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Old 09-24-2016, 08:42 AM   #1
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Dumb question??

This may be a dumb question, but I'm curious about what others think. I just read yet another thread about removing the manufacturer-installed water filter. Seems like there's no end to this. I've removed a couple of them myself after finding them to be a PIA. What I'm wondering is this: In over 50 years of camping, using everything from city water hookups to pumping a handle, I've never felt the water was bad enough to want to filter it. Occasionally, there might be a slight off-taste, or iron taste, but we've never been ill because of it that we know of. And in the unlikely event that there was some serious pathogen in the water, I doubt the filter would do much good. Thoughts?

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Old 09-24-2016, 09:08 AM   #2
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You have a very good point. There has been created a billion dollar industry around the fact that your water MAY be bad, ie filters and bottled water in general which is a whole discussion by itself! Hopefully none of us are just throwing a hose in a pond or puddle and using it to drink. And I think your right about not filtering out anything deadly is correct as well unless you spend hundreds of dollars on a much better set up. My biggest complaint has always been water being warm or just not cold enough to refresh...lol.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:24 AM   #3
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We should all be aware, of the threat posed to our water, by DHMO contamination. Locally, a lot of our neighbors were caught completely off guard by the recent rainy weather, and are now contending with DHMO contamination.

You can learn more about this threat at http://dhmo.org

Several years ago, one of our Neighbors in New York ( we have escape land out there ... ) discovered that his entire pond had been contaminated with DHMO.
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Old 09-24-2016, 09:54 AM   #4
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So the Camco water filter is going to remove this? It's odorless, colorless, and tasteless and apparently in everything? Best stay home and not go anywhere, but then the Radon will potentially get me and I'll be poisoned by the GMO vegetables I had for supper or by the formaldehyde in the woodwork. I get that this stuff, along with almost everything else is bad but gonna worry about it. As long as there are folks still alive at the campground when I get there, I'm good.
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Old 09-24-2016, 10:04 AM   #5
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DHMO=H2O nice tongue in cheek referance.
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Old 09-24-2016, 10:14 AM   #6
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I do not filter the water for my benefit, I filter it to keep well water sediment out of the water system in the lite.
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Old 09-24-2016, 10:19 AM   #7
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We have been using the Camco in-line Activate Charcoal filter (the blue one that screws onto your "normal garden hose" connection) with one hundred percent success.

"Seriously" (We're not talking about the DHMO threat ... ) the activated charcoal does help with some of the random odors. We did not use one on our previous TC and when we took in non-city (i.e. non chlorinated) water, it seemed that the sulfur dioxide (eggs) smell was a minor problem. Activated Charcoal filters do have a finite life so follow manufacturer recommendation for use.

That said, the in-line filter (or just about any filter that doesn't have the funky silver / rare-metals anti-bacterial capability CLEARLY indicated) will NOT take care of toxins or bacteria. Chlorine is proven way to treat suspected non-potable water ... keeping in mind that liquid chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) has a finite shelf life, loses something like 20% potency per year, derated further for temperature. DRY sodium hypochlorite is much more stable, the "preppers" stash it for that very reason.

Finally, since "we can do it" we fill our fresh tank with "city" water, which for us is chlorinated courtesy of the city (and, we are surprised they don't itemize that and charge extra on the water bill.) Then we have known "good" water as we roll ... and if we hit a campsite with no, or dubious water, we are covered.

As mentioned in some other post, we carry bottled water (distilled gallons) for coffee brewing and cooking. That is an artifact of using a Bunn Pour-O-Matic at home, the city water absolutely destroys those machines. Plus have the distilled for radiator, batter if need were to arise. Bottled drinking water for convenience.
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We don't always put an inline filter. We use bottled water for drinking and coffee when tastes matters. We use a filter for showers and cleaning when the water smells.
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Old 09-24-2016, 10:21 AM   #9
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I do not filter the water for my benefit, I filter it to keep well water sediment out of the water system in the lite.
One Hundred Percent agree on keeping the crud out !!!!!
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We should all be aware, of the threat posed to our water, by DHMO contamination. Locally, a lot of our neighbors were caught completely off guard by the recent rainy weather, and are now contending with DHMO contamination.

You can learn more about this threat at Dihydrogen Monoxide Research Division - dihydrogen monoxide info

Several years ago, one of our Neighbors in New York ( we have escape land out there ... ) discovered that his entire pond had been contaminated with DHMO.
Not an expert on DMHO, however, the site has no reserarch Credentials or academic backgrounds or researchers listed, no institutional affiliation. And no real documentation, other than their views. A lot of surveys of kids (and latest is 2008) Dihydrogen Monoxide - Research Reports

And alerts and advisories are dated for the year 2000. And they want me to send them my research information? http://dhmo.org/alerts/

I am not saying the site is a scam, but I am saying with NO credible documentation by at least a few accredited researchers, I wonder about it.

I'll continue to use NO filter in my house and my trailer and not a bit worried about it; other than the iron taste in some wells.
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