If you have an RV or motorhome, then when you take your family camping you know that some of the campgrounds that you hook up to have hard water. While this might not be too big of a deal for a few days of vacation, if you’re experiencing this regularly then it can result in limescale build up in the camper’s pipes and such. So, it’s a good idea to use a portable water softener in your RV so that you do not have to deal with hard water when your family is on the road.
There are a few different brands of good portable water softeners for motorhomes and RVs, and you’ve probably seen a few of them at your local Camping World store. One of the best choices on the market right now is the On The Go portable water softener. You can actually find it at Camping World, but other online retailers also sell it.
What I really like about this unit from OnTheGo is that is is very affordable and it works well, which makes it a great choice for marine enthusiasts and people with RVs, motorhomes and other campers that can hook up to running water at a campsite. And, of course, this thing has a nice, small and compact size so you don’t have to worry about it taking up a lot of extra space when you go on vacation or camping for the long weekend.
It only weighs around 18 pounds but it still has a carry handle on the top to make it easy to move it around. This unit is designed to give you soft water for a period of seven to 14 days, depending on how many people are in the RV and using the water. With just one box of regular table salt, the unit can run a single regeneration cycle in about 15 minutes where is softens between 300 and 700 gallons of water. And it comes with everything that you need to get it all set up, except for the salt.
The On The Go unit has a 8,000 grain capacity, so if the water is extra hard then you might not notice as much improvement as you like. Lucky for you, the unit comes with some testing strips so you’ll know how the water is before anyone tries to use it.
Another great thing about this model is that it only needs a box of standard table salt instead of special salt tablets. Plus, the opening where you pour the salt has a really large mouth so it is very easy to fill it with the salt.
When you buy this one, it comes with the following:
- hardness test strips
- storage inlet and outlet caps
- inlet Hi-Flow shut off valve
- inlet and outlet hose adapters
- a high pressure white drinking hose
So, all you have left to do is buy the salt. You don’t even need any special tools to install this one because it is very easy to hook up to your camper once you arrive in the campground.
Why Use A Water Softener In The RV?
You might be wondering if this is really something that you need to buy for your RV. In fact, you might be someone who doesn’t normally get bothered by hard water when you shower or drink it. But, this isn’t just about you – it’s about protecting your investment in that RV or motorhome. Using a portable water softener like this one gives you all the same benefits of soft water that you would get from a home system.
Probably the most important thing is that it prevents limescale build up and rust build up in the RV’s pipes, as well as in the sinks and shower. You also won’t have to worry about water spots when you wash the dishes or limescale destroying your coffee maker or tea kettle.
This means that the appliances, including the hot water heater, in the motorhome will last you longer. And that is important because you don’t want to be replacing them earlier than normal just because you let hard water damage them before their time was up.
If your family drinks tap water, then this unit will ensure that they are drinking water that not only tastes good but that doesn’t leave a chalky residue from the scale in the hard water. And, when everyone showers, you won’t have to use as much soap and shampoo since you will be able to get a better lather and suds from the soft water. Also, don’t forget that hard water often causes dry skin and brittle hair. All that changes when you use a portable water softener like this one from On The Go.