Just the facts
I don't use "Twice the Ice" as a name because I like extra ice in my drinks. Actually, I own and operate seven ice plants as well as consult and design water processing systems for ice plants around the world (ion exchange, ultra violet, ozone, and filtration)--and I do know quite a bit about water filters and choose to share that knowledge instead of keeping it to myself. (I wouldn't scream at my wife, even if I didn't).
If you look at the label on the Forest River filter, you will see that it has either an NSF or a WQA Gold Seal sticker or both. (Most municipalities, health departments and approving authorities require this in commercial or community water systems). I require this certification in all our ice systems. These stickers mean that this filter was tested from 0 to 125 psi 125,000 times (the test takes a week) and have no leaks. After the first test, the same housing is then pressurized to three times working pressure (300 psi) and held for fifteen minutes. Then pressure is raised to 500 psi. It must pass all these tests with no leaks. Also, to be awarded these certifications, a material extraction test is done to verify no harmful materials are used in the manufacture of the housing (like used diapers and recycled plastics). These tests are very difficult to pass and cost tens of thousands of dollars.
After examining the housing in my motor home, I can see three things that could result in leaks. 1)If you leave the o ring out. 2)If you let it freeze. (Freezing will result in pressures in excess of 1500 psi). or 3)If you try to put the wrong cartridge in it, it will break the ratchet teeth and allow the housing to unscrew. The O ring is common sense, and the other two items are clearly warned against on the label.
Most units sold for use OUTSIDE the camper cannot pass these tests, that is why they are put outside.
If it were up to me, I would install a certified stainless steel filter, but that would raise the price about $350 dollars.
For myself and my family, I will trust ONLY the certified product.
Please be blessed, and if you do not keep the certified product, please drink, brush your teeth with, and bathe in bottled water.
2016 Berkshire XLT 43a