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Old 05-07-2016, 07:16 AM   #1
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Different source for ice maker

Regardless of assurances, family won't use ice made from onboard CG or tank water.

Why couldn't I unhook feed line and dip it in gallon jug of water? Does an ice maker in our residential fridge need pressurized water or will it draw?

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Old 05-07-2016, 07:28 AM   #2
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The icemaker relies on a pressurized feed line.

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Old 05-07-2016, 08:33 AM   #3
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If you wanted to go MacGyver, I guess you could use the outside access drain for the ice maker (if you have one) and hang some sort of bag above the ice maker height outside so that the water in the bag would feed into the drain tube to feed the ice maker...
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:39 AM   #4
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Ice maker requires pressure to operate.

There are ways to pressurize water but if one is concerned look into a reverse osmosis filter system.

They remove everything so water is safe and they are now fairly compact.

Connect the output to your sink and ice maker only or maybe your bathroom sink for dental use.
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Old 05-07-2016, 08:45 AM   #5
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We use a countertop ice maker and really like it.a little over a hundred bucks crystal clear and no smell.
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Old 05-07-2016, 09:14 AM   #6
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Walk down to the store and buy a bag. Problem solved.
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For a few hundred dollars, you could add a double canister filtration system that protects the full coach, and provide good tasting water feed to the ice maker.

A win/win, as all of the water feeding the coach. Tank or shore provided, is protected by the filtration.

And in some parts of the country, safe water is sometimes not a given.

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Very simple solution, buy a 12 volt pump like the one that feeds your coach from your water tank it has the pressure switch built in. Disconnect your ice maker line from the main feed (in mine its under the bathroom sink attached to a filter and also feeds the little drinking faucet on the kitchen sink) Find a good location ie closet or cabinet that can store a 5gal water bottle upright. Connect the pump to a tube that drops into the bottle and the other end to the line for the ice maker and connect power. Make sure to strap the bottle down somehow but be able to remove it easy, I built a recessed bracket and it goes into the floor of the cabinet. When you need more water simply stop somewhere you can exchange the bottle for a new one. I have RO at home so i just refill when empty
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Different source for ice maker

If you're dry camping, buying a bag of ice at the store isn't an option. Even if you're in an RV park, the ice is expensive - It's kind of silly to go pay for something you're perfectly capable of producing yourself. Our coach has a built-in canister water filter, and I use a pre-filter when filling the tank or using city water.

Your RV's ice maker requires water pressure to work, so dipping the feed into a jug of water won't work.

A suggestion: Set up a taste comparison. Fill two glasses of soda (or whatever the family drinks) and use store-bought ice in one glass and RV-made ice in the other. I would bet they won't know the difference.

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Been drinking water out if our on board tanks on ever camper we have owned for over 40 years and never had a problem. Some people are a little to afraid to venture outside their comfort zone. Sanatize the water system and press on with life. I assure you your family will survive.
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My coach came with a Everpure water filter that provides filtered water to the kitchen sink and ice maker. I can bypass the filter if I want to but pretty much leave it running all the time.

Ice made without the filter is cloudy. With the filter the ice comes out crystal clear.

You could try doing the same thing to prove it is working.
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The old fashion way still works......a couple of ice trays filled with bottled water. This way you are only out the cost of the trays..... And when you don't use them just store them in a drawer.
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If you're dry camping, buying a bag of ice at the store isn't an option.
How is that any different than make-your-own ice?? Bring the bag back to the RV and pop it in the freezer. Use zip lock bags if you want a more convenient package.

Ice cube trays are an alternative as well. We don't use much ice, so we opted for a residential fridge without an icemaker for the RV. We just have a couple of cheap plastic trays on hand and keep a small ziplock of ready-to-use ice.

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