filter I said forget this and removed the entire filter assembly and plumbed in a straight piece of pex tubing. The outside inline filter is much easier and will never look to installing a onboard filter again.
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Old 10-02-2015, 08:49 AM   #28
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I just bought a KW1 from Hannah Trailer Supply in Oak Creek Wisconsin for $28.99 with free shipping. Had it in Maine within a few days. Like a lot of folks, I may change out the unit in the future. There's a lot of discussion on the forum if you do a search on water filter.
Did the same but ordered 2 and had it delivered to my site in Texas. Took about 10 minutes to change filter. I also use an outside filter and am able to drink water right from my tap.
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Replaced mine with a dual filter system. One canister contains a sediment filter and the other a carbon filter. I have great water quality from either hook up or tank, and can drink from any tap. The link below has all the information you need to make a informed decision on filters and everything water quality related.

RV Water Filter Store: Standard Filter Canisters for Whole RV
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Old 10-02-2015, 09:53 AM   #30
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I eliminated my water filter altogether. Look at post #5 on the following link to see how I did it:
Water filter by pass valves
Your filter and the location of it may be different than mine, but the above link will give you an idea of how it can be done without Pex fittings. I removed it two years ago and it hasn't leaked yet.
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