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Old 06-18-2003, 04:01 PM   #1
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water softener

Has anyone installed a (small) water softener in their A/S? Any suggestions for water softener mfrs. with smallish units?

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Old 06-18-2003, 06:40 PM   #2
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Question I haven't tried it yet but...

I just came off a website that had the most unusual solution to your problem.. If you like, check it out here.

Chemical Free Water Conditioner

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Old 06-18-2003, 08:37 PM   #3
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Those magnet systems do work, however after the water passes the magnet if you dont use the water within about five to fifteen minutes it reverts back to hard water. Example the water sitting in your water heater would be hard if you did not use it within fifteen minutes. You can get small salt style conditoners at camping world and regenerate them at home when needed.
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Old 06-19-2003, 03:14 PM   #4
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Found something

Like my other query about washers and dryers, I found some interesting links off of a Yahoo search.

There are several RV/Marine water softener gadgets out there. The simplest use a resin tank in series with the water line. You then keep tabs on the water softness and when needed, you insert a standard canister water filter up stream of the resin tank which is filled with 6 pounds of salt.

A link to such a system is here:

http://www.bojifilters.com/

Another nice system is here:

http://www.thewaterpacker.com/travelsoft.htm

And one that is more like one at home only smaller is here:

http://www.desertviewwater.com/solutions/

I think this last one also adds a little snake oil but it is interesting.

I guess if I look hard enough, I can reasonably have most of the conforts of home, only in a smaller space in an A/S.
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Old 06-19-2003, 03:57 PM   #5
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Chemical-free Water Softener

They were pushing this for big bucks at the Home & Garden Show. My friendly Chemistry PhD voiced grave doubts on whether it does anything except cost a lot of money.
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Old 06-19-2003, 05:11 PM   #6
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I kinda had that feelings too but, until I see real proof that says otherwise...I'd be the last person to tell someone not to buy it.

Just a little humor here:
Some time ago while visiting the in-laws farm out in MO, my brother in law and, I were repairing some fench lines. He was using a pole digger.
I conferred upon him, the title: 'Phd' where by he asked, "What had he done to be conferred such high honors."
I replied, "PHD was,"POLE HOLE DIGGER"...We had a few laughs over that one.
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Old 06-19-2003, 11:09 PM   #7
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Well, about the magnets...

...has anyone noticed that they also sell a magnetic fuel conditioner that magnetizes your gas and gives you umpty zillion percent more power, better mileage, and fresher breath?

I had two evaporative coolers on a house about 20 years ago; one cooler had a magic magnetic condiitoner on the water line and the other did not.

Difference = exactly zero at the end of the summer.

Fill your tank with soft water, or get a precharged ion exchange unit. I wouldn't bother putting on a magnetic system if you gave it to me free.

But that just an opinion - your mileage may vary, and your breath may be fresher!
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Only way to go!

I'm in the yacht business- and of 12, yes 12(!), water softeners that are offered only one really works and has an incredible warranty.
www.softwetspot.com will put you on to their site, and their toll free # is 1.888.493.8776
The one you put up for Boji is a piece of garbage with no warranty, sold at West Marine for about $200 and is the fastest way to get rid of an extra $200 without going to a casino that I've found.
The Wet Spot Plus was the right size for what we use it for, and it built like it'll last forever, and recharges properly, where the others use a pre-filter for recharging, this one has its own "recharger" and works properly.
A quick walk down any dock in a nicer high end marina will assure you that this is the right one- it appears to outsell the rest by about 10 to 1, and asking any user will further put your mind at ease...
Their warranty is 12 years, and I've never seen one with a problem...
Washing a boat down with water that contains white calcium, will mar the surface- so what do you think it does to aluminum? Most boats are white- we have to deal with washinga "mirror" so prevention is 90% of the job.
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life ain't hard...

but this desert water is!

Does anyone use a water softener? I assume there is something I can get at Camping World. The post by trailertrash trashes the Boji but I just can't pay $800 for the unit he recommends at the softwetspot (don't you love that name?).

Any feedback is appreciated...I can only imagine what this water is doing to the trailer's plumbing...not to mention my skin and hair!!!
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A good water softener costs money, around $ 600.00. In the Airstream you must have a small one because of the amount of weight they add. Those bad boys are heavy. The small regeneratable units are your best bet. They will last a very very very long time. With a softener you can also put a small reverse osmosis unit under the sink which will give you great pure drinking water. The problem is that you must use the system ie: the reverse osmosis system even when the trailer is stored because the membrane will go bad sitting for long periods. And RO menbranes are not cheap. Soft water is a real plus.
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A good water softener costs money, around $ 600.00. In the Airstream you must have a small one because of the amount of weight they add. Those bad boys are heavy. The small regeneratable units are your best bet. They will last a very very very long time. With a softener you can also put a small reverse osmosis unit under the sink which will give you great pure drinking water. The problem is that you must use the system ie: the reverse osmosis system even when the trailer is stored because the membrane will go bad sitting for long periods. And RO menbranes are not cheap. Soft water is a real plus.
Thanks for the reply, Tinsel. $600, ugh! I know Camping World has a portable unit for around $300 and I may go that route for now. If I decide to live forever in the Tradewind, forever in the desert, then I'll spring for the more exspensive unit....I guess. In Oregon everything rusts; down here, everything calcifies.
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The $600.00 units soften about 1000 gallons of water (depending on input hardness) while the smaller ones soften less and must be regenerated more often which takes about ninety minutes. A small price to pay for a great soft water shower. The $ 300.00 unit will work just fine for you in your Airstream.
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