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Need Water Filter(s) for Your RV
New Campground Caveats
As if evacuations, closures and quarantines weren’t enough, this season’s camping has new rules and rates.
* Read the campground rules. They may be expensive, unfair or just plain stupid. For example, this rule was buried in a sea of fine print when a couple checked into this campground. No package deliveries allowed. Really?
Forget receiving spare parts, prescriptions, your online food order or any other deliveries at one campground in Montrose, Colorado where a full-timer family was thrown out for violating their rule against receiving mail or packages c/o the resort. Their crime? They ordered overnight delivery for a computer via FedEx.
The FedEx driver was turned away by the campground office, so he phoned the buyer from outside the gates, and the RV traveler went out to take delivery of his computer. Then the sheriff was called to evict these folks while their children looked on.
See their story on You Tube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqQgYe8llCI&feature=youtu.be
It's not uncommon for campground rules to state that no refund will be given if you are evicted for breaking the rules. Their campground, their rules. Be forewarned.
* Know before you go if you’re going to be charged an extra fee for having a pet on board, or having a third or fourth family member. The park may be “pet friendly” but won’t accept your breed or an extra large dog. (Many campgrounds ban breeds deemed to be dangerous by their insurance company. This may also be a city or county ordinance, not the fault of the campground.)
* Must you sign a liability waiver to swim in the pool? Boat in the private lake? A few campgrounds even require this waiver to use the campground at all.
* Good news. More campgrounds are now adding premium “patio” suites that have a private, fenced in dog run. Also popular are double or triple “family” campsites designed for two or three RV’s.
5 Reasons Why You Need RV Water Filters
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As a traveler on the go you fill up each time with different water. The next campground may have city water, well water, spring water or cistern water. It may be inspected and deemed “safe” but it it may be saltier, harder, softer, more highly chlorinated or, in some areas, rust colored or stinky with sulphur.
According to health standards it’s all safe to drink, but coffee tastes different each time. Reconstituted drinks taste funny. There are bad hair days because the same shampoo and conditioner work differently with each tank of water.
For a small investment in time, money and handygirl skills you can have tap water that behaves the same way every day, no matter where you filled the tank. First, understand that we are talking water filters, not water purifiers that make bad water potable, nor desalinators that turn sea water fresh.
Here are reasons to consider water filtration:
1. Bottled water is expensive, bulky, weighs a lot and clogs landfills with plastic. Filters last for years before they have to be changed, so your trash impact is almost nothing.
2. This highly effective, screw-in filtering shower head is a snap to install without tools. It is a must for travelers with sensitive skin and it means more consistent results with your favorite gels, soaps, shampoo and conditioner. It also means less gunk builds up in your RV shower stall, making cleaning easier. http://amzn.to/1NXbkEl
3. This filter is easy to screw onto a hose to remove chlorine and other irritants before they go into the water tank. https://amzn.to/3aYTbsv
4. Designed for use in RV’s and boats, this portable water softener can be used only when and where needed. It’s easily recharged with table salt. It's ideal for, say, water that goes to the shower or washing machine. (Yes, some large RV’s have laundry machines on board. https://amzn.to/3jgbg8r
5. Screw-on water filters at the kitchen sink are bulky and always in the way. An under-sink water filter with its own faucet requires installation but is a lifetime investment. Filters last for months, even years. Use the faucet for drinking nd cooking water.
HOW TO CHOOSE AN RV WATER FILTER
* Read technical specs, which vary greatly. Also read installation requirements.
* Measure space available in sight and behind the scenes.
* Know how often filter cartridges must be changed, what they cost and how difficult it is to change them.
Not for Everyone but....
HERE'S A DIFFERENT TYPE OF WATER FILTER
PORTABLE WATER PURIFIER
|Berkey Water Filters are Countertop Units|
A high-duty water filter for the back country is recommended by a reader. The company says it “almost” qualifies as a water purifier. On the plus side, it’s a handsome unit in stainless steel with what may be the most powerful filtration available.
On the minus side, it’s a freestanding unit that is bulky to stow and position, expensive to buy and expensive to service with replacement filters as needed. It has its own spigot and is kept on the table or countertop. It may be best suited for a base camp or cabin.
It isn’t to be compared with in-line filters above that work as part of your pressure water system. Additional filters for fluoride and arsenic are optional. Sizes range from 1.5 gallons to 6 gallons, priced at $250 to $690.
READ TECHNICAL SPECS TO SEE IF THIS TYPE FILTER IS WHAT YOU NEED.