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I just bought a Travel Berkey water filter from Amazon for permanent use in the Starship Grumman Olson. It is relatively small but yet purifies the water better than anything else in its class.

Berkey water filter

I sprung for the arsenic/fluoride filters as additional filters to the two black filters that it comes with.

The water is super and tastes delicious. I like the fact that it is made of stainless steel and the water goes from the Berkey to a glass pitcher, avoiding contact with plastic, which can leach harmful chemicals into the water.

It can easily filter 2-4 gallons per day if need be, but find that 1 gallon is more than sufficient for my uses.

It's nice to have emergency food in your van, but more important is good clean potable water. Now I've got that covered, as well as the emergency food.

Just found out the link is bad.

Bob, is there a way to allow editing for more than 5 minutes? 30 minutes would be nice.

Hope this link works.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=travel%20berkey&sprefix=travel+ber%2Caps
the link is not working for me. oops, I see you fixed it. I want one of those it's been on my wish list for awhile. btw if you prefilter the filter in those will last longer. I run my water though a cotton towel first. removes a lot of larger stuff. highdesertranger

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"Bob, is there a way to allow editing for more than 5 minutes? 30 minutes would be nice."

Permanent editing would be better as it could cover everything from drunkenness to fumbling fingers to mistaken double doses of drool inducing drugs.
(09-28-2014, 08:52 PM)highdesertranger Wrote: [ -> ]the link is not working for me. oops, I see you fixed it. I want one of those it's been on my wish list for awhile. btw if you prefilter the filter in those will last longer. I run my water though a cotton towel first. removes a lot of larger stuff. highdesertranger

If I had to use lake or river water I'd certainly do that. I plan on using city water in the USA or bottled water in MX. Like you, I've wanted one for a long time and was very pleased with the product when it arrived. The water is absolutely delicious and it filters more water than I can use in a day.

To clean the black filters one simply scrubs them with a green Scotch pad while holding them under running water. 6,000 gallons per set of filters is quite a lot of water.

Here is a link to the Berkey website where they explain what it can do.

http://www.berkeywater.com/start.main.html

For those of you who aren't familiar with the Berkey line of water filters, this is from the website and pertains to the "Travel Berkey":

The compact Travel Berkey™ system is the perfect system for use during travel and any outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies.

This powerful system purifies both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.

The Travel Berkey™ system removes viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites and extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces rust, silt, sediment, foul taste and odors and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury. This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

Constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel the system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances. This system has a storage capacity of about 1.5 gallons (5.7 liters) and when in use it stands 18” in height with a diameter of 7.5”. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 12” in height.

Configured with two Black Berkey™ Purification Elements the system will purify up to 2.5 Gallons (10.4 liters) per hour*.
And if you pre-filter the water going into the Berkey via cheesecloth, coffee filters, etc., then the filter lasts longer - get rid of the 'big' stuff before it hits the filter.
The 'Frugal Squirrels' prepper forum site has lots of excellent info on water filtering and purification.
I've been using this filter at home now, kind of testing it out before use in the van. This thing works well and make great tasting coffee! I'm quite pleased with it.
thanks for the review. keep us informed. highdesertranger
This thread is so awesome that its worth resurrecting it because I'm sure there's a lot of vandwellers that may not be aware of the Berkey water purifiers.......
Next to air water is as most important so Berkey if you hang n the boondock wilderness.

Of particular interest to vandwellers who hang in the wilderness may be the Go Berkey:
http://www.bigberkeywaterfilters.com/go-berkey-kit.html

I use the Travel Berkey which will filter about 2.5 gal/hr & the Go Berkey will do about a gallon/hr.. Its small & compact for those who need to be more space savings aware.
I got my Berkey on the their site 'Scratch & Dent sale and saved about 40$.......

FYI...............INTJohn
I have my eye on getting a barley - looking to figure out a way to mount it ...
I have a Berkey in my van. It is my home version, but as the van goes, the Floride filters screw off by themselves and land in the reservoir. If it is full, I have a mess. When I re-screw them on, I have to make sure my hands are very clean or the purification process was for nothing. Hand cleanliness is certainly not guaranteed after a while in the van!
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