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Old 02-21-2013, 06:06 PM   #1
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Water Filtration

I need help with a water filtration problem. A friend is letting us stay on his ranch in Roy,WA and we have everything, water, electric, and rent free. He even had a 50amp outlet installed for us. There is 40 acres for the dogs to run, it's a sweet deal. All we have to do is have Drain-Pro come out every couple weeks to drain the tanks.

Our only problem is the water, the water comes from his well and has a terrible smell and color. The water looks clear but the mineral deposits are orange and collecting on all water outlets, it's even turning the DW's hair orange. I'm using a Camco Evo Premium Water Filter and it seems to do nothing. I need some suggestions on how to better filter this water, I'd like to filter all the water coming into the RV.

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Sounds like it is iron in the water. I can't recommend anything but it will take more than just a filter. Someone may correct me but sounds like you need a water softner.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:08 PM   #3
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http://www.culligan.com/en-us/d/home...tory/?state=WA

My Son is just down the road from you in Rainier. He is not the Culligan man.
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I'd suggest you have a water sample analyzed - then you know specifically what you need to do to remove the bad stuff.
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Here is a fairly complete explanation of what is required to remove iron from water. If you discover an ordinary water softener will do the job, and either of you have heart and/or blood pressure problems, there is an alternative to using salt to regenerate the softener. Potassium Chloride contains no salt and is actually beneficial to humans, however it is about 40% more expensive than salt. I began using it after DW's doctor noticed her blood pressure was unstable. That solved her BP problem.
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Lots of times you can start with a little kit and do it yourself. That may be a pointer and they a fairly simple to use. I think home depot or Lowes sell them. Also there are RV specific softeners that can be installed if your land lord won't do anything.

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My Son is just down the road from you in Rainier. He is not the Culligan man.
That's funny because I work at the Rainier Post Office. Thanks for the link
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everyone for all the help.

I'm going to start with the self test, then when I have an idea of what I'm dealing with I'll probably call Calligan and see what systems they offer.

Any other suggestions are still welcomed
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Treating REALLY messed up water is expensive. Softeners, iron filters, yadda-yadda...
The smell is probably sulfer. No harm. Just stinky.
I would use the water freely for everything but drinking and showers. I would get fresh water for the onboard tank for showers, and buy bottled water for drinking.
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Every couple of years when we make the trek to Alaska to visit my sons and grandchildren and when in Fairbanks we have always stayed at the Riverview RV Park. Their water comes from a well which has lots of iron. They use a very sophisticated system to reduce the iron before distribution to the sites.

The water is aerated significantly and then filtered along with some other treatment before going out to the spigots.

However, each time we have been there at least once or twice, when checking the water quality after I have filtered it with a house filtration system and soften it with a TravelSoft RV water softener the water comes out discolored. I then would go out and try a spigot at an open site near me and the water would look terrible.

After leaving the park I would always have to purge my softener and treat it with Iron-Out to clean everything up.

Needless to say, we will NOT be returning to this RV Park again as I am tired of dealing with the crappy water with iron in it.

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Check out this website. I have ordered filters and other items from them. There is a wealth of information here. You can order filters for sediment, taste, smell, etc.

RV Water Filter Store: Standard Filter Canisters for Whole RV

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I have it at my stick house. Ozone treatment with a filter removes it. Softener takes care of the rest.
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Check out this website. I have ordered filters and other items from them. There is a wealth of information here. You can order filters for sediment, taste, smell, etc.

RV Water Filter Store: Standard Filter Canisters for Whole RV

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Thanks Don. I used the "Ask Rick" option to ask him for a suggestion, sound like they know the water filtration business pretty well.
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Well I'm hoping that I've come up with a solution to my bad water problem.

Rick at the RV Filter Store came up with a filter system that should clean up the water. It's a 3 canister filter system, the 1st is a jumbo 1 micron sediment filter, 2nd is a jumbo 5 micron carbon block filter, and 3rd one is a Iron BIRM filter. The 3 filters will be placed in a tub at the well head about 85' from the RV, I really hope this works.

I've also read on his site that putting large magnets on your water hose will cause the heavy metals to run right through your plumbing system without leaving mineral deposits. He can't explain the science of it but it just seems to change something and allows them to pass right through your RV's plumbing. Has anyone ever tried this?
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