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Old 01-14-2018, 11:24 AM   #1
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Cap for water filter

Am i the only one thinking a cap for the reservoir and filter would be a bit more economical. We have a 17 micro-lite 21fbrs, Iíve winterized once ,and will again, donít care much for buying a new filter and using more antifreeze than needed.
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Old 01-14-2018, 03:17 PM   #2
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I capped my water filter by getting rid of it.
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Old 01-14-2018, 03:50 PM   #3
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I capped my water filter by getting rid of it.
That is the way to go! Not very much investment or labor involved! Youroo!!
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Are you just going to use an external filter in the city water line into your trailer? What if you use your freshwater tank? That will not be filtered.
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Old 01-14-2018, 06:44 PM   #5
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I will only be on city water and will remove the filter as one of my first activites. Will put an inline outside the rig.
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Old 01-14-2018, 06:54 PM   #6
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Got rid of my filter as well this fall when I winterized. We use a filter on the water hose and it is much easier.
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Old 01-14-2018, 07:54 PM   #7
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Are you just going to use an external filter in the city water line into your trailer? What if you use your freshwater tank? That will not be filtered.
If you install a "Tank Fill Valve" it will. A single valve that allows you to tap the City Water Line and Tee it to the Tank supply line.

Open valve while hooked up to City water and the tank will fill from the bottom and be filtered by the outside filter.

If you sanitize at the beginning of the season and only fill water tank from a solid city water connection there should be no issues.

Don't want to add the valve inside the rig? Just use the outside filter when disconnected from city water entrance and run short hose into tank fill port. Only time this might be an issue is when pouring water in from a 5-gallon water jug or pumping out of a creek.
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Old 01-15-2018, 03:47 AM   #8
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Great idea, thanks. I’ll have to winterize once more when we go north in a few days, but that is my spring project. Happy Camping to all !
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You can take the filter element itself out and store it in a zip lock bag. Then take a strong (empty) capped plastic bottle and put it inside the filter housing to take up most of the space.
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:33 AM   #10
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You can take the filter element itself out and store it in a zip lock bag. Then take a strong (empty) capped plastic bottle and put it inside the filter housing to take up most of the space.
Your suggestion works fine.
I've read where lots of folks are getting creative with what they put in the canister to fill the void of removing the element... marbles, new golf balls, glass beads, ping-pong balls, etc.
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First thing we remove on new rigs is any water filter that came from the factory. Worthless and a PITA. We used to use external water filters, but for the last few years we use none at all. We typically use bottled water for drinking and cooking anyway. Much happier not dealing with all those filters and extra connections.
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i REMOVED THE FILTER FROM ITS HOUSING MANY MOONS AGO...WE DO NOT DRINK WATER FROM CG'S...YOU CAN BUY A LOT OF BOTTLED WATER FOR THE PRICE OF A FILTER...LOTS OF GROCERY STORES HAVE "FILL YOUR JUGS --A GALLON" FOR .35 CENTS...
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i REMOVED THE FILTER FROM ITS HOUSING MANY MOONS AGO...WE DO NOT DRINK WATER FROM CG'S...YOU CAN BUY A LOT OF BOTTLED WATER FOR THE PRICE OF A FILTER...LOTS OF GROCERY STORES HAVE "FILL YOUR JUGS --A GALLON" FOR .35 CENTS...
And where exactly does this water come from? Who knows?????
Maybe the same source as the campground down the street!

BTW... ALL CAPS is considered SHOUTING on internet forums.
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Old 01-15-2018, 05:02 PM   #14
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I think you can buy a cap that replaces the filter housing for winterizing, quick google search found this:
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Flow-...-p/88-2435.htm

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Old 01-15-2018, 08:14 PM   #15
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Filter by pass

Hi all. I installed a hot water winterization by pass valve system. The same one that is on your hot

water tank. Works awsome you can by pass the filter canaster when winterize ing to save antifreeze and re flushing then turn it back on in the spring for filtering the water . Remember you still have to mt the cannister when winterize ing
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Are you just going to use an external filter in the city water line into your trailer? What if you use your freshwater tank? That will not be filtered.
If you fill the fresh water tank with water through the filter, then put the cap on it is a closed system and IS filtered, isn't it?

If you sanitize the fresh water each season, as is recommended practice, you will be fine!
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If you fill the fresh water tank with water through the filter, then put the cap on it is a closed system and IS filtered, isn't it?

If you sanitize the fresh water each season, as is recommended practice, you will be fine!
That's what I do. After removing the OE filter housing, I got a pair of OB-1 whole house filters. First filter is the cheap, string filter for sand and grit. Second housing has a .5 micron filter good for cysts and such. Run water thru both filters and into the FW tank. For my money, that's as good as buying water at a store.
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I think you can buy a cap that replaces the filter housing for winterizing, quick google search found this:
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Flow-...-p/88-2435.htm

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SWEET !!!
I have been looking for something like that for years,,, someone @ a RV dealer told me there was a fitting that screwed in and replace the canister !!!
Never found one !!! THANKS for your post,,,
will be ordering one before next fall !!!
You can buy charcoal filters @ Wally World,,, 2 for $10 !!!
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Hi, I may be asking a dumb question, but here it goes. I have a 2015 21DS and the water filter casing has developed a leak. I want to bypass it all together due to its crazy location. How do I go about bypassing it? What do I need to get to complete this tsk. Iím new to this, so I thank you in advance for your help.
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Hi, I may be asking a dumb question, but here it goes. I have a 2015 21DS and the water filter casing has developed a leak. I want to bypass it all together due to its crazy location. How do I go about bypassing it? What do I need to get to complete this tsk. I’m new to this, so I thank you in advance for your help.
The only dumb question is the one you don't ask. See post #8 of this thread.

I did it on my 21DS and now use the Campco filter connected to the city water hose.
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