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Old 01-28-2014, 02:05 AM   #1
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Water Filter = Stupid Design

On January the 20th, we launched the maiden voyage of our 2014 Micro Lite 23 LB that we picked up on Christmas Eve.
Let me preface this by saying the one thing I did not like about the camper from the day we picked it up was the stupid water filter mounted on the storage compartment firewall.
After having to winterize once then reverse the process for the trip, dumping water all over the place removing the canister, I had made the decision to rid myself of it when the opportunity availed itself.
So, we reach set up at Buccaneer State Park in Waveland, Ms.
Hooked everything up (pressure regulator in place) and all was good……for about 2 hours. Then I hear a loud thud followed by rushing water.
I bolted out the door to see water pouring out of the storage compartment.
After killing the water, I opened the compartment to find the filter canister laying on the floor and a massive flood, some of which snuck its way into the living compartment.
I lowered the front of the trailer to drain water forward and started mopping.
Dealership suggestions, bring it in when you can, don’t really know what else to do, blah blah…maybe it was just loose!
Maybe……so I check it for cracks, find none, and tighten the thing as tight as it will go. I turn on the water, watch it fill, and then watch it unscrew itself and blow off.
$5 bucks worth of pex and fittings and $130 service call later, the canister is gone.
I can’t for the life of me figure the mechanism of the failure. I did note when playing with the thing after the fact that if I held the cap and pulled straight down on the canister, it would rotate in my hand and unscrew itself.
I think I was fortunate on the damage end in that a cold front blew through that night, 50s with way low humidity. By the next morning everything was dry. No warped wood and no smells. Fingers crossed and if this weather ever settles down I need to get it to the dealer for inspection and documentation.
The rest of the trip was mostly nice and 2 days longer than expected because of a sleet storm with frozen roads.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:45 AM   #2
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Read this if you have the FR1 system with the KR1 filter. Big label on canister will say to order a new KR1 filter, call the 800 number. The canister and filter are a troublesome setup that owners are complaining about.

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Old 01-28-2014, 07:57 AM   #3
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I have been in the water business for 20+ years and have had similar problems with the filter. My solution was just like yours. I removed it and will use the outside inline filters.....less expensive, much safer, and better filters for RV’ers.
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:07 AM   #4
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Removed mine.
Bypassed it with a simple brass pipe coupling.
Now use a "whole house" filter on the outside at the city water inlet.
Winterizing is as simple as removing it and laying it on its side to drain.
Get replacement filters that say "sediment and odor" with charcoal in
a 2 pack for around $10.
Forgetaboutit!

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Old 01-28-2014, 08:58 AM   #5
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Outside filter,see thru housing,and You select the Filtration insert! Youroo!!
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I must be one of the lucky ones. Mind is inside the storage area on the right side and it is easy to get to.When I take it out to winterize or put the filter back in I don't have any problems so far.I put a rag underneath to catch the little water I do spill bc it is full and it never become loose
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If anyone has removed the filter unit completely, I sure would like to see pics of what it looks like after you did the re-plumbing....
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My water filter had male pipe thread fittings on both sides.
I simply unscrewed the fittings out of the onboard filter and screwed them
into a brass pipe coupling.
(I know you wanted a photo but that pipe conversion is really simple and
it's way too cold outside for me to pull a bunch of stuff out of my storage
hatch to take a photo.)

I tried a plastic pipe coupling but it dripped until I tightened it enough to
stop dripping and then it promptly cracked!
I didn't want galvanized steel because these still can rust inside.
Brass wasn't that expensive and it's gonna last forever.
If some future owner wants to do it the hard way they can simply
remove the coupling and put a filter canister back in there.
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Here is how I did it.
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Here is how I did it.
That is how mind looks and it was put in at the factory and I haven't had any problems yet
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