Where Do You Connect an RV Water Filter?
You finally bought that water filter for your RV, but where should you connect it?
Do you put it on the exterior spout? How about after the hose and before the RV? You can even install one directly before each individual interior faucet. The options are plenty.
RV water filters can go a long way toward your peace of mind, and we’ll help you figure out the right location for you to place yours.
Let’s jump in!
What is a Water Filter?
A water filter removes impurities from the water using a fine physical barrier, a chemical process, or a biological process. Minerals, chemicals, and even biological particles can be removed through a filter. An RV water filter isn’t necessarily just for RVs, but it’s able to be installed “in-line” with your water hose.
Why You Want a Filter
If you’re staying in RV parks, you might think you don’t need a water filter. However, many parks use well water, and even city water in certain areas can contain excess chlorine or be “hard.”
By that, we mean full of minerals such as lime that can cause buildup in your hose and pipes. This eventually causes enough damage to create leaks or even broken pipes.
An RV water filter is also much more environmentally responsible than bottled water, especially since recycling isn’t often available in RV parks. Even though most require you to replace the filters every so often, you’re still keeping a large amount of plastic out of the landfills.
In fact, you’ll only need to change your filter every three to twelve months, depending on the type you get.
Compared to purchasing RO (Reverse Osmosis) purified water, having a water filter is much more convenient. No more lugging multiple, large water containers to and from the store. In addition, you’ll get that storage space back for more important things like clothes or camera gear.
Types of Water Filters
Water filters come in various styles.
A sediment filter is a basic type suggested to protect your pipes and fixtures from hard water and grit. It’s typically a physical barrier that acts as a sieve to remove larger particles.
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Carbon filters, also known as activated charcoal, improve the taste and smell of your RV’s water. Its biggest benefit is that it gets rid of chlorine. But it can also remove mercury, lead, and other harmful heavy metals. Countertop filters, such as Brita and Pur, contain carbon.
Ceramic filters, or “biofilters,” are excellent at removing bacteria, giardia cysts, and protozoa. However, these aren’t the best at removing chemicals like chlorine, so ensure the one you’re buying has a carbon filter too or add the carbon filter before the ceramic.
Reverse Osmosis forces the water through a membrane to remove many chemicals such as arsenic, fluoride, and nitrates. However, it doesn’t remove chlorine, so most of these also include a carbon filter.
We suggest that whatever filter you purchase has a sediment filter, so the remaining filters don’t have to work as hard and won’t get filled up quickly. If it doesn’t contain one itself, purchase one to put between it and the water source.
Pro Tip: Keeping your RV fresh water tank clean is the first step to quality drinking water while on the road. Here is How to Clean Your RV Fresh Water Tank.
Where to Place Your RV Water Filter
Professionals and common sense suggest placing your RV water filter as close to the water source as possible. This way, you’ll have less contamination and buildup in your hose and pipes.
As we mentioned above, if you have multiple filters, place the larger particle filter closer to the source. For example, place a carbon/sediment filter and a ceramic filter, so the water goes through the carbon/sediment filter first.
Do you use a water filter in your RV? If so, tell us what kind you’re using and where you have it set up.
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Sunday 12th of December 2021
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Monday 6th of September 2021
As usually suggested to, a pressure regulator, put your filter upstream of the pressure regulator.
Tuesday 24th of August 2021
I removed the inside filter housing that was hard to service, prone to leaks, and a messy contortion when a filter needed to be changed out..The factory single stage filter was mostly a "gravel strainer" anyway! I bypassed the old filter housing, and hung a two stage filter bracket on the bottom edge trim screws of my slideout when set up, located near the city water hookup. With a 2 micron first stage sediment filter and a 1 micron charcoal second stage, this should filter out giardia and other icky things as well as make the taste of the water much better, The clear filter housings make it pretty obvious when the filters get groady.
Only downside is that my fresh water tank needs to be filled through the filters now, instead of having the factory inside setup filter both water sources..When boondocking, a small 12vdc pump comes in handy for tank refills via some portable plastic water containers..
Friday 13th of August 2021
Enjoy your videos and articles, I use a cartridge water filter like the camco you talked about. It's the AquaCrest RV / Marine / Garden Water Filter, unlike the camco filter this filter also removes heavy metals, fluoride, chlorine, and arsenic.
Friday 13th of August 2021
I place my filter at the end of the hose going into the camper, followed by a pressure regulator. This filters out tastes from the hose itself.