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Old 03-07-2017, 06:08 PM   #1
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Should I filter all water or just sink?

At first I was thinking of filtering just sink water to save myself on filter purchases. I have the Ecco temp on demand water heater. I was mapping out my plumbing system because my shower stall should be arriving soon but had the thought that maybe I should filter all the water coming in and not just what I will be drinking. I'm not picky and don't care much I just didn't know if it would affect the water heater or if there were any other reasons I'd want to filter it all.
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Old 03-07-2017, 06:33 PM   #2
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At first I was thinking of filtering just sink water to save myself on filter purchases. I have the Ecco temp on demand water heater. I was mapping out my plumbing system because my shower stall should be arriving soon but had the thought that maybe I should filter all the water coming in and not just what I will be drinking. I'm not picky and don't care much I just didn't know if it would affect the water heater or if there were any other reasons I'd want to filter it all.
I would think that a sediment filter would be a good idea regardless. It will keep larger particulate matter from getting into your water system.

As far as filtering to remove minerals that can cause scaling on fixtures and the water heater you cannot remove that with a typical filter. That takes a "water softener". They do make them for RV's but I have not tried one.

A reverse osmosis filter will as well but is not really practical for an RV. They waste a LOT of water.

I will make a prediction that within the next two or three posts someone will tell you that taping magnets to your water line or only filling your tank during a full moon will prevent scaling.....

If you want some good info regarding water quality & filters, talk to Jesse at Waterfixers: Water Filters And Purifiers

Jesse is very sharp and really knows his stuff. And, he is a really nice guy to boot.

I currently reside in a 5th wheel out in the woods. My water comes from rainwater collection and, if it does not rain enough, the creek in the back yard. I have been using one of his filters for 2.5 years and am very happy with it.
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Old 03-07-2017, 07:25 PM   #3
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I use the Camco disposable filters, all water into tank or when hooked up gets filtered. One lasts a year or so camping about 50-60 nights.
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ive been wondering this exact question too. thanks for bringing it up. i seen a video today where he pretty much made his own filter and then had another smaller one that he bought at the very end of the line. it went rock, gravel, fine sand, then into the store bought filter. since it went through all of that natural filter first it pretty much got rid of all the contaminants and hardly ever had to change the last defense of the store bought filter.

here is the link if you wanna watch. guy has a pretty simple ideal setup all around.

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Rather than spend a bunch of money on filters, just attach magnets to the water line. You can glue them around it or take the easy way out with tape.

I'm not sure exactly what the science is behind it, but it does a great job of preventing mineral deposits from forming!

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... That was the third post. Steve knows what he's talking about.

I never knew that osmosis filters wasted water. I've heard that Sawyer™ Filters do an efficient job making water potable.
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That took 10 days...

I was starting to think I was the only person who'd paid any attention to what Steve had said.

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At first I was thinking of filtering just sink water to save myself on filter purchases. I have the Ecco temp on demand water heater. I was mapping out my plumbing system because my shower stall should be arriving soon but had the thought that maybe I should filter all the water coming in and not just what I will be drinking. I'm not picky and don't care much I just didn't know if it would affect the water heater or if there were any other reasons I'd want to filter it all.
Hi Eric, I've lived in a motorhome for the last three years and have had great success with filtering (sediment and carbon) all the water going into my rig and filtering the drinking water again before use. Some folks talk about all the water problems they've had - I've never had any. So, based on a very small data point - I suggest filtering all water. Of course, a fulltimer keeps their water moving all the time. I suspect/guess some of the problems that people report are from leaving the water unused for months at a time.

I often use an 'On The Go' RV portable water softener when filling. I'm not sure that it made a big difference but it didn't hurt anything either (that I could see). I've never taken the time to measure the water hardness before and after - just lazy...
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Old 03-21-2017, 05:32 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the advice! I was just trying to see if I could avoid using the carbon filters to filter shower water to keep filter costs down. I have a few screens in the lines but sounds like I should have all water that comes into my system filtered. I will probably still look into a portable water softener that all water entering the system goes thru then just carbon filter sink water
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