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Water filter for drinking water only?
« on: May 15, 2016, 07:27:11 AM »
We often "dry camp" at a camp ground that has electricity but no water at the sites.  We fill the water at the campground and the water is not the best.  We use a ton of water bottles for anything we consume but it is expensive and a pain to manage.  I think I can put a water filter on the cold water going to kitchen faucet.

Two questions:
1) Is that a good idea?
2) Any recomendations for filter?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2016, 07:55:32 AM »
Can you fill your tank  home before you leave?

I use a filter very similar to this one available at Home Depot, Lowe's and probably Walmart. I use a charcoal filter and just change it out every year. All my water while camping goes through this filter.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/OmniFilter-11-3-8-in-x-5-7-8-in-Whole-House-Water-Filtration-System-OMNIFILTER-OB5-S-05/206314860
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2016, 08:16:42 AM »
we need to do the same thing-I use a softener and whole house filter to fill the tank but need a better filter for the drinking water. I was going to look at filters at Lowes to see what I can find. I would like a filter to attach to the water hose.
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2016, 08:19:14 AM »
Instead of water bottles, we use the 2.5 gallon containers of drinking water. Easy to pour for drinking or cooking, and a whole lot cheaper than water bottles.

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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2016, 11:11:28 AM »
Britta and PUR faucet filters both have a good rep.. Britta pitches are not as good as PUR's though.  I have used a Britta Pitcher for years. Finally broke it, and the best option was a PUR.. (Lowest cost, what the thrift store had in stock) so I'm switching over.

Wal*Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, et-al carry all the above.

You can also get some very good "under sink" filters that come up to a 2nd faucet.
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2016, 11:51:14 AM »
All the water coming into the coach is filtered and I have a separate water faucet for drinking water that has an extra filter on it.
http://www.homedepot.com/b/Search/N-5yc1vZcddq/Ntk-Extended/Ntt-drinking%2Bwater%2Bfaucet?Ntx=mode+matchpartialmax&NCNI-5
Add a filter
http://www.homedepot.com/s/drinking+water+filters?NCNI-5
I do taste the water at the faucet when hooking up. Most times the filters are able to remove any bad/different taste.
 If it is to bad I will just use the on board tank and not hook up
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2016, 01:44:40 PM »
We boondock most of the time and a few of our water stopping spots have some terrible tasting water, what we use is this water filter from camping world. It will make some of the worst water possible, drinkable. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.



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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2016, 08:51:24 AM »
When we have a pressurized water fill source and have suspect or bad tasting water we filter incoming water.  We use a two stage system with a charcoal filter and then a 1.0um absolute filter as the final stage.  The charcoal has so far been very effective in removing bad tasting in water.  We do restrict the fill rate to 1.5gpm (in line orifice)  to allow adequate dwell time for the water passing through the carbon in the carbon filter. 

 
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2016, 10:52:21 AM »
Nice setup there Len.

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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2016, 11:34:26 AM »
  We use a two stage system with a charcoal filter and then a 1.0um absolute filter as the final stage.  The charcoal has so far been very effective in removing bad tasting in water.  We do restrict the fill rate to 1.5gpm (in line orifice)  to allow adequate dwell time for the water passing through the carbon in the carbon filter. 
Do "they" recommend the 1.5gpm orifice for all carbon filters or just the filter you are using? I'm just curious as I've never seen that before. Where did you get the orifice? Do you notice a difference without the orifice? 

Inquiring minds want to know.  Thanks.
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2016, 11:50:22 AM »
I "inherited" this Everpure system when I purchased my used rig.
It's not inexpensive. The cartridges are metal canisters, run about 40 bucks and need to be replaced once a year.
But it gets rave reviews and blocks way more crap than the cheaper systems.
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2016, 11:58:17 AM »
No 'they', me.  When you do some reading on carbon filtration and why it works you will come across articles on volume of active of carbon, type, DWELL TIME, etc all having impact on how effective activated carbon filtration is.   I made my own orifice out of brass and got the flow rate I wanted by trial and error with 45psi water line pressure.  Slower flow rate is better (longer dwell) for removing impurities but slower means longer time to fill the RV water tank.  It is a personal trade off you make.
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2016, 03:52:31 PM »
Thanks for the info, I"ll have to check out the reading.
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2016, 11:23:15 PM »
Hi to all.........

About water filters:
I'm a fulltime boondocker so this is not just a 'Lifestyle" but the style of my how I live. haha) and potable water is critical.
The best water filter is a Berkey only one worth having - nothing else even really comes close.
http://www.berkeyfilters.com

thanx.........INTJohn

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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #14 on: August 25, 2016, 09:09:57 AM »
Here's what I did- bought 2 whole house filters, first is a rust/sediment. Second is reduces chlorine, taste and odor and sediment.
After the second whole house filter I put in a “tee” one side goes to the water softener and into the camper.
The other side has a 35 psi pressure reducer and then it goes through a fridge filter, I used brass fitting to get it to thread on the pressure reducer so I can remove and store the filter in the fridge when not using it.
Water tastes great and is DW approved
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2016, 01:29:35 PM »
Berkey is the "Cadillac" for water filtration.  I have often looked at them.  A person can save some money by just buying the filter cartridges and build your own with two 5 gallon - food safe - pails.  Not as lovely as the stainless steel units but will work the same.
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #16 on: September 07, 2016, 09:12:59 AM »
I use the same twin cartridge setup as Len does for filling the tank,, but I screw on a Camco in line filter at the inlet. Then also use a 2 gallon Berkey in the rig for drinking water.
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2016, 09:31:49 AM »
I use a home made activated charcoal filter on all water entering the RV, even if it's just flushing the flusher. This filter gets rid of a lot of sediment and other stuff.

Drinking water is run into a PUR filter stored in the Fridge.

That way not only is it clean... IT IS COLD.
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Re: Water filter for drinking water only?
« Reply #18 on: September 07, 2016, 06:24:43 PM »
We use a whole house sediment and charcoal filter setup for the incoming water supply, but we also have a point of use faucet mounted PUR filter in the kitchen for drinking and coffee water. The filter has a selector valve that switches it in or out depending on how the water will be used.
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