Published: April 29, 2017

    The RV Water Filter Buying Guide

    Recreational vehicles, more commonly known as RVs, have been experiencing a boom in the United States over the last several years. But to view the steady increase in RV ownership since 2000 as an event is a mistake. The upward trend hasn’t delineated at all, and only shows signs of picking up steam.

    According to a comprehensive University of Michigan study, the number of U.S households that own an RV has increased to 8.9 million. Compare this to the 6.9 million households that owned an RV just 10 years prior and the rise in popularity becomes obvious: RV ownership is up 29% in one decade.

    At this point, 8.5% of all vehicle-owning households own at least one RV. For lifelong RV owners the appeal of a recreational vehicle is obvious, but to the outsider this dominance of the vehicle market may come as a surprise. What is the appeal of a recreational vehicle?

    Recreational vehicles come with several benefits: for adventurers who love to travel and explore, RVs serve as transportation and living quarters rolled into one. RVs are also equipped with all of the systems necessary for modern living, including an electrical system and a water system. As long as you invest in regular maintenance, an RV is the perfect solution for low-cost, travel-friendly living.

    Unlike a traditional home, however, an RV doesn’t receive water or power from a municipal agency. The quality of all systems within an RV is the responsibility of the owner. When you’re in a state park or spending a weekend at the lake, you must maintain your water system in order to guarantee your expected level of water quality.

    When you’re refilling your RV water supply while on the road, you will almost always be drawing water from unfamiliar water sources. While most of these water sources probably contain safe drinking water, reports of lead and fluoride contamination have been on the rise throughout the country as the country’s water infrastructure continues to degrade. Simply put, you can never be too confident about the quality of water in your holding tank.

    This is often a cause for concern among RV owners – after all, even if you wanted to install a traditional water filter, most models would not fit in an RV, or work with the water system installed in an RV. But don’t panic: we’ve included our top picks for RV-friendly water filters and systems below so you can choose the right filter for you and your family.

    As we previously stated, two of the most common contaminants that you may be exposed to when traveling across the country are lead and fluoride. The EZ-Connect compact lead and fluoride filter greatly reduces both of these contaminants, and it is designed for smaller dwellings like RVs, apartments, and boats. It can be installed in minutes and requires little maintenance.

    We also sell other similar EZ-Connect compact systems, which are fully compatible with most RVs. If you don’t like the taste or smell of chlorine in your water, you’re not alone. The compact chlorine and chloramine filter will take care of this common problem, and its small size guarantees that it will fit in your RV.

    You may also be noticing mineral buildup on your fixtures, or a reduction in your soap’s ability to clean your dishes or even your body in the shower. The best solution for these problems (caused by hard water) is to install a compact filter and softener combo in your RV.

    One of the best water filtration solutions for your RV is the incredibly effective 6-stage reverse osmosis system, which filters out a wide variety of harmful chemicals and contaminants to deliver high quality, refreshing drinking water. It wastes 50% less water than standard RO systems, and its small size means you can install it in your under-sink cabinet. Choose between any of these reputable water filter systems and maintain terrific water quality in your RV.