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Old 09-05-2016, 12:17 PM   #1
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Water softener recommendation

Looks like we will be in the RGV this winter between Nov-March and understand the water can be on the hardish side. Need some recommendations for a water softener that is reasonably priced for our rig please. Thanks
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There are several brands
On-The-GO
FloPur
Water Stick
ABC Water
Etc

They ALL use the same concept........ion resins beads
All regenerate using regular table salt

We have an On-The -Go 8000 grain model
Have used it for 10 yrs (1st 7 yrs were FT)
2 adults -----regen typically every 7-10 days

Bought that brand cause it was on sale.

Suggest you check pricing and buy the one that is cheapest.
Get at least the 8000 grain size.

The higher grain the more gallons of water can be processed before regen.
16,000 grain units are not available and cheaper that 10 yrs ago
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We've used the FloPur RV Pro 10,000. We've used it for the past 7 years. I Regen every 7 to 10 days with two adults. The unit works great!
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On The Go - Works great, simple to use.
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You really regen every 7-10 days? I was told monthly unless water is very hard., then every two weeks. Am I doing it wrong?? Water tests okay.
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We use the "on the go" brand (the bigger one that looks like a scuba tank size) in the RGV and regen typically every 2 weeks. We both shower every day and do laundry about 4 loads per week in a top loader. What we like with our softener is the large opening to pour the 2 cans of salt into. In Yuma the water has even more hardness(salts) so we will typically regen 7-10days ish depending on when we start to see spots on the bathroom fixtures. Yes we drink the water out of our tank. No we don't like RO water.
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Water Softener Install

We also had the larger portable softener that looks like a scuba tank, but found it required regeneration every few days here in the desert southwest where the water is extraordinarily hard. I've been used to the manual regeneration process over the past few years but finally went ahead with the installation of a residential softener so it is all automatic now. It is one of my favorite upgrades to date as it also saves time and effort on set up/take down not having to deal with the additional equipment. The project involved tapping into the inbound water supply upon exit from the sediment filter, along with running an overflow line out of the coach and a brine drain into the half bath (with a fabricated copper trap). Here are some photos:


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We also had the larger portable softener that looks like a scuba tank, but found it required regeneration every few days here in the desert southwest where the water is extraordinarily hard. I've been used to the manual regeneration process over the past few years but finally went ahead with the installation of a residential softener so it is all automatic now. It is one of my favorite upgrades to date as it also saves time and effort on set up/take down not having to deal with the additional equipment. The project involved tapping into the inbound water supply upon exit from the sediment filter, along with running an overflow line out of the coach and a brine drain into the half bath (with a fabricated copper trap). Here are some photos:


https://goo.gl/photos/Lz8XMgH7CUuGBuZVA
Nice install!

Our On-The-GO 8000 grain only needed regen every 7-10 days when in Alamogordo NM......well water tularosa basin (white sands)
2 adults.....and we were FT
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Thanks to everyone that responded with your suggestions. We have ordered the RV Pro 10000by Flopur. They have it on sale for $173 and free shipping.
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We've used the FloPur RV Pro 10,000. We've used it for the past 7 years. I Regen every 7 to 10 days with two adults. The unit works great!
We had the same issue with re-generration every 7-10 days on the RV Pro which I got tired of so we now use the Soft Cell which last 3 to 4 times longer. It has more softener grains and comes with a pre-filter. However, it is more expensive. Sold my RV Pro 10000. The guy has a booth at some of the bigger rallies.

<b>SoftCell Portable Water Softener</b>

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Thanks to everyone that responded with your suggestions. We have ordered the RV Pro 10000by Flopur. They have it on sale for $173 and free shipping.
Same one I have. Here are some tips I use when regenerating.

I disconnect the inlet hose from the hose bib and the outlet hose at the tank fitting. I then blow on the inlet hose until I get about a quart of water in a big bowl. I then take the plug off the top and use a funnel to pour in the 20oz of table salt. I put the plug back in and tip the tank upside down several times over about a 30 minute period to make sure I get all of the brine coating all of the resin. Then I connect the inlet hose and turn it on while making sure the outlet valve is off. Now the tank is pressurized. I then tip it upside down a couple more times and then run a hose from the drain port to the sewer opening. Then follow instructions to run the water fro 20 minutes. This procedure helped when it seemed like my regeneration wasn't lasting as long.

I never use the test strips. I just go by the feel of the water. To me it's not an exact science..I do it for the feel not the actual hardness.
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No one has mentioned the unit that I have used for the past 13 years, TravelSoft 1200. Bought it at CW for under $300.

I increased the amount of resin beads inside and use a clear filter housing to charge the resin beads with crushed water softener solar salt.

I backwash and recharge every 3-4 weeks depending on the hardness of the water.

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