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Safe RV Drinking Water Update, Lab Testing & Acuva Water Purifier Giveaway!

Safe RV Drinking Water Update, Lab Testing & Acuva Water Purifier Giveaway!

You may recall that we installed an Acuva Eco UV-LED water purifier in our RV last year. It’s been an awesome addition to our rig, but we wanted to really put it to the test. The lab test that is. So we visited a nearby river to draw samples, and even put the Eco to a really serious test by running highly contaminated water through it at Acuva’s facility. Not only do we share the test results in the video above, but we tell you about Acuva’s latest model, which happens to be the prize in our latest RVgeeks Giveaway!

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Ditch the bottled water! Major cities sanitize their drinking water using ultraviolet light, and now you can, too. Acuva’s UV-LED system makes water safe to drink, using a fraction of the space...Show More

Ditch the bottled water! Major cities sanitize their drinking water using ultraviolet light, and now you can, too. Acuva’s UV-LED system makes water safe to drink, using a fraction of the space and power… perfect for RVs.

Check out our Acuva installation video here

Get 10% off any Acuva system when shopping online at Acuva's website and using the discount code listed here.

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On Sunday, 12/16/18, one of you will win a brand new Acuva Eco 1.5 UV-LED water purifier! Watch the video above for complete details, then scroll down the page to enter for your chance to win. The giveaway ends on 12/16/18 at 7 pm Eastern /  4 pm Pacific time, so be sure to enter by then. Installation isn’t included, but luckily, our original Acuva video shows you exactly how we installed ours. ?

The entry form below is the same type we’ve used in our last few giveaways. We hope you find it easy to use, and that you take advantage of the many extra ways it allows you to enter compared to the old system we used before.

About phone numbers… as our regular viewers know, we always provide the option of including your phone number with your entry. We only do that to ensure that we’re able to quickly contact the winner. We will NEVER share or use phone numbers for any other purpose. When the giveaway ends, being able to call the winner is a huge help (and we’d love to congratulate you personally, too)! When you get to the entry form, you’ll see that we even give you ten extra entries for including your phone number! ?

Enter The Giveaway Here!

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Be sure to use Acuva Discount Code “RVGEEKSto get 10% OFF any Acuva water purifier.

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mbodette

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

Thanks for the Acuva update. It was great meeting you at the Xscapers rally! Question - did you ever install a water softener? They say you shouldn’t drink a lot of soft water and the only way I know to take it back out is an RO system, but I don’t care for all the water it wastes creating RO water and that it takes too much out of the water (good minerals and stuff) and it’s flat taste. AND many people tell us that you really only need a softener or RO in the SouthWest? As always your thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks

TheRVgeeks

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

Xscapers was a BASH, wasn't it?!?! LOL! As for a water softener... no, we haven't installed one. We've looked a couple of times, as it would be nice to be able to have better-tasting drinking water when in the desert southwest (or any other place that has really hard and/or slimy water). Our biggest obstacle to getting one has been space. Since we only spend a few months at a time in the SW, and spend the rest of our time in places that typically have much better water, it just hasn't risen to the level of urgency for us. When in bad water areas, we use a couple of gallon water bottles and refill them at water machines (speaking of which, there was a Conoco on 95 south of Lake Havasu with a water machine that made the BEST tasting water... pre-filtered, RO'd, and then re-mineralized... and it accepted Apple Pay!... but we digress).

We agree that RO is pretty wasteful. Takes a lot of water to make water. If you spend a lot of time in hard/bad-tasting water areas, it might be worth it. We've seen under-counter systems for an at-sink dispenser that re-direct the "waste" water back into the fresh tank, so you're not actually wasting it. That seems like a better option to us than a whole-house system, since that extra water usually ends up down the drain. We have a hard time with that when RVing in the desert, where water is already precious. Not to mention the time a whole-house RO system can take to re-fill your fresh tank (plus then you're always running off your water pump instead of city water if hooked up).

One of the biggest issues with hard water is the effect it can have on your faucets/plumbing (or your hair, if you have enough to worry about, LOL!). The mineral deposits can be a pain. In addition to leaving scale on your faucets, etc, it leaves spots in your shower and on your glasses/dishes. Softening it can stop that issue altogether, which is surely good for their lifespan. But, again... since we're only in areas with hard water for a few months at a time, we just suck it up and deal. Faucet aerators can be de-scaled by soaking them in white vinegar for a few hours (for the shower head, put white vinegar in a small ziplock bag, put it over the faucet head so it's all immersed in the vinegar, and seal it in place with a rubber band... saves having to remove the shower head to soak it). And the rest of the year we're in places with good water and don't have to worry.

As far as being bad for you to drink? We suppose that depends on what minerals are in the water making it very hard/soft. If you're using a water softener, and are using Sodium Chloride as the salt that replaces the minerals, it could be an issue if you have (or are prone to) high blood pressure. But you can get around that by using Calcium Chloride "salt" instead.

So, in the end, we think it depends on the length of time you spend in areas with bad water. And how averse you are to dealing with replenishing your supply of bottled water for drinking. For us, it hasn't risen to the level that has pushed us toward getting a water softener. But you have to determine for yourself what's right for you.

Hope this helps!

Roger B

Saturday 8th of December 2018

I have a portable UV purification bottle, however, I like the Acuva 1.5 video as I never knew the product existed, and it's great to know from your video that it's available for an RV installation. Thank you for this information.

TheRVgeeks

Saturday 8th of December 2018

We've seen those portable UV water purifiers, Roger... they look pretty cool! ?

jenright

Saturday 8th of December 2018

you guys are awesome! thanks.

TheRVgeeks

Saturday 8th of December 2018

Aw, thanks Jen! Best of luck in the giveaway!!!

m gardner

Saturday 8th of December 2018

I understand all the social media routine, but the amount of information gleam wants to pull from all our social accounts is a bit much.

Jack Rigby

Friday 7th of December 2018

Hello! I have always enjoyed and learned from your videos. Thank a lot. We traded our 2011 navion in for a 2019 view with the Murphy bed. We had put 102,000 miles on the old rig. My concern has always been with the water because my immune system is slightly compromised. In microbiology we used to test bottled water and the rate of CFU, or colony forming units was often high. In our camper we sanitize the tanks similarly to your method before energy trip, then use a filter outside as the water enters , a microbiological 3M filter at the cold water tap, and all drinking water then goes into the Britain’s pitcher, which is another charcoal,filter. This method produces remarkable tasting water. It’s delicious. In my opinion I believe that most people’s fear of drinking from the fresh water tank are unnecessary if you regularly sanitize and filter. However the Ultraviolet light system looks like a real winner and I intend to add it to my list on the new camper. Safe travels. Jack

TheRVgeeks

Friday 7th of December 2018

Hey Jack! Sounds like you've got your situation under control, but when the time for a new camper comes, the Acuva is a worthwhile addition to consider.

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