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Old 10-01-2016, 05:35 PM   #1
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Is an inlet water filter a good idea

We recently bought our first motor home - Forester MBS 2401W. It has a water filter inside the cabin, but I was thinking a second filter, to minimize sediment in the drinking water tank, wouldn't be a bad idea. I purchased a Camco online filter, but it clogged and reduced the water pressure quite a bit. I have noticed a number of RV's with the outside filter, but most don't. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
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Old 10-01-2016, 05:46 PM   #2
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We recently bought our first motor home - Forester MBS 2401W. It has a water filter inside the cabin, but I was thinking a second filter, to minimize sediment in the drinking water tank, wouldn't be a bad idea. I purchased a Camco online filter, but it clogged and reduced the water pressure quite a bit. I have noticed a number of RV's with the outside filter, but most don't. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
A good quality water filter should be enough, I have a good .5 micron filter that does a great job, I would not add another to it. Good luck!
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Several members have reported their fresh water tanks filling and overflowing when attached to city water. Cause is apparently a check valve integral to the water pump hanging partially open. I have suspected that this might be from dirt or sediment in the unfiltered city water, which goes through this valve (as I understand the plumbing) before going through the in-house filter. I therefore do use both - a blue inline filter on the hose bib and the in-house filter. I believe the hose bib filters are somewhat coarser than the in-house, but should keep the worst of the crud out of the check valve.
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Old 10-01-2016, 07:06 PM   #4
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I use a water filter on the spigot even though I have a house filter.
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:39 AM   #5
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Hose Pre-Filter - yes/no?

I like the idea of removing any sediment with a pre-filter but after a week using the blue Camco filter in various campgrounds we had no pressure for the shower. We had to turn on our water pump. I suppose the clogged filter indicates it was doing its job. Has anyone else had a problem with reduced pressure caused be the hose bib filters?
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I moved my in house filter to the outside and mount it to the bumper when hooked up.
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Old 10-02-2016, 12:18 PM   #7
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You can hook up a makeshift filter using screens similar to those found in household faucets to catch the largest of the materials that may be coming out of the hose bib. Look at the screens that are probably on your sink faucets in the kitchen and bathroom(s) or the types of screen that you find hooked to your washing machine hose. This will give you some idea of the filtering quality. They are very inexpensive. Your washer may have a "cone" shaped filter. We have a well that furnishes water so we need it but if you have "city" water you may not have this type of filter. Just go to a big box store and you'll find them usually in plastic bubble wraps with several in them.
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This unit didn't come with a filter, so I added one from Home depot that sits on rear bumper and filters all water coming in.....
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Still on my first Camco hose bib filter. About 200 nights camped with it. I carry a spare in case it plugs up. If yours plugged up so quickly, I would agree - it protected you from a lot of crud.
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I have never had a problem with using a CAMCO or other external filter along with my built in under-counter filter. I usually run them both.

I like the one-piece disposable outdoor filters. Since it almost always requires 2 25ft hoses to hook up my trailer (inlet is in the back) I put the filter between the two hoses and let it lay on the ground, not bothering to support it with anything.

Disposable is good.
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