The team from You, Me & the RV has done a terrific job with an RV water filter tutorial in the video below. To be transparent, Clear2O® sponsored the video and is the brand the couple uses, but they present some compelling reasons for doing so.
Regardless of whether or not you choose that particular RV water filter, there is a ton of great practical information about the topic in general in this presentation.
Starting with an overview of just what an RV water filter can and cannot do. This way you’ll have a clear understanding of the scope and limitations of what to expect from this RV accessory before you start comparing features and brands.
So what should having a water filter on your RV accomplish?
- Improve the taste of your water
- Remove smells from the water
- Remove sediment
- Remove contaminants, impurities, and bacteria
You need carbon, also known as activated charcoal, in order to do that. Activated charcoal is made up of millions of tiny pores. Naturally the smaller the pores in the filter, the more filtration you will achieve.
The discussion explains how and why water filters work by micron size and what sizes you should look for in order to filter out all of the unwanted elements listed above.
The video also examines the two types of RV water filters and the pros and cons of each:
- Inline water filters can be broken down into two further categories of solid block or granular
- Canister water filters
Inline filters attach to your hose and filter the water before it ever comes into your RV or tank. This type of RV water filtration is the best choice for those who move frequently and travel in their RVs regularly.
Two-stage canister systems more closely resemble home water filtration systems. They are definitely more suited to RVers who don’t move around a lot and who like to stay in a single location for long periods of time.
Topics within the canister system include:
- Types of stage 1 canister filters and advantages and disadvantages of each (surprise, natural may not be best)
- Stage 2 filters and how to choose them
In the end, both styles of water filtration can be effective. The ultimate choice will come down to your personal lifestyle and how you use your RV. But this video can help you make that choice.