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Old 03-13-2016, 08:06 PM   #1
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Water Softener for long-term use

We spent the winter in a campground with moderately hard water and see a good reason to get one of the RV water softeners. I've read through the posts in http://www.crossroadsowners.com/foru...ener-7223.html but need to revisit this one to see if anyone has tried these in the last couple of years.

I'm leaning toward one of 2 units, an On-The-Go 16,000 grain, or a SoftSpot Nomad P400.

My inclination is toward the SoftSpot unit as it is basically a scaled-down home unit. The downside is that it uses standard water softener salt so I'd need to carry some along.

The On-The-Go unit uses table salt which would be a plus. The downside is that the instructions want it to be rolled prior to being recharged.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:03 PM   #2
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Have had the Rv Pro 10000 for 2+ years & it takes table salt also. You drain some water add salt shake it a bit & then follow instructions to purge. Here in Ariz the water is very hard & only need to recharge about every 30-45 days. I highly recommend the Rv Pro.
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Old 03-14-2016, 09:34 AM   #3
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I have been using the On-The-Go 8000 grain for several years with no issues. I was looking on their website and could find nothing in the instructions about rolling the unit before recharging. I have never had to do that with mine. Using table salt is a convenience.
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Russ, I think you're correct. I've looked at 5-6 different units & in one of the documents, I saw where that particular unit had to be rolled before recycling. The On-The-Go unit uses the backflush to do the same thing.

I realize it's a subjective question but what do you think about the water quality. I like the ability to drain the unit for storage since it will not be used except in the winter.

Do you have the single or double? I see benefits in both so it could turn into a cost or weight decision at some point.
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Russ, I think you're correct. I've looked at 5-6 different units & in one of the documents, I saw where that particular unit had to be rolled before recycling. The On-The-Go unit uses the backflush to do the same thing.

I realize it's a subjective question but what do you think about the water quality. I like the ability to drain the unit for storage since it will not be used except in the winter.

Do you have the single or double? I see benefits in both so it could turn into a cost or weight decision at some point.
I have the single unit. The water is definitely improved. The softener can be drained by tipping it. I use it 5-6 months at a time. There is a unit similar that has a drain valve on the side but you have to be careful not to break it off when traveling.
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We fulltime, but don't travel. Bought one that takes rock salt. Love it. Travelsoft brand.
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:17 PM   #7
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I eventually purhased a SoftSpot Nomad P400 prior to our winter trip. We've been here a day or 2 now and we can tell the difference in the water quality. Now to see how long between recharges.

I think I need to put a sediment filter in front of the softener as a precaution against crud in the lines. Not seen any indication of it, just want to be safe.
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I highly recommend the filter before the softener, I have sediment before & a charcoal after & regardless of where we're at the water taste good. The sediment before the softener is always nasty after about 90 days & the filters are cheaper than the softener.
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I use the. Water Boss its small will hold 80 lbs of salt
Refill it every 6 months when we move
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Danny, thanks for the reminder. I had a second filter along so it's now in front of the softener. Since we're at WDW, it will be interesting to see just what the filter looks like in a couple of months.
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