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Old 05-09-2018, 07:20 PM   #1
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Removing the water filter.

Just checking to see if anyone else has removed (bypassed) the built in water filter and if you experienced any problems after it was removed/bypassed? I decided not to invest in the Flagstaff water filters and removed it and connected the input and outlet lines. We installed a water pump and faucet at the kitchen sink that draws from a 5 gal jug for drinking water underneath the counter. We just use the water tank for washing and flushing. The pump appears to have a filter to protect it and if we do have a problem at a faucet weíll remove the aerator and clean it. Am I missing anything? - Charlie
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Doesn't refilling that 5 gallon jug get tiresome? What is your reason for not using the city water connection? You can do what you've done and hook up an outside filter that feeds your city water connection.
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Doesn't refilling that 5 gallon jug get tiresome? What is your reason for not using the city water connection? You can do what you've done and hook up an outside filter that feeds your city water connection.
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Being too worried about water, I got 2 of the whole house filter housings at a big box hardware store and connected them. The first has a sand/grit filter and the second is a .5 micron that is good for cysts and such. Then hearing some of the horror stories about water pressure, I just fill my FW tank from the campground water source. Probably overkill, but it makes me comfortable.
At the point where I removed the factory I put in a 2 gallon pressure tank. That reduces the number of stop/starts for the pump. Usually enough to get several flushes to keep the pump from waking folks up at night.
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:33 AM   #4
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Doesn't refilling that 5 gallon jug get tiresome? What is your reason for not using the city water connection? You can do what you've done and hook up an outside filter that feeds your city water connection.


Not at all, we have the same set up at home because we have a shallow well and prefer not to drink the water, but use well water for everything else. Most of the places where we camp do not have city water at the site. If we had a city water connection we would use it. Instead we fill up our water tank when we enter a park.
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Being too worried about water, I got 2 of the whole house filter housings at a big box hardware store and connected them. The first has a sand/grit filter and the second is a .5 micron that is good for cysts and such. Then hearing some of the horror stories about water pressure, I just fill my FW tank from the campground water source. Probably overkill, but it makes me comfortable.

At the point where I removed the factory I put in a 2 gallon pressure tank. That reduces the number of stop/starts for the pump. Usually enough to get several flushes to keep the pump from waking folks up at night.


The pressure tank is something I may need to think about.
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Being too worried about water, I got 2 of the whole house filter housings at a big box hardware store and connected them. The first has a sand/grit filter and the second is a .5 micron that is good for cysts and such. Then hearing some of the horror stories about water pressure, I just fill my FW tank from the campground water source. Probably overkill, but it makes me comfortable.
At the point where I removed the factory I put in a 2 gallon pressure tank. That reduces the number of stop/starts for the pump. Usually enough to get several flushes to keep the pump from waking folks up at night.
I would hope you would use a water pressure reducer at the water connection. No worries and need not fill fresh water tank. Later RJD
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I would hope you would use a water pressure reducer at the water connection. No worries and need not fill fresh water tank. Later RJD
Have a reducer to drop to 40 PSI. With it in place, shower water pressure is basically non-existent and the rest of the faucets are very slow... Using the FW tank solved all the issues.
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The pressure tank is something I may need to think about.
Bladder/Pressure tanks of 2-5 gallon make for life like Home! Youroo!!
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Have a reducer to drop to 40 PSI. With it in place, shower water pressure is basically non-existent and the rest of the faucets are very slow... Using the FW tank solved all the issues.
Sounds like you have a low-flow water pressure regulator? Not all of them do that, but some poor ones reduce flow and pressure which makes for a bad experience.

The 12v pumps run around 55psi but only do around 3GPM, so if your city water is worse than that there must be a problem with your regulator or some sort of blockage or restriction with the city side of the system.

This regulator does the same 50-55psi as the 12v pump but is able to flow over 10GPM, 3x what the pump will do.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003BVXHQY
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Sounds like you have a low-flow water pressure regulator? Not all of them do that, but some poor ones reduce flow and pressure which makes for a bad experience.
I also find that they go bad over time and need to be replaced after a number of years.
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Just checking to see if anyone else has removed (bypassed) the built in water filter and if you experienced any problems after it was removed/bypassed?
No problems. My built in water filter canister leaked from the get go and was awkward to access seated behind the water heater in the front storage area. I removed it and used a short segment of 1/2" threaded PVC to fill the gap. I now use a CAMCO external water filter on my shore water hose along with a pressure gauge/reducer set at 40 psi.
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Doesn't refilling that 5 gallon jug get tiresome? What is your reason for not using the city water connection? You can do what you've done and hook up an outside filter that feeds your city water connection.
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We have never used campground water,,, how ever we are taking an 11 day trip next month and will need water along the way !!! My plan is to use our hose filter & fill out fresh water tank along the way ??? We don't reserve full hook/up sites only ele !!!
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One of the first things I did when we got our "new" TT was to take out that crazy filter. Actually, I didn't take it out, I just bypassed it. Used the "shark bite" connections and they worked very well - and being standard house connections, they can take a lot more pressure than the other plumbing in your trailer. On our 6th season with it and it works fine - no leaks. We do use the "whole house" filter canister on the little holder stand (Wall Mart & camping stores have them) outside the trailer when we hook up to city connections - which is most all the time. Filters are MUCH cheaper and everything is easy to replace without getting water all over in the trailer. Sure you can put towels down to soak it up, but why bother when you can do it outside and not have a mess to clean up.
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One of the first things I did when we got our "new" TT was to take out that crazy filter. Actually, I didn't take it out, I just bypassed it. Used the "shark bite" connections and they worked very well - and being standard house connections, they can take a lot more pressure than the other plumbing in your trailer. On our 6th season with it and it works fine - no leaks. We do use the "whole house" filter canister on the little holder stand (Wall Mart & camping stores have them) outside the trailer when we hook up to city connections - which is most all the time. Filters are MUCH cheaper and everything is easy to replace without getting water all over in the trailer. Sure you can put towels down to soak it up, but why bother when you can do it outside and not have a mess to clean up.
Agree 100% about the "Sharkbites" I had a Schedule 40 PVC coupling and it cracked at the Tadpole Rally so I Did it Correct and used the Brass Sharkbites! Youroo!!
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