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Old 06-17-2018, 06:41 PM   #1
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Bypassing the in house water filter on 2017 Flagstaff 832IKBS

We are wanting to remove the inside water filter on our travel trailer. It continues to get stuck and now itís to the point we canít get it to release, to say we are done is an understatement!
I should have gotten a photo and I will provide one soon, but is it as simple as cutting the filter out and connecting the 2 white hoses that weíre feeding into each side of the filter? There are other hoses(blue) that feed into the side of these 2 white hoses. I just canít believe itís that simple!
If you have photos of how you completed this job We would appreciate the help.
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Old 06-18-2018, 06:27 AM   #2
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All you need to do is take the inlet hose to the filter and connect it to the outlet hose of the filter and you are done. Yes it is that easy. It may require adding a short length of hose to make up the difference.
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Old 06-18-2018, 07:08 AM   #3
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When you remove the inside filter, and yes, it is that easy, suggest you get an external one. It will attach to your hose and filter all water going into your camper whether you are on full hookups or are filling your tank. Much cheaper than stock.
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Old 06-18-2018, 07:48 AM   #4
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Big Thank You! We used an external filter on our old trailer for 10 years and much prefer it to the in house system on our new trailer!
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Thank you! Just seems too easy! I like easy
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Are the external filters with hose connections readily available? That sounds like a great alternative.
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:43 PM   #7
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Are the external filters with hose connections readily available? That sounds like a great alternative.
Yep... any of the big box hardware stores have filters.
You'll need some garden hose fittings to screw into them which are also available.

Filters are also online everywhere, with and without garden hose fittings..
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You need a 1/2 pvc female coupling from the hardware store, its less than a dollar. The inlet hoses unscrewed from the plumbing so you can twist everything apart and you can screw it back together with the new coupling. I fastened the coupling to the same board where the filter was mounted with a plumbing clamp. If you take the sink access door off its a little easier to work under there. I hope you are much more flexible than I am as its a tight space.
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You need a 1/2 pvc female coupling from the hardware store, its less than a dollar. The inlet hoses unscrewed from the plumbing so you can twist everything apart and you can screw it back together with the new coupling. I fastened the coupling to the same board where the filter was mounted with a plumbing clamp. If you take the sink access door off its a little easier to work under there. I hope you are much more flexible than I am as its a tight space.


So you can buy a coupling with threading on both ends? I was hoping we could, otherwise we would have to glue two ends onto a piece of short pvc pipe. Thanks for your reply. You donít have a photo by chance of your work that you could share.
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So you can buy a coupling with threading on both ends? I was hoping we could, otherwise we would have to glue two ends onto a piece of short pvc pipe. Thanks for your reply. You don’t have a photo by chance of your work that you could share.
Can you post a photo of your filter and its connections?

Every filter is plumbed differently. Some have female threads some have male threaded adapters in each side so consequently, each method of bypassing the filter is different.

Yes they make threaded couplers that have female threads in both sides and often times it is as simple as joining the plumbing with one of them. Others may take a bit more adaption.
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Can you post a photo of your filter and its connections?

Every filter is plumbed differently. Some have female threads some have male threaded adapters in each side so consequently, each method of bypassing the filter is different.

Yes they make threaded couplers that have female threads in both sides and often times it is as simple as joining the plumbing with one of them. Others may take a bit more adaption.


Iím at work right now but Iíll will post a photo after work! Thanks
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I have the Rockwood with the front halve of our trailers being the same, mine is a 2018 and all it took was the 1/2 female pvc coupling from Lowes.
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I have the Rockwood with the front halve of our trailers being the same, mine is a 2018 and all it took was the 1/2 female pvc coupling from Lowes.


Thanks! I have slept since I looked at it yesterday but I believe both sides are male going into the filter housing, so Iím think the female coupling will work for us too. I am going to attach photos later to be sure!
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Iím at work right now but Iíll will post a photo after work! Thanks


I have posted photos below. We did unscrew the canister and buy a 1/2 in pvc coupler but havenít attempted to put it on yet!
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water filter

I was like you i could not sleep until i removed my internal KW filter.
I purchased the pex line repair components. pliers, clamps, hose,
valves, etc. (FYI - not shark bite quick components)

i removed the filter & bracket. I purchased a camco external filter holder
and my filter assembly fits nicely in the holder.

I removed the 2 small pex line pieces and replaced then with one piece
and 2 new clamps.

i had this entire process photographed and ive lost them. sorry.
if you have any questions PM me and i can tell you more.

this site has many many examples that will assist you but if i can help
just let me know. TF
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we just removed the filter cartridge and left the filter housing in place. use external filter attached to hose.
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we just removed the filter cartridge and left the filter housing in place. use external filter attached to hose.
The potential problem here is that the issues have always been with the housing, not the filter itself. Many stories about the housing spinning off by itself or cracking. It happened to me, dumping water over the floor.
If you only remove the cartridge and leave the housing, it could happen to you also.
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Are the external filters with hose connections readily available? That sounds like a great alternative.
below is what is available online at Walmart.com, maybe even at the stores, .... you can see, buying the two pk plus the hose adapter separately is a better deal than the more popular one filter/adapter package, ...





$17.87 https://www.walmart.com/ip/Camco-Wat...-Hose/14504321






$3.90 https://www.walmart.com/ip/CAMCO-Tas...ipper/41780766






$17.64 https://www.walmart.com/ip/TastePURE...arbon/14504322
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