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Old 01-05-2014, 07:48 PM   #1
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No filter in water filter!!

Soooo, it's predicted to be 18-20 degrees here on the Miss Gulf Coast! Holy Cow! Something we sure don't see often! And it will stay that way maybe 12-14 hours. So wanting to protect my investment in my Solaire 267BHSK, i decided to go ahead and winterize. Per the manuals instruction i was to remove the filter cartridge prior to blowing the lines out. Good thing my dealer gave me a spare cartridge a year ago! Well low and behold when i pulled the panel back, guess what! No cartridge in the filter housing, good thing i have a "spare"! Anyone getting a new RV may want to look closely and make sure the cartridge is installed.
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Old 01-05-2014, 07:54 PM   #2
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That's hilarious!
So, now that you know there's no filter, does your water suddenly taste different??
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:04 PM   #3
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All the new trailers we've purchased never had the filter in the canister either.
The "spare" is the filter your to install after you take delivery.

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Old 01-05-2014, 08:16 PM   #4
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just make sure you leave the filter off or the freezing temps will crack the plastic case, been there done that.
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Old 01-05-2014, 08:19 PM   #5
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All the new trailers we've purchased never had the filter in the canister either.
The "spare" is the filter your to install after you take delivery.

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Turbs,

The one we just bought has a cartridge in it. This PDI guy even showed us how to remove it to do the winterizing.

Doofus who did our PDI the last time (with the V-Lite) didn't even mention it, and being newbs we didn't know to ask, and assumed we didn't even have a water filter. Found out yesterday it had one.

As I said elsewhere, we knew back in May/June that this'd be a learning curve, just didn't realize it'd be S shaped.
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All the new trailers we've purchased never had the filter in the canister either.
The "spare" is the filter your to install after you take delivery.
yep, every new trailer with a water filter system that i've seen, doesn't have the cartridge installed.
mine had the cartridge and wrench in one of the drawers.
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When we bought new Rockwood from Berryland they said they don't install the filter because customers complain it lowers the water flow. Since we don't drink the water I have never installed the cartridge.
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That's hilarious!
So, now that you know there's no filter, does your water suddenly taste different??
I dont know I will find out in three weeks as we are headed back to fort Pickens. Though my wife sure has complsinef about the taste
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When we bought new Rockwood from Berryland they said they don't install the filter because customers complain it lowers the water flow. Since we don't drink the water I have never installed the cartridge.
Hmmm bought mine from Berryland too!
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To combine the topics of water filters and winterization, I'd like to take this opportunity to point out that there is a metal plate that can be installed in the housing when the filter is removed. This will block water from entering the canister area, which reduces the amount of AF required to winterize the system, and prevents freezing of the canister.
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To combine the topics of water filters and winterization, I'd like to take this opportunity to point out that there is a metal plate that can be installed in the housing when the filter is removed. This will block water from entering the canister area, which reduces the amount of AF required to winterize the system, and prevents freezing of the canister.
Or in a pinch take the wrapper off of a empty 20oz pepsi bottle tighten lid and put it in the canister upside down.

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To combine the topics of water filters and winterization, I'd like to take this opportunity to point out that there is a metal plate that can be installed in the housing when the filter is removed. This will block water from entering the canister area, which reduces the amount of AF required to winterize the system, and prevents freezing of the canister.
We either lost or never had such a plate. So I took a rather skinny bottled water bottle and put that in there, reducing the amount of pink stuff in the canister by 75% or so. I put the filter in a zip lock bag and put it in the refrigerator.

Those filters are not RV specific, and you can get them at big box hardware/home stores like Home Depot. Just take your old filter with you. A cheaper filter seems to give us better flow and works just fine. If the CG water is really bad we put a Camco inline filter outside the camper.
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I dont know I will find out in three weeks as we are headed back to fort Pickens. Though my wife sure has complsinef about the taste
My wally world culligan type filter worked just fine at Ft Pickens, no noticeable taste or odor in the coach. But then again I did not notice it in the shower house either... Great place to stay!
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yep, every new trailer with a water filter system that i've seen, doesn't have the cartridge installed.
mine had the cartridge and wrench in one of the drawers.
The last 3 new trailers we bought had filters installed and a spare filter, 2006 Kodiak, 2008 Flagstaff 831RLSS and the present 2012 Flagstaff 8528RKWS. Don't know if they were factory furnished and installed or dealer furnished and installed.
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We either lost or never had such a plate. So I took a rather skinny bottled water bottle and put that in there, reducing the amount of pink stuff in the canister by 75% or so. I put the filter in a zip lock bag and put it in the refrigerator.

Those filters are not RV specific, and you can get them at big box hardware/home stores like Home Depot. Just take your old filter with you. A cheaper filter seems to give us better flow and works just fine. If the CG water is really bad we put a Camco inline filter outside the camper.
Thanks for that tip about getting the filters at the hardware store ! I've found them on line and 30 bucks seems high.
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Thanks for that tip about getting the filters at the hardware store ! I've found them on line and 30 bucks seems high.
Ace hardware and true value is where I get mine.
There normally on sale in two packs in the spring and fall. "Cheap"

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We bought our unit in the winter(Cold) no snow.The unit had (Air pressure) in the F/W lines.It maintained pressure so (No) leaks. Also no element in the Water filter,the element & wrench were in a kitchen drawer. When it was time to (Use) the unit we started to put water in the (F/W) tank and the (Covered Belly) started to Sag! Water running out everywhere! Dropped the rear elect.stablizer jacks,and the Complast Belly cover. The F/W tank had a (8in.Dia. Body grinder cut at the Sump area. Back to Dealer for Replacement F/W tank! Picked up after repair and went home for trip,NOPE! Water pump will NOT work,back to dealer,New Pump! The point is (Tank & Pump) cant be checked without (Fluid)! Youroo!!
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I'm sure this has been addressed somewhere else, but this topic brought my question to mind. When we winterized the trailer, I removed the filter from the in-house filter system. Since we also use a separate filter outside the trailer when we hook up the water, is it necessary to put a new filter in the in-house system? Is it okay to just reinstall the plastic cartridge without the filter?
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It might cause a priming problem due to the extra air aside from that it should be just fine.
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We've been running without a filter since we got the MH in October without a problem. I have the external filter for now. I'll try the internal one this Spring.
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