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Old 01-09-2012, 02:16 PM   #1
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Water Filter

2005 Expedition 38N... I have one of those whole coach water filters that is mounted to the left side of the water hookup storage bin. I can see the cannister and have not checked or messed with the filter since I bought the camper last August. I have noticed my water preassure being a little less last camp or two. I want to check the filter and perhaps go ahead and replace. My question is.....do I simply turn the filter housing I am looking at in the water hookup bin one direction or the other with my hand to release the filter. I do not have the water hose hooked up so I assume I won't cause a flood in the bin?? Not sure if that housing I can see is the filter or the filter is mounted in that housing. Other question if I decided to not replace the filter or had to wait on one and needed to hook up the water can I just replace the housing without the filter and that will keep it from leaking just won't have filtration of the water?? any help or watch outs on this is appre....glen

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Old 01-09-2012, 02:57 PM   #2
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Glen, I'm sure what you have is the same that I had in a previous coach. The filter is inside that plastic housing unless the previous owner left it out. They are notorious for being difficult to open. There is a plastic wrench to help. You can pick one up at larger RV supply stores if yours is missing. The filter element is available at Lowe's and Home Depot or Walmart as well as camping stores. I found it was easier to use an inline filter and leave the canister empty because it was so difficult to open. I was always concerned that I was going to break the line in helf and then I would have a problem. But you need to get it open and change the element or leave it out all together. It can be a surprise what the water you drink is passing through.

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Old 01-09-2012, 05:41 PM   #3
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On my Southwind the whole system filer in the same compartment as the water pump. The filter is bolted to the side of the compartment. I change the filter twice a year and is really not to difficult to open with the big round wrench. You could always put a little Vaseline on the threads and rubber gasket to make it easer next time to open it.
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I just purchased a 2006 Georgetown 370ts-xl with three slides,very nice unit with 1 1/2 bath with 23000miles ford v10.Any comments would be appreciated,positive or negative.Paul 239 673-8931 my email is Chaletdeau@comcast.net
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I change mine twice a year and leave it out for winter storage. There is not enough chlorine in city water to keep bacteria from growing in the filter and housing. You can purchase filters fairly cheap on the net. I buy 6 at a time.
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Originally Posted by chaletdeau View Post
I just purchased a 2006 Georgetown 370ts-xl with three slides,very nice unit with 1 1/2 bath with 23000miles ford v10.Any comments would be appreciated,positive or negative.Paul 239 673-8931 my email is Chaletdeau@comcast.net
Hello Paul and welcome to the forum. You might start a new thread asking for info, since this post is buried in another topic. (Also, I'm not sure it's a good idea to post your phone number on a public forum; you might want to remove that.) Good luck.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:37 AM   #7
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Tks for your note back to me on this...I finally got a filter and bought one of the wrenches to use on the filter housing however....the cannister is back up in the compartment so can't get the wrench up high enough to turn. My question is dumb but is this a left turn to loosen deal. I am going to try to use a oil filter wrench I can tighten up on the cannister. I was a little fearful to try to force a turn not knowing the loosen direction...tks for the help.....glen EMAIL glenbrown2686@comcast.net
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Yes, turn it to the left. When you replace it, it should not leak when hand tightened. No need to wrench it tight, especially if you lube the o-ring with a small amount of Vaseline.
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Old 03-05-2012, 03:52 PM   #9
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I would recommend going to a hardware store and getting a silicone lube meant to be used on pool equipment o-rings. Vaseline is a petroleum product and will eventually eat the o-ring on the filter canister leading to leaks.

I've used the silicon lube on our pool filter and whole house water filter for 25+years. I've replaced ONE o-ring in all that time.


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