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Old 05-26-2017, 05:32 PM   #1
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Fresh water filter

Would love to hear recommendations on what brand and where to buy your filter for the fresh water tank, even if not planning on drinking the water your skin absorbs what is in the water when you shower, wash hands or dishes with it. Thank you!
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Old 05-26-2017, 05:34 PM   #2
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This is the standard one used by many:

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-40043-T.../dp/B0006IX87S

It comes as a two-pack I believe.
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Old 05-26-2017, 06:17 PM   #3
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Are you asking about filtering the water you put into the tank, or filtering the water as it comes out of the tank?

For the prior, I suppose any hose filter like the one previously mentioned. For the latter, see a post by kscherzi here:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f163...-151582-2.html
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Old 05-26-2017, 06:29 PM   #4
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I use an RV water softener for anything that goes in the tank. Protects the water heater and dishwasher from scale buildup and allows me to use minimal soap. I use a zerowater pitcher for drinking and cooking.
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:19 PM   #5
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Caution! If you have Copper Tubing you may not want to use a Water Softener! or for that matter a complete system Reverse Osmosis System! Do a Google search on the disadvantages.
RO is "hungry" water and is looking for the minerals that were taken out.
Water Softener uses Salt...need I say more?
We carry Bottled Spring Water for Drinking but since we have no shower we don't worry about that.
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:23 AM   #6
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Caution! If you have Copper Tubing you may not want to use a Water Softener! or for that matter a complete system Reverse Osmosis System! Do a Google search on the disadvantages.
RO is "hungry" water and is looking for the minerals that were taken out.
Water Softener uses Salt...need I say more?
We carry Bottled Spring Water for Drinking but since we have no shower we don't worry about that.
No, softening water does not harm copper tubing. Acidic water will harm copper, but that's totally unrelated to softening. And a softener doesn't add salt to the water. It exchanges hardness ions (calcium and magnesium) for sodium ions. It's essentially an even trade. You use salt to regenerate the resin to replenish the sodium you used and flush out the hardness you accumulated.

You're right about RO water though. Reverse osmosis does create water that is aggressive to yellow metals. That's why RO systems use stainless steel or plastic tubing. You certainly shouldn't fill your tanks with purified drinking water.

FWIW I have 10 years experience in the water treatment industry.
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:49 AM   #7
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Although better than nothing, the Camco filter is not very effective. As a better choice, go to the RV Water Filter Store and get a double 10" filter with 1 sediment filter and 1 carbon filter. I got a 1 micron sediment and a .5 micron carbon filter. For drinking water, I use the Seagull IV. It filters to .4 microns and takes virtually all the bad stuff out. This eliminates all the bottled water and will pay for itself in about 50 years! Your health is worth the investment.
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Old 01-23-2018, 12:25 AM   #8
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Although better than nothing, the Camco filter is not very effective. As a better choice, go to the RV Water Filter Store and get a double 10" filter with 1 sediment filter and 1 carbon filter. I got a 1 micron sediment and a .5 micron carbon filter. For drinking water, I use the Seagull IV. It filters to .4 microns and takes virtually all the bad stuff out. This eliminates all the bottled water and will pay for itself in about 50 years! Your health is worth the investment.
Bgibbs, did you mount the double 10" filter in your Flying Cloud somewhere, or do you take it out each time you connect?
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Hm. I have lots of room under my sink area...

Who needs pots and pans anyway?
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