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Old 12-22-2013, 09:41 PM   #1
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Rockwood Water Filter systems

We just ordered a new Rockwood 8289 and was wondering what those of you with the factory installed water filters think of them, good, bad, or indifferent. We have always used an exterior water filter system and have been happy with that...no chance of leaks inside the compartment, but Rockwood doesn't give you a choice, the factory filter is standard equipment.

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Old 12-22-2013, 10:50 PM   #2
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Not Rockwood-
I had the dealer remove the filter from a cabinet and replace it with a piece of tubing.
I'll use a filter on the outside if I want to.
No way I'm going to lay on the floor and contort my way to the filter while risking spills and leaks twice a year!
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Old 12-23-2013, 12:01 AM   #3
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I bypassed the internal water filter on my 8289 because it was a pain to get to. Use a pair of external filters. Here's a link to the modification:

8289WS Water Filter Relocation

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Old 12-23-2013, 07:11 AM   #4
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I want to see the water that is going into our unit before it (Contaminates) the water system. The (Blue) throwaway type are hard to see thru. Youroo!!
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:01 AM   #5
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Rodeo George....I also noticed a white PVC tube beside your water filter install, with what looks like a removeable cap. Is that a mod you made for sewer hose storage? And thanks for the detailed mod instructions.

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Old 12-23-2013, 09:03 AM   #6
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Twisty...on the 8289, the water filter is located outside, in the belly storage compartment so no contorting required.

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Rodeo George....I also noticed a white PVC tube beside your water filter install, with what looks like a removeable cap. Is that a mod you made for sewer hose storage? And thanks for the detailed mod instructions.

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Yes it is the sewer hose carrier. Copied what was done by several other people here on the forum. Used 5" vinyl fence post (4-1/2" was not large enough), and a piece of vinyl rain gutter to slide in with the Rhino Flex hoses and sitting in the gutter. Works like a champ.

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Twisty...on the 8289, the water filter is located outside, in the belly storage compartment so no contorting required.

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Rick, what year is your 8289? If it's a 2014, perhaps Rockwood finally listened to the owners and moved the water filter to a more accessible place. Mine is behind a panel in the understorage, and as I mentioned was a pain to get to because of having to remove the panel.

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Old 12-23-2013, 01:29 PM   #8
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Yes, it is not easy to get to it. But, you only need to get in there to change it and/or to winterize. I still use mine as installed. The filter lasted about 60 days of camping. We may have hit some dirty water that plugged it up. When water pressure gets low, it might be the filter.

I do not plan to make any changes to mine, and I don't use an external filter. We normally don't drink campground water anyway. Also, I always ask if the campground water supply is city water or well water. If it is well water, I am sure to never add it to the water tank.
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Old 12-23-2013, 07:32 PM   #9
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We have a Windjammer 3025 and what a pain in the butt the location of this filter is. After saying that, I must tell you that the only time I do anything with it is when I winterize. Now saying that, I must tell you, 'what a pain in the butt the location of this filter is'.

I may do what Youroo or Rodeo George did, or just eliminate it all together since we always drink bottled water. (Or in my case, bottled water, beer or Irish whiskey)

I use what ever comes out of the tap for coffee. Hey, if I can survive 2 weeks in Ontario's north woods, moose hunting, where we use lake water for coffee, cooking, showers and whatever, I can survive a long weekend camping.
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Old 12-23-2013, 09:54 PM   #10
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Rodeo George...mine is a 2014....and I am pretty sure it is still behind a panel. I know a few changes were made midway through the 2014 production and the toilet was moved so now the toilet drain pipe can be seen in the storage compartment whereas before it was hidden behind a panel wall, so not sure if that caused them to move the water filter. We'll see when the unit arrives.

5er-tom....are the replacement filters easy to find?


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