Where are you headed? A lot of RV vacation horror stories begin and end with unpleasant water or vehicular plumbing issues. Don’t let yourself fall into that nightmare. If you own an RV and it is the size that necessitates its own water system, understanding the ins and outs of the system and the filtration is vital and will save you money and avoid potential challenges along the way.
If you’ve gone to the trouble to buy, operate, and maintain an RV and you want to get the most out of it, you’d be selling yourself short if you were to overlook water filtration for the vehicle.
Where Does RV Water Come From?
Depending on where you choose to park/fill up your RV, the water you pump into your vehicle for drinking, showering, and cleaning can greatly vary in quality and cleanliness – which hammers home the need to invest in water filtration for your RV. Water from campgrounds can be smelly and full of contaminants, and you truly don’t know the source of that water either. The same goes for water that could be pumped from a freshwater source or a truck stop. There aren’t really any options to take in perfectly clean water straight from the source, so an RV without a water filter is a calculated health risk. Even though drinking this water may not make you sick off the bat, it will surely reduce the quality of your road trip experience.
Do I Need A Pressure Regulator For My RV?
In short, yes, very much so. Pressure regulators are a key component of your RV if you’re using water in your vehicle. Pressure regulators are meant to keep water pressure at a specific PSI to keep the water lines in your RV safe. It’s common for RVs to only handle specific PSI for incoming water, and pressure regulators help with that as well as to not overwhelm the RVs system.
What Are RV Water Filters?
Just like filters installed in homes, RV water filters purify and remove sediment and unwanted odors and chemicals from the water and leave the water great tasting, safe, and drinkable. In RVs, you can install multiple different types of filters, including inline filters, reverse osmosis filters, and canister filters. Inline filters attach directly to the hose that leads to the RVs water tank. They tend to be shotty if used very regularly, so they’re more often recommended for casual RV riders. Reverse osmosis systems (RO) yield purer and more reliable results, while also purifying the entire supply of water to the vehicle, not just the drinking water. Lastly, canister water filters force water through multiple canisters to catch sediment and impurities. These types of filters are customizable to filter out specific things and can vary in size based on the size of your RV.
Regardless of the filter type you choose, having clean water in your RV will impact your road trip for the better. Don’t take the cheap and easy route on your water because you’ll pay the price in one way or another.