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Default Hard water in bus

I am sure this is due to the copper pipes and whatever metal is in the original hot water heater but does anyone know how I can make the water softer, especially in the shower? It smells like pennies and is killing my hair.
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Get one of these! I have one and love it!
Mine is a 10000 which is plenty but you get the idea.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LIAVX98...a-355500898470
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there are many portable water softeners on the market I like the models that you can re move the top to change the media down the road.
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[QUOTE=rshrimp;413746]Get one of these! I have one and love it!
Mine is a 10000 which is plenty but you get the idea.

[url]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LIAVX98/ref=asc_df_B00LIAVX985446550/?tag=hyprod-

Use one of these when managing an rv park in Quartzsite.
Does the job and it only takes table salt to reset the unit.
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Thanks guys. I suspect we may need to do something about the hot water heater. We flushed all the tanks today and noticed when we ran water thru the hot water tank, the water was rusty at first then turned grey with dark grey sediment in the shower floor. Smelled very metallic. The hot water heater still creates crazy hot water, just not liking this metallic additive.
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All the RV water softeners use the same process, but there are differences in the physical design. Eg. Soft Cell has a particulate filter ahead of the unit (something you should always use to prevent bits of stuff fouling faucets, etc.) which you can get attached or unattached. I prefer the latter as it allows you to leave the softener unit in the bay rather than lifting it in and out, since you do not open up the softener to add salt, but use the particulate filter cannister. Check out all of them to see what works best for you.
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I am sure this is due to the copper pipes and whatever metal is in the original hot water heater but does anyone know how I can make the water softer, especially in the shower? It smells like pennies and is killing my hair.

Now I know what caused my hair to disappear
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Default Portable 10K Grain Water Softeners

I think mine disappeared from that dang AF flying helmet 35 years ago. I know it turned everything gray & the high altitude did the rest

As part of Wet Bay upgrade, will be installing one of the portable 10,000 grain water softener (WS) units. A particulate filter in the Wet Bay will catch the big stuff then incoming water will be routed to the 10K WS before being added to the fresh tank. It will be positioned near the fresh water tank (that’s the tank behind it in the pic below). Will use quick disconnect SS lines so it can be lifted out of the bay for servicing. Like Ron says, this one has a screw top to add salt for regeneration of the plastic beads. That is the process all salt based WS’s use to flush out the minerals they collect from incoming water. With the exception of that regeneration not being automatic, this smaller unit works exactly like it’s bigger home brothers. Many RV’ers use these when hooked up to park water and I’ve seen them sitting out in the open. Not so sure that’s a good idea as It might grow “legs”. Purchased it on Amazon a year or so ago and just now getting around to doing the installation .
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That's exactly the same one I have. I like it with 2 easily corrected issues.

1. That plastic fitting broke. (Comes with Brass on one side and plastic on other) Easily fixed with a brass fitting, now on both ends.

2. Doesn't come with a carry handle. I use mine portable so I need this.
I made a handle out of a short piece of parachute cord and shorter piece of 1/2 inch PVC pipe. Just tied it around the now brass fittings.

Otherwise, I really like the unit. I can go a whole season before regen. I simply dump a 1 lb container of table salt in it and flush as directed for 20 minuites. Really only need to do this maybe twice a year.

I just use 2 hoses and hook this up in the middle. ....... and yes it sits outside.
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We have this one as we are full timing. Easy and has a handle.
[URL="https://602abcwater.com/products/portable-water-softener-16-000-grain-capacity-10x18-large"]

Also have found out that quick disconnects make everything easier. We are using Walmart disconnects and they seem to be working good. Also as Randy S. says use a filter before softener.
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