Why do we need a water softener?
RV water softener can be really inexpensive. Prices starting from as little as a couple of hundred bucks and after your purchase you will always want to have a water softener installed in your RV or house.
RV water softeners can be really inexpensive
Well we have all heard of the benefits of soft water and yet we continue to moan that the water quality in a particular area is bad. The crazy thing is water is something we all use everyday. All ages, all races, all religions, all political paersuasions. Water is something we use for washing, drinking, cooking, cleaning etc.
But are all water softeners the same? We took a deeper look into what’s available and just how good they are.
So first of all lets make a bold statement: All water softeners do the same job
Well they do, but the less expensive softeners on the market (which a lot of Rv’ers purchase) can be more trouble than they are worth. Lets break this down into 3 categories.
- Portable unit normally connected next to the faucet post on a campsite (normally secured with a chain)
- Same as above but plumbed inside the RVs basement locker.
- Twin tank system with brine tank installed with digital metering.
So let’s take a look at the first two systems. These systems are the entry level systems ($250- $399) and are often sold ar RV rallies or trade shows. From the people we have spoken to so far, they had no idea it was so involved when doing a re-gen especially on the installed system. So here’s whats involved:
Now you know what a Re-Gen is, lets see how easy it is using both systems
Entry Level Systems
- Disconnect your plumbing fittings which will involve your basement getting wet as the pipes you are disconnecting contain water.
- Remove the tank from the RV and place on a flat surface.
- Remove top water tight cap (which is easier said than done)
- Pour in the required amount of table salt (depending on tank size)
- Connect a hose from faucet to tank inlet
- Connect hose from tank outlet to drain
- Allow water to flow slowly through the system for the required time (based on tank size)
- Rinse system using clean water for the required time (based on tank size)
- Reinstall tank
- Reconnect water connections and check for leaks.
Repeat this process every 10 -30 days depending on the area you are staying in.
Check the the hard water map of your area and then enter the TDS reading into our Water Softener System calculator
Top End Systems
So now lets look at the complete opposite end of the spectrum. These systems are the all singing all dancing systems and normally work out to be very expensive ($1,200 –$1,500 plus). So here’s the comparison and what’s involved:
- Periodically check brine tank for salt.
Yep! that’s it. That’s all that’s involved. The only downside of this type of system is that there is some electrical wiring to install for power (12v or 120v).