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Apocalypse Agua II











Just dawned on me that we have been in the Princess Palace almost 30 days now.   Where does the time go?!?  Time enough I guess to form some opinions about the new trailer vs. The Old Girl.   Let me get another cup of coffee and I will tell ya about it. BTW, I just got a new coffee cup to replace the old stoneware one I had been using.  It is a Chinook Timberline Double-wall 15 Ounces Mug and I sure do like it. Maybe a bit of a splurge price wise but I do enjoy a thermal mug that keeps the joe hot.

Miss K tells me she would not go back to the Old Girl for any reason. Says she would rather live in the back seat of PACO as do that. Granted, after the Big Hail,  the moldy mildewy smell was unpleasant and the dust sifting around the trashbags duct taped over the windows was aggravating and the little shards of glass everywhere sticking you in the butt or foot all the time was disagreeable. Living out here in the South Texas pucker brush is no pik-a-nik to start with, right?  I stopped short of telling the love of my life to put her big girl panties on and buck up.   I’d fight a mountain lion barehanded without a thought but I won’t go there with Miss K.

She loves the Princess Palace!  The  slideout gives us tons more room.  The kitchen is a wondrous delight.  There is actually more interior storage than there was in the Old Girl. Outside storage, not so much.  I am still struggling to find a home for all my stuff that I had in the Old Girl.  I even went so far as to unpack and re-arrange everything in the Desert Tan Baby  to make more room.  The linoleum floors are a joy to keep clean –  I will NEVER have carpet in a gate guard RV EVER again; it is a losing proposition.   I was hoping the 15k btu roof air would be enough to keep us cool with the additional insulation in the Princess Palace but I see now that is NOT the case.  My recommendation of 2 AC units if you are planning on spending a summer in South Texas is still extremely valid. I am going to have to make a trip up to the Dallas storage unit to get our portable AC looks like.   The other thing that has become apparent is we need a backup generator.  I have the Green Monster sittin’ in its’ own personal DTB up in that Dallas storage along with all my surplus bowling equipment and some freeze dried grub.  That is Pockylips paraphernalia and I damned sure hate to drag it off down this way.  I already have two trailers and two vehicles to work the logistics on whenever we have to move.   Looks like I am leaning toward one of those baby Honda or Yamaha generators to take up the slack.  The we have the issue of weight.  A good thunderstorm would rock the Old Girl at times but the winds had to get 70mph plus to really make the 28,000lb diesel pusher rock and roll.  It ain’t the same in a 8,000lb travel trailer–let me tell ya.

I wanted to talk about water this morning and here I am 500 words into the post and nary  a mention of it.  Back in the day, when I was an Outlaw Truck Driver,  the Freightshaker ran on diesel and I ran on Pepsi.  A six pack of Pepsi Cola in an little electric cooler beside the seat would see me a thousand miles on down the road.   I didn’t drink coffee or water or tea.  Pepsi.   Sometime in the 90’s I switched over to Diet Pepsi but it was still all soda all the time.   35+ years of drinking many sodas every day.  I guess it was when I started pushing dirt for My Bro that I started drinking a little water to go along with the Pepsis.  There was a lot of hard physical outdoor type work involved and it was tough on my old body. I figured out right quick my body needed the water.  When Miss Kathy arrived on the scene, I discovered she was keen on water.  She told me it was from being raised up in the Arizona Desert where water is life.  She always has extry water with her–always.  Somewhere between then and now I saw the light as well.   I try to drink 3 liters of fresh water every day and I mostly leave the sodas alone now.  If I am road trippin’ I will still fuel up on Code Red Mountain Dews but that is about it.

A recent order from the RVwaterfilterstore.com

A recent order from the RVwaterfilterstore.com

When we were transitioning from the Old Girl to the Princess Palace I unconsciously made potable water the first priority.   The first thing I did was fix the hammering water pump and the next thing I did was install the Aquasun UV water filter.  Now most of my pre-occupation with potable water is not specifically because we are South Texas Gate Guards; I have gone far beyond those requirements.  Most gate guards use the water their service guy delivers for washing and such.  They get their potable water from the Rig or from one of those water kiosks in town.  In our case,  we drink the water the service guy delivers.   Call it practice for when -just maybe- potable water will not be so readily available.  That may not ever happen ya know. And then again,  how long you gonna last without water to drink?  72 hours???  A week???  What if you drink bad water ’cause you got no choice and it makes you sick?  I just can’t even think about going there my own self.

So just excuse me if you think I have gone quite overboard with our water filtration set up.  To my way of thinking,  I could fetch up some water out of a stock tank or lake or creek and feel pretty confident that by the time it was all said and done I would have potable water to drink.  Miss K was complaining the other day that wherever our service guy was getting the water to fill our 300 gallon tote it had alot of minerals in it.  It was building up scale on the faucets.  It was time to place another order with my go to water filter guy so I did some research on how best to remove minerals and such from our water.   My water filter guy for almost a year now has been Rick Dahl at the RV Water Filter Store.  Rick is a 100 per center folks and I betcha he would not know me from Adam but he has made an impact on me.  My latest order consisted of a replenishment of my filter stock, an extra canister and some 3 way valves.  As always, the package arrived quickly and I could tell it had been packed with care.  All of the items in the package were American made with the exception of the brass 3 way valves.  They were Chinese–you need to work on that Rick.   One of the comments I get from folks I have turned on to Rick is his accessibility.  If you email him with water filter questions or what is the best setup for your situation, he WILL get back to you. The information will be meaningful and correct and it won’t cost you a damned thing.   I am sure you could get all your filter goods from Amazon or somesuch maybe a  little cheaper but I gotta stand by this guy and give him a big thumbs up.   He earns your business friends and neighbors….  I find that old school business model very refreshing.  Disclaimer:  I have no affiliate agreement with Mr. Dahl.  Any business I send his way is gratis.

3 canister pre-filter outside setup.  Notice the brass y connecting the third canister.

3 canister pre-filter outside setup. Notice the brass y connecting the third canister.

It is time for me to lay out the particulars on my water filter setup for them that are still paying attention.  All model numbers reference the catalog selection at RVwaterfilterstore.com. I added a brass Y with shutoffs and connected my third canister to my outside filtration setup.  I can bypass the third canister if need be.  It contains the mineral cartridge mentioned earlier.

  • First Canister:   PR-5 5 micron sediment filter. Reusable
  • Second Canister: CFB-PB10  0.5 micron carbon filter. Filters sediment,odors,chemicals,cysts,lead and metals
  • Third Canister:  RV-PH.  Filters bad taste and odors and lime scale.  This canister can be bypassed.

Some of y’all connect your water tank to your city water connection and run like that.  We don’t and this filter setup would not work well for a direct connection.  The gallons per minute are probably in the 0.2 to 0.5 gpm range and it takes a LONG time to pump an appreciable amount of water.  That is OK by me.  I start the water pumping when me and Tuco the Dog go out for our morning piddling and just let ‘er run.  I would rather have reasonably clean and mostly potable water sittin’ in my onboard tank as cut a corner here and there to speed things up.  I like this outside filter setup because I can customize it according to my needs.   My water guy delivered me some water the other day that was cloudy with what looked like alot of sediment.  I set up 2 canisters with 5 micron sediment filters in each and proceeded to pump the water through the filters and right back into the water tote.   I let that rascal run for 10 hours like that and by the end of the process the water was crystal clear.   I pulled the filters out and washed ’em up good and went back to my standard setup.  You could also set up the outside filters with a 5 micron sediment, a 1 micron sediment and then the 0.5 micron carbon filter.  If we didn’t have that scale problem, that is the way I would configure it.  The outside filter setup can run on a 12v water pump as well.

The inside Aquasun filter setup puts the finishing touches on our potable water.  It has a separate faucet and we use it for all cooking and drinking needs. Miss K ordered it with the 12v option.   From the Aquasun website:

This US100 2F  Water Treatment System uses its own water faucet and water pressure to pushed the water through a Carbon Block Polishing Filter that has the capabilities of removing Giardia and Cryptosporidium Cysts, Entamoeba and Toxoplasma Cysts, Schistosomiasis, Herbicides, Pesticides, Trihalomethanes (THMs), certain Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs), Chlorine and Chlorine By-Products, Sediment, Bad Taste, Odors, Color, Smell, and many other Harmful Chemicals and Contaminants down to a 0.5 micron. The polished filtered water is then channeled past an Ultraviolet Light Disinfecting Process that has the ability to kill Bacteria, Viruses, Typhoid Fever, Coliform, Dysentery, Cholera, Infectious Jaundice, Hepatitis and Influenza Virus, E-coli, Enteric Fever and many other unwanted microorganisms to a 99.999% purity.

I modified the setup slightly only because I am using the outside pre-filter setup.  I use a 1 micron reusable sediment cartridge in the first canister.   The next thing on my wish list is a meter to measure dissolved solids in our water supply.  I believe that will give me a better idea of how to correctly treat my water.
End Note:  Hurricane by Joan Osborne from the Righteous Love cd.

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2 comments to Apocalypse Agua II

  • I can’t believe it’s been a month since the storm! I am glad you both like your new home. Thank you for the information on water filteration, I do not think it is overboard at all. Clean, drinkable water is important!

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  • Nancy1340

    Hope you are both OK. It’s been a while since you posted.

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