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Old 08-04-2019, 12:40 PM   #101
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Based on OP's question I have to say maybe not necessary but definitely preferred .... Camping for me and my Wife is more than just getting away ... the process is great therapy and well just fun .... prepping, loading, the drive, loading the dogs, seeing there excitement, shopping Amazon for the next item on the camping list, upgrading, adding what you need and taking off what you do not, buying the wrong 5th wheel and selling it and buying another one, seeing a campground for first time, dealing with broke stuff, camping with family, planning meals, which regulator water filter TPMS, tire pressure, tear down, clean up, program GPS and so much more, yes I find it all great therapy and fun. Even deciding to use a water filter. And yes reading the Forum



Love this post! It is almost like Christmas every time we go out camping! Simple pleasure...
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Old 08-04-2019, 01:24 PM   #102
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piece of mine is a great thing so is common sense....
I think this thread has well and truly proved the old adage....."Common sense is not always a common trait".
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Old 08-04-2019, 09:53 PM   #103
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I think what cfo111 means is that "Peace of mind is a great thing...."

When I am at a restaurant enjoying a home-made Pecan Pie, you may not have a "piece of mine"!!
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I think what cfo111 means is that "Peace of mind is a great thing...."

When I am at a restaurant enjoying a home-made Pecan Pie, you may not have a "piece of mine"!!
Great now I want Pie
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One last thought for those who think a $20 filter is a waste of money...................Do you have insurance on your house? Has it ever burned down or been flooded?

Im sure the answer is Yes to the first question and no to the second.

Then WHY do you waste Hundreds or Thousands of dollars a year for something you will most likely NEVER need?

The answer is..."Just in case"............same answer for those of us who use filters.
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One last thought for those who think a $20 filter is a waste of money...................Do you have insurance on your house? Has it ever burned down or been flooded?

Im sure the answer is Yes to the first question and no to the second.

Then WHY do you waste Hundreds or Thousands of dollars a year for something you will most likely NEVER need?

The answer is..."Just in case"............same answer for those of us who use filters.
I guess it all comes down to is what is the acceptable risk your willing to take. If one feels its risky to drink from the public water system without a filter that a decision they have made regardless of what the odds are you are going to get sick from it. My limit on what I find as acceptable risk may be higher that the people using filters. I do carry fire insurance on my home because I feel the risk of fire is far greater than getting ill from drinking public water. I also ride a motorcycle which has a higher risk to injury that drinking public water and I haven't had an accident in 30 years of riding. I actually bought an inline filter and will only use it if I find an issue with the water such as bad taste and/or smell but I'm not going to make it my routine.
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I guess it all comes down to is what is the acceptable risk your willing to take. If one feels its risky to drink from the public water system without a filter that a decision they have made regardless of what the odds are you are going to get sick from it. My limit on what I find as acceptable risk may be higher that the people using filters. I do carry fire insurance on my home because I feel the risk of fire is far greater than getting ill from drinking public water. I also ride a motorcycle which has a higher risk to injury that drinking public water and I haven't had an accident in 30 years of riding. I actually bought an inline filter and will only use it if I find an issue with the water such as bad taste and/or smell but I'm not going to make it my routine.
Don't forget about reasons #1 and #2 in my post 99 that you have better odds of seeing.
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Don't forget about reasons #1 and #2 in my post 99 that you have better odds of seeing.
I agree with the contamination and taste issues if you come across them and only plan to use the filter if I encounter that. I have used an inline filter in the past and found it reduced the flow so filling the fresh water tank took considerably longer especially when your filling a 50 gallon tank.
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I agree with the contamination and taste issues if you come across them and only plan to use the filter if I encounter that. I have used an inline filter in the past and found it reduced the flow so filling the fresh water tank took considerably longer especially when your filling a 50 gallon tank.
Maybe it reduced the flow because the filter was doing its job and was full of crap that would have otherwise been in your 50 gallon fresh tank!
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Maybe it reduced the flow because the filter was doing its job and was full of crap that would have otherwise been in your 50 gallon fresh tank!
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Maybe it reduced the flow because the filter was doing its job and was full of crap that would have otherwise been in your 50 gallon fresh tank!
It reduced flow when I first used it from new. Running water throw a filter is a resistance and will reduce water flow.
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I know I am late to this party but here is my comment anyway.

I you get hooked up to a water source that has sulfur or iron in it you will wish you had that $20 filter you saved your money on by not buying.

I have seen sulfur water you couldn't even stand to wash your rig with, but it was safe to drink.

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It's all a question of trust , do you trust that their is no contaminates where you are located.
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:30 PM   #115
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We have been on the road full time for about 9 weeks as of today, moving weekly . I use a clear housing for a .5 micron white filter. While the stuff filtered out may not be harmful, every single filter I threw away when we left each site it was so dirty. I cringe at what it would have done to the plumbing in the RV over time much less drink or use ice.
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:34 PM   #116
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Water filter need

I agree that unless you are very picky about water you don't NEED them. On the flip side in the scheme of life they are rather cheap so I have one installed in my 5th wheel and expect to continue to keep it operating.
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If nothing else a filter collects sediment and loose particles that can be loosed coming from potable water source... water hose, pipes, water pump being switched on.
Even a t-shirt over the hose is better than nothing.
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Old 08-08-2019, 06:47 PM   #118
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We never use a water filter. If you think the water filter you buy for an RV actually removes bacteria, you are in for a rude awakening. They pretty much remove large particles and may make the water taste a little better. That's it.

All water will have some sediment in it. That's why people say their water filters turn dark. Just look inside a toilet tank to see what sediment that falls out over time.
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I don't have time to "test" water. I do run water first to clear any sediment in the lines initially.. (I've seen it come out brown... then it clears up) I do know I have hooked up to some very hard water sources and you really can't tell until it drys and leaves that white sediment. (which I do not want in my TT). So for me... $17 bucks is just insurance using the blue camco inline filter from walmart. We use a brita water filter for drinking the water in the campground. (because buying gallons of water at walmart is expensive). One brita filter can filter 40 gallons for just $7. Guess it's just a matter of preference. For us, that's our routine.



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I'm not sure why a water filter is necessary. When getting potable water the source would most likely be municipal water which by law is safe. Even in area where the RV park may be from a well the source still has to be safe to drink by law. So why is a filter a good idea?
By law, thieves arenít suppose to steal; by law, all food is suppose to be safe (but thousands get sick from bad food every year). By law, has nothing to do with it. All water and water systems are not created equal. Itís a better to be safe than sorry thing.
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