Originally Posted by Tracer215AIR
I installed a big blue 10" under the bed that only filters the city water intake. This way the storage water and the pump have no issues. Depending on the frequency of camping, these will last all year and make setup/breakdown even easier when you don't have to disassemble the Walmart inline filters every time. FYI, every time you unplug the Camco activated carbon filters, their water drains out and the worst thing you can do once your carbon is wet, is to have it dry out until the next time you camp.
Here is a pic of last years filter: http://www.forestriverforums.com/Pho...php?photo=3838
This was a 5 micron. The better the first stage, the better your GAC/KDM55 will last. Since I have a small camper, I don't need high flow. So this year I'm going with the 1 micron. I will see how long it lasts...
Amazon $50 bucks for both, lasts all summer and makes water drinkable. Enjoy!
I believe some prefer the filters on the outside of their campers as there is less chance of water damage if the filter should leak. That is my case and I will take the time to install my outdoor inline filter every time I hook up.
I’ve never read or heard that letting carbon dry out is detrimental to it. I would be interested in more information on that.
I also believe many people are confused about micron size, carbon and safe drinking water. The filters many of us are using have both a mechanical filtration function (expressed in micron size) and the adsorption properties of the carbon material. If your concern is “safe” drinking water, don’t be so concerned about the micron size. The small pieces of debris that the mechanical filter removes are not likely to harm you as most are dissolved compounds of magnesium and calcium. In my opinion anything equal to or less than 30 micron is adequate.
Carbon is a terrible mechanical filter. It does its job by bonding contaminates to its surface (adsorption). They are generally called taste and odor filters as they remove chlorine and other chemicals giving you a better quality water.
Going to a 1 micron filter will not extend the life of your carbon but will reduce the life of your filter. IMO