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Old 07-17-2019, 10:44 AM   #1
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DW is very concerned about water filtering for the rig. Has anyone taken their water filtering and softening to the next level or does everyone just use the built-in units?

If anyone has figured out if a Doulton or Berkey filters can be used on the built-in filter, I'd be very interested to learn more about that.
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I installed this last year. Works fantastic. Once setup simply connect hoses.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01F9...b_b_asin_title

I swap out the filters at the start of the season.
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:07 AM   #3
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Thanks Jim,
I was looking at doing something similar, with a three-cartridge system.

Has anyone gone bananas and put in a UV system and softener as well?
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I've worked up a design to add a water softener but have not had time to implement it yet. It would be a "less than portable" solution.
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DW is very concerned about water filtering for the rig. Has anyone taken their water filtering and softening to the next level or does everyone just use the built-in units?

If anyone has figured out if a Doulton or Berkey filters can be used on the built-in filter, I'd be very interested to learn more about that.
I switched out the original single canister system for a dual system from RV Water Filter Store for several reasons:

I like to be able to see the condition of the particulate filter.
I change the particulate filter much more often then the carbon filter. Usually about once/month as I use a 1micron string wound filter.
The dual system gives better flo and gives you much more flexibility for changing out different filter types.
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I looked into putting a whole house water filter on my motorhome(the original was missing presumably cause it wasn't winterized properly). After looking at the cost of the water filter and annual cartridge cost, we use bottled water from Walmart. At 9 cents per bottle, I can buy a lot of water to drink for the cost of the water filter and cartridge. We use the water on board for washing dishes, hands, toilet etc, we just don't drink it. And really the only reason we don't drink it is I have a terribly difficult time getting all the RV antifreeze out of the system. My wife says she can still smell it after I flush it all day....so I gave up.
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I switched out the original single canister system for a dual system from RV Water Filter Store for several reasons:

I like to be able to see the condition of the particulate filter.
I change the particulate filter much more often then the carbon filter. Usually about once/month as I use a 1micron string wound filter.
The dual system gives better flo and gives you much more flexibility for changing out different filter types.
I really like your set up. I am assuming the air fitting is for winterizing? How do you ensure you get all the water out of all the lines etc so it doesn't freeze? That is why I have always used RV antifreeze, afraid I will miss a line somehow.
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DW is very concerned about water filtering for the rig. Has anyone taken their water filtering and softening to the next level or does everyone just use the built-in units?
Yes. Before we started full timing, we completely revamped our water filtration system:



A = Pressure Regulator
B = Sediment Filter (5 micron)
C = Carbon Block Filter
D = Water Softener
E = Flow Meter (measures GPM)
F = UV Filter Light

Finally, we have a RO (Reverse Osmosis) system under the kitchen sink.
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I really like your set up. I am assuming the air fitting is for winterizing? How do you ensure you get all the water out of all the lines etc so it doesn't freeze? That is why I have always used RV antifreeze, afraid I will miss a line somehow.
What air fitting are you asking about? There are no air fittings in the compartment. Perhaps you are mistaking my black tank rinse/quick disconnect hose for an air fitting.
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This is the one I ended up using. I bought a system from RV Water Filter Store and wasn't happy with it in the end, replaced it with this one and is working great for me, GREAT water pressure. Just replaced the filter with the same one that comes with the coach (0.5 micron - https://amzn.to/32xlFoP).

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On the other hand, hundreds of millions of people in North America get by without any post-water main water filters and live long, healthy lives...
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On the other hand, hundreds of millions of people in North America get by without any post-water main water filters and live long, healthy lives...
We do get carried away donít we. On the other hand, have you watched some people hooking up their system?? Water hose laying on the ground next to the sewer hookup. Flushing the black with the same hose. Throwing sewer hose and water hose in the same compartment with ends loose, etc, etc. and yet we seem to survive. Iím a bit anal about my water supply and I cringe when I watch some rvers hooking up.
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I think you have to gauge how long you camp each year and where you camp. We are full time and have spent some time in commercial campground plus some county and state parks. We have of course been hooked up to city water, county supplied water, and well water.

We use the OEM whole house filter system plus the On The Go portable water softener (large one). It is amazing how consistently soft and good our water has been.

Generally speaking we drink water dispensed from the frig, which is filtered an additional time due to the frig filter.
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I use Pelican Ez-connect consists of sediment filter and an active charcoal filter the water then passes through a water softener (Soon to be a softCell) works great and for drinking water a Berkey

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