yep - bypass it. my 2010 hw277, i was able to just unscrew the pex pipe ends from the filter top and put in a fitting from Lowes to link the pex ends together which bypassed the filter. my current hybrid, i had to cut the pex pipe and use shark bites to connect the ends to bypass the filter.
i use an exterior filter on the hose. it may not be as good rating wise as that high priced internal filter, but i am fine with that.
HTT: "EscapeII" 2016 Shamrock 23WS (current)
PUP: "Escape" 2010 Rockwood HW 277 (gone)
TV: "Bruce" 2011 Dodge Durango V8 Hemi Crew
Just us gals (me, Sis and our daughters)
We spend alot of money to go sit in the woods