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Old 11-20-2015, 08:54 AM   #11
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That's like asking , " How long does a roll of TP last?" Each condition can vary.

I change the element in mine several times a year. Depending on the water source and other factors.

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Old 11-20-2015, 09:12 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by Tunce the traveler View Post
It's my understanding that it's a way to inhibit mold growth.
These are all KDF filters. The KDF prevents bacteria from growing.

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Old 11-20-2015, 09:15 AM   #13
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If you look at the chart on the left side of the page here, it shows several different model numbers for these. News to me cuz I always thought that the blue filters were all the same.
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Old 11-20-2015, 09:39 AM   #14
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It’s hard to say how long one will last. A lot depends on water quality input. I have noticed all filters say change every three months, even the ones I use in the house. I do not change every three months, I go by pressure drop, when the flow seems to be decreasing I change the filters.
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:20 AM   #15
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Change the cartridge every season. I take the cartridge out of mine after each use and place it in the kitchen sink. It can drain and dry out there, cutting down on the chance of bacteria growing in the media. It's dark in the fridge, which contributes to mold and bacteria growing, IMO.

And I, too, add a little bleach to the hose each time I hook up. It sanitizes the hose (water sits in it for long periods), and sanitizes the filter and pressure regulator.

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Old 11-20-2015, 10:47 AM   #16
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Let me start by saying we don't drink the water. We carry bottled water for drinking. We only shower and brush teeth with water from the campground spigot.
I used to travel lots internationally to countries where even in the best hotels, water quality was questionable. I never got Delhi-belly because (in regards to water) I followed the advice of: ALWAYS brush teeth with sealed bottled water, DON'T open your mouth in the shower, and first boil any non-bottled water you may drink and/or sanitize utensils you may be using. Extrapolated to camping: we always take some bottled water, when dry camping we boil water for washing dishes, and when we have hook-ups we use an in-line water filter (making sure it is within it's life).
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:53 AM   #17
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Good suggestions Hattie. The old travel advice of "don't drink the water in Mexico" applies to travel in the US as well.

Ever wonder why travelers get sick and not the locals? It's not the water itself that has bad germs in it. It's that your stomach doesn't have the bacteria and enzymes to deal with what you are not used to. The locals are used to it. I've gotten sick in my own state by drinking well water that my stomach was not used to. Two days in the camper with diarrhea while everyone else was out having fun. Never again, we now buy bottled water. A gallon of drinking water cost next to nothing.
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Old 11-20-2015, 03:05 PM   #18
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We replace the outside filter before the first trip of each season. They're fairly inexpensive, all things considered. We also have a tap-mounted Brita filter we use for drinking, so any water we consume is basically filtered twice. It gets replaced at the beginning of the season as well. The water at the campgrounds we go to is safe, but lots of minerals and sediment.

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