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Old 02-27-2015, 08:55 PM   #1
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I was looking at some pictures generously posted by Larry and Liz and noticed a large blue filter on their incoming water supply line. We were planning on using bottled water for cooking and drinking as I felt a lot of water sources couldn't be trusted. Ever been to Mexico and had Montezuma's revenge? Anyway, one of the places where we will set up for two or three weeks has rust in the well water, and I was concerned about rust stains in the water lines, tanks, and on the fixtures. From what I have read, this filter has done a good job of taking care of rust and all contaminates at a very reasonable price. What have been your experiences with any type of water filter or do you use one? Loren
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I was looking at some pictures generously posted by Larry and Liz and noticed a large blue filter on their incoming water supply line. We were planning on using bottled water for cooking and drinking as I felt a lot of water sources couldn't be trusted. Ever been to Mexico and had Montezuma's revenge? Anyway, one of the places where we will set up for two or three weeks has rust in the well water, and I was concerned about rust stains in the water lines, tanks, and on the fixtures. From what I have read, this filter has done a good job of taking care of rust and all contaminates at a very reasonable price. What have been your experiences with any type of water filter or do you use one? Loren
Look through a Lowes/Home Depot at the wide variety of filter types; each is designed to remove particular contaminants - from rust all the way up to chemicals. I've seen campers with whole house type filter canisters sitting on the ground next to the supply faucet with a short length of hose to attach. We use a screw-on from Camping World.
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I don't think you can count on a water filter preventing Montezuma's revenge.
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I use a water filter on my faucet for drinking in the Escape. (Just filter "campground" water) I also added the "blue" filter to my incoming water after recommendations on the forum that this might decrease the amount of contaminants going into my hot water heater. As to the serious "bugs" in the water, I'd recommend going to a back packer supplier and get a high end water filter.
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When filter specs talk about removing "rust", they mean particles of rust (iron oxide). If the water has not just bits of rust, but dissolved iron, that iron turns to rust when exposed to oxygen. If iron is in the water, rust stains will still appear anywhere that water sits exposed to air (such as in a toilet bowl), because a filter can't take out dissolved iron.
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I've seen campers with whole house type filter canisters sitting on the ground next to the supply faucet with a short length of hose to attach.
I have this setup and have used it in some cases. I only aim to take out "muddiness" and organic matter that would encourage stuff to grow in the fresh water tank; I don't expect it to take out dissolved minerals or microorganisms.

We have a similar filter permanently installed in our house; it takes out mostly rust particles (which in our case result from oxidation of dissolved iron).
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I may look into one of those whole filters where they do remove rust, though I wouldn't drag it around the country. This would be just for the one location in Iowa where I'll be parked for about 5 weeks out of the year. They say the aquifers that feed the wells there come down from the iron ranges up in Minnesota. Plus we are starting look at the $500 to $1000 range. Or I might just put a water tank in the truck and get water from town. Was kind of planning that anyway to do some serious boondocking. Loren
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When filter specs talk about removing "rust", they mean particles of rust (iron oxide). If the water has not just bits of rust, but dissolved iron, that iron turns to rust when exposed to oxygen. If iron is in the water, rust stains will still appear anywhere that water sits exposed to air (such as in a toilet bowl), because a filter can't take out dissolved iron.
Brian is correct. The filters will not remove dissolved iron, but at least dissolved iron is not going to be harmful to your health. As far as rust stains are concerned, there is not much you can do about that unless you spend big $$$$$$. If you are that concerned, then the bladder in the back of the vehicle idea is probably the least expensive option, as it can be refilled anytime, ASSUMING you can find a source of conditioned water from which the iron has been removed. The biggest concern is pathogens, and only then in the water you drink.
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Brian is correct. The filters will not remove dissolved iron, but at least dissolved iron is not going to be harmful to your health. As far as rust stains are concerned, there is not much you can do about that unless you spend big $$$$$$. If you are that concerned, then the bladder in the back of the vehicle idea is probably the least expensive option, as it can be refilled anytime, ASSUMING you can find a source of conditioned water from which the iron has been removed. The biggest concern is pathogens, and only then in the water you drink.
Hi: C&G in FL... We drink double filtered...one on the water line and a Brita in the jug... campground water. I just don't take "One a day" with iron any more.
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Here's a good source of info and a wide selection of filters. (I have no affiliation with them...)
https://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/
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