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Old 05-20-2018, 05:55 PM   #1
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Removing Water Filter

For those that removed the water filter: did you need to add more tubing or were you able to pull the 2 tubes closer? Also, what connector type did you use?

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Old 05-20-2018, 06:39 PM   #2
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I just used a 6 nipple from Lowes to connect the two lines. Also added garden hose fittings to the filter housing. Ill just set the filter in a crate under the camper so its easily accessible.

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Old 05-20-2018, 06:58 PM   #3
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I just used a 6 nipple from Lowes to connect the two lines. Also added garden hose fittings to the filter housing. Ill just set the filter in a crate under the camper so its easily accessible.

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Thanks. I have Pex pipes (I think) but this should help
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Sharkbite fittings seem to be a popular solution for Pex line mods. Unless you or a buddy have a Pex crimping tool, I would probably go that route.
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What's the harm in just leaving the filter housing connected without a filter? Yes, removing it is cleaner, but mine is hidden behind a panel anyway.
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What's the harm in just leaving the filter housing connected without a filter? Yes, removing it is cleaner, but mine is hidden behind a panel anyway.
If you need to winterize the rig, that canister holds quite a bit of anti-freeze. Also, it prohibits winterizing by just blowing out the lines - you won't get the water out of the housing and it will freeze and break.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:40 PM   #7
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Plus they are notorious for leaking, so just removing the filter itself and leaving the housing in place does not resolve the issue they have for coming loose and leaking.
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I had lots of slack. Just put in a 1/2" PVC coupler.
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I cut the white outlet hose from the filter just close enough to get a smooth bore in the tube. I cut off the band clamp at the "T" fitting with a dremel and cut off disc . I carefully peeled off the short piece of PEX tubing with a pocket knife so not to damage the barbed fitting. Put the white tube on at the "T" with a new ear clamp and crimped in place. Leak check it. Parts needed: 1 new ear clamp.
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If you need to winterize the rig, that canister holds quite a bit of anti-freeze. Also, it prohibits winterizing by just blowing out the lines - you won't get the water out of the housing and it will freeze and break.
Thanks, I used the "soda bottle to take up space" method last fall to minimize the amount of the pink stuff occupying the filter. I also blow out the lines beforehand.
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I've decided to leave mine as is. I plan on using my TT during freezing weather and have had one day already with freezing weather in a campground (May 2 in N Utah). Putting the filter outside would be a disaster in these situations so I am leaving it right where it's nice and warm.

As for blowing out the lines to winterize, I just removed the filter and dumped out the canister. The canister holds about a quart of pink antifreeze which in the grand scheme is no big deal. Just dump it out before flushing lines in the spring (unless keeping heat i trailer all winter and using it frequently).

One could merely buy a couple valves like those used to bypass the water heater and bypass the water filter for winterizing. Set valves in bypass mode, remove filter, dump canister, and don't give it any more thought until spring.
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One could merely buy a couple valves like those used to bypass the water heater and bypass the water filter for winterizing. Set valves in bypass mode, remove filter, dump canister, and don't give it any more thought until spring.
I think the issue for many of us is the ridiculous price of the proprietary KW1 replacement cartridges vs. a standard filter as evidenced in this thread. I think I'm going to leave my filter in place without a cartridge and install an outside filter that uses standard cartridges.
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I've decided to leave mine as is. I plan on using my TT during freezing weather and have had one day already with freezing weather in a campground (May 2 in N Utah). Putting the filter outside would be a disaster in these situations so I am leaving it right where it's nice and warm.

As for blowing out the lines to winterize, I just removed the filter and dumped out the canister. The canister holds about a quart of pink antifreeze which in the grand scheme is no big deal. Just dump it out before flushing lines in the spring (unless keeping heat i trailer all winter and using it frequently).

One could merely buy a couple valves like those used to bypass the water heater and bypass the water filter for winterizing. Set valves in bypass mode, remove filter, dump canister, and don't give it any more thought until spring.
It might be nice and warm, but that doesn't mean it won't fail, as many other's have failed. Good luck.
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