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Old 11-02-2016, 03:29 PM   #1
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Water Filtration?

Do you use a filter when filling the clean water tank? Do you have one on the hose or under the sink or both? If so, what kinds?
I'm trying to purchase some items now so I don't have a huge amount of things to purchase when i pick up the trailer.
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Old 11-02-2016, 03:39 PM   #2
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Do you use a filter when filling the clean water tank? Do you have one on the hose or under the sink or both? If so, what kinds?
I'm trying to purchase some items now so I don't have a huge amount of things to purchase when i pick up the trailer.
Thanks in advance for your help
I use a Camco 40043-X TastePURE RV Water Filter with Flexible Hose Protector on the hose when connected or filling the tank anywhere outside of my house.

The accessories tab on the ETI website was useful to determine items that we may need to purchase.
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Old 11-02-2016, 03:43 PM   #3
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Good idea. I'll have to check that tab out.
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Old 11-02-2016, 04:14 PM   #4
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Good idea. I'll have to check that tab out.
Laurah, We do the same, and per this forum, we put the filter on the faucet side of the white hose to keep it clean too
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Old 11-02-2016, 04:36 PM   #5
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That makes sense!
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Old 11-02-2016, 05:34 PM   #6
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Don't use one.
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Old 11-02-2016, 07:12 PM   #7
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I also use a Culligan water filter at the faucet to purify my drinking water. Culligan FM-15A Level 3 Faucet Filter
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We use water from the tap for washing. Carry bottled water for all drinking or cooking.
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Old 11-03-2016, 10:23 AM   #9
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I guess it depends where you camp, but we found throughout Oregon on our last trip, the water they supplied in the various campgrounds we were in was quite good. We do bring along a couple gallon jugs with filtered water from home, mostly for coffee and drinking straight up, then refill these jugs with water from camp if it is good, in case the next stop isn't.

I have heard lots of stories of not so good tasting drinking water, and imagine a filter would work good. We are considering using one when needed.
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Old 11-03-2016, 11:05 AM   #10
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Thanks

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Old 11-03-2016, 11:25 AM   #11
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We use the same filter for all water into the tank as msweet, and the we put drinking water thru a Pur pitcher that stores easily under the sink.
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Old 11-03-2016, 01:34 PM   #12
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Choosing whether to use a water filter depends on what you want it for. RV water filtration systems typically reduce sediment, improve taste and reduce some chemical contaminants; however, I question the health benefit of such filtration for travellers with short periods of exposure in campsites in North America.

The majority of water filtration systems used in RVs do not meet the Centre for Disease Controls drinking water treatment methods to protect you from bacteria, parasites and viruses. I would be reading the specifications of the filters you purchase and understand what it can and cannot do.
http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/pdf/..._Treatment.pdf

The cryptosporidium parasite is the most likely contaminant found by campers and the filtration requirements to remove it are noted below.
Parasites - Cryptosporidium (also known as "Crypto") | Cryptosporidium | Parasites | CDC

Filters designed to remove Crypto (any of the four messages below on a package label indicate that the filter should be able to remove Crypto)
Reverse osmosis (with or without NSF 53 or NSF 58 labeling)
Absolute pore size of 1 micron or smaller (with or without NSF 53 or NSF 58 labeling)
Tested and certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 or NSF/ANSI Standard 58 for cyst removal
Tested and certified to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 or NSF/ANSI Standard 58 for cyst reduction
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:13 PM   #13
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Water Filtration?

I use a filter for these reasons:

1. Remove sediment to protect the pressure regulator, water pump, faucets, etc.

2. Improve water taste, but I don't expect a great improvement.

I trust drinking water to be safe to drink; removing bacteria or parasites is not a requirement. I recognize that this may be naive.
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:04 PM   #14
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Our trailer came to us (used) with green funk growing in the tank. I cleansed it with several high doses of bleach.

We now filter everything that goes into our trailer with this double canister system, attached at spigot end of hose:

Watts 520022 RV/Boat Duo Exterior Water Filter with Garden Hose Fittings https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018N0XCI..._qY8gybMT7R1YC

One canister is a sediment filter for particulates and the second removes chemicals and improves taste.

This is mostly a good thing but it also removes the trace amounts of chlorine that should help prevent bacterial growth in the tank. In practice though this doesn't seem to be a problem as we have constant throughput in the system while we've been full timing for the last five months, so no stagnation.

We also have a secondary filtration system I installed at the sink just for drinking and cooking water, just in case the tank itself should ever get funky:

https://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/D...eCartridge.htm

This is probably overkill, but in five months of traveling and exploring we have only experienced one time when we could detect any taste from our drinking water. Bringing along a few gallons of water for drinking is obviously not an option when full timing. You have to either have a system that works and you trust, or...drink something besides water.
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:11 PM   #15
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Starting at the campground water supply faucet, we use the following (all available in Wal-Mart's camper supply section):
1) garden hose "Y" splitter so we can use a short 6' hose outside for rinsing things off, etc.
2) charcoal filter
3) pressure regulator
4) 25' dedicated fresh water hose
5) 90 degree elbow screwed into the camper water inlet and angled down so the fresh water hose won't crimp as it sags down from the camper under the weight of water in the hose.

Even with all that, and even though we'd like to think we can trust the water at our favorite camp grounds, we take bottled water for drinking, making coffee/tea and brushing our teeth, because you just never know. Tummy aches are never fun, but especially not when you are far from home. Water is cheap. We figure it's better safe than sorry. Works for us. But as Donna D always says, "YMMV" (your mileage may vary).
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Old 11-03-2016, 11:34 PM   #16
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We use the same filter for all water into the tank as msweet, and the we put drinking water thru a Pur pitcher that stores easily under the sink.
We do the same. Keep it simple. I keep the pitcher filled and on the counter when in camp.

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Old 11-04-2016, 02:29 AM   #17
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Filtering what goes into your trailer may help, but it doesn't take care of the growth that can happen within your system. Filtration on the kitchen tap isn't a bad idea to improve taste, but filters grow bugs as well (charcoal component breeds bacteria) and need regular changing. I, too, go the route of bringing separate drinking water along.

Regarding water filtration and tank/line sanitation, people have widely different views on what is necessary. At one extreme are those who don't stress about the water, but do regular sanitization of the water tank and lines. I am closer to the other end of the spectrum, after many years of fighting microbe growth in medical water systems (grossed me out again and again). One practical solution I read of was to chlorinate the tank on each fill and use filtration to remove the chlorine before drinking. It might be safe, but what a nuisance.
To be honest, only those with weak immune systems are likely to need anything other than the routine tank/line sanitation. My own immune system isn't great (supported by lab results), so another reason for my approach. Filtering the incoming water will only prevent larger organisms from entering. If you plan to drink from your trailer's water system I recommend reading this older thread with more technical information. Differing strokes for different folks. You can make up your own mind on what is right for you.

http://www.escapeforum.org/forums/f1...ines-7152.html

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Old 11-04-2016, 12:35 PM   #18
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With what little water we use in the trailer for cooking and drinking, we always just use bottled water. Here in Kansas we get a spring water from Texas that is the best of anything that I have found. Both Walmart and Costco carry it. Loren
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Ironically, most of the water in Texas comes from the Ogallala Aquifer which is located in Kansas and neighboring states.
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Doncha know... water is always clearer on the other side of the state line!
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