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Old 12-17-2010, 01:17 PM   #1
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Water Filter Busted

We thought we had drained all the water from our 2011 SV-291 and were ready for the below freezing temperatures we have had here in Georgia. I went out to check on things in the TT today and opened the panel where the water filter is, just because I had never checked out that compartment. The filter had busted around the screw rim and had fallen off. Should be simple enough to repair, and I'm thanking God we found it before we hooked water back up, that would have been a disaster.

Everyone might want to check out there water filter if you've had freezing temps!
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:48 PM   #2
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Glad you found it before the disaster and thanks for the reminder, I almost forgot mine last week. It doesn't freeze often here in central Texas, but it does freeze. 28 Tonight.
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Old 12-18-2010, 07:18 AM   #3
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I had that happen a couple years ago with our previous PUP. I Looked up the manufacturer on line and had one shipped out. Had it fixed within a week. Cost was about $35 I recall.
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Old 12-18-2010, 08:07 AM   #4
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There's nothing special about these "RV" water filters.
They are just basic whole house filters which you can choose
from an assortment of at your favorite home center.
Lowes, Home Debit (I mean Depot!) and others.
Some come with built in bypass valves which would be a very
good thing to have. Most are not transparent which is not necessary
anyway.
Refill cartridges are also available many places. I just look for the
words "carbon and sediment" on the package. One brand cartridge
will normally fit other brands of housings.
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Old 12-18-2010, 05:18 PM   #5
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Even when you winterize your trailer with air pressure only, it will not drain your clear plastic filter housing. It has to be unscrewed and drained by hand. I am sure some peoples that winterize their trailers only with air pressure without checking this canister paid the price with a cracked frozen housing when they were ready to refill their systen in the camping season. If you refill with anti freeze after you will be safe.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:34 PM   #6
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Copy That! I replaced a busted one at Lowes for about $30, got the entire filter kit (Filter, housing, and shell). Just took the damaged threaded part with me and matched it up. Found it was at least 1/2 the price there than googling rv related filter setups for replacement parts.

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There's nothing special about these "RV" water filters.
They are just basic whole house filters which you can choose
from an assortment of at your favorite home center.
Lowes, Home Debit (I mean Depot!) and others.
Some come with built in bypass valves which would be a very
good thing to have. Most are not transparent which is not necessary
anyway.
Refill cartridges are also available many places. I just look for the
words "carbon and sediment" on the package. One brand cartridge
will normally fit other brands of housings.
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Old 12-24-2010, 12:50 PM   #7
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Just a word of caution on this topic. Match the micron size of the filters you buy at the home store. You might be tempted to buy a close tolerance (small micron) filter to filter out microbes and such, but they clog up REAL fast and your pressure will be stinky long before the water will. Try to find a filter with a micron size close to the one recommended by the manufacturer of the RV. I had that number, but I lost it. If I find it I will add it to this post.
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I also had the same thing happen a few years ago. I believe mine broke because it was not supported properly. I got a nice heavy chunk of hard foam and cut it to fit snugly under the filter housing to support it.
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The first thing i do after camping season is over is place a small pucket under the cylinder then loosen and remove it, for some reason it is the first thing i think about. After the first time camping with the Rockwood i had remove the water filter from the cylinder and never used it again because of the lose of water pressure.
My cylinder is thick and it seems to me that the fittings on the top of the unit would crack first, have they changed to a new style of cylinder? I have a 2006 model year.
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