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Old 04-06-2010, 01:48 PM   #43
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There was something mentioned about filters earlier in this thread. Some concern about using it then letting it sit and using it at a considerable time later.
In my backpacking days I did a lot research on water filters since all water had to be carried or you used surface water from a spring, a stream, or a lake. Surface water always needed to be purified and filtering took less mess, bother, and tasted better than any other method.. After trying several different filters the one the worked the best for me contained a ceramic filter insert. A piece of Scotch Bright comes with the filter. When outside of the ceramic is starting to clog up you scrub it lightly with the Scotch Bright, and it's good as new. My backpacking filter is about 4 years old at the moment and I'll probably use it this summer without replacing the ceramic cartridge.

I recently found a ceramic filter that made about the same way for the trailer. It's Camco TastePURE CX90. Here's a link the manufacturer's web site.
camco link I purchased mine at Camping World. According to Camping World this filter removes more the bad stuff than any other.

I filter mostly the water from my well, there's lots minerals and iron that will collect in the fresh water tank. Most of the potable water at campgrounds I use without filtering and don't see much need for filtering. I'll still carry my filter and if suspect any thing about the water I'll use it.

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Hey Byron,

Thanks for the post. I purchased (but haven't opened) the Camco "disposable" filter from Walmart. And it does seem to take care of most "bad stuff" and costs under $10. I need to go to Camping World for my hose fittings (rated "YES" for human consumption). While there I will take a look at the ceremac one. I'll need to weigh the cost benefits of the extra $35. I don't want to sound cheap, but I need to save some money for .... gas, food and water! I've already given up hope of getting an I-Pad this year!

I do have a question regarding water filters. Someone mentioned parasites. The product descriptions on most of these filters talk about bacteria protection. What about parasites? None of these products mention parasites? Do I need another type of filter?

This thread has been great!

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Old 04-06-2010, 03:19 PM   #44
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I do have a question regarding water filters. Someone mentioned parasites. The product descriptions on most of these filters talk about bacteria protection. What about parasites? None of these products mention parasites? Do I need another type of filter?

This thread has been great!

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I believe parasites would mostly be bacteria, I would think that a filter for microbial (Bacteria and the like) would take care of pretty much all other parasitic infestations. (Not all bacteria are actually parasitic)

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Old 04-06-2010, 06:42 PM   #45
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Last summer, in Canada, we came across "boil water" notices in a number of parks, and followed normal precautions. I would not trust a $10 water filter to protect my health, in place of boiling the water... Just my opinion. (I have a water filter, much more than $10. I trust it to remove sediment from the park tap, and that's about it, honestly. If the sign says non-potable, it is.)
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Last summer, in Canada, we came across "boil water" notices in a number of parks, and followed normal precautions. I would not trust a $10 water filter to protect my health, in place of boiling the water... Just my opinion. (I have a water filter, much more than $10. I trust it to remove sediment from the park tap, and that's about it, honestly. If the sign says non-potable, it is.)
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I agree. The system I am putting together is for trailer/camping park faucets. I started out this thread wondering how you get fresh water when boon docking. Again, I'd probably want to buy fresh water from supermarket machines and pump them into the trailer.

I did bring up parasites ... because other posters brought up the fact that water quality in some parks can be questioned and/or, at the very least, taste bad. I'm just interested in protecting myself and family.

Regarding the water filter. I saw the same one today at Camping World. It is made by Camco and the package lists all the things it filters. I was rather comforted to read this list. I'd be happy to spend more money if I am convinced that I am getting a superior product. I did, in fact, look at a couple of ceramic filters, but the check list of metals and bacteria they filter is exactly the same as the disposable filter system I purchased over the weekend.

If you have a specific type, model, make filter you would recommend, please let me know.

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Old 04-06-2010, 09:10 PM   #47
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Jim,

It's the quick connects that are opposite. So when I lost my "Y" and it's male quick connects (which are female/male and screw on over the threads on the "Y") I found that Canadian male quick connections were male/male, so they wouldn't screw onto the "Y".

Then I had a heck of a time finding a coupler so I could use the Canadian quick connects with my American ones with out having to purchase a number of new quick connects all being Canadian. I just didn't want to go to all that expense, brass is pricey in Canada. I had an extra "Y" so all I needed was the male quick connect.


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Well to be fair, there are many different types of filters. Some of them *do* make non-potable water potable. It's a function of what is making the water non-potable and what the filter is capable of filtering.

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Last summer, in Canada, we came across "boil water" notices in a number of parks, and followed normal precautions. I would not trust a $10 water filter to protect my health, in place of boiling the water... Just my opinion. (I have a water filter, much more than $10. I trust it to remove sediment from the park tap, and that's about it, honestly. If the sign says non-potable, it is.)
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You can never go wrong with boiling... That will kill any and all bacterium and or virus. I will use my coffee pot and put in a coffee filter. I think I mentioned filtering after boiling as a good way to clean the dead stuff and containments out of the boiled water. There is actually a neighborhood in my town that has a "boil water" ordinance in effect right now for the local well water. cryptosporidium parvum is in the water. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptosporidiosis This particular parasite is highly immune to disinfectants. Filters are fairly effective on Crpto. But boiling is by far the best weapon against it. If you know that Crypto is highly concentrated in the water supply... Boil!
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When we are dry camping we try and fill up the tank when we are close to our destination. If we stay long enough to run out we use the 5 gal collapsible jugs and a funnel with a long spout (5 gal is about all we can carry without assist) if there is water near by. We have tried to eliminate bottled water so we use a PUR water pitcher for drinking and cooking with a level 2 filter (click here! We use this wherever we camp. The stage 2 filter removes 99.9% of bacteria, cysts, parasites and heavy metals.

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When we are dry camping we try and fill up the tank when we are close to our destination. If we stay long enough to run out we use the 5 gal collapsible jugs and a funnel with a long spout (5 gal is about all we can carry without assist) if there is water near by. We have tried to eliminate bottled water so we use a PUR water pitcher for drinking and cooking with a level 2 filter (click here! We use this wherever we camp. The stage 2 filter removes 99.9% of bacteria, cysts, parasites and heavy metals.

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AH! This it the first time anyone mentioned Level anything filters! What are the various levels? How do I find out what mine is?
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I clicked where she said to and it links to the pitcher on Amazon. I don't see different levels of filters, but the filters say they fit into the "2-stage" system of the pitcher. There is more info if you click on the filter replacements.


I agree that it's a good thing to "break out of" the bottled water habit if possible.

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I took a couple of hiking trips with a small tour company to the Copper Canyon and Peru years ago. Their method of treating water was to to add drops of iodine to the water, wait a half hour or so, and then add drops of something else which caused the iodine to precipitate out and fall to the bottom of the jug. The water tasted great. Anybody else ever seen this type of water treatment?
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I took a couple of hiking trips with a small tour company to the Copper Canyon and Peru years ago. Their method of treating water was to to add drops of iodine to the water, wait a half hour or so, and then add drops of something else which caused the iodine to precipitate out and fall to the bottom of the jug. The water tasted great. Anybody else ever seen this type of water treatment?

Yep all the time! You can buy them in about any camping section. They are little tablets in 2 little jars. One is the iodine the other is the taste remover. They work really well. Follow the directions finely when you use them!

This is a really good subject!
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