RV Filtration: all the information you need to make your next road trip a success

When embarking on a road trip in an RV, campervan or caravan, it’s essential to ensure that you have access to clean and safe drinking water throughout your journey. This is especially true in peak times like Easter, Christmas and school holidays when campsites, water filters and replacement cartridges are in high demand or when travelling to remote locations where water supplies are limited. While many campsites provide water hookups, the quality of the water can vary significantly, leaving you at risk of drinking contaminated or unpleasant-tasting water. Additionally, exposure to bacteria and parasites in unfiltered water can result in stomach illnesses that can quickly ruin your trip. To avoid these problems, it’s crucial to consider the motto “be prepared” and take care of your water filtration by either installing an RV water filter or maintaining your existing one before you hit the road. By doing so, you can enjoy your travels with the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re drinking clean and safe water.

Why do I need an RV Water Filter?

An RV water filter is an essential component of any camping or road trip. There are various reasons why you need one, but perhaps the most significant is the potential for water contamination. Even if the water appears clear and clean, it can still contain harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can make you sick. Water filtration can remove these impurities, ensuring that the water you drink and use for cooking is safe and clean. Additionally, many campsites and RV parks rely on well or bore water, which can have high levels of minerals, chemicals, and other contaminants that can affect the taste and odour of the water. A filter can remove these unwanted flavours and odours, making your drinking water more enjoyable and refreshing.

In addition to health and taste benefits, water filtration can also save you money in the long run. Rather than constantly purchasing bottled water, a filter allows you to purify the water from any source, whether it’s a campground faucet or a natural water source. This can significantly reduce your expenses over time, especially if you frequently travel or camp in remote areas. 

While relying on the grapevine or bush telegraph can be one way of finding out where there is good drinking water, it is much safer to take control of the water quality in your RV by using a water filter such as a caravan water filter or an under sink water filter. Our Puretec range of water filters is suitable for use as a caravan water filter, motorhome water filter and of course an RV water filter.

What types of RV Water Filters are available?

When it comes to choosing an RV water filter, there are several options available, including inline filters and undersink filters. Inline RV water filters are compact and easy to install, making them a popular choice for caravans and motorhomes. These filters attach directly to the water hose or connection, filtering the water as it flows into your RV. Undersink water filters, on the other hand, are larger and more robust filters that are installed beneath your sink. These filters provide more extensive filtration options, removing not only contaminants but also other impurities such as chlorine and heavy metals. This type of filter is ideal for those who want the best possible water quality, especially if they plan on using the water for cooking or other purposes.

The Puretec range of RV water filters is a trusted brand among road trippers, offering value for money and reliability. The company offers a range of filters to suit different needs and budgets, including inline and undersink options. Their filters are designed to remove a wide range of contaminants, including bacteria, viruses, and parasites, as well as other impurities such as sediment, chlorine, and heavy metals. Additionally, Puretec filters are made from high-quality materials and are built to last, making them an excellent investment for anyone who wants clean and safe water on their next road trip.

Puretec CR20 Inline Water Filter

Puretec CR Z2 Caravan/RV Inline Undersink Water Filter System

The Puretec range includes dual water filters, inline water filters and undersink filter systems.

Once again: be prepared. Don’t wait until you are on the road to discover a problem. See more detail about our range of water filters here

How much do RV Water Filters cost?

The cost of an RV water filter can vary significantly depending on the type and quality of the filter you choose. Inline filters, which are typically the most affordable option, can cost anywhere from $100 to $300, depending on the brand and features. Undersink filters, which offer more extensive filtration options, are generally more expensive and can cost anywhere from $170 upwards, depending on the features of the undersink water filter. However, it’s important to note that investing in a high-quality filter can save you money in the long run and have obvious health benefits. Additionally, many filters can be reused or replaced as needed, further reducing long-term costs. When considering the cost of an RV water filter, it’s essential to weigh the initial investment against the benefits of having clean, safe, and delicious-tasting water throughout your road trip.

How do I install an RV Water Filter?

Installing an RV water filter can be a straightforward process, depending on the type of filter you choose. Inline filters are typically the easiest to install and can be done using basic tools and equipment. Most filters come with detailed instructions that guide you through the process, including how to attach the filter to your water hose or connection. However, if you’re not comfortable with DIY installation, or if you’re installing an undersink water filter, you may want to consider professional installation. A professional plumber or RV technician can help you choose the right filter for your needs and install it correctly, ensuring that you have access to clean and safe water throughout your journey. While professional installation may be more expensive, it can give you peace of mind and save you time and frustration in the long run.

Before installing an RV water filter, be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and familiarise yourself with the specific requirements of your RV’s water system. Additionally, it’s essential to regularly maintain and replace your filter as needed to ensure that it continues to function correctly. With the right filter and proper installation, you can enjoy the many benefits of clean and safe water while on the road.

How do I know if my RV water filter is working properly while on a road trip?

To know if your RV water filter is working properly while on a road trip, you can look for the following signs:

  • Water flow: If the water flow from your RV faucet is slow or has decreased significantly, it may be a sign that your RV water filter is clogged and needs to be replaced.
  • Water taste and odour: If the water from your RV faucet has an unusual taste or odour, it could be a sign that your RV water filter is not effectively removing impurities. You may need to replace your filter or use additional water treatment methods.
  • Water clarity: If the water from your RV faucet is cloudy or has sediment or particles in it, it could be another sign that your RV water filter is not working properly. You may need to replace your filter or check for any issues with your RV plumbing or water source.
  • Manufacturer’s instructions: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific RV water filter. These instructions will usually provide information on how to check if your RV water filter is working properly and when it’s time to replace the filter.

If you’re still unsure if your RV water filter is working properly, you may want to consider using a water testing kit to test the water quality. This can help you determine if your RV water filter is effectively removing impurities or if additional water treatment methods are needed.

Do I need to carry extra RV water filters with me on a road trip?

The answer to this depends on how long your road trip is and how prepared you like to be. Ideally, you will have checked the water quality in your RV before you leave home, and either installed a new water filter or replaced the cartridge in your existing filter. Inline water cartridges should only need to be replaced every 6-12 months depending on the usage and water quality. The same applies to undersink water filters or even portable benchtop water filters. Once again, it depends on your usage and the quality of your water. To be truly self-sufficient, it is a good idea to carry a spare water filter, especially if you are planning to be on the road for long periods of time,  travelling to remote locations and don’t want to be delayed waiting for a new filter to arrive.

Carbon Filter Cartridges

Remove chlorine, chemicals and taste and odours

Sediment Removal Filter Cartridges

Remove dirt, rust, sand, silt, algae and fine particles

Inline, Specialty & Compatible Cartridges

Aftermarket Compatible Cartridges

Hybrid Care Series

Complete Replacement Kits

If you are still unsure about what you need, have a chat with one of our filtration experts at your Nearest Think Water Store. Most importantly, be prepared, so your next RV Road trip is an enjoyable one.