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Old 07-07-2011, 08:53 PM   #1
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External water filter

I bought a small external water filter that screws onto the water supply at the campground and I then attach my supply hose to my trailer. It cost $19 and we used it for 4 days. Can I put this in the refridgerator at home and keep it there till I go camping in August, or will it start to grow bacteria? It is a simple carbon based filter that removes chlorine and sedimants, and oders.

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Old 07-07-2011, 09:23 PM   #2
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The fridge is a good idea.....I never thought about that. I keep mine in my camper, and that is probably not a good thing. I do blow it out after use, to try to get the excess water out of it.
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Old 07-07-2011, 11:12 PM   #3
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We were wondering about this ourselves. We just put one on ours and I thought we had to keep it in water or it would dry out and not work, guess not. Thanks!
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Old 07-08-2011, 12:52 AM   #4
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What do people do with a built in water filters? A lot of the new units come with them installed. Usually in hard to get to places.
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Old 07-08-2011, 04:07 AM   #5
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I took my internal unit as it was difficult to get to when I winterized the trailer. I literally had to slide half way into my forward storage comparatment to pull the filter which wasn't easy. The portable external water filter is the way to go.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:45 AM   #6
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I also bypassed my internal filter due to difficulty reaching it and it was
a real pain in the you know where to winterize.
I also use an external "whole house filter" but I put mine on the side
of the trailer so it helps remove "hose taste" from the water.
I use white RV hose but it still can leave a taste in the water especially
if it's laying in the sun.

I change my cartridge once a year whether it needs it or not......
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:00 PM   #7
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The fridge is a good idea.....I never thought about that. I keep mine in my camper, and that is probably not a good thing. I do blow it out after use, to try to get the excess water out of it.
I didn't blow the water out of it, I just turned it on one end and when the water stopped dripping I wraped it in a paper towel and put it in my refridgerator. I will let you know what happens to me when I use it in 3 weeks.
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Mix one tablespoon of Clorox Bleach to one gallon of water and pour the mixed solution through the external filter. Let solution stand in filter for at least two minutes. Any lurking, unfriendly bacteria are now toast. A stronger solution of bleach and water doesn't hurt anything, just make sure you rinse the filter liberally before hooking it back up for use; or you think your drinking water from the local municipal swimming pool. Storing filter in the fridge isn't a bad idea either.
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