Smells like Crap outside when flushing the toilet..

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  1. Haden

    Haden Member

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    May 27, 2020
    Madison, Alabama
    2001 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1l Mercury w/V Drives
    Kinda off topic, but are there any other filters I need to change in association with the water. I am aware of cleaning the sump, AC pans, etc. I was just courteous if anyone filters the water entering the boat, or while in use?
     
  2. Blueone

    Blueone Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 24, 2007
    Lake Erie, Ohio
    2004 420 Sundancer
    Cummins 6CTA 450's
    Yes just those RV filters you get at Walmart $20 for two

    I am using one right now

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  3. Haden

    Haden Member

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    May 27, 2020
    Madison, Alabama
    2001 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1l Mercury w/V Drives
    Guess I will be picking those up on the way to the boat this evening. Haha.
     
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  4. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    There is a small filter by the fresh water pump that needs maintenance cleaning.
    Don’t forget to clean the aerators on your head and galley faucets.
    While I rarely use the dockside water hookup, I do use a “Drinking Water Safe” hose at my home dock for all water needs, and when I fill my fresh water tank I put one of the cheap Walmart Camco RV filters inline between the spigot and hose.
    We don’t drink the water straight out of the tap on the boat, but I did start using a small Brita container this season. I’ll fill that from the tap, keep it in the fridge, and use water from it to make ice cubes and coffee.
    Convinced myself that between my filtration methods, the extreme cold from freezing cubes and the heat from making coffee, it will all come together to kill off any cooties that might be in the water.
    So far, so good. We haven’t gotten sick or grown any strange appendages yet.
    I’ll usually dump whatever water remains in my fresh water tank and refill it every week or so too. Not sure if that’s overkill, but it makes me feel like I’m keeping it fresh.
     
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  5. stephens013

    stephens013 Active Member

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    Oct 8, 2009
    Ft Walton Beach, Fl
    2001 510 Sundancer
    1997 400DA Sundancer
    1994 Chalarral 310 Signature
    3196 Cat; 660 PHP
    3116 Cat; 340 PHP
    If you don't feel like buying the whole filter thing just change out the carbon filaments inside the tube. It's the same stuff they use in fish tank filter. Walmart sells the stuff in the pet department. Just screw off the end, pour the old pellets out, pour the new carbon pellets, seal it back up and your done. Might need small pieces of plastic screen material to put in the ends so the new pellets stay in the container. It's an easy job. hardest part is just getting the the filter.
     
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  6. Haden

    Haden Member

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    May 27, 2020
    Madison, Alabama
    2001 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1l Mercury w/V Drives
     
  7. Haden

    Haden Member

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    May 27, 2020
    Madison, Alabama
    2001 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1l Mercury w/V Drives
    Great advise. I have already cleaned the pump filters. Honestly, they we’re clean to begin with. I will definitely be adding a blue inline filter, and I already use the “White” water hose. Learn that mistake as a kid. Was not a good shrimp boil, the shrimp tasted like rubber hose... haha.
     
  8. Haden

    Haden Member

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    May 27, 2020
    Madison, Alabama
    2001 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1l Mercury w/V Drives
    I already bought a new filter, but it hasn’t arrived yet. I plan to make the “used” filter a learning filter. I didn’t want to monkey around with the first one. I wanted to have a good starting point, and take a little time to learn the process.
     
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  9. stephens013

    stephens013 Active Member

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    Oct 8, 2009
    Ft Walton Beach, Fl
    2001 510 Sundancer
    1997 400DA Sundancer
    1994 Chalarral 310 Signature
    3196 Cat; 660 PHP
    3116 Cat; 340 PHP
    There should be some sort

    There should be some sort of filter down stream of you water pump. Check the parts manual for location and part number. What ever it is I'm sure you can find them on line and/or at an rv supply place. Maybe even Walmart. Just stay clear of Marine Max
     
  10. stephens013

    stephens013 Active Member

    505
    Oct 8, 2009
    Ft Walton Beach, Fl
    2001 510 Sundancer
    1997 400DA Sundancer
    1994 Chalarral 310 Signature
    3196 Cat; 660 PHP
    3116 Cat; 340 PHP
    Good plan
     
  11. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
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    Picture 004.jpg Ya. I believe the Tide specified by Dometic is plain old soap.
     
  12. Haden

    Haden Member

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    Madison, Alabama
    2001 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1l Mercury w/V Drives
     
  13. sbw1

    sbw1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    West Michigan
    This is listed in my signature
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    I see a fair number of filters added to hoses outside of the boat at the hose bibs. That depends on the quality of the water supply, and most are used by owners of larger boats.
     
  14. Haden

    Haden Member

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    May 27, 2020
    Madison, Alabama
    2001 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1l Mercury w/V Drives
    I’m going to add one. I’m not overly excited about our city water, plus it can’t hurt. I honestly can’t remember the last time I drank water from tap, but the kids might. Kids are crazy.... haha. I’m not a health nut, I just don’t care for the Chlorine smell/taste our water has.
     
  15. stephens013

    stephens013 Active Member

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    Oct 8, 2009
    Ft Walton Beach, Fl
    2001 510 Sundancer
    1997 400DA Sundancer
    1994 Chalarral 310 Signature
    3196 Cat; 660 PHP
    3116 Cat; 340 PHP
    My since of taste and smell are way more degraded than yours. Just have a rule, don't consume boat water. That includes what comes out of the ice maker. Kind of a rule from stomping around in the down range third world shit holes for so many years.
     
  16. Haden

    Haden Member

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    May 27, 2020
    Madison, Alabama
    2001 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1l Mercury w/V Drives
    Hahahahaha!! Great rule!!!
     
  17. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    we chlorinate the water system on the boat, we run a quality water filter, and our marina has city water. We use ice from the icemaker all the time for cocktails. That water on the boat is probably cleaner than 99% of the water in the world.

    I do not know a single person that coordinates the plumbing system in their home after spending the winter in Florida or vice versa.
     
  18. Carpediem44DB

    Carpediem44DB Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Aug 18, 2015
    Sanfransico Bay area
    2006 44 DB Sedan Bridge Raymarine gs165 w Quantum HD Radar
    Achilles 350 Dink
    Nick Jackson Davit
    Cummins QSC 8.3 500 HD
    I made a water softener with a whole house carbon filter that resides in my dock box. I fill the boats tank and well as wash the boat with soft water and it really helps keeping the water spots out of the showers and my blue hull.
    Carpe Diem
     
  19. Haden

    Haden Member

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    May 27, 2020
    Madison, Alabama
    2001 Sea Ray 380 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1l Mercury w/V Drives
    Pictures!!!!
     

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