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Old 11-27-2007, 09:52 AM   #1
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We have the two-canister water filter mounted in what appears to be a very easily accessible area in the plumbing bay. We'd like to either use the "backflow" feature the short one-page "manual" describes, or replace the filters. The instructions say to "disconnect the filter from both ends using the quick disconnect fittings". One point of confusion is that there are TWO filters, none one as that language seems to suggest. Second, there are no "quick disconnect fittings". There are two plastic screw-on fittings that look fairly permanent. Has anyone attempted to service this system and figured out how to "disconnect" the two in-line filters?

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We have the two-canister water filter mounted in what appears to be a very easily accessible area in the plumbing bay. We'd like to either use the "backflow" feature the short one-page "manual" describes, or replace the filters. The instructions say to "disconnect the filter from both ends using the quick disconnect fittings". One point of confusion is that there are TWO filters, none one as that language seems to suggest. Second, there are no "quick disconnect fittings". There are two plastic screw-on fittings that look fairly permanent. Has anyone attempted to service this system and figured out how to "disconnect" the two in-line filters?

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Old 11-27-2007, 10:20 AM   #3
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You should be able to grab the blue canisters by hand, one at a time, and unscrew them counterclockwise. Do this w/the house pump off & not connected to city water (or shut off the water) or you may get water feed thru the fittings and get a quick bath. You can buy replacement filters online from a variety of sources. Vagabond Water knows size & type, or you can do a google search on water filters and blow your mind out on the infinite variety of filter types.
Don't lose the o-ring in the top of the blue housing when you dump out the water (I had to fish mine outa the backyard lawn when I noticed it missing).
If you have the new filters on hand, should take about 10 minutes including rinsing out the canisters & wiping up. You can order extra filter sets to carry on board, and do the change-out at any time; I carry a coupla extra sets in case I get into some bad water (heavy iron content or whatever).
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Tom:

The filter your manual is referring to is the filter at the kitchen sink, not the wholehouse filter.

EMike's description is accurate for the filter found in the utility bay.

You can find the filter replacement for the sink filter in an earlier post. Under-sink Filter
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Tom,

On my unit, the mounting bracket for the canisters had been turned over (upside down) so that the filters could be mounted higher. Due to this, the markings for the filters were reversed. The first filter (in direction of flow) is a sediment cartridge and the second is a carbon cartridge. They need to be in the proper order to work right. Two more things to add to Mike's information. Never lube the threads on the canisters. If you have trouble getting the canisters to seal, clean the o-ring and lube it lightly.

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Ditto on my 08 filter labels and bracket, they are upside down & backwards, so the wound string filter goes on the left where the upside down carbon filter label is, and the carbon goes on the right.
Apparently the factory is reversing the bracket (a good idea) and not following up with reversing the labels back (a bad idea). Frank Rouse will address that with the factory for future units, but likely most 07's and 08's to date have the labels backwards.
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Thanks to all for the quick and helpful response. In chatting w/the tech folks at WRV, it now appears the literature we were given for the water system relates to a system that was used in earlier coaches, but not our '07 SE. We've ordered the new filters (and a replacement for the plastic wrench that apparently wasn't in the package) and we're hoping that will help get the inside water pressure back closer to normal.

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It's time to change our filters. It looks like there is ~1 3/8" between the filter housing and the basement bottom. Is that enough room to have a pan underneath them and still get them off the mount and away for the replacement?
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Raymond,

Engineermike's description above covers it very well, I would just add to bleed off the pressure before unscrewing the canisters. Unscrewing the canisters could require the use of a tool. These type of filters drop very little water when changing. The distance you mention should be fine, as long as the filter cartridge drops out of the top casing. If it doesn't, just wiggle the canister after it is loose from the top.

As an added note, clean the o-ring and lube it slightly. Do not lube the threads on the canister.
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