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Old 05-24-2020, 12:33 PM   #1
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Water filters

We generally stay at full hook-up RV parks. Tend to use the city water for dishes, showers, etc. Bring our own water for coffee & drinking. Thinking about a water filter (purifier?). Are they worth it? any reason we would want one for things like showering? Are they good enough that we wouldn’t need to bring bottles (gallon) water with us? Is it a “depends” kind of thing? Best brands?
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Old 05-24-2020, 12:45 PM   #2
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We use a Zerowater pitcher that makes amazing water for drinking. We also use a Clear 2o inline filter rather than the Camco inline filters as the Camco lets 20 micron particles pass and the Clear 2o only allows 1 micron through. In places with hard water you may want to run it through the Camco filter first so it doesn't clog the Clear 2o so fast.

We had water like a rock in our last place and the only cost effective method was bottled water. Glad we don't have that problem any more.
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Old 05-24-2020, 02:42 PM   #3
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We use a Camco filter at the spigot going to a standard external 10" house filter, going to the portable water softener, then finally another 10" house filter built in to the water bay.
It is nice not buying and stocking water, plus showers are noticeably better. Also no more hard water spots on the sink faucets and shower.
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I strongly suggest at least a sediment filter prior to allowing campground water into the RV. Those parks not on city water supplies can deliver water with quite a few particles that your RV doesn't need to see.

I start with a sediment filter, then a water softener and finally a carbon block filter for all water coming from the onboard water tank or campground water. It works for me.
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Old 05-24-2020, 03:48 PM   #5
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I use the fresh water tank and onboard pump for everything (I don't use the city water connection).

I connect a sediment filter between the faucet and the white hose. I plan on adding a carbon block filter. All cooking and drinking water goes through a Zerowater pitcher.

Background: When I was growing up my parents house was fed by a city well that occasionally passed very fine particles down the line. About once every few months my dad was cleaning the screens in the faucets and passing fine music wire trough the shower heads to unplug them. He finally added two filter canisters to the incoming water line (something like this:
https://www.amazon.com/DuPont-WFPF13...O0Q/ref=sr_1_8) one after the other. The first was a sediment filter to catch the big stuff, the second a very fine filter to catch the small stuff. The first one had to be changed 2-3 times a year, the second one lasted several years.

The history mentioned above influenced me to use a 2-stage filtering system for food and drinking water. Everything else can do with a single stage.


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We use the inline filter and the PUR 18 cup dispenser for coffee and drinking water.

https://www.amazon.com/PUR-Dispenser...s%2C169&sr=8-8
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I suggest you give this guy a call and talk over what you plan to accomplish and what they recommend. They are extremely helpful.

We had a good filter coming into the RV and one at the kitchen sink. We used our tank water for everything, including drinking and coffee.

https://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/
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A sediment filter is the minimum for and domestic use

After that it depends on the water source which varies greatly on your additional filtration or purification
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Since you aren't drinking it, a sediment filter is plenty to protect your pump and faucets from grit in the water (common if campground has well water). If yo went with a higher grade filter system, you might feel comfortable drinking and cooking with it as well.


We drink and cook with whatever water the campground has and never used more than a basic sediment filter. We've worked in many campgrounds and all of them were subject to the same local health dept water quality rules and testing as restaurants and community water supplies.
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We drink and cook with whatever water the campground has and never used more than a basic sediment filter. We've worked in many campgrounds and all of them were subject to the same local health dept water quality rules and testing as restaurants and community water supplies.
Totally agree!
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We drink and cook with whatever water the campground has and never used more than a basic sediment filter. We've worked in many campgrounds and all of them were subject to the same local health dept water quality rules and testing as restaurants and community water supplies.
We've been doing the same for 55 years of camping. We only added an external filter 7 years ago, because the coach came with one.
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