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Old 06-19-2014, 10:45 PM   #21
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Look in your owner's "bag" (where all the manuals are). You will probably find a think that looks like this:

That is your water filter wrench you need to use this to make sure your filter housing is snug and secure...

I got $5 that sez the PDI Tech did NOT use this when your unit was prepped (I say this because our PDI tech made us use the wrench to put the filter in so we would know how to do it )

Now, assuming the above is true, I would march back to my dealer and have them take care of all the potential damages to your unit. Take photos now if you haven't already!

If your carpet was soaked almost 100% positive you will have mold. If it soaked your linoleum, almost 100% positive you will have underfloor rot.

Sorry this happened to you - it was a pi$$-poor PDI that caused this
Wonder if the bowl gasket was lubricated? If original it will be dry don't believe that bowl can turn under internal water pressure. The friction will prevent it when tightened.
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:14 AM   #22
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Yep, you're not alone. Others have posted here that there seems to be a gremlin in their RV unscrewing those filters. IIRC one guy said he sat and *watched* it unscrew itself.
That would be me. My water pressure/flow rate has been subpar from day one. Of course, I installed the filter in the housing soon as I got it home.

I had a really hard time getting it to lock in, but I did.

Then freezing weather came through. I took the filter bowl off and carried it in the house. A few days later, I reinstalled it, no issues.

Fast forward, I'm camping and wasn't happy with my shower. So I tried eliminating issues in the system. Removed the regulator, that improved things, but no dice, I reinstalled the regulator. I then pulled the filter out and put the bowl back on empty, it improved it.

I put the filter back in and reinstalled the bowl. It screwed back to the same point.

I turned the water back on and watched it unscrew and blow off. I tried again, same thing. No filter, same thing. Tried to figure out why, the toothed ratchet part seemed to be working.

I put it back on, left the wrench on the bowl and let it unscrew against the wall. It stayed there.

I went to Home Depot and got a GE Watersmart filter, installed it in the same place. Vastly increased water flow rate, filters are $11 a two pack for a sub 5 micron filter.

I like my Sierra, but FR screwed the pooch on the water filter.
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Old 06-20-2014, 03:44 AM   #23
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That very same thing happen to us. I had just closed the hatch door and walked about 30 feet when my neighbor yelled to come back. The canister literally backed out of the housing and water began flowing. Got the shop vac and sucked up the water on the interior carpet until it was completely dry. Turned the hose around and used the exhaust heat to dry up everything. Bought some blue PEX pipe and connectors and deleted the entire water filter.

I posted on the 27RLWS thread with pictures. I use a hose bib filter now "outside" the TT.
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Old 06-20-2014, 07:47 AM   #24
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So it sounds like I shouldn't continue to blame my husband? ;-)
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:51 AM   #25
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No! No A/C! Heat draws out the moisture and the DampRid will soak up the moisture.
A/C is an oversized dehumidifier. That's why your A/C has water draining out of it constantly.
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:59 AM   #26
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So it sounds like I shouldn't continue to blame my husband? ;-)
LOL

I just never liked where the water filter was located in my trailer, and how hard it was to access, so I did as others, and just removed it entirely....then tied the lines together. Mine was located behind a cabinet door that you had to unscrew to access. It just looked like a potential problem from day one, and bothered me. I made that mod the first weekend I had it.

Use an outside filter now, and all is good.
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:02 AM   #27
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A/C is an oversized dehumidifier. That's why your A/C has water draining out of it constantly.

X2 - the evaporator coils will attract the moisture from the air and the condensate will be deposited outside. Now if you can reheat the air while the A/C is on, you'll have a dry camper in no time.
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Old 06-20-2014, 09:30 AM   #28
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What has worked for us! We can SEE what is going in,we can Dictate what Level of (Filtration) is going into the R/V,Potential Leaks are outside. We could not see thru those (Blue Inline) filters! Your water your choice! Youroo!!
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A/C is an oversized dehumidifier. That's why your A/C has water draining out of it constantly.

Thank you OC. I had suggested running the A/C on another wet situation thread, as A/Cs *are* dehumidifiers. Air conditioner.
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Our filter is also located behind a secure/screwed shut door. DH and I have considered removing it entirely, or putting a normal latch on that cabinet door.

When we first got the 5er the filter dripped a single drop every few seconds. DH put some sort of gasket lube on the o ring and the dripping stopped. (don't remember what kind) But I do not like that it's in a location that we can easily monitor it often. With the sizeable hole where the plumbing comes thru directly beneath the filter bowl we likely wouldn't know there's a problem until it's pouring out of the underbelly.

WHY does FR put these filters on 5ers/TTs in such a difficult place to access with the access door screwed shut? And surely they know that with multiple screwing/unscrewing that door eventually the screw holes will wallow out.

On ours, there's nothing else in that cabinet, no electrical.
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