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Bottled Water?


We have always used bottled water (gallon jugs) for coffee, tea, and drinking.  That's going to be a lot of jugs of water when we go full-time. We used a filter coming into the camper.  Do we  really need to use bottled water?  A Brita pitcher?  What do others do?



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We use a filter for all water coming into the Rig, that water gets used for everything except drinking and making coffee, for that we pick up bottled water as we go, as needed.....BTW, love your Pottery...G

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We filter but have a small RO (Reverse Osmosis) unit for when the water is really bad like in Yuma and Bullhead City, Arizona. We have two whole house filters, one 5 micron and the second 1 micron. These keep sediment and much else out of the RV. Under the sink we have a carbon filter for taste with its own small faucet. In 95% of the places the filters are enough, when not we bring out the countertop RO unit and fill a few gallon jugs. (We have gallon jugs since Diane goes through distilled water for her CPAP). Living in the Pacific Northwest most of our lives we are used to good tap water, so going bottled was a strange idea for us.

Edit: The countertop RO unit cost us about $160 mail order.  In every place we have been with bad water there are water kiosks everywhere, in parking lots, in front of stores, everywhere.  If you supply your own gallon jug it normally costs 25c or $1.00 for a 5 gallon jug at these kiosks.  We lost money buying the RO unit. 

I don't recommend whole RV RO units, you discard about 3 gallons of "brine" water for every usable gallon of water you get in the RV and filling the tank takes four times as long. 



-- Edited by bjoyce on Wednesday 7th of September 2011 02:22:25 PM

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we filter the water coming into the camper and use a Brita pitcher for drinking/coffee/tea etc.

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We filter all water coming into the rig and use it for everything, unless it tastes funny. Then we use bottled water for drinking and coffee / tea. 95% of the campgrounds we've been to have OK water.

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Same as Fred, we use a filter on the pedestal water supply. So far that has been enough except in Bullhead City, we bought water at the kiosks for drinking and coffee.

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We use a whole house filter, charcoal impregnated, for all use. If the water is really bad, we go to a kiosk for a gallon or two. First time I bought a bottle of Evian water, I chanced to look at the label from the other side of the bottle and saw what it reads backwards. DUH!! They should not have told me that. By and large, if you look at bottled water labels, it tells you it is bottled from so and so town's supply, using enhanced filters. Enhanced Filters? Whuzzat? A big one? Most cities water supply is tested, retested, sampled, tested and monitored on a continuing basis. By and large, it is good water and is safe.

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We've always used an inline filter (Systems IV) between the campground faucet and our hose.  Unless the water was really bad that would take care of it and we used the water for everything.  Just recently I installed a Brita filter on the end of our kitchen faucet and noticed a marked improvement in the taste of the water with the double filtration.  We used to buy cases of bottled water - no more - it costs too much and takes up too much space!



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We have a whole house filter system, but always use bottle water. Happy Trails...

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We use a filter on the water coming into the trailer.  It seems to do the job most places.  We use bottled water for convenience.  We don't have an ice maker so it's easier to keep cold in the fridge.  And then we use individual drink mixes to create the drink of our choice... iced tea, kiwi/strawberry, green tea, lemonade etc...

Most of the time we use the tap water for hot tea, coffee and cooking.  Every now and then we find a spot where the water has a strange taste or odor and then we pick up a gallon or 2 of drinking water to make hot tea and coffee.



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The best thing we could all do to stop the incredible amount of waste created by the billions of water bottles is to stop drinking bottled water! We have a high grade filter that is attached to the ice/water dispenser on our fridge but similar filters are available. We have been refilling the same water bottles we got while in Vegas over 3 years ago (shame on Fiji Water for using material that would last that long with only the labels showing wear) we also have a quart and 1/2 gallon jug we use for various reason. In most cases, even this add-on filter is not necessary and we also filter all water coming into the coach and use that for drinking and cooking. There have been very few places where the water has any funny tastes. We are currently in Shakopee, MN at the Mystic Lakes RV park and they use an R/O based water system and brag about their water.

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I had a friend who worked for Bel---- Sp---- water plant. They used a big, big, big RO system - however when problems arose or the RO equip needed repair which according to him was quite often - they drew the water from the tap - city water tap and filled the bottles. Filtration-filtration-filtration - use your own and as Bill Adams says - stop drinking bottled water - for the reasons he stated. Now - I don't agree very often with Bill - but give him his due - he is right about this :>)

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