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Old 05-07-2017, 07:29 PM   #1
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Question water filter storage

Hello fellow campers !
Anxiously waiting for the weather to warm up to start camping again.
My question is about the Camco blue filter that we attach to the camping tap.
Being unable this year to locate a KW1 filter in eastern Ontario at a descent price...I decided to go with the Camco many many here use.
How do you guys store your filter between trips ? Plastic bag in storage area ? Fridge ? Sealed plastic bin ?
We go out every weekend.
And...does the Camco does as good a job as the KW1 to remove the chlorine taste in water.
I was very happy with the KW1...it just I can't find it here under 50$, wich seems excessive to me.
Thanks for your input !
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Old 05-07-2017, 09:36 PM   #3
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Never thought about this need... we bought the Camco and haven't used it yet so I'll be curious to know what the best method would be. This is our first TT so there are all kinds of little things I'm learning along the way.

We also have a filter under our bathroom sink on our TT and was curious what to do with it between adventures.

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The blue Camco torpedo is not as good a filter as the WaterPur KW1 filter that the factory installed. Those Camco blue torpedos are good at filtering sediment like fine sand but nothing smaller than that. They don't do anything for taste.

I order my filters from RVWaterFilterStore.com. I get their F1Pb filter cartridge. They have lots of info on their website.

BTW, it's my understanding that Berkshire Hathaway who owns Forest River also owns WaterPur which is why FR installs their products. Replacement cartridges don't need to be WaterPur. Buy a filter that gives you the filtering level and features that you want. Everybody has their own needs.
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I use a similar one from Culligan that I got on Amazon. Between trips l keep it in the fridge at home. I use a new one each season and it seems to do a good job, I run water through it for about 30 seconds before hooking up the hose.

https://www.amazon.com/Culligan-Exte...v+water+filter
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Been using the blue Camco for 5 years now...while true that it is pretty basic as far as filtering sediment, I disagree with the previous post that it does nothing for taste...we have a couple c/g we use a lot and the water in those parks has a strong smell and taste and the Camco does a darn good job eliminating that. Between trips I just put the caps that come with it, 1 on each end and throw it in the fridge.
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Been using the blue Camco for 5 years now...while true that it is pretty basic as far as filtering sediment, I disagree with the previous post that it does nothing for taste...we have a couple c/g we use a lot and the water in those parks has a strong smell and taste and the Camco does a darn good job eliminating that. Between trips I just put the caps that come with it, 1 on each end and throw it in the fridge.
I'm surprised that it does improve taste and odor but that's great to know that it does. I guess I stand corrected on that then!

I'll still stick with my RV Water Filter Store filters though because they filter down to 0.5 microns (vs. 100 microns for the Camco filter) and at US$20 they're actually cheaper than the Camco filters in Canada. When you account for shipping (I paid US$16 for 2 filters) and duty, its just a few dollars more for a much better filter.
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Been using the blue Camco for 5 years now...while true that it is pretty basic as far as filtering sediment, I disagree with the previous post that it does nothing for taste...we have a couple c/g we use a lot and the water in those parks has a strong smell and taste and the Camco does a darn good job eliminating that. Between trips I just put the caps that come with it, 1 on each end and throw it in the fridge.
I would disagree too...

From the Camco web site...
Greatly reduces bad taste, odors, chlorine and sediment in drinking water
100 micron sediment filter
High-flow carbon filter with KDF to help prevent bacteria growth
CSA low lead content certified and complies with California's AB1953 and Vermont Act 193 Low Lead Laws


Most folks that use them put them in a zip lock bag and store in a cool dark place. The refrigerator seems to get the most votes.
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I find it quite fascinating that you are bumping your post in just two hours of posting. It is a Sunday... people have things to do and are not sitting at their computers.

I just throw my Blue Torpedo into the bin where I keep my hoses, connectors, cables.... Not anal about putting it into some special container.
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I find it quite fascinating that you are bumping your post in just two hours of posting. It is a Sunday... people have things to do and are not sitting at their computers.

I just throw my Blue Torpedo into the bin where I keep my hoses, connectors, cables.... Not anal about putting it into some special container.
Nurek, I don't know why you thought the first remark was required. A response to the question asked is all that's needed.
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Thanks for your input so far and...sorry if I disturbed some by asking !
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I have a KW kit for sale..

1 Filter Housing complete
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2 KW1 Filters new.

As far as the camco. I use them for 2 seasons and just drain and put away.
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I store my filter with the hose connected to either end. This helps keeps the storage bin dry and the inside of the hose clean.
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The instructions on the Camco filter suggest to store it in a cool place when not using it...by just leaving it in the heat of a storage bin or cabinet I would be concerned that things may start growing in it.
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I'm surprised that it does improve taste and odor but that's great to know that it does. I guess I stand corrected on that then!

I'll still stick with my RV Water Filter Store filters though because they filter down to 0.5 microns (vs. 100 microns for the Camco filter) and at US$20 they're actually cheaper than the Camco filters in Canada. When you account for shipping (I paid US$16 for 2 filters) and duty, its just a few dollars more for a much better filter.
Although I use the Camco, and I have removed the in house filter from the trailer I have often thought of using the in house filter outside as I do the Camco, for the purpose of better filtration. So do the filters you get from RV Water filter store fit into the existing housing, which I believe is the KW1?
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I put hose caps on the top and bottom and throw it in the plastic bin with the other outdoor cables, hoses, etc. I use this Camco filter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O5NW48O..._t2_B0010ED27I
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https://smile.amazon.com/Valterra-A0...ords=hose+caps

The filter costs about $27-28 on Amazon or in Walmart (when they have them). The filters seems to last about every 10-12 months. You will notice the water flow cutting down as the filter gets more use. If you notice your water pressure is very low, it is time to change the filter.
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I put hose caps on the top and bottom and throw it in the plastic bin with the other outdoor cables, hoses, etc. I use this Camco filter: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O5NW48O..._t2_B0010ED27I
Hose caps:
https://smile.amazon.com/Valterra-A0...ords=hose+caps

The filter costs about $27-28 on Amazon or in Walmart (when they have them). The filters seems to last about every 10-12 months. You will notice the water flow cutting down as the filter gets more use. If you notice your water pressure is very low, it is time to change the filter.
I camp from mid May to mid October on weekends and plan on using a new one every season...like I did with my KW1.
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Although I use the Camco, and I have removed the in house filter from the trailer I have often thought of using the in house filter outside as I do the Camco, for the purpose of better filtration. So do the filters you get from RV Water filter store fit into the existing housing, which I believe is the KW1?
I have the CCI-10-CLW Water Filter Housing. It might be a different filter so I can't say for sure but I'd be surprised if they don't have one to fit your KW1 housing. Try contacting RV Water Filter Store and ask them. When I sent them an email I got an email reply from Richard Dahl - Rick@rvwaterfilterstore.com - he was very helpful.
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The KW1 filter and the filters from the Water Filter Store are more expensive for a reason. The cheap ones you buy at walmart or Lowes usually have a smaller flow rate. Check the flow rate before you buy an economy filter. If they restrict the water flow so much that you can't take a decent shower with an Oxygenics shower head what good are they?
I put mine in the kitchen sink between trips. Some of the better filters also have something in them to retard the growth of algae when not in use.
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BTW, for those of you trying to decide what type of filtration you want to use, "E. coli bacterium measures approximately 0.5 μm in width by 2 μm in length" so that 5 micron filter won't protect against E. coli. The F1Pb filters I'm using are rated at 0.5 microns and 3-4 gpm flow. IMO, if you are using private well water in your RV you should have a better filter.

I've read that the KW1 filter is only 30 microns.
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