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Old 11-11-2014, 02:47 PM   #43
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Inline filter is a great idea. Can you provide a brand name and/or photo, please?
You can get a Camco filter at Walmart that attaches to your blue-and-white freshwater hose. It's a granular activated carbon filter of decent size— small enough to handle easily but large enough so that your water makes contact with the carbon long enough to actually have a beneficial effect. I hook mine up to the service pedestal so that the water is filtered before it ever enters my hose.

To increase the "dwell" time that the water is in contact with the carbon, you could hook up two filters end-to-end. I've done that from time to time when I'm at a campground that gets its water from a well rather than a municipal supply.

State health departments mandate how often water supplies have to be tested; municipal sources are tested most often, sometimes multiple times a day depending on the population they serve. A "transient non-community" source such as a campground water well, where there aren't a lot of people using the water and most of the people who do use it for two weeks or less, may only have to be tested once a month. Thus a campground well is a less trusted source and I use more filtration.

(I actually designed three new water wells, complete with treatment systems, as part of my job. You'd be amazed at how seldom some water sources are required to be tested for harmful chemical, mineral, and biological contaminants!)
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:17 PM   #44
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I was under the impression that the carbon filter only blocked the chlorine. Does it have other benefits?
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Old 11-12-2014, 06:14 AM   #45
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I was under the impression that the carbon filter only blocked the chlorine. Does it have other benefits?
Activated carbon is commonly used to adsorb natural organic compounds, taste and odor compounds, and synthetic organic chemicals from water. Removing chlorine is only a side effect, and often an undesirable one since even a small level of residual chlroine in the water prevents microbial growth.

And of course because it is still a filter, it will remove sediment and debris from the water, though in doing so the sediment may clog the filter.
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Actually, no. The house batteries are tucked up under the rear of the van. The battery under the hood is an "accessory" battery, which may not actually be used for anything in this case. It's provided as an option on Sprinter vans for upfitters to use for powering things that have to remain powered when the engine is shut off. Some model years of Interstates have it; some don't.
Battery positions in an AI seem to be a complete crap shoot. Our house battery is under the front passenger seat. The two other 2007 owners with whom we routinely correspond both have mid-bath models and yet both of their batteries are in the rear of their vehicles.
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You can get a Camco filter at Walmart that attaches to your blue-and-white freshwater hose. It's a granular activated carbon filter of decent size— small enough to handle easily but large enough so that your water makes contact with the carbon long enough to actually have a beneficial effect. I hook mine up to the service pedestal so that the water is filtered before it ever enters my hose.

To increase the "dwell" time that the water is in contact with the carbon, you could hook up two filters end-to-end. I've done that from time to time when I'm at a campground that gets its water from a well rather than a municipal supply.

State health departments mandate how often water supplies have to be tested; municipal sources are tested most often, sometimes multiple times a day depending on the population they serve. A "transient non-community" source such as a campground water well, where there aren't a lot of people using the water and most of the people who do use it for two weeks or less, may only have to be tested once a month. Thus a campground well is a less trusted source and I use more filtration.

(I actually designed three new water wells, complete with treatment systems, as part of my job. You'd be amazed at how seldom some water sources are required to be tested for harmful chemical, mineral, and biological contaminants!)
I also deal with water quality in my job, know how easy it is for bacteriological problems to develop, and not to hijack this thread, but fresh water management strategy warrants an entirely separate discussion.

I don't like the system we have in our 2007, either coming or going. My initial plan was to use the K.I.S.S. principle and compensate for the inevitable loss (or lack) of muni chlorine residual simply by exchanging the tank contents frequently. Alas, the danged tank only has a half-inch drain line on it, which is too small for efficient evacuation. So I asked another AI owner, "How do you get your fresh water tank totally empty?" He replied, "I leave it draining in my driveway overnight." Oh good grief! Ain't got time for that!! So I guess we could use a combination of passive drain plus active pump, but I haven't experimented with that yet. This whole thing is on my longer-term to-do list...
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Battery positions in an AI seem to be a complete crap shoot.
True. But the comment you were responding to (#12) was itself in response to comment #10, which was in response to comment #9 from BillyBoy, who has a 2015 Interstate Grand Tour, so I was describing where the house batteries are on a Grand Tour.

I never meant to imply that the house batteries are in the same place on every model. In fact, the location is different on my 2012 non-extended Interstate than on BillyBoy's Grand Tour, too.
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I don't like the system we have in our 2007, either coming or going. My initial plan was to use the K.I.S.S. principle and compensate for the inevitable loss (or lack) of muni chlorine residual simply by exchanging the tank contents frequently. Alas, the danged tank only has a half-inch drain line on it, which is too small for efficient evacuation. So I asked another AI owner, "How do you get your fresh water tank totally empty?" He replied, "I leave it draining in my driveway overnight." Oh good grief! Ain't got time for that!! So I guess we could use a combination of passive drain plus active pump, but I haven't experimented with that yet. This whole thing is on my longer-term to-do list...
I pump out the fresh tank, through the external shower hose, into the black tank flush. Which lets me put the excess fresh water to use cleaning my black tank before dumping it.

Then the only fresh water I have to drain from the tank is what the pump won't pick up, less than a gallon.
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You can get a Camco filter at Walmart that attaches to your blue-and-white freshwater hose. It's a granular activated carbon filter of decent size— small enough to handle easily but large enough so that your water makes contact with the carbon long enough to actually have a beneficial effect. I hook mine up to the service pedestal so that the water is filtered before it ever enters my hose.

To increase the "dwell" time that the water is in contact with the carbon, you could hook up two filters end-to-end. I've done that from time to time when I'm at a campground that gets its water from a well rather than a municipal supply.

State health departments mandate how often water supplies have to be tested; municipal sources are tested most often, sometimes multiple times a day depending on the population they serve. A "transient non-community" source such as a campground water well, where there aren't a lot of people using the water and most of the people who do use it for two weeks or less, may only have to be tested once a month. Thus a campground well is a less trusted source and I use more filtration.

(I actually designed three new water wells, complete with treatment systems, as part of my job. You'd be amazed at how seldom some water sources are required to be tested for harmful chemical, mineral, and biological contaminants!)
As always, your responses are extremely helpful. I like the idea of having the filter at the service outlet. I'll be buying at least one of these. Thanks.
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