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Are you looking for the best RV water filter? We have been struggling to find a solution to our drinking water since we hit the road in our RV two years ago. We drink a lot of water and hate buying bottled water, but we also want our water to be clean and taste good. Finally! We have a solution to our RV water filter problem.
Why Use An RV Water Filter
Every time you change your location, you also change your water source, changing the ratio of minerals, sediment, and bacteria in your water. Although good-tasting drinking water is essential to us, it is not the main reason we filter the water going into our RV.
Protect Your RV
Water with high levels of sediment and minerals can harm your RV. Minerals can coat and clog the pipes and potentially damage systems such as your toilet.
Water labeled as potable does not mean it is guaranteed to be free from harmful chemicals and bacteria. Filtering your water before it enters the RV will reduce these chemicals before it hits your freshwater tank and your glass.
A good RV water filter will save you money in the long run. A good RV water filter will reduce the amount of money you will spend on repairs to clogged and damaged pipes. Using the water from our tap instead of buying water bottles is so much cheaper and eliminating plastic water bottles impacts our environment.
Table Top Water Filter
Many people have suggested we use a tabletop water filter for improved drinking water. The most commonly recommended is the Berkey water filter. While this is probably a fantastic option for some RVers, it won’t work for us for several reasons.
Not only do we have limited counter space, but a large filter container will not fit between our upper and lower cabinets. We would be forced to place it on our dining table, which is also our office and game room. There is just no space available for it.
Countertop filters may do a great job filtering drinking water, but they do not protect the RV. It is essential to remove sediment and minerals before it enters our RV pipes to prevent problems down the road.
What you need to know about RV Water Filters
Many people purchase water filters based on the specific minerals and bacteria found in their water. Because RVers travel to different locations that won’t work for us. Our water filters need to remove a wide variety of contaminants. So let’s talk about what you should look for before you purchase your next water filter.
The particles found in water are measured in microns. Particles smaller than 35 microns are too small to see without the use of a microscope. The smaller the micron of the filter, the more contaminants it will remove from the water.
Water Flow Rate
Before you purchase the lowest micron filter available, it is vital to know the impact it will have on your water flow rate. The smaller the micron, the slower the water will go through the filter.
As the water pushes through a filter, it will experience a restriction of flow. If you are trying to filter sediment up to 20 microns through a 1-micron filter, the resistance will be very high. This will significantly impact how fast water will flow into the RV. So finding a way to balance the removal of contaminants without killing our flow rate is the goal.
Our Old Inline RV Water Filter
When we first hit the road, we did not do much research into water filters. We picked up that same old blue water filter that everyone else was using. It was inexpensive and easy to find. But the trouble with this water filter is everything it leaves in the water.
This filter does a great job of helping the water taste better by reducing smells, odor, and chlorine but is only rated at 20 microns. You can see by the chart above how few contaminants it actually removes. Removing illness-causing bacteria and cysts were very important to us. So we started researching better water filter options.
Our RV Water Filter Solution
To achieve our water filter goals, we are using a two-step filtration system by CLEAR2O. This system is easy to use and will filter down to 1 micron without sacrificing our flow rate.
Our initial filtration is through the CLEAR2O DirtGUARD. It is a 20-micron filter that eliminates sediment, rust, sand, and other large particles. This larger filter can be rinsed out every time we move locations to remove particles. This initial filtration removes larger particles that will clog the smaller filter in step 2.
The second step in our filtration system is a CLEAR2O inline 1-micron water filter. This is where the magic happens. This filter will remove odors, harmful contaminants such as lead, chlorine, and other volatile organic compounds. It will also make your water taste so much better.
Before adding the DirtGUARD to the 1-micron inline filter, we clogged the filter with sand and dirt in only a few weeks. We actually clogged one filter in as little as 5 days! That should tell you how bad the water actually was at that campground. Imagine putting that water into your rig or worse, your body!
Now that we are using the DirtGUARD as an initial filter, our 1-micron filter will last much longer. We don’t have to worry about the sand and dirt clogging the filter. This is going to save us money on our inline water filters!!
Installation of our water filtration system is as easy as 1-2-3!
Insert your CLEAR2O inline water filter into the bottom of the DirtGUARD. Note: You can use any inline filter with DirtGUARD, but we prefer CLEAR2O.
Attach the DirtGUARD 2 step filter system to your spigot. The DirtGUARD will be on the spigot side, and the inline filter will be on the RV side.
Turn on the water! Bam! That easy.
CLEAR2O VS Camco
I know what you are thinking. Why not just use the Camco 20 micron inline filter on one side of the hose and the CLEAR2O 1-micron filter on the other? Well, I am glad you asked!! Let’s break them down and talk about why one is better than the other.
The Camco 20-micron filter uses loose carbon to filter the water. The problem with this method is water will burrow its way through the carbon. As water pushes the carbon to the filter’s sides, it creates a path without carbon, which will not filter all of the water going through the filter.
The DirtGUARD 20 micron filter forces water through a polyethylene filter. The filter is not loose. It is solid porous plastic.
CLEAR2O Inline Filter
You might be interested to know CLEAR2O uses a solid carbon core in their 1-micron filter. This forces all the water through the carbon core, which ensures complete filtration.
Our friends over at CLEAR2O have graciously provided our readers a 15% off coupon! The coupon will expire on December 7th, so don’t miss out! Be sure to put everything in the cart you need because you can only use the coupon once per person. To activate the coupon, just click any of the CLEAR2O links provided in the blog.
Best RV Water Filter
This has been our best water filter option for ease of use, cost, and filter effectiveness. We have been pleased with the setup and can tell the difference in the taste of our water. We will never use anything less than a 1-micron water filter again.
How did you solved your RV water problem? Please share your solution below in the comments.
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Thanks for Stopping By
Phil & Stacy from You, Me the RV
We will see ya on the road!
This blog has been sponsored by CLEAR2O. Better water by design.