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Old 06-25-2011, 07:44 PM   #1
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RV water filters are they the same as a house filter

I have a FLOW-PUR 8 filter on my Bounder and I'm just wondering if they are the same as a house water filter.
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I would imagine the 8 in your filter number means 8 micron. So it would remove particles as small as 8 microns. Lots of useful info here RV Water Filter Store: Standard Filter Canisters for Whole RV They attend most RV shows and are very helpful and will answer your questions posted on their website.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:09 PM   #3
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SHrt answeris yes, basically the same.. Actually RV filters come in two by 1.5 types

1: (And 1.5) Replacable cartridges,, These may be "Plumbed in" or "in-line"

The "Plumbed in" type ARE home filters

The IN-LIne have garden hose fittings.

The other kind is disposable,, These have Garden hose fittings. But as for the filter. See above)
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You can use home type cartridges of the same diameter and length - most are the same. Decide how much filtering you want - a fine filter (smaller micron value) takes out more nasty stuff but slows the flow rate dramatically.
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Thanks everyone, guess I'll be heading to Lowe's tomorrow after church.
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I bought a pair of 10" canisters at home depot. In the sprinkler section you can find the fittings for mating the two together. I usually get the sediment filters there as well.

The link above has more choices for filters than you can find at any of the local hardware stores. We use the F1Pb (CFB-PB10) in the second cartridge. Wife is very picky about water and with this combo it makes even the nastiest smelling water clean.
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Todd, be real careful going to Lowes or Home Depot. Read the labels carefully on the filters. You do not want what is called a Single Faucet Filter because the flow rate will be way too slow for the MH and will drive you crazy. Most Single Faucet Filters are 1-5 microns. Lowes is good because they label their filters. Home Depot does not tell you anything on their filters and most are Single Faucet Filters.
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I've often wondering why whole house water filters are so popular in RVs. Sometimes the water does not taste good but it is not harmful. A separate drinking water faucet is OEM in many RVs and could be easily installed otherwise. It is my understanding that all public water supplies must be approved by the EPA or some other government organization. There are millions of homes though out the country that do not have a whole house filtering system. So, what is special about an RV that requires all the incoming water to be so highly filtered?

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Todd, be real careful going to Lowes or Home Depot. Read the labels carefully on the filters. You do not want what is called a Single Faucet Filter because the flow rate will be way too slow for the MH and will drive you crazy. Most Single Faucet Filters are 1-5 microns. Lowes is good because they label their filters. Home Depot does not tell you anything on their filters and most are Single Faucet Filters.
X2 about Home Depot...Have not been to Lowes. Not worth driving 25 miles or so one way to save a few pennies.
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Lots of useful info here RV Water Filter Store: Standard Filter Canisters for Whole RV They attend most RV shows and are very helpful and will answer your questions posted on their website.
I priced a filter system @ Home Depot they were $4.75 more expensive than the above link before shipping, and that did not include the filters.
With RV Water Filter Store they include the filters.

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Our coach came with this system: Nature-Pure Water Purifiers - Test Data

It supplies water to the single drinking water spigot on the galley sink and ice maker only.

Seems to do a great job with the water. We also have an in-line filter attached to our shore water hose.
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I've often wondering why whole house water filters are so popular in RVs. Sometimes the water does not taste good but it is not harmful. A separate drinking water faucet is OEM in many RVs and could be easily installed otherwise. It is my understanding that all public water supplies must be approved by the EPA or some other government organization. There are millions of homes though out the country that do not have a whole house filtering system. So, what is special about an RV that requires all the incoming water to be so highly filtered?

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Maybe RVers have higher standards?

All seriousness aside, just because water companies have to meet certain standards doesn't mean they do; the regs in some jurisdictions are not as well enforced as they are in others. Many campgrounds are notorious for having substandard plumbing which can introduce contamination. A lot of older plumbing used galvanzied pipe and, even though the water coming into the system may be clean, the water coming out will be rusty.

Another issue unique to most RVs is the fresh water tank. Chlorination will dissapate in 24 hours when stagnant in a vented tank leaving water vulnerable to bacterial contamination. The cleaner the water going in, the longer it will be safe. Any sediments carried in with the water will settle in the tank and will build up over time. Those sediments can affect the taste of the water.

Apparently, there are a lot of stick dwellers who do have whole house filtrsation or, at least, filter their drinking water otherwise the home centers wouldn't be selling so many filters. I know a lot of people who live in stick homes who do have whole house filtering. I also know a lot who never drink tap water; they drink only bottled water.

I've been in many homes, motels, etc. in many states where the domestic water was horrible due to sediments, oders, off flavors, algae, and/or the water was rock hard. When I get my TT, I'm putting in a whole house sediment filter followed by a carbon filter and a water softener so I will have clean, fresh smelling and tasting water that won't wreck my plumbing from hardwater deposits and built up sedimentation.
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I've been in many homes, motels, etc. in many states where the domestic water was horrible due to sediments, oders, off flavors, algae, and/or the water was rock hard. When I get my TT, I'm putting in a whole house sediment filter followed by a carbon filter and a water softener so I will have clean, fresh smelling and tasting water that won't wreck my plumbing from hardwater deposits and built up sedimentation.
Why don't you put in a whole house RO system?

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Sears also carries a nice selection of filters !
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