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

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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!

Use Acuva Discount Code RVGEEKS and SAVE $100
on any Acuva UV-LED water purifier at acuvatech.com

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!

Acuva Eco 1.5 Water Purifier Giveaway


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You can use the following links to learn more about Acuva water purifiers, or to order one for your own RV:

Be sure to use Acuva Discount Code “RVGEEKSto get $100 OFF any Acuva water purifier.



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  1. 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

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      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!

  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

  4. 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

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  5. I installed a reverse osmosis (R.O.) system in our RV 5 years ago, as we often visit campgrounds with their own water sources, as well as Mexico. The RO will remove dissolved salts, Lead, Mercury, Calcium, Iron, Asbestos and Cysts. The problem with RO is it uses (or wastes) over 5 gallons of water for every gallon it produces. In an RV that is a lot of wasted water. I would love to see a comparison of the effectiveness of the UV & RO systems for removing harmful contaminates commonly found in campgrounds. The cost difference between RO and UV is significant with UV being over 4 times as much.

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      Hi Jon! We considered RO very seriously several years ago when a friend installed one in their RV. After spending some time with them, we chose to pass, primarily for the reason you mentioned (water waste). We also recall that there was more maintenance involved. Maybe that has changed in newer units, since it’s been quite some time since we looked at them.

      1. Jon, I saw your post and thought I would add some commentary. Note that RO and UV are not really comparable technologies. RO is essentially taking care of the chemistry of your water and providing some removal of waterborne pathogens. Whereas, UV is providing disinfection only or taking care of the biology or waterborne pathogens. It does not provide removal of any contaminants rather it inactivates waterborne pathogens. It all comes down to the problem that you are trying to solve and it varies according to your water source.

        1. Thanks Jim, your comment is very accurate.
          Although RO systems have their benefits and their efficiency has improved over the years, the inherent drawbacks of this technology will always remain. Wasting water is certainly unattractive on the road, but the RO process does not discriminate harmful chemicals and heavy metals from healthy minerals like calcium and magnesium among other healthy trace minerals that balance the water’s pH and make water taste great. Since UV by itself is not a complete solution, it is important to pair any UV system with a good filter to remove chemical contamination and improve water esthetics, i.e.; taste, clarity, and odor.
          Acuva has chosen to include a prefilter with our installation kit, and our philosophy is to eliminate the microorganism that can make you sick, removing at least chlorine and bad taste, and leaving healthy minerals like calcium and magnesium in the water where it belongs. Our advanced prefilter option offers high-tech filteration that also removes heavy metals and a variety of chemicals, if these are also a concern.

  6. Always enjoy your work…accurate and informative…I have learned a great deal from your videos and have put a number of your ideas into our RV’s…thanks, and looking forward to another year of postings.

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  7. I watch your videos all the time and so happy to have you guys as a resource. I have a question. We want to setup good WiFi for us but I really don’t know what to get. So many suggestions can’t buy everything. All we really need is for just daily simple internet. If you can suggest would greatly appreciate it. It seems most need for business from there rigs. We are retired so all the fancy high tech is not needed for us.

    Thanks

    Marie

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      Hi Marie. So glad you find our information helpful. When it comes to WiFi, we feel understand your point… there’s so many options out there at all sorts of price points, so it’s hard to know what would be best. There are good, less-expensive systems from places like TechnoRV that may be a better fit for you. But, honestly, if you have truly minimal needs when it comes to being online, you may want to consider a slight increase to your existing cellular data plan and relying on that for your internet needs. WiFi in RV Parks is a hit-or-miss proposition… so, often, you’re better off using cellular. You can likely use the WiFi Hotspot feature of your phone (if you have a smartphone), or you could pick up a cellular hotspot device that would connect to the cellular network and then provide a local WiFi network for you to connect your device(s) to.

      And, of course, another option is to just do nothing. If you don’t have heavy internet needs, you may be better off just using the “sneaker net” system… taking your laptop/phone closer to the location at an RV park that has good signal (like the office or clubhouse). No cost. AND it gets you out and some exercise! ?

      Unfortunately (??) there are LOTS of ways to tackle this… and no ONE way that’s right for everyone.

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