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Old 10-27-2011, 10:18 AM   #11
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My understanding is that after I winterize I should remove the glass filter housing (also recommended by the filter housing manufacturer) and store dry. The reason being that if any moisture remains in the threads the housing will crack during freezing temperatures. Of course if there is no moisture in the threads then you will not have a problem but Murphy's Law follows me. So my goal is to not have to deal with the inside filter set up at all. I know I can have the system redone but I was looking for a more simpler method.

Hadn't heard that before. I've always taken the filter element out and emptied the housing and reinstalled. Haven't frozen/cracked the housing so far...I guess Murphy likes me!

You could still operate it without the filter element and use an in-line filter at the water connection when you camp.

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Old 10-27-2011, 10:41 AM   #12
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I am looking to get rid of my filter housing also. Leaving the filter element out doesn't solve the issue of spilling water/antifreeze when removing the housing. I plan to cut the filter free from the PEX then replacing, with PEX, the section of line that was the filter housing. I found, online, push on PEX connectors. I have not personally checked them out yet. The brand is Shark Bite. I want to check them out before I pull the trigger on them. I am a little concerned about the road vibration over time. I don't want them working their way off.

These connectors aren't cheap, around $8.00 ea., but cheaper than buying a crimper. None of my neighbors have a PEX crimper, but I am still looking.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:35 AM   #13
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I am looking to get rid of my filter housing also. Leaving the filter element out doesn't solve the issue of spilling water/antifreeze when removing the housing.
Exactly!
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:10 PM   #14
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I am looking to get rid of my filter housing also. Leaving the filter element out doesn't solve the issue of spilling water/antifreeze when removing the housing. I plan to cut the filter free from the PEX then replacing, with PEX, the section of line that was the filter housing. I found, online, push on PEX connectors. I have not personally checked them out yet. The brand is Shark Bite. I want to check them out before I pull the trigger on them. I am a little concerned about the road vibration over time. I don't want them working their way off.

These connectors aren't cheap, around $8.00 ea., but cheaper than buying a crimper. None of my neighbors have a PEX crimper, but I am still looking.
Shark Bite fittings are available at Home Depot if you want to check them out firsthand.
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:13 PM   #15
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Exactly!
If you drain all your low point drains and open up allyour taps and showers. Then when everything is drain and closed back up turn your pump back on it will suck 80% of your water out of the housing

Therefore no mess!
I posted this a few days ago ........ read post water filter and winterizing
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Old 10-27-2011, 12:22 PM   #16
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Making a mess isn't the only reason to eliminate the inside filter. I haven't made a mess yet. I'm trying to eliminate the minor hassle of having to deal with the inside system. Plus, after camping, and if you aren't going to camp again for a few weeks, you should remove the filter and store in a cold place to prevent mold from growing. You shouldn't bleach the filter. I don't want to have to remove the inside filter after camping each time.
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Even though I was diligent about draining my filter etc I had it break on me this year. Luckily I was at the Rv when it happened or the results would have been disastrous. I simply bypassed the filter at the housing then went to Wally World and bought a external RV filter for $15.
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I too want to bypass the filter for the same reasons. However, when I looked at customer reviews at the vendor link provided by f1100turbo below, all three comments were negative (everyone complaining of leaks).

Guess that leaves us with going to a permanent solution i.e. sharkbites and PEX scrap.
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:28 AM   #19
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Here is a water filter winterizing by pass plate. Just eliminates filling the housing with pink stuff saving about a quart and half of RV anti-freeze. Also would make it easier and faster to flush out the system in the spring.

Amazon.com: Watts FP-WP100 3-5/8" Winterizing By-Pass Plate: Automotive
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:09 AM   #20
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Here is a water filter winterizing by pass plate. Just eliminates filling the housing with pink stuff saving about a quart and half of RV anti-freeze. Also would make it easier and faster to flush out the system in the spring.

Amazon.com: Watts FP-WP100 3-5/8" Winterizing By-Pass Plate: Automotive
Great idea, but all reviews said it doesn't work.

I actually like my filter. On my last TT I used the outside filter and just didn't care for it.
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