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Old 11-07-2016, 01:59 AM   #1
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Inline water filter, why not a whole house canister?

Short of reverse osmosis, a canister with a filter to keep sediments and other stuff out of your water though activate carbon, etc. Why is that not the natural choice of water treatment between the spigot and our fresh water/city water inlet?

Something like https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I will replace my one inline cartridge (https://www.amazon.com/Camco-40045-T...e+water+filter) Camco, the 'standard issue' one, by a whole house one. Any reason why not?

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Old 11-07-2016, 04:10 AM   #2
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Inline water filter, why not a whole house canister?

Smaller means easier to pack. Small and dripping beats big and dripping, so to speak.

I realize that the sky is the limit for water treatment. But for GP use, the little hose filter is fine.

The larger filter may not add any benefit for our use. Having had one I switched back to the smaller.


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Old 11-08-2016, 01:38 AM   #3
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We drink the water out of the sink faucet rather than carry bottles or a separate pitcher. Currently have one inline filter on the hose and then the second under the sin. My thoughts are just to make the water 'better' with a full house larger canister type filter that includes particulae, activated carbon, etc. It restricts the flow, but lower pressure can be a good thing. The cartridge is not much larger than a good bottle of champagne... and since we don't carry any champagne we accept the trade off. Just curious why others don't do the same (I am not talking about the champagne!)
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Old 11-08-2016, 01:53 AM   #4
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I've been using whole house type filters on each of my trailers since the mid 1990's.
The filter cartridge needs to be changed at least once a year. When I change the filter I sanitize the interior of the canister with bleach each time, before the new filter goes back in.
I use the activated charcoal filters.

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DW still uses bottled water, but I mostly use water from the tap for drinking. We both consume faucet water for coffee, tea, and cooking.
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:50 AM   #5
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I do not know what I take for a system. For drinking water, I mounted a small hand pump, including a canister which you can fill up everywhere.
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Old 11-08-2016, 05:33 AM   #6
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We use the inline Camco filter to save weight, simplify winterization, reduce things in trailer which can break/leak, and filter water going into water tank.

This last point is probably the most important. Advise using inline filter to fill tank, especially at CGs with impure well water which often has grit and sediment, which can mess up the back-flow check valve at the pump.

Inline filter also supports use of potable water jugs to fill fresh water tank from remote spigots while Boondocking.

Lots of good reasons IMO.

Keep it simple, Stu . . .



PS we also use inline water pressure regulator. Redundancy good. Belt and suspenders, etc..
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Old 11-08-2016, 07:20 AM   #7
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My system,

https://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/i...ter%20Dual.jpg

From,

https://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/index.htm
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Old 11-08-2016, 07:51 AM   #8
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WE have this: https://www.amazon.com/Hydro-Life-52...DF1Q6JJD4S675P

I have 2 brackets, one is mounted in the closet for storage and the other is mounted on the access door for the fresh water. The cartridge holder slides into these brackets.
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They most likely filter the same stuff out, but a whole house is designed for the much greater flow of a whole house(multiple bathrooms, kitchen, appliances). I think it's overkill.

Carry the smaller inline and you'll have room for that grey hose.
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I've used the small Camco filter, but prefer the whole-house filter because it doesn't restrict water flow nearly as much. This makes filling the water tank MUCH faster. Also, it provides much better water flow if the campground system isn't very high pressure, and especially in the event you have to use extension hoses to reach the camper.
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Why not just have a countertop brita for drinking?
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Why not just have a countertop brita for drinking?

No reason not to use one, if that is what you want to do.
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I guess that is why they have menus in restaurants... different folks like different stuff. From the single Camco to a double canister system and everything in between. The choice of a single canister whole house system appears then to be a good compromise between extremes, so my choice is good (for me). Funny how our digestive systems work. After several visits for a total of 10 weeks to a foreign city, drinking city water out of the kitchen as I do at home, I was told by the locals that it was crazy to drink that 'dirty water', that no local would be cought death drinking such. I didn't have any bad reaction, upset stomach, etc. up to that point. Since then and in following visits I stuck to bottled water, I was scared by people with local knowledge into even using bottled water to brush my teeth. I guess we humans just like our best friends (my GSD for me) build resistance by incorporating bacteria, enzymes, etc. as natural defenses.
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I've used the small Camco filter, but prefer the whole-house filter because it doesn't restrict water flow nearly as much. This makes filling the water tank MUCH faster. Also, it provides much better water flow if the campground system isn't very high pressure, and especially in the event you have to use extension hoses to reach the camper.
Using a 1/2" I. D. potable water hose may be part of the restricted flow? A 5/8" or 3/4" hose has much better flow.
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Old 11-08-2016, 04:31 PM   #17
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PS -- Amazon lists a 5/8" hose and brass pressure regulator as items often purchased with the Camco filter FYI:

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-40043-T.../dp/B0006IX87S
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We also use the double canister filter for the whole trailer. The Camco filter does little more than keep gravel and sand out. The canister filters are available to filter out more dangerous stuff. Most of the Camco filters only filter to 100 microns. The canister filters are available at 1 micron. We also have a Seagull filter under the sink with its own faucet and it filters to .4 microns. This will remove bacteria, viruses, herbicides, pesticides and cysts. It's expensive, but how much is your health worth? The filter will last for 1,000 gallons. Water from the Seagull tastes very good and it doesn't slow down the flow.
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... We also have a Seagull filter under the sink with its own faucet and it filters to .4 microns. This will remove bacteria, viruses, herbicides, pesticides and cysts. It's expensive, but how much is your health worth? The filter will last for 1,000 gallons. Water from the Seagull tastes very good and it doesn't slow down the flow.
+1 We use a Seagull IV too and love the taste of the water. When installing it I used a by-pass valve so that I could remove the filter for winterization.
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The previous owner left us a GE whole home unit. We hook with the hoses, hang it on the spigot or whatever. It's easy enough to do and we don't worry about the one inside. No complaints, seems to do the job. About $55 at the GE site.

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