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Old 10-15-2008, 12:01 PM   #1
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Does anyone have any advice on water purification systems that can be either permanently attached to the water system (before it goes to any areas, not just under sink for drinking water) or is it better to have an inline system attached to the hose?


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Old 10-15-2008, 12:01 PM   #2
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Does anyone have any advice on water purification systems that can be either permanently attached to the water system (before it goes to any areas, not just under sink for drinking water) or is it better to have an inline system attached to the hose?


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Old 10-15-2008, 04:39 PM   #3
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Are you asking about a water filter or a water system that uses some sort of purification process. I have used 3 filters (two types)that connect to the water hose. One, a inline one from Walmart works okay except it doesn't filter out many things. The other one is One where you can replace the filter. I'm on my 2nd one of these and they leak. Very hard to seal. Got to get a better gasket, but you can buy a filter that filters out a lot of stuff for this type of filter. Get this one at Lowes. s/Toby
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:16 PM   #4
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The only water purification system I'm familiar with is the Nature Pure which came with our coach and consists of a unit under the galley sink with dispenser on the counter by the sink. The water line to our ice maker is also fed from the purifier.

We also use an in-line filter attached to the hose, but it's not a purifier, just a filter.

Here's their web site if interested: http://www.generalecologyeurope.com/tstsnp.htm
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Old 10-15-2008, 10:24 PM   #5
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The main reason people go with under-the-sink models is to conserve the life of the unit's filter. When you use an inline filter, all of the water is filtered so the filter doesn't last as long. When you only filter the cold water (under the sink), you get a lot more life out of the filter cartridge.

That being said, if I wanted to go with the "whole house" approach, I would purchase a standard filter unit that uses 10" filter cartridges. Look for a model with fittings that can accept a standard garden hose. Some folks use a milk crate to keep the unit upright. Others attach the unit to the inside of their fresh water compartment. These filters do a great job and the replaceable charcoal filters are reasonably priced. We're full-timers and we only go through 2 to 3 cartridges a year. Hope this helps.

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Old 10-16-2008, 03:08 AM   #6
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A filter as described gy Jackm is available from Culligan. If the unit you find at the store is wanted to be placed inline on the hose, the hardware stores stock the necessary fittings needed for either mounting and are inexpensive.

We use both a inline filter as described as well as a under the counter filter which filters most of the water in the coach.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:43 AM   #7
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My motorhome came with the under the sink filter and its very expense filters. I stopped using it after the first filter. I went to Home Depot and bought a filter and the garden hose fittings. It was very easy to put together. I now use this coming into the motorhome. It filters all the water using a charcoal filter which is cheap and easy to replace.

I figure that since I bush my teeth in the bathroom, I wanted that water filtered also, not just the kitchen sink.
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Old 10-16-2008, 10:03 AM   #8
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What you have is a Charcoal "Taste filter"!
If you want to be protected fron things like "Montezuma's Revenge" you will have to pay a little more!
Check the specs on the filter!
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:47 PM   #9
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The standard undersink filter in the Winnebago coaches is an Everpure and it is designed to work by SuperChlorinating the water to eliminate any chance of bacteria or microbes in the system and then removes the chlorine when it passes through the filter. These are very good filters and are one of the best choices for boondocking and dry camping. I SuperChlorinate my tank and run the pump to pass the chlorinated water through the filter daily even when I have a full hookup to help keep some fresh chlorine passing through the filter.

I maintained buildings for a living in the past and one of the worst things I had to deal with was whole house filters that had not been used and sat stagnant for several months. We had to cut them loose along with a few feet of pipe on either side when we replaced them. The stench was worse than opening a disfunctional septic tank for pumping out. I have not had the slightest hint of that from Everpures I have changed for others that sat stagnant for over a year.

The Everpure filter costs less than a quarter tank of gas so it is not that big of a show stopper especially if you factor in the level of protection it can afford you.
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:05 PM   #10
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Does anyone have any advice on water purification systems that can be either permanently attached to the water system (before it goes to any areas, not just under sink for drinking water) or is it better to have an inline system attached to the hose?

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Jane, if you give me more info on your coach, I may be able to help out w/my recent "Nature Pure" install w/photos, and an explanation. I chose to run mine just thru the fridge, to the water/ice maker. It's not cost effective to run all of your water thru a purifing filter, as the cost for a single purifying filter cartridge is $54.00/500 gallons. As others have said, it's better to run all of your water thru a charcol filter for sediment, which keeps your fixtures from wearing out, and then a purifing filter just for drinking. I run a "hose" filter, then a "whole coach" filter, and then the "Nature Pure" just for drinking water. Let me know if I can help. Robbie
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Check out this sight. http://www.vagabondwater.com/
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We've always used inline water filters in the FW line to the coach. However, we redesigned the wet bay and some of the FW system in our DP which included a dual whole house filter system in addition to the separate drinking water & ice maker filters. That meant that drinking water and ice was filtered 3 times before using, which is good enough for most situations.

However, if you're going to places where the water is unsafe, then normal filtration systems will not make the water safe to drink because they really aren't purification systems. We were considering a trip to Panama which would have definitely meant using unsafe water. So, I built designed the new wet bay so I could add a UV treatment system later. Additionally, we had room in a corner under the galley counter to install a reverse osmosis system.


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