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Old 05-06-2016, 01:46 PM   #1
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Filter Housing Shattered

This is my second year de-winterizing the Roo 233S. I was shocked when I opened the door to the filter housing only to find it had shattered and all the antifreeze drained out.

It was completely full when I shut it down. It was a much milder winter this year than last year. So I'm wondering what happened and how do I avoid this in the future.

I've just run to Camper's Inn and got a replacement housing and bracket. They advised that I swap out the bracket since the parts essentially "mould together" over time. Wasn't too bad of a fix. But I don't want to have to do it again.

Thoughts?
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:53 PM   #2
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You might consider abandoning that filter canister setup and go with an external filter. One of the first things I did to my rig.
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Old 05-06-2016, 01:58 PM   #3
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Remove it!

Connect the two lines together with a 1/2 PVC coupler.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...qbsFnkrByB6ICw


Or.


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...y-ZvMrasPFTsEQ
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Old 05-06-2016, 04:53 PM   #4
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It was completely full when I shut it down. It was a much milder winter this year than last year. So I'm wondering what happened and how do I avoid this in the future.
We attended a seminar about winterizing late last year at our dealer. (They were serving a free lunch!)

Anyway the tech advised against leaving the filter housing full. He said there was a risk that the antifreeze could get 'slushy' and expand enough to damage the housing. I winterized our old 21SS 5 times and never had any problems so I discounted the tech's warning. But after seeing this I'm reconsidering. . .

I'm not a fan of the housing and proprietary filter that came with the 23IKSS so I'm also looking at removing it and going with an external filter setup.
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Old 05-06-2016, 07:02 PM   #5
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Mine split last year, dumping water all over the back end of my 1year old ikss. Removed it, joined the lines with a sharkbite connector, and never looked back. This forum is full of posts about the cannisters either unscrewing by themselves or splitting and shattering. Truly a POS component in a $20000+ camper. Disappointed in FR for continuing to use it.
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Old 05-06-2016, 07:21 PM   #6
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I kept the internal filter location but replaced it with a new residential model that uses standard filters. I also blow all the water out with air and only run a little antifreeze thru the pump until the filter housing is about half full.
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Old 05-07-2016, 01:22 AM   #7
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Remove it!

Connect the two lines together with a 1/2 PVC coupler.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...qbsFnkrByB6ICw


Or.


https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...y-ZvMrasPFTsEQ

X2

I just replaced mine a couple days ago with the coupler and outside filter. 62 cents for the coupler at Home Depot. $17 for the filter with the short flexible hose attachment at Walmart (it was $40 at the stealership!!).
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I had one crack on our MH and was advised that the plastic container can get cold enough to crack, we full time and have a heater in the bay. I had a replacement so not a big deal but have not had any further issues. Could have been just a defective container.
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Old 05-07-2016, 07:18 AM   #9
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An external filter only works with city water. We camp at state parks and use the water tank so we need the internal filter. Just something to consider.
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An external filter only works with city water. We camp at state parks and use the water tank so we need the internal filter. Just something to consider.
A very valid point.

But, it's easy enough to fill the fresh water tank through the external filter. Instead of hooking the outlet side of filter to the city water inlet you put on a fill nozzle and stick into the fresh water fill. (Or whatever way you normally get water into the tank.)

It will take a little longer - depending on the flow rate of the filter you use but the water in the take will be filtered.

This assumes that you always filter water before it goes into the tank or you perform some kind of sanitizing between trips.
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