First Time Hookup Instructions for the Essential Portable RV Water Softener, 16000 Grain with custom hose
Setup, Installation, and Instructions for your new Water Softener
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Your Essential Portable RV Water Softener, 16000 Grain with custom hose comes fully charged and ready to use. You only need to flush out the resin dust until the water runs clear, then hook directly up to your RV!
- Turn off the water at the source
- Connect hose coming from the source to the inlet of the softener.
- Make sure the unit is standing upright for use.
- Turn the water on and flush the system into a drain until the water runs clear. This should be between 2 to 4 minutes
- Connect the outlet of the softener to your RV city water connection
Note: The softener does not require salt or regeneration before first use. DO NOT remove the material from inside the tank.
Regeneration Instructions - This should be done when the water hardness goes up or you start to see spotting
- Turn off the water supply.
- Disconnect inlet and outlet hose from the softener.
- Drain enough water out so you can put salt in without overflowing. You can drain water by tilting the unit over sideways or turning it upside down with the head/cap ON. Once draining has been completed, flip the unit back upright and tap the black base against the ground a few times to get the resin to fall back down into the bottom of the tank. This creates a bigger cavity for the salt and is one of a few ways to add salt.
- Remove top cap.
- Add Two full 26 oz. boxes of iodized/non-iodized salt
Other ways to add Salt
- Pour salt into the softener.
- Mix salt with warm water and pour the solution into the softener.
- Pour salt into the softener while periodically pouring water slowly over it with a cup.
Regenerating the Softener
- Replace cap and inlet hose to inlet side of softener. Turn the water so that the Stream of water just clears the side of the shoulder of the tank- the stream should be the size of a pencil.
- Rinse for about 20 minutes
- Increase water flow to a full stream and Rinse for 10-15 minutes
- To verify the regeneration process is complete use the hardness test strips to ensure the water at the OUTPUT of the softener is soft. Soft water is 0-3 GPG. At the end of the regeneration process the water should also not have a salty taste.
- If the water tastes salty or if it measures too high repeat the rinse cycle until both the taste and the measured GPG is reached.
- Regeneration cycle is complete.
Back flush your water Softener for 5-10 minutes periodically. This may be done once a year if you have a sediment and carbon filter ahead of the softener. If you don’t have pre-filters, you may need to regenerate every 3-6 months.
- Turn off water and disconnect both inlet and outlet hoses.
- Use the female/female adapter (not labeled) to the outlet of the softener.
- Connect the water source to the softener outlet -water will be running in the reverse direction.
- Turn the water on full stream. (If the flow completely stops, turn the water off, tap the tank against the ground to get the resin to fall back down, and turn the water on 75% full stream.)
- After the recommended amount of time, turn the water off and hook the softener back up.
Note: If Back-flush and Re-gen are done together, perform the Back-flush process first.
You can use either of these two options if draining water from the unit is required. For both options DO NOT REMOVE top cap or head.
1) Disconnect both hoses and turn the unit upside down and allow water to drain from inlet/outlet.
2) Use air source applied to inlet and allow water to drain from outlet.
Before placing the unit in storage or being idle for extended periods:
- Perform a back-flush.
- Perform the regeneration process
- Drain water from unit (do not dump the resin out).
- Unit is ready for storage.
Post Storage Instructions
After extended periods of non-use, sanitize the unit by following the instructions below:
- Perform back flush.
- Completely drain all the water from the tank (do not dump the resin out)
- Remove top cap and mix 1/2 packet of Sani-System with 2 gallons of water
- Connect the water source to the inlet of the softener, pour solution into tank, put the top cap back on, and let it sit for a maximum of 60 seconds.
- Turn the water on full stream for 10 minutes and flush the Sani-System out.
- Perform regeneration.
Capacity of the Essential Portable RV Water Softener, 16000 Grain
How many gallons a softener will approximately make depends on the hardness of the water source and your water usage. To figure out the approximate capacity of your unit, take the grains of the unit (16,000) and divide that by the grains per gallon (GPG) of the water source. Very hard water is about 40 grains, so your capacity will be approximately 16000/40 = 400 gallons.
If you go too long before performing the regeneration process, a few things could happen: your unit may not last very long, or, after the regeneration process, the strips will not test between 0-3 GPG at the output of the softener. This can easily be corrected by performing a special regeneration process.
SPECIAL REGENERATION PROCESS
Perform the regeneration process as normal, with the following changes
Instead of using 2 boxes of salt, use 4 boxes.
-: Add 4 26oz boxes of table salt (mix salt with warm water and pour the solution into the softener if the water has been drained out
- Put the top cap back on and slow rinse the unit for 55-60 minutes
- : Fast rinse for 5 minutes
- Check the hardness at the output of the softener
- The test strips should read around 0-3 GPG, and your unit is ready for use!