RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > THE OWNER'S CORNER FORUMS > Newmar Owner's Forum
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-22-2019, 11:47 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
NealC's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Midlothian, VA
Posts: 4,489
Thumbs up Portable Water Softener - A MUST HAVE FOR ALL

I bought a OTG4-DBLSOFT portable water softener system this past January in prep for my planned South West 6 month'er starting soon. I'm on a several week trip prior to the big trip and figured I should bring this along and learn it before my trip west. What was I thinking???? Why have I not been using this thing? Even in my area out east where we don't technically have hard water, I always have water spots on the shower doors, etc. I hooked this thing up which is so easy, followed the instructions to let it run a few minutes initially prior to hooking it up to the RV and LOVE THIS THING. No spots and I'm ready for my travels out west but this is something I will always use.

I highly recommend one of the portable water softeners. I'm fortunate to not have a side radiator so it fits right in that left aft compartment where I also have a DI rinse tank stored for RV washing. Hard water or not I strongly recommend one of these little gems. It's worth it and there is no pain in using it in your routine travels.

https://amzn.to/2y5wjFj
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	water-softener.png
Views:	29
Size:	203.1 KB
ID:	254223  
__________________

__________________
Neal
2017 Newmar Ventana 4037, 1800W Solar, HWH Active Air
NealC is online now   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 07-22-2019, 12:02 PM   #2
Community Moderator
 
Spk64's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Floyds Knobs, In.
Posts: 7,247
I just added this to our setup last week. Our water is not that great although not as bad as Arizona. One problem I was having was calcium flakes in my ice. Even after triple filtering. Water was perfectly clear until frozen then the flakes develop. Found out that is an issue with hard water. Could have solved it with an RO system but really did not want to go that far. The soft water took care of it and now have nice clean ice.
Also my entire coach benefits with the soft water in the plumbing and cleaning ability.
__________________

__________________
Steve
2002 Newmar Mountain Aire 4095
Spk64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2019, 12:04 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Hawkeye's Avatar
 
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: IOWA
Posts: 289
Do you know how long before re-charge? I have been looking into this, most people that are out west for the winter rent a residential unit from local company by the month. We would like a portable like this.
__________________
Loren - Sarah & Sammy the Flying Sheepadoddle
2018 Dutchstar 4018
2019 F 150 Eco-boost
Hawkeye is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2019, 12:06 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
NealC's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Midlothian, VA
Posts: 4,489
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
Do you know how long before re-charge? I have been looking into this, most people that are out west for the winter rent a residential unit from local company by the month. We would like a portable like this.
It's all based on how much water that goes through it. I think this larger one will last me a month, at least. You can test the water and determine if/when regen is needed (done with salt). Still learning but am super happy to have this inline now.
__________________
Neal
2017 Newmar Ventana 4037, 1800W Solar, HWH Active Air
NealC is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2019, 12:06 PM   #5
Community Moderator
 
TonyDi's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Central NJ
Posts: 17,458
I've been using one for about 5 years and even in the east where water is not that hard there are noticeable improvements in the water quality. It's also easy to regenerate.
__________________
Tony & Ruth........... FMCA#F416727
Newmar Dutch Star 4320, Spartan MM Chassis, Cat C9, 2018 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Blue Ox Aventa LX, and AF1. TST 507 TPMS
TonyDi is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2019, 12:09 PM   #6
Community Moderator
 
Spk64's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Floyds Knobs, In.
Posts: 7,247
Portable Water Softener - A MUST HAVE FOR ALL

The larger OTG unit will handle 16,000 grains, so if your water is 10 grains per gallon you should get around 1600 gallons before regeneration.
I heard Az can be above 50 so that would only 320 gallons at 50.
__________________
Steve
2002 Newmar Mountain Aire 4095
Spk64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2019, 12:29 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Tranquil Jim's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Washington State or Western Montana, depending on the season.
Posts: 2,996
With all these recent additions, Neal, what does the VentEssex weigh now?

TJ
__________________
Jim (W7DHC), Diane & Mini Schnauzers, Lizzy & Ellie
2018 Mountain Aire 4047 + 2014 Honda CR-V "toad" w/AF1
Tranquil Jim is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2019, 12:59 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
NealC's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Midlothian, VA
Posts: 4,489
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tranquil Jim View Post
With all these recent additions, Neal, what does the VentEssex weigh now?

TJ
52 tons, added additional tires on the tag axle, just a couple.
__________________
Neal
2017 Newmar Ventana 4037, 1800W Solar, HWH Active Air
NealC is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2019, 01:21 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
zzotte's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Wilmington, Delaware
Posts: 455
Quote:
Originally Posted by NealC View Post
I bought a OTG4-DBLSOFT portable water softener system this past January in prep for my planned South West 6 month'er starting soon. I'm on a several week trip prior to the big trip and figured I should bring this along and learn it before my trip west. What was I thinking???? Why have I not been using this thing? Even in my area out east where we don't technically have hard water, I always have water spots on the shower doors, etc. I hooked this thing up which is so easy, followed the instructions to let it run a few minutes initially prior to hooking it up to the RV and LOVE THIS THING. No spots and I'm ready for my travels out west but this is something I will always use.

I highly recommend one of the portable water softeners. I'm fortunate to not have a side radiator so it fits right in that left aft compartment where I also have a DI rinse tank stored for RV washing. Hard water or not I strongly recommend one of these little gems. It's worth it and there is no pain in using it in your routine travels.

https://amzn.to/2y5wjFj
Neal, that you have not used a water softener it’s no big deal, however what are you going to do to make it better?

Zzotte
__________________
2017 Dutch Star 4054 K2 Spartan Chassis + 2018 Ford Edge toad with Blueox and AF1 - Noodles the Shih Tzu
“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller
zzotte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2019, 01:34 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Tranquil Jim's Avatar
 
Newmar Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Northwest Washington State or Western Montana, depending on the season.
Posts: 2,996
Quote:
Originally Posted by NealC View Post
52 tons, added additional tires on the tag axle, just a couple.
Duals on the tag? How's that working? Maybe duals on the steer axle too? And, you could add a second dual-tag to really firm things up.

TJ
__________________
Jim (W7DHC), Diane & Mini Schnauzers, Lizzy & Ellie
2018 Mountain Aire 4047 + 2014 Honda CR-V "toad" w/AF1
Tranquil Jim is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2019, 02:06 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Essex-Spensive's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: New Stanton, PA
Posts: 207
I have used softeners for Years. On this new coach I can not store ir upright in any of the compartments. How do others with a 2019 LA EX or KA store theirs?
I want to install a permanent mounted one and again Where and what Kind???
__________________
Bill & Nancy
2019 Essex 4579
New Stanton, PA
Essex-Spensive is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2019, 02:07 PM   #12
Senior Member


 
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 133
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hawkeye View Post
Do you know how long before re-charge? I have been looking into this, most people that are out west for the winter rent a residential unit from local company by the month. We would like a portable like this.
I've used this for several years now. I generally recharge every 10 days to 2 weeks, depending on the use of washer, dishwasher, etc. It works very well!
__________________
2016 Newmar Mountain Aire 4519
2013 Ford Flex Toad
Roadmaster Sterling AT towbar + Invisibrake
ficodek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2019, 03:27 PM   #13
UAV
Senior Member
 
UAV's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Wheat Ridge, CO
Posts: 303
How exactly does one install it?

Is it a permanent installation or?

Very cool addition to consider for sure.
__________________
The Binks
Getting Ready to Order Up...Again.
WK0P
UAV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2019, 03:44 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
NealC's Avatar


 
Newmar Owners Club
Appalachian Campers
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: Midlothian, VA
Posts: 4,489
Quote:
Originally Posted by UAV View Post
How exactly does one install it?

Is it a permanent installation or?

Very cool addition to consider for sure.
Nothing to install. It's just a tank you pull out and put next to the city water post and connect the hose to the city water and your coach to the tank. That's all there is to it.
__________________

__________________
Neal
2017 Newmar Ventana 4037, 1800W Solar, HWH Active Air
NealC is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
water



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
This is a MUST HAVE if you run your RV with a Portable Inverter Generator Gerryl RV Systems & Appliances 7 08-24-2018 08:28 PM
Portable water softener RickyM Class A Motorhome Discussions 46 06-28-2017 07:23 AM
Flow-Pur RV Pro 10,000 Portable Water Softener Warpath Vendor Spotlight (Deals, Announcements & More) 30 01-24-2015 08:24 AM
Portable Water Filter/Softener JeffreyG Monaco Owner's Forum 28 06-18-2014 09:28 AM
Salt Free Portable Water Softener hwyman Class A Motorhome Discussions 30 07-31-2013 07:33 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:43 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.