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Old 09-30-2018, 11:27 AM   #1
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Angry KW1 Water Filters...Grrrrr!

As most Forest River product owners know, Forest River has a proprietary Water Filter that they have designed, produce, and sell that's known as the KW1 Water Filter that just happens to be the only one that will fit and work in their matching Water Housing known affectionately as the FR1 Water Filter system. No other Replacement Water Filters to my knowledge will work in in Their "Proprietary"System. Of course, we all know that they just have their customers well being in mind as they want to be certain that their Customers get the very best in Water Filtration when using one of their fine products! (Gag...)!!! You cannot buy the KW1 filter from anyone other than Forest River and no other brand filter will fit the housing.

My question is this... What do some of you do regarding the replacement of the KW1 Water Filter??? Do you just purchase the same KW1 filter from them and forgetaboutit??? Or have you replaced the ENTIRE WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM with another system that wii accept various others manufacturers filters??? If you've replaced the system, what did you replace it with and are you happy with it? We are Full Timers and would like a good system that is easily serviced by me.

Please share your Forest River Water Filter experience with me...there's gotta be a better way! Thank you all, I will certainly appreciate your input and maybe we can help many other Forest River product owners.
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Guess I've never understood why people mess with these things at all. I've never found any campsite I've stayed at to have particularly bad water (and for that statement there will be a hundred others that can't live with their tank water filled from home, let alone the stuff from someone else pipes). From pictures I've seen it doesn't look hard to replace the entire unit with something more cost effective - or just leave the cartridge out?
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:41 PM   #3
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I found 10 inch water filters on Amazon that work fine and 1/2 the price
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I found 10 inch water filters on Amazon that work fine and 1/2 the price
My research has told me that even though other cartridges will fit into the FR1 Housing they will not actually "filter" the water. If you compare the cartridges side by side you'll see differences in design which would react in the water flowing in and around the filters differently. This results in the generic filters actually NOT filtering the water.

Every "knowledgeable" parts/service rep has told me the exact same thing. Please let me know if you've heard differently. Thanx
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Lol anything to sell you $60 filter
If the 2 ends have a gasket and it meets both ends of the housing it will work
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Just buy the one that goes on the hose
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These filter housings have a bad reputation of leaking. I bypassed my filter with a couple of pvc pieces. I don't want water all over my bedroom from a leaky filter housing. I use those blue Camco filters from Walmart.
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Old 10-15-2018, 05:06 PM   #8
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Just replace mine with an oem replacement, it seems to be fairly low on my worry list. But, because of the original OP reasons (which I share) I’ll replace the whole unit with one that uses readily accessible filters when/if it craps out. I don’t want to have my assembly laying where the previous occupant cleaned his slinky, even though I know that’s a closed system essentially. I think using a proprietary system was a poor decision by FR.
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Just replace mine with an oem replacement, it seems to be fairly low on my worry list. But, because of the original OP reasons (which I share) Iíll replace the whole unit with one that uses readily accessible filters when/if it craps out. I donít want to have my assembly laying where the previous occupant cleaned his slinky, even though I know thatís a closed system essentially. I think using a proprietary system was a poor decision by FR.
That's what I'm trying to find out....what system did you replace it with?
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