RV Water Filters: Good, Better & Best
If you’re anything like us, drinking clean water while traveling is very important and it can be a challenge to know if what your drinking is from a safe source.
Living and traveling full time in an RV, means our water source is constantly changing, so we want the peace of mind that our water is free of any harmful bacteria, heavy metals, sediment and that it tastes good too!
Today we’ll be reviewing three RV water filtration systems at three different price points.
We’ll dive deep into the features, installation, benefits, and limitations of each filtration system.
Let’s get to it!
The Good: Camco Taste Pure Water Filter
Price: Under $20
Filter Features: Uses Granular Activated Carbon and a 20 micron sediment filter to reduce bad taste, odors, chlorine and sediment in drinking water. Filter lasts “one camping season.”
Installation: Simple hose attachments installed on the exterior of an RV
Pros: Price, easy install, offered at many online retailers and big box stores
Cons: Short lifespan (one camping season), parts leak with lots of usage, doesn’t filter fluoride, water still flows through many potentially dirty pipes after filtration
Ideal for: Weekend camping trips
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Our Hot Take: If you’re a full time RVer, this filter is only for you if its your first stage of water filtration. We don’t recommend this as your only method of filtration. It’s a great tool and easy to store – but step up your game!
Getting Better: Big Berkey Water Filter System
Price: Starts at $258
Filter Features: 2.25 gallon capacity, filters out fluoride (optional), viruses, pathogenic bacteria, lead, arsenic, chlorine and more. No electricity or water pressure needed. Filters last 1000s of gallons – needed changing about once a year
Installation: The installation takes about thirty minutes and involves screwing filters into the top and bottom chambers.
Pros: Water is thoroughly filtered, has the option to remove fluoride, no water pressure or electric needed – great in case of emergency. The stainless steel design is beautiful and will last for many years. The water tastes amazing, too
Cons: Takes up precious counter space & needs to be secured when traveling.
Ideal for: Travelers in large rigs & RVers that want a higher quality filtering system
Product Links: Big Berkey – https://goo.gl/ZsJCeJ Fluoride Filter – https://goo.gl/XQ4Ccc
Our Hot Take: This is a great filtration system. We love that is can filter out fluoride. The Berkey doesn’t travel well in our 16 foot Fiber Stream, but the Airstream will have more space for it. Also, this filter is awesome for weekend or seasonal campers who want filtered water in their sticks & bricks home, too!
The Best: Acuva UV LED Water Filtration System
Price: Starts at $649
Filter Features: Uses a unique LED UV ray technology to disrupt the DNA of viruses and bacteria. This is used in conjunction with an activated carbon filter.
Installation: You may need help. Acuva sends all the parts needed for install, but if you’re not handy, we recommend getting a helping hand. The unit is very compact. It mounts with great stability and comes with its own spout with a built in LED light to indicate performance.
Pros: Filtration happens right before you receive the water – giving you the cleanest water possible. The LED UV system uses very little electricity. We feel safe drinking out of our water tanks now.
Cons: Price – at $600+ this is a steep initial investment. The flow rate is relatively slow, it takes over a minute to fill a gallon jug – filling up a small glass in no problem.
Ideal for: Travelers in all size rigs & RVers that want a higher quality filtering system.
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Our Hot Take: This filtration system is da bomb (do people still say that?). We love that its that last point of contact before water hits our glass. This filter made us drink out of our vintage water tanks with confidence and peace of mind!
Now that we have clean, filtered water – let’s make it fancy! We love soda water, sparkling water, bubbly water, fizzy water…whatever you call that stuff, it’s amazing 😍
BUT, when we buy the canned water, it creates soooo much waste to haul off to recycling.
The Soda Stream has changed our soda-water-lovin’ lives. It’s small enough to fit on our tiny counter and produces bottles of sparkling water on demand. The unit requires no electricity, just a simple CO2 canister.
A single CO2 canister can sparkle around 90 litres of water. Once the canister is empty, it can be exchanged at any Target or Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Let us know how you filter water…and if you love sparkling water! 😍
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Great round up. Sean created a DIY 3 phase system with different micron levels to filter bacteria as well. It was about $150 to build.
Link the blog post!
We use the Camco cylinder outside and keep a Brita filter pitcher in the refrigerator. We use the water in pitcher for drinking and fill the coffee pot. We have stayed at RV parks who offer reverse osmosis filtered water dispensers. 25-30 cents a gallon and the water tastes great.
Like zero water , works great and takes chlorine and lots of other stuff, fits in refrigerator
We LOVE our Travel Berkey which is the smaller Berkey version – only 1.5 gallons. We’ve never used a Soda Stream, but we have been talking about it since we drink ridiculous amounts of sparkling water. The cans are getting out of control. Thanks for the recommendation!
I bet thats a great size! We love our Soda Stream. It’s really reduced the waste we produce.
Nice! Thats pretty inexpensive!
We use a Berkey. The best thing about it…. no matter where you are your water always tastes the same.
Ya, IDK guys. I grew up in the Caribbean drinking water from a cistern that was untreated and unfiltered.
We have been full timing for 5 years with a Camco filter that we change every 3 mos. Our drinking water is also filtered with an under sink filter so it is double filtered. But, having lived all over the world and having drunk the water (I DETEST bottled water) I’m really not too concerned unless I’m in an area known to have bad water (Peru at Christmas, Syria several times) where I am careful to boil it.
Then again I’m an inveterate nail biter who has rarely ever been sick in 68 years. My doctor says it’s because I have an incredible immune system.
This is a good list, but I wish there was more information on full house filtration systems, like the 2/3/4 canisters systems. Good and pure drinking water is great, but some areas of the country has such mineral laden content it makes it very difficult for those sensitive to it and it really messes up the RV systems, sinks, toilets and showers.
We use the Big Berkey and love it.True,it does take up counter space but we feel it’s worth it.
When we’re traveling, we just set it in the sink and haven’t had any problems so far.
We absolutely love our Travel Berkey. Yes it takes up space but we have adapted to it. We also use the Camco hose filters to take out the big chunks. Next there is a whole house .5 micron filter that the water goes thru on the way to our tank. And all water for drinking for us and our dog goes thru the Berkey. It always tastes great. With researching what the Berkey filters out I don’t think it can be beat.
Unfortunately your comment regarding fluoride strikes a negative response. Fluoride has been researched and numerous studies have shown the benefit to resisting tooth decay.
Having lived grown up in the US whereby fluoride was in my drinking water, I’ve not had a cavity. In fact when I lived in Europe and visited local dentists, more than once a dentist would gather his colleagues to have them see what the benefit fluoride provided to my teeth. This was particularly true of England, where folks are famed for having notoriously bad teeth.
Don’t knock fluoride.