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Old 02-17-2015, 09:07 PM   #1
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Do most people use their water filters?

This is our first travel trailer after camping with a pop-up for 6 years so we don't really know anything about using a trailer. Our camper has a water filter hooked up in the pass-through by the water heater. We have never used water from our freshwater tank for drinking when we had the pop-up. We took a water filter pitcher that we used with water from the campground. Most of our trips were just a couple days long so we really didn't use that much drinking water so it was no big deal. We did use the water from the freshwater tank to cook with. Now, I'm not sure whether it seems worth it to keep buying filters for the one that is installed when we wouldn't be using it that much for drinking. Most of the water we would be using would be for washing dishes, cooking and taking showers. Plus, I don't know how the previous owners sanitized the system so I'm not sure if I trust drinking the water even if it does go through a filter. What do most of you do? If we decide not to use any filter at all, do we just leave the filter canister on the line and just not put any filter in it? I also heard of people having the canister blow off and flooding everything. What would you put on the line in place of the canister.

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Old 02-17-2015, 09:27 PM   #2
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If you have seen some of the filters I've had to change out just after a week of camping, you'd never even have the question!

Personally, we never drink water from any campground or the freshwater we bring. We drink only bottled water by the 5 gallon bottle. I do sanitize my water system each season, and I maintain the freshwater tank full at all time with our home water. When at a CG, hit the spigot with a bleach-water solution and then I purge a minimum of 10 gallons from the spigot and more if needed to clear the sediment. Then hook up our pressure regulator to the spigot, filter cell to that (we don't have a built-in unit on the current TT and I like it that way!), and then the hose. I then surge water 5-10 times through the filter and hose before connecting it to the camper to force out any sediment that broke through the filter element or charcoal dust if a new filter. Then I hook up the hose to the camper and purge the air out of lines by opening all faucets, and then the water heater is turned on.

Now the reason I carry freshwater from home, is that during breakdown I purge all the CG water out of our camper. I drain the HWH first, and then turn on the pump and run home water through everything. Our city water is delivered disinfected and a known water quality. After adopting this method I've never had an issue with sediment in the FW tank or any lines or any odors.

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Old 02-17-2015, 10:31 PM   #3
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Just do a search in the will see that yes...many many many of us use filters, just that a lot of us have chosen to bypass the onboard filter for all the problems associated with them, just do the search, tons of reading material there.
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Old 02-17-2015, 10:52 PM   #4
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Yes, i use the filter and a water softener as well.
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Old 02-18-2015, 08:48 AM   #5
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I don't put a filter in mine and I use an inline filter instead. I'm actually planning on removing it or bypassing it when I get my TT home this spring.

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Old 02-18-2015, 08:54 AM   #6
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I put a bypass on our water filter canister and use an inline one at the cg spigot. Even if you don't drink the water but only use it to shower, flush toilet, etc I'd still recommend a filter that reduces the iron in the water. Iron will stain your shower, toilet, and sink.
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Old 02-18-2015, 09:00 AM   #7
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I have used the on board filter for over ten years.
And yes I drink my fw tank water.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:46 AM   #8
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I agree with Geotex1. The filters really get cruddy! We also drink bottled water, but use filtered water to brush teeth and cook. Highly recommend using filter.
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Old 02-18-2015, 11:59 AM   #9
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We use ours and I replace it twice each year, we drink the water also, mut say I have never purchased water to drink, just does not seem right buying something that falls from the sky for free.
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Old 02-18-2015, 12:09 PM   #10
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We had one of those humongous canister water filters under the BR sink in our 2304s. Found water pressure e.g. shower was insufficient. I removed the filter and voila, water pressure much better. We do not use campground water for consumption except for coffee and carry bottled water. Removing the large canister also gave more room for storage under BR sink.

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