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Old 02-08-2024, 09:41 PM   #1
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Lets Talk Water Filters

We are wintering in TX and have been cautioned by other campers that the water here is not the greatest . Ok for washing but for consumption not so much. We have an onboard WaterPur canister which takes a carbon block filter cartridge. There's no mention of micron size only that it reduces sand,fine sediment rust particles as well as chlorine and VOC's to what degree I have no idea.
Hoping you guys can share how you filter water and the reason you've done it that way.
I could go all out and get something like a inline filter like Camco Clear 2o that filters down to 1 micron but is that overkill for dishes or taking a shower and may reduce water flow .Kind of not sure what to do

Anyway appreciate hearing your thoughts
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I use this https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 not sure if it fits your container. Sounds like yours might be better anyway. I have tried 1 micron filters and you're right it slows down the flow way too much.
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Old 02-08-2024, 10:48 PM   #3
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If it's a WaterPur KW1 it's 5 microns.

Consider adding an inline hose filter. The Camco XL "blue torpedo" we use is 20 microns. It removes the larger stuff and will keep the built-in water filter a lot leaner.

Be aware that water filters almost always remove chlorine. So if you fill your fresh tank through one you just stripped the chlorine out. Except at home I do fill through the inline hose filter but I pour a small amount of bleach into the hose after the filter so the fresh tank has some chlorine in it. I don't care too much about the level of chlorine because our KW1 will strip it out before it hits the inside plumbing.

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Old 02-09-2024, 07:58 AM   #4
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I like something like the Beech Lane here.
https://www.forestriverforums.com/fo...em-265505.html

No lack of water pressure at the shower(oxygenics shower head) and I have several quick disconnects that are smaller diameter than the hose.

Would you rather have overkill or bad tasting coffee in the morning?

Never thought about the chlorine factor mentioned above. Does not worry me even though I fill my fresh water tank quite a bit with the cold weather.
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Old 02-09-2024, 08:19 AM   #5
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I have a 1 micron pre-filter followed by a .5 micron carbon filter. When we bought our first TT in 2013 I used a camco blue filter. I found those are 10 microns. In the filter world 10 microns is a large opening. I bought my canisters and get my filters from The RV Filter Store.
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Old 02-09-2024, 01:55 PM   #6
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I use a whole house filter out side at the camps water faucet. Riged it up with a short hose and a rope to hang it. Keeps all the junk out of all my trailers plumbing. The additional filter on sink for drinking water.
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I use one of those inline blue water filters, 5 microns. But the big difference is I connect it to a 4 foot drinking water hose to the trailer, and then the 25 foot hose connected to the faucet. The filter lays on the ground right before the water goes into the trailer, so no plastic taste, and the weight of the filter is on the ground and not pulling on the plastic trailer connector.

I never understood why some campers connect the filter to the water spicket and then run it through 50 of hose and complain about it tasting like plastic.
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Old 02-09-2024, 05:03 PM   #8
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Just use bottle water while traveling. In eight years we've had no issues/problems.
Oh and beer works good too!
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I use one of those inline blue water filters, 5 microns. But the big difference is I connect it to a 4 foot drinking water hose to the trailer, and then the 25 foot hose connected to the faucet. The filter lays on the ground right before the water goes into the trailer, so no plastic taste, and the weight of the filter is on the ground and not pulling on the plastic trailer connector.

I never understood why some campers connect the filter to the water spicket and then run it through 50 of hose and complain about it tasting like plastic.
Quality water hoses don't taste like plastic and my filter goes at the spigot to protect the regulator and keep contaminants out of everything from the pedestal to the R/V.!
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Old 02-09-2024, 10:43 PM   #10
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I use two whole house filters in series. First filter has a common string filter for sand/ grit, etc. Second filter is a .5 micron carbon block. Works well for us. In my case, the filters fit perfectly between my back bumper and the trailer box. Because it lives outside while in use, I avoided the clear housing model. Easily found all the needed hardware at my favorite big box store.
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Old 02-10-2024, 10:34 AM   #11
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My water filter froze and broke. I took it out and by passed it with Pex. Now it is easier to winterize. I don't drink out of my main water tank. It makes life easier.
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Thanks to everyone who took the time to reply to my question From reading them all looks like double filtering is a good idea . I've ordered a Camco Clear2o Dirtguard which filters down to 10 microns and you can clean it . This will act as a pre screen . I've also found additional information on the onboard WaterPur filter in the rig. It addition to chlorine it filters out 99% of Giarda and Cryptosporidium which are roughly 5 microns .I'm a little concerned filtering below 5 micron could affect water flow but if I'm still not happy with water quality this I can attach a torpedo type filter to the Dirtguard that filters down to 1 micron
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Old 02-10-2024, 09:18 PM   #13
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If you insist on drinking the water from your tank use a basic 10 micron filter outside and install a reverse osmosis filter system under the sink.

Not cheap and takes some maintenance

We use bottled water for drinking and cooking anything where the water stays in the food. And sanitize the tank regularly. Also use an FDA approved hose “no plastic taste or odor “.
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Old 02-10-2024, 09:52 PM   #14
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We 've started using bottled water for drinking ,coffee, cooking while here. That said ,your idea of routinely sanitizing sounds like a good idea.
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I'm surprised I survived growing up with out bottled water and drinking out of the garden hose!
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I'm surprised I survived growing up with out bottled water and drinking out of the garden hose!
Or swimming in the rivers and ponds, without chlorine.
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I bring water from home in a large 7 gallon tank for drinking.
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Or swimming in the rivers and ponds, without chlorine.
Forever chemicals weren’t forever yet! We also smoked in airplanes and restaurants. The drinking age was 18 and condoms were hard to come by.

I encourage my grandkids to drink from the hose but my water has been tested. I don’t know if the campground has. I’ve seen a couple with signs up saying use the water at your own risk!

The 21st century isn’t so bad. Lol. Roll with it !!
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I'm surprised I survived growing up with out bottled water and drinking out of the garden hose!
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Or swimming in the rivers and ponds, without chlorine.
I wonder how many of those who refuse to drink water from their onboard FW tank use public restrooms and don't wash their hands before leaving?

Just wondering.
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I wonder how many of those who refuse to drink water from their onboard FW tank use public restrooms and don't wash their hands before leaving?

Just wondering.
Ha. I can tell you from personal experience - - a lot - a whole lot.

Back in the day I was a project superintendent for a construction company that had a contract with a major nationwide retailer. We traveled all over the western US building new stores and remodeling old ones. My area of expertise was upgrading stores to meet ADA requirements. The ADA law was passed in the early 90's (if memory serves) but by the late 90's and early 00's many stores had still not upgraded to meet the requirements.

Bathroom upgrades were a major part of the ADA requirements. I have spent more time in retail store bathrooms than I care to admit - both male and female. Most often we had to upgrade the bathrooms without closing them. That usually wasn't a problem for the men's rooms but it meant doing one half at a time in the women's rooms. In the women's, we would block off half with black visqueen (plastic sheeting). We couldn't see anything but we could still hear everything. We could hear if the water tap was turned on after the toilet flushed. And, of course, in the men's rooms we could eyeball how people acted.

It amazes me how many people failed to wash their hands before they left the rooms. And I think women are worse at it than men. To this day - 20 years later - I still REFUSE to touch anything in a public restroom once I have washed my hands. That includes the faucets. (think about it - people's hands are dirty - no telling what may be on those fingers - BEFORE they grab that water handle) If there isn't a paper towel I can grab and use to turn off the water I just let it run. If there is no paper to use to open the door, I'll stand there until someone comes in and I can duck thru before it closes. I've seem people do things in public restrooms that would make most of us gag. The increased use of hands free faucets and push button door openers is a godsend, IMO.
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