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Old 11-30-2020, 07:42 PM   #1
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Do I need a Water softener?

I plan on staying in Parker Arizona for two weeks. I understand that the water is very hard there. should I consider a water softener for that short of a stay?
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I can't speak to the water in Arizona, but if you feel you must have a water softner for that particular trip or you want to try an "inexpensive" water softner, you can always go with something like this: https://watersticks.com/70-water-softener/ .
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We have one of the 'scuba tank' styled water softeners. Hard water can be found anywhere. We travel alot & only draw from our onboard tank which is filled as needed with the softener in between the water source & tank.

Soft water is one thing we miss from home. Can't get any softer. Rain. Unfiltered & untreated, it falls on our roof, gets channeled by a gutter system to pipes that take it to a 30,000gal tank under our house. From there we have our own pressure system with what amounts to a huge accumulator tank to feed the house. No city, no well water.
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I'm usually in the Parker Strip for 5 months, every winter, and have used a water softener for the past 10 years there.

Two weeks you'd probably be ok , but be ready to flush your entire system once you have good water .

Even with the softener , my PEX is noticeably discolored , tap sets have needed replacement .
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You might be able to rent one for the stay, however itís a good idea in general to have one anyhow.
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Old 11-30-2020, 08:25 PM   #6
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Personal experience....My Answer is a strong YES..WITH a good water filtration system in place...


The On the Go's, or similar...
https://www.rvweb.net/best-rv-water-...comment-129521


We use the Stain-Less filtration/softener system. with a "cheepie" Camco 20 micron hose filter, followed by a 5 micron cartridge filter then followed by a 0.5 cartridge filter before the water hits the softener ...
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Old 11-30-2020, 08:32 PM   #7
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The waterstick looks to be a inexpensive option. I have a water softener at home also and like it.
How is a water softener differnt from a DI system. Can I use my DI to fill my water tank?
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We have one of the 'scuba tank' styled water softeners. Hard water can be found anywhere. We travel alot & only draw from our onboard tank which is filled as needed with the softener in between the water source & tank.

Soft water is one thing we miss from home. Can't get any softer. Rain. Unfiltered & untreated, it falls on our roof, gets channeled by a gutter system to pipes that take it to a 30,000gal tank under our house. From there we have our own pressure system with what amounts to a huge accumulator tank to feed the house. No city, no well water.


My wife grew up with a cistern. When they got city water we closed off the cistern. I was sickened by what was in there. Dead birds and skeletons, mice and who else knows what. They drank that water. No wonder I got the runs every time we drank tea and coffee.
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Been full time for 7.5 years and you find water of all sorts across the country. We use a whole house 5 micron sediment filter, a 10 micron carbon block filter and an On-the-Go Double water softener. Our RV has a dishwasher and washer drier and all water into the RV is filtered and softened. Depending on the water quality, the water softener may need to be recharged every 2 weeks or every 4 weeks. The filter are changed at 3 month intervals of sooner as dictated by water quality.

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Camp in any of the areas that are Blue or Tan.....portable water softener is worth it.

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Received an email from Camping World, they have the on the go softener on sale for $200 right now. Flow-Pur $198.
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