Originally Posted by RKR
I don't know how we survived by drinking out of the old water hose when we were kids.
All those years of tent camping and backpacking we never had a filter. I will say though that the DW makes us take bottled water for "human" consumption though.
Best water I ever drank was from a running stream while backpacking.
I drank from the same water hose and stream and somehow survived, but our environment HAS changed since then, as has our knowledge about the stuff around us.
With respect to water filters on camping trailers, I have to assume the potable water source that I use to fill the tank really is potable, and I take reasonable precautions to keep the tank clean. The filter is window-dressing. Maybe it makes the water taste better, maybe not.
I've read horror stories about the filter bowls somehow working themselves off the water filter. (I have no idea why but don't assume user failure.) Being housed behind a cabinet that's screwed shut, it's hard to stop the flood quickly. And even that assumes you're there, and aware of it.