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Old 05-03-2016, 12:51 AM   #1
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Water filter canister?

Having trouble trying to get the water canister off with the wrench provided by Forest River so I can insert the water filter. Anyone ever have a problem getting the thing off, its full of water probably over a quart and when trying to unscrew the thing with a the plastic wrench I can hear a cracking sound and stopped fearing ripping the thing off of the mount which is only 4 screws. I am turning the canister to the left to unscrew I assume lefty loosey righty tighty but have ran into times when this was not the case. Anyone know how can I get the water out of the canister which might help make it easier to remove?
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Old 05-03-2016, 12:52 AM   #2
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Did you release the water pressure at a tap?


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Old 05-03-2016, 07:42 AM   #3
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I removed the 4 screws and the water inlet and exit side. Worked on it on the bench a lot easier that way
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:37 AM   #4
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[QUOTE=TURBS;1183528]Did you release the water pressure at a tap?


X2. Should easily unscrew once you open a faucet.
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X3 on what Turbs and CNYCamper said about opening a faucet to relieve the water pressure.

Also, if you can drain the lines above the canister (our Berkshire has a water manifold system with about 10 lines carrying hot and cold water to sinks, shower, washer, etc), you'll stay drier.

Finally, I've found that using an oil filter wrench instead of the plastic wrench for better pressure distribution and grip, and pressing upward on the bottom of the canister as you turn it, help with the removal.
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:25 AM   #6
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It will be tight! The cracking you here is the plastic on plastic sound of the threads moving. Steady pressure and take your time. Make sure you use the RV specific filter. I tried one from Home Depot and it wouldn't flow properly when running the water pump. Using the water hose from a fresh water source it worked fine.
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After you've done this a couple times you will consider rigging a whole house filter canister and eliminating the onboard configuration
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:45 AM   #8
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After you've done this a couple times you will consider rigging a whole house filter canister and eliminating the onboard configuration
We did purchase a filter that hooks to city water but when using the onboard portable fresh water tank and water pump this canister/filter is the only way to filter the water.
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Old 05-03-2016, 10:48 AM   #9
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One other thing many don't realize about the filter canister... it has teeth that engage into the housing once installed properly.

I suspect that is the cracking sound heard by the OP.

To disengage the teeth you must first release the water pressure from the system, then push the canister upwards (it will only move a very small amount) and then, turn the canister off.

On reinstall, screw the canister on until the alignment tabs align, then pull down slightly on the canister to lock the teeth.

With enough force, one can overcome the lock teeth without pushing up on the canister. Each time you do so though, it grinds a small amount of plastic the teeth away.
I believe improper removal/installation of the canister is the main cause for so many filter failures being reported.

But that's just my 2... YMMV.
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We did purchase a filter that hooks to city water but when using the onboard portable fresh water tank and water pump this canister/filter is the only way to filter the water.
Using a filter at the city water bib (or at you house) effectively filters the water BEFORE it goes in your tank.
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