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Old 05-04-2016, 10:16 AM   #1
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Water softener

Found some old threads regarding water softeners, so I figured I'd start a new one to see what everyone is using.

As a former boater, we took showers in the boat all the time, and plan on doing so in the TT. Hard water just makes a mess of things, water spots, itchy skin, the work. I've installed water softeners everywhere I go.

This time around I picked this one.

https://www.flowpur.com/html/rv-pro10000.html

It was on sale for $173 shipped. I used to have a Boji on the boat with a more complex setup. This one seems a lot easier to use.

Thoughts?
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Old 03-01-2017, 06:52 PM   #2
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I searched the threads and there does not seem to be a lot of interest in using them. We were in Scottsdale and found the water very hard.

Does anyone use water softeners? I am thinking of purchasing a portable unit. Water out west can be hard.

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Old 03-01-2017, 07:04 PM   #3
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How does it regenerate?
Did not find info or manual, I would be interested in this for another application if they can show me how it works.
A typical water softener has a series of functions it goes through to regenerate after the resin bed has been depleted of salt and I cant see how this would happen with this unit.
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Old 03-01-2017, 07:22 PM   #4
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I think it just takes table salt. I have been looking at the On The Go brand. At only 18 pounds for the RV model it seems like it could be a consideration.
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I think it just takes table salt. I have been looking at the On The Go brand. At only 18 pounds for the RV model it seems like it could be a consideration.
It's not that simple though. Probably better to google the subject but basically the resin bed within the tank is coated with salt and as water water passes thru the tank minerals like calcium trade places with the salt attached to the resin beads and when the salt covered resin has been depleted it must then be flushed of the calcium buildup down the drain and then re coated with salt. This process happens on your home unit with components I don't see on the unit here. You can't just poor salt in the thing every now and then. I do want it to work though so I hope I'm missing something here.
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It is actually that simple. The salt brine just soaks in the resin bed long enough to chemically bond with the minerals deposited on the resin during operation. Then a fresh water rinse flushes out the minerals now bonded to the salt. The salt does not remain in the resin bed after the rinse cycle.
I have used one in the AS for several years now.
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It is actually that simple. The salt brine just soaks in the resin bed long enough to chemically bond with the minerals deposited on the resin during operation. Then a fresh water rinse flushes out the minerals now bonded to the salt. The salt does not remain in the resin bed after the rinse cycle.
I have used one in the AS for several years now.
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We have had one for 4 years and it will soften about 300 gallons depending on water hardness


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How do you introduce the salt? How do you know when it's depleted short of water testing?
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I know when I shower and don't feel that slick soft water feel. If I'm using on board tank water, I'm good for 3 or 4 tank fulls. Mine is an Amerisoft weekender (no longer in business ). I cap off one end and pour in a quart of completely saturated salt water. Let it soak for a half hour and flush with one gallon (approximately ) of fresh water.
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We have used one for several years as well. Unlike the home automatic units, the little rv softeners are regenerated manually, at that time you pour table salt into it. Not difficult at all. Camping World routinely runs good sales on them.
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reassuring to hear that this is used and works. thanks,
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How do you connect them? Are these on outside of trailer to water source, then connected to the trailer? Do they only work while on city water?
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Mine is in-line with the hose, outside the trailer. So it works with city water or when filling the tank with the hose.
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Thx. So that means you have to store it and bring it out to use, unless you fill it at home to camp.

I thought soft water was not good to drink? So do you bring different water to drink?
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