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WarrenS65

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Posted: 05/08/22 12:28pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Most of my boondocking trips will be short enough for the tank to last, but at least 1 or 2 a year will be longer.
For those, I won't have access to hookups, but there will be water available. I know I can fill the tank using the gravity fill, but I'd like to run the water through a filtration system before putting it in the tank.

The two systems I'm looking at are the ClearSource (3 filter) and the Platypus GravityWorks systems (I already have this for backpacking or household emergencies). I like the Platypus because it's innexpensive, very lightweight, and takes very little space. I like the ClearSource because it's a better filtration system and likely faster.
My questions are:
  1. If I have several 5 gallon containers, can I put them on a platform higher than the my fresh water gravity fill and use a syphon to push the water through the ClearSource?
  2. Can I use a spare RV water pump (always good to carry around) to transfer the water from the containers to the RV through the ClearSource?
  3. Any other suggestions?



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Posted: 05/08/22 01:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yah, I hear ya.

Probably overkill here, but,

One thought is the Berkey Systems, pricey but a good filter, just put on sink...
One time expense, worth it to me but I'm full time.. so..
I also have two filters on the hose fill up to tank, just to get rid of any debris..


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Posted: 05/08/22 01:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Are you planning on filling your water tank from streams, lakes, or other untreated sources?

I would avoid that if at all possible. In fact after years and years of RV travel and lots of boondocking, I have never had to do that.

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We have had a Berkey for several years with 4 of the black filters. It isn't just a water filter but also a purifier, big difference! You won't need replacement filters for many years as you just occasionally scrub the filters clean, unlike most other short-lived systems. It is gravity filtered, but the water runs through fairly quickly.

We use it constantly for drinking and cooking at home and always take it camping with us. It sits on the counter and gets strapped in some cleats when traveling (water must be low otherwise it will slosh out on rough roads). It gets filled at the camper sink out of our FW tank. We have yet to use "pond" water, rain water, etc., but feel confident we could if we had to.

100% recommend this simple and effective system if you have a place to put it in the camper. Plus, if there is a zombie apocalypse, you know you can always have clean water. I think pricewise, it pays for itself quickly.


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You already have a way to filter/purify water as fast as you need to for cooking and drinking?
On trips where you expect to need more than what your tank holds use that and other water source from start. Fill glass or coffee pot from the water you have filtered, instead of faucet.
And for water that is "used"; How dirty is it? Your dish water is clean enough to carry the cornbacked snake out of camper, so is what you can catch in a bucket between your feet while you shower. If you catch the water as you rinse dishes, add soap and boiling water next time you do dishes, can save a lot of water.

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Siphon/gravity will NOT provide enough pressure for any good water filter. Use a pitcher water filter.

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No need to give up your backpacking techniques.
A different approach would be to use one of the many water purification products such as Aquamira
No filter to clean/replace and no chemical taste (that we have ever detected anyway). Lightweight and doesn't take hardly any space.
Disadvantage of course is that it doesn't remove solids.....or change the color (muddy water is still muddy water.....)
However, Alum does a "pretty good job" of settling out most solids if you are willing to give it time (overnight) to work.
With the combination of the two (Alum and Aquamira), I wouldn't hesitate to fill my tank from almost any water source (unless there was heavy metals or chemicals involved). The water may not look pretty, but it will be safe to drink.

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My water will always come from some kind of piped source. The reason I want to filter is to keep the fresh tank as free of contamination as possible. I know this is overkill, but better safe than sorry.

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Two years of full time and many many months of part time and I have never wished I had filtered water for my fresh water tank. I do use a Brita or other final filter for drinking water.

If you do decide to use a filter, make sure it is a sediment filter that does not remove chlorine. Chlorine helps to avoid bacterial growth for pseudomonas and even more importantly serious pathogens such as Legionella. If you are not using the RV for a few weeks, sanitize the system.

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I would never put untreated water in my rv tank..Having said that,I have multiple backpacking type water filters and bottles...Sawyer water filters and a SteriPen but not for the rv tank..I use them for gravity fed water into a jug to be used for coffee etc or drinking water..

I have four 50 gallon water barrels I take if needed for a long stay...

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