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Old 01-16-2011, 12:28 PM   #1
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Hard Water

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How do you handle the water difference that you encounter while traveling? Like water filters and or softeners systems. Also at the beginning of the cold weather here in NEPA I had the motor home water system winterized what do I need to do before we start out this spring to the system. Also who do you keep the water fresh in the tank or do I drain it when not in use. Thanks For the Help
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:49 PM   #2
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Hi Andy. We full time and travel a lot. We spend a lot of time in the desert so hard water is a real problem.

We use the OEM particulate filter hard mounted in the plumbing bay... a charcoal filter under the kitchen sink for the ice maker, drinking water dispenser and instant boiling water dispenser. We also use a TravelSoft water softener.

In spite of all of this, we (and our dogs) only drink bottled spring water. We found that this helps prevent "tummy problems" for all of us. We use the instant boiling water for instant coffee and sometimes soup but otherwise it's spring water.

As for keeping the water in your tank fresh, you should probably do a good sanitizing at least once per year and if you fill your tank with cholinated city water you probably won't have much of a problem. If it's well water however I think you'll have to take more precautions.

Someone will join in on winterization processes but as long as my coach has wheels on it I plan to avoid learning about that stuff.

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Old 01-16-2011, 12:52 PM   #3
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We are fairly new at this as well. So far we have faired well with a water filter we picked up at Camping World, attached to the CG's water faucet and we also have an under the counter filter at the 'drinking water' faucet. No hard water deposits as of now(a year of heavy use). We change the hose filter going into the fresh water tank every 3 months and the one under the sink every 6 months.

After removing the filter under the sink and installing a bypass blank, we sanitize the fresh water system with bleach an let sit for 8 hours before flushing the system twice. We have done that twice in the last year.

If we run into a particularly bad water source, we change the incoming hose filter and add about 6 oz. of hydrogen peroxide to our 60 gal tank. Over cautious, maybe, but we've not gotten sick over our water consumption. YMMV. Bob
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We travel extensivly and use a whole house Reverse Osmosis system. Prior to installing it, we had mineral deposit problems. Faucets were leaking, clothes were not as soft as they could be, dishwasher was getting cloudy, ice cubes were cloudy and much of the water in some areas (SW) was not good tasting. RO change all that. All the water we use is RO water from the fresh water tank.
We no longer buy drinking water and mineral deposits are no longer a problem. I sanitize my fresh water tank twice a year

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To de-winterize the coach. connect to a fresh water supply and make certain all low point drain valves are closed. Run water through each hot and cold faucet until any pink antifreeze is cleared. Once all faucets are running clear water, find the water heater and install the drain plug or anode rod. Find the by-pass valve and change it to "normal" use position. Open a hot water faucet valve and fill the water heater tank. Make certain the ice maker (if you have one) is also purged of antifreeze before putting it into operation. Let us know if you have an ice maker and/or water dispenser for information on the various means to de-winterize these.
I would highly recommend you install a water softener for all water coming into the coach. Then install filters if you want better tasting water for ice, coffee, tea. Good luck and enjoy!
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RV Wizard: Yes we have an ice maker in the Refg. I installed a water dispenser after the MH was winterized. And YES we are looking into a water softener also a water filter to use before the water goes into the MH. I know this might be a new post but I was planing on doing the Filter/softener in this order. Water coming into the MH would pass through the filter than the water softener. Is that correct. I forgot to mention we also have a dishwasher and washer/dryer combo.
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You will need to activate the ice maker water valve (use correct power source identified on solenoid coil) with the discharge line off valve. A towel or temporary tube can be used under the valve to keep water from getting on the floor the refrigerator is standing on. Once the antifreeze is cleared, re-connect the line to the ice maker and you are ready to go. Run hot & cold water into the washer until clear water is flowing into the dispenser. Run a rinse cycle through the dishwasher. If no antifreeze has be run through the water dispenser, there is no need to flush it.
I would only use a pre-filter before the water softener and a post filter after it if you need to.
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Hi Andy,
We drink only bottled water. Don't trust water sources other than home.

When sanitizing your tank with a bleach and water combination, don't fill the tank all the way full. Take it out for a drive and the water sloshing around inside will give you a better cleaning.

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RV Wizard: What type of filters are used for a pre-filter and a post filter when you use a water softener. I would have thought you would only need a pre-filter.
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A pre-filter would be coarser filter that would catch sand and so forth from a park that had their own well. A post filter would be something like a charcoal filter for removing chlorine for ice maker or water dispenser.
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Here are a couple of sources for you:

rv water filters, rv water regulators, rv water pumps, rv water softeners, rv water hose

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