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carp65

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Posted: 10/21/17 11:55am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Would like to get feedback-positive or negative-on the need of a
water softener. We are full-timers and spend six months in Mesa, AZ
and six months traveling. All comments will be appreciated.

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Posted: 10/21/17 12:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We FT for 7 yrs and carried/used an On-The-Go portable water softener

IT WORKS!

Calcium/scaling deposits were minimized.......good for the water heater, shower stall, toilet and sink faucets.

We used the water for cooking, bathing, dish washing etc
Only exception was for coffee/ice tea and dogs water bowl
Coffee/Ice tea just didn't taste right...OK but slightly off and non-dairy creamer would NOT dissolve in coffee---just clumped

Ours is an 8000 grain unit. They make larger units now.
And basically ALL unites/brands are same....same principle/same type of resins/same regen process

SO if you buy one...look for lowest price

In Alamogordo NM the water is VERY HARD
We could go roughly 5-7 days then do a regen (box of salt/30 minute soak/15 minute rinse--back in service)

Worth it just to keep scale at bay


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We use a Travelsoft 1200 by Frako company and would not leave home without it. We have used it for about 15 years now in a wide variety of water conditions and it still works extremely well. It takes 9 cups of solar salt to regen and we do that every 3-4 weeks, depending on the water where we are at. Saves so much in deposits on the shower and sinks, well worth using. We also use a pre-filter before the softener to extend the usage before regen. Hope this may help, happy trails bert


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Posted: 10/21/17 12:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have used the Flow-Pur 10,000 grain softener for years and I am very happy. It only takes 2# of table salt and a funnel to put it in without a mess.
Let the salt water mix sit for 5 minutes and then do a slow rinse for 20 minutes and you are good to go for about a month (somewhat less in really hard water areas) or about 1000 gallons of water usage.


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I’ve had both Travelsoft and Onthego. Both did the job and I wouldn’t be without one or the other. My only gripe was that it was a bit of a hassle getting salt in the Travelsoft. The fill hole wasn’t quite large enough.


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Posted: 10/21/17 01:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been full timing for 13 years and in all that time, never had a 'hard water' problem. Never replaced a tank, never had a faucet gummed up with deposits, never had a shower head clogged.

Probably because I am proactive with assessing the water hardness and mineral content of anywhere I stay. One of my first questions when I settle somewhere is about the water.

So with that in mind, what I do do is keep my tank nearly full while traveling with known good water. If I'm somewhere (and those places are few and far between) where I'm tipped off about the water being not good or very hard than I use the tank. Where there is good water, I fill the tank and use shore water.

Have an undersink water filter for drinking water, and a 2nd filter for the shore water faucet if it's problematic shore water.

But again, never have needed to change or fix anything because of hard water deposits over 13 years of traveling. Coast to coast, Mexico to Alaska. And many times I've stayed at parks where they have equipment to soften and purify the parks water!

I'm not totally against them, it's just the excess salt that comes from RV softeners is undesirable.


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Bill.Satellite wrote:

I have used the Flow-Pur 10,000 grain softener for years and I am very happy. It only takes 2# of table salt and a funnel to put it in without a mess.
Let the salt water mix sit for 5 minutes and then do a slow rinse for 20 minutes and you are good to go for about a month (somewhat less in really hard water areas) or about 1000 gallons of water usage.

This is v what I use also. I'm quite satisfied with it.


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is the water too hard at your primary campgrounds? I have not needed one. my BIL used the blue one from camping world? and evidently used it and thought he needed it. he did have a water softener at home (MN) so perhaps he was just used to it.
only you can determine if you need one
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Bill.Satellite wrote:

I have used the Flow-Pur 10,000 grain softener for years and I am very happy. It only takes 2# of table salt and a funnel to put it in without a mess.
Let the salt water mix sit for 5 minutes and then do a slow rinse for 20 minutes and you are good to go for about a month (somewhat less in really hard water areas) or about 1000 gallons of water usage.


I have the same one and love it
Available direct from the manufacturer in Ohio
http://flowpur.com/html/rv-pro10000.html

$173 no tax and freight paid


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Posted: 10/21/17 05:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for this thread. My DW was complaining about her not feeling right about 1 month into our last outing. Just ordered one for our MH.


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