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Old 09-11-2018, 09:14 PM   #1
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Fresh Boondocking Water?

Hey Skoolies, I'm in the design phase and am looking into having a water inlet bay on one side or the other that will include the following:

*100' garden hose with a strainer or three in/on it
*A reel for the hose
*A DC pump to suck water through the hose
*At least a trio of water filters for:
....Sediment (washable)
....Charcoal (taste and odor)
....Very fine filter (for biohazards and some chemical)
....Maybe a UV filter too

I'm also open to DI, RO, and just about everything else. I might even put a softener onboard.

The idea here is to acquire water from nearly any source (within reason - even a campground) and purify it really well. This could make boondocking less limited, depending on the poo and food situation.

Got any thoughts? I'm ready to learn!

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Old 09-14-2018, 02:31 PM   #2
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Not sure in the filtration part, but from my understanding, pumps are better at pushing then pulling, so it might be necessary to get a pump that you can put in the water source and pump to the rig
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Old 09-14-2018, 07:55 PM   #3
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I got one of these filters based on a recommendation from my friend: https://amzn.to/2p7ql2b

You use it to filter the water before it goes into the tank. My friend typically fills up at gas stations and also uses a filter at his sink for drinking water.

I haven't installed my water system yet but I"m more or less copying what he did.
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:12 PM   #4
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Sounds like someone is well schooled in dialysis.... Nothing wrong with RO or DI water, just seems cost prohibitive.
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Old 09-15-2018, 01:47 PM   #5
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I bought one from these guys: https://waterfixercompany.com

Used it daily for over two years and am quite happy with it. Great customer service too.
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You won't be able to draw a suction on a garden hose. It WILL collapse.
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I have bought water filtration stuff from these people: https://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/ .

I use a 3 stage unit with an UV unit for my roof collected water on my cabin. Screens on the gutter, then through a sand filter and into the cistern. After the pump it goes through the filters, filtered to like 1 micron, then the UV light.
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:22 AM   #8
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I understand an can appreciate the goal. If I were doing that, I would probably go with an RO system. They aren't cheap or simple but seem to do a fine job. This company & product has a great reputation in the sailing world.

That said, finding fresh water has a never been a problem in my five years of full-timing out west. However; I've always had big capacity (currently 150 gallon fresh tank) and that lasts a fairly long time.
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:27 AM   #9
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I got one of these filters based on a recommendation from my friend: https://amzn.to/2p7ql2b

You use it to filter the water before it goes into the tank. My friend typically fills up at gas stations and also uses a filter at his sink for drinking water.

I haven't installed my water system yet but I"m more or less copying what he did.
Thanks for sharing that.

What you have there is a standard RV filter in use in just about every RV at every campground. I don't know the size of the filtration (in microns) but it isn't for screening out the really nasty stuff, just taste and odor (to a degree). They're not expensive and are on the bottom end of the filtration scale.

The system I'm looking to build will be like a "tank" (think military). Those filters there are in the realm of "jeep". Or, if we were to quantify them on a scale, that one there is a 1 or a 2; I'm trying to get to a 9 or 10.

I do appreciate your input. I apologize if I'm coming off in the wrong way, I don't mean to.

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Sounds like someone is well schooled in dialysis.... Nothing wrong with RO or DI water, just seems cost prohibitive.
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