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Does anyone have any knowledge about the "On The Go" portable water softener? I am wondering about the one from Camping World. It uses regular table salt (2-26oz containers) and softens 1600 gal and last around 40 days. I know all that depends on how much water I use and how hard the water is. Does anyone know if they work as good as they say? I have seen people using them especially in Arizona and I know the water is hard there. They are pretty pricey but would be worth it if they work like they say and last for a few years. Thank you


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I am also interested in peoples thoughts.


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I have this unit RV-Pro 10,000 It works well and is easy to regenerate using table salt.


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If you are on a low salt diet you would be better off without one. Sodium replaces the hard water ions in the water.


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dbbls wrote:

If you are on a low salt diet you would be better off without one. Sodium replaces the hard water ions in the water.


in that case you can recharge with potasium chloride, unless you are also on a low potasium diet. Little harder to find and more expensive but will work just as well.

Or use bottled water for drinking and cooking.

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We are in Tucson and just got the RV Pro 10,000, it was easy to hook up and made a huge difference in the water right away. Love it and will use it when we return to CA. We ordered it from Tweety's $203. Well worth it

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we have a waterstik portable water softener, uses the same system as the on the go, recharges with table salt, however it is much lower grain capacity than the on the go. Works well for us, since most places we go don't have that hard of water. However, when we were in southern Utah, water was as hard as nails, and the waterstick did fine, but only did about 120 gallons before recharge. if we were mostly in areas like that the bigger unit would probably be on our list.

I doubt the unit you mention would do 1600 gallons in Arizona, if you know the hardness in grains, it's easy to figure. total grains/hardness= gallons of soft water.

Having grown up with soft water, the water softener is more than nice, it is a necessity. No soap scum in the shower, easy to get lathered up in the shower, clothes get clean, no ring or scum in the sink. yup, they are worth it IMHO.

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Got the On The Go and fill the RV through it at the house. The water is WAY softer than what goes in. As hard as the water at home is, there ain't no way I could get 1600 gallons out of it. Regardless of claims, I don't think one softner is demonstrably better than another of equal size though. It's just a tank with a filter to keep from washing the resin out. A given amount of resin will process (X)gallons of water through the tank IMO.

Go for the one you like, they're probably all the same in performance.


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my BIL had the blue one from camping world and seemed to like it.
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Thanks everyone for all the responses. One thing I should have said was that the "On The Go" softener is capable of softening up to 1600 gal of water. I do have to agree with you all though, I doubt I would ever get that many. I do need to learn how to determine the formula for regenerating and adding more salt. If I understand correctly, you take the size of your unit, (in this case 1600) and divide it by the hardness of the water. Sounds easy enough. Now to decide which one to get. I looked up the RV Pro 10,000 and that is the one I see the most in the CG's. The price is much better also. 203.00 for the "RV Pro" and 389.00 for the "On The Go". Kind of a no brainer huh? I will do a little more research and get one coming. The fact that it will help to extend the life of my water filters, washing machine, hot water heater and everything in between, makes it well worth it. Thanks everyone!

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