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Old 04-05-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
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Finally warmed up enough to do a little work. Tore the basement walls down and swapped the factory water filter for a better one with a bypass so I don't have to fill it with antifreeze. Fixed that awful mount as well. I'll put a better filter in when I can actually get it wet.

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We looked at a 2014 31SL in Indio, and the water filter appeared to be held on with one screw. It would move around - I could not imagine it would stay put long with water in it. I like your install. Carriage used a 3M whole house filter with a plastic bypass. Your's looks substantial and a good brand
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Old 04-05-2014, 07:12 PM   #3
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Thank you. Ya that one screw made it a real trick to unscrew the filter. It required both arms through that little access hole, one on the wrench and one to hold the filter. I hope that issue will go away now.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:08 PM   #4
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Was underneath mine and noticed that they now attach the water filter with the L bracket to an installed aluminum tube with 8 screws. Its so great to see Redwood fixing some of these weak spots.
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Old 04-05-2014, 10:14 PM   #5
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Wow that's great news railcat! We are expecting our new 38rl in May!
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:58 PM   #6
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Excellent installation! Does the filter kit come with a mounting bracket or is that an "extra"? My next project!!
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Finally warmed up enough to do a little work. Tore the basement walls down and swapped the factory water filter for a better one with a bypass so I don't have to fill it with antifreeze. Fixed that awful mount as well. I'll put a better filter in when I can actually get it wet.

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Excellent!!

I cant quite see the model # though (showing my age again).
Would you mind sharing your purchase info?

Thanks!
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Old 04-06-2014, 05:55 AM   #8
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Glad to hear Redwood fixed the bracket finally! It was a real struggle to get that housing off through the hole with two hands.

Almcc, I did have to order the bracket separate. I got it here on Amazon (the wrench is actually a full circle, unlike the picture):

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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The filter is a Watts WP500222 - I got it here on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This is the filter I'll try when I de-winterize. I picked one with a reasonably high flow, but the proof will be in the pudding. I probably have two or three other types I bought to try over the winter.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Many thanks!!
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:07 PM   #10
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I'm actually thinking about eliminating the basement filter. I purchased an RV soft water system and thought of placing it in a plastic type milk crate and placing a filter like yours ahead of the soft water system and connecting it all with quick connects. All I would have to do when I get to my destination is connect a source hose to the filter and another from the soft water tank to the coach. I could then place the crate under the slide out of the way. The only problem may be a clear filter case. I think I read that a clear case will grow mold inside if light gets in. I'm sure that filter is available with a solid case. Love the fact that it has a bypass and is inexpensive!! Great job by the way!
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Thanks Rick!

My buddy does exactly what you are talking about. He has it set up so he can disconnect the second filter in case it reduces his pressure too much, and there were times he uses no filter because of pressure. His was all opaque because it is outside. I wish I knew the brand, but I don't.
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in our current RV we only have a water filter at the sink for water that we consume. The water pressure issue causes us to not put a whole house filter on the rig. Plus whole house filters are expensive to replace. I often wonder if there are enough benefits.
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I have a whole house filter that I bought at a home store years ago. It is 5 or 6 inches in diameter and 8 -10 inches high. I have it in a small garbage can with lid that I insulated between filter and can. The connections with quick disconnect come out the side. To hook up I sit the can out, have a short hose that runs from the faucet to the filter, the regulator goes on the other filter quick connect and the hose to the camper goes on the connect on the regulator. Takes a minute or two to hook up, and depending on which filter I put on anywhere from about $10 to $40. to replace cartridge and replace about once a year.
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I have a whole house filter that I bought at a home store years ago. It is 5 or 6 inches in diameter and 8 -10 inches high. I have it in a small garbage can with lid that I insulated between filter and can. The connections with quick disconnect come out the side. To hook up I sit the can out, have a short hose that runs from the faucet to the filter, the regulator goes on the other filter quick connect and the hose to the camper goes on the connect on the regulator. Takes a minute or two to hook up, and depending on which filter I put on anywhere from about $10 to $40. to replace cartridge and replace about once a year.
Sounds interesting, do you have a picture or a brand and model number of the filter?
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in our current RV we only have a water filter at the sink for water that we consume. The water pressure issue causes us to not put a whole house filter on the rig. Plus whole house filters are expensive to replace. I often wonder if there are enough benefits.
I never used one before - but the ice maker made me add it the option list at the last minute.
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that is a good point! The Samsung fridge I have in my house has a water filter that serves the icemaker, I had just assumed I would have that same luxury! Maybe not. I guess I can just get a small inline filter for that, even though we WILL have the whole house filter too. I love your installation with the bypass. I might do that so I can use the bypass for low water pressure situations. I can't stand taking a "sprinkle" instead of a shower!! LOL!
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that is a good point! The Samsung fridge I have in my house has a water filter that serves the icemaker, I had just assumed I would have that same luxury! Maybe not. I guess I can just get a small inline filter for that, even though we WILL have the whole house filter too. I love your installation with the bypass. I might do that so I can use the bypass for low water pressure situations. I can't stand taking a "sprinkle" instead of a shower!! LOL!
If you don't like taking a sprinkle instead of a shower, you can disconnect the hose from the handheld showerhead and remove the water restrictor so more water goes to the showerhead. It makes quite a difference. This was recommended to us by a plumber friend.
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Don/t have a picture and would have to take it out of the can to take it. Insulated the can for when we are where it might freeze, and put the split pipe insulation on the water lines for the same reason. Just go to a Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, or a place like that. I got mine at Menards. Look at there whole house filters Mine is the bigger one and is blue. Any one of the whole house filters should work.
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I was wondering if there was a restrictor in there, thanks Rick. So far we have been pretty happy with pressure at the campsites we have been to. I even use the adjustable camping world water regulator.

Todd, our Norcold fridge does not have a filter, but your Samsung may! I defer to somebody that has one.
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AA...I'm having difficulty visualizing exactly to what you attached your new bracket. I was poking around in there yesterday and the "ceiling" is nothing more than toilet paper. And did you need to extend the supply hose to the filter?
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