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So, after 30 years working, you are finally RETIRED. You no longer have to shovel 3 feet of snow in Pittsburgh or Helena, and you are heading south to the warm beaches of Florida or the deserts of Arizona, Texas or California! WOO HOO!! Or maybe you have been Snowbirding for 10 years. Either way, the countdown has begun to this years fun-in-the-sun adventure, and you and your friends are uber excited to get going!
Let’s get Going!
You get your RV, you find a nice place with white sandy beaches, turquoise water, golf and pickleball. You get there, and you are in heaven….until you taste the stuff they call water coming out of the faucet! Gross! So you go to Camping World or Wallyworld to get a filter. You see a bunch of little blue ones… there are a lot of them, so they must be good…right? Not so fast… scroll down for what they don’t tell you. The ‘blue pill’ will filter out particles that are 100 microns and larger. A human hair is 70 microns. If hair is getting through and into my ‘filtered’ drinking water, what else is getting through?
Stinky, salty, sulfur = Sick to my stomach
What is WRONG with this water? It is brown and smells and tastes like rotten eggs! It can make you, your grandchildren and your pets sick as …well … a dog, which in some cases has results in a trip to the Urgent Care or vet. So what are your choices? You can choose to buy water in plastic bottles which are expensive, take up storage and are dangerously polluting the oceans and sea life, or you can simply clean the water yourself. The water in Florida and desert areas can have a high content of minerals, which at best don’t always taste good, and at worst can damage our RV’s plumbing. Water in these areas also may have a multitude of other contaminants such as lead, iron, pesticides, bacteria, giardia and lots of sediment floaters. And don’t even get us started on the water in Mexico and in the border towns.
Pro tip: Clean the water BEFORE it gets in your RV
The goal of a point of entry filter is to keep as much harmful stuff out of your RV as possible. The “blue pill” only has carbon in it, so it makes the water taste better, but doesn’t protect your RV from getting sediment in your tank and it doesn’t protect YOU from giardia! At 100 micron sediment removal, it can’t even guarantee to remove a human hair, which is 70 microns. Yikes! If hair is getting through and into my ‘filtered’ drinking water, what else is getting through?
If not the “blue pill” then what?
Your base system should have at least two canisters with a 1 micron sediment in the first can and a 0.5 micron or 1 micron carbon filter in the 2nd canister at a minimum. This will remove most of the taste and odor, sediment down to 0.5 micron, giardia, cryptosporidium, chlorine, pesticides, VOC’s, PFC’s and many other contaminants. Now that I have told you way more than you probably ever wanted to think about regarding your fresh water ‘peace of mind’ while traveling south, we designed the easy to install The Essential System or Essential Jumbo System so, if you are like Tracey and me, you can go back to playing pickleball and enjoying happy hour without a care in the world.
HARD WATER! White spots, crusty shower head and no lather!
Unfortunately, the water in these arid locations usually have lots of dissolved minerals that can pass through even a 0.2 micron filters, and enter your RV. To remove the harmful calcium and magnesium that cause the water to be hard and scale, you need a water softener or reverse osmosis. While the calcium and magnesium are not harmful to humans, they don’t always taste very good and they are harmful to your plumbing and hot water heater.
What about iron and sulfur smell?
Iron is a tough one in that it dissolves in water AND has symptoms other than bad taste. Dissolved iron can stain your sinks, toilet and shower, and can also smell like sulfur! Our Metal Trap filters remove the dissolved iron from the water, as well as hydrogen sulfide, which causes the sulfur smell. If you are getting your first system, you could try the Essential System plus Iron or the Essential Jumbo Plus Iron with longer life and higher flow. We have designed these systems specifically to combat these high iron locations.
Bacteria are about 1 micron in diameter, which means that they can get through a 0.5 micron NOMINAL filter. Nominal ratings mean that they filter at an average size of 0.5 or 1 micron, but could let bigger particles through. Conversely ABSOLUTE rating means that nothing bigger will get through. So a ceramic filter at 0.5 micron ABSOLUTE will remove all bacteria, whereas a carbon filter of 0.5 micron NOMINAL is not rated for bacteria. Using an under sink system can remove the bacteria as well as lead, fluoride, arsenic, chloramines and, in the case of a reverse osmosis drinking water system, all of the other dissolved minerals. The South of the Border system can remove bacteria at 6 gallons/minute, so you don’t need to have an under sink system if you have one of these bad boys!
Save money, time and storage space by filtering your own water!
If you have the ability to make great tasting, clean and safe water no matter what you start with, you can avoid the hassle and cost of carrying bottled water in with you. A dual jumbo system is about the same size as a case of bottled water, and will last you a couple of years between filter changes. An added bonus? Cuts down on plastic pollution.