Most of the time, by the time you see a mod video, it’s been pretty well sanitized. You don’t see all the false starts, reversals, things I forgot, and plan changes that happen between initial concept and completed project. In this one, you do. So if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to hang out with me in my shop while I work on an RV mod, this video ought to give you a pretty good idea. (That’s also why it’s so long!)
Now, about the project itself. We’ve always been able to drink the water from our RV’s plumbing system. I know many people don’t, but since we drink so much water, the expense and storage of bottled water just kills it for us.
Our new EKKO came with a single cartridge filter installed. That filter was fine but I never stop at fine. I go straight to plaid (let me know if anyone gets that reference). And that’s where we wind up with the Guzzle H2O Stealth 2×10. This is going to be our go-to solution for drinking water on the road.
The Guzzle H2O
In my mind, a water filter should do three things: make the water clean, good tasting, and safe to drink. The Guzzle H2O accomplishes each of these with elements that you can see and understand.
First, there’s a sediment pre-filter. This gets the water clean. Meaning, there’s no gunk in it.
Next, there’s a 0.5 micron carbon block filter. This improves the taste of the water by removing impurities, and filters out anything bigger than a half a micron.
Finally – and most uniquely – there’s an LED UV light to sanitize any biological elements that might be still in the water. UV sanitizers for water have been around a while. This one uses an LED element, and it’s only running when the water is.
We drink reverse osmosis (RO) water at home, so in the future, I’ll be doing some kind of blind water taste test with regular tap water, RO water, and what I’ve started calling “Guzzle Water”. Look for that in the coming months.
About the Install
If you saw something in the install that intrigues you, let me know. I usually throw a whole bunch of tools and materials at a project, and I don’t even remember which ones I used once I’m done. Here are the ones I remember from this project:
- My Milwaukee M12 Driver – this thing is in probably every mod video I’ve ever done. The quick change of the driver tips is the best and simplest I’ve ever seen on a tool.
- Sharkbite Deburring Tool – if you ever have a problem with a push-to-connect plumbing fitting… it’s not the fitting, it’s you. (I know, because it’s happened to me, too.) This thing helps you clean up the ends of any PEX pipe before you use a fitting to increase your chances of getting it right.
- Klein Wire Strippers and Cutter – Probably a close runner up to my driver for the sheer number of videos it shows up in. I actually have more than one of these, each covering different ranges of wire sizes.
- Wirefy Crimping Tool – I’ve mentioned before that I have more than one crimping tool. This is the one I use for the heat-shrink insulated terminals.
- The iSpring Drinking Water Faucet – This is the separate faucet I installed for us to get our drinking water from.
Like I said, if you see a tool or something I used that you’d like more info on, let me know! You’re probably not the only one with the question.
As of now, I can say we’ve been on the road for about two weeks now and the Guzzlemeister has been keeping us hydrated and pumping out bottle after bottle of absolutely flawless-tasting water. Look for a blind taste-test video in the coming months!
And great news, if you’re interested in one yourself, we’ve been given a discount code for $100 off by the folks at Guzzle H20, here’s the code: EKKO$100 It will work on any order over $500 from their online site, which includes the Stealth 2×10 that you see me installing in this video.