September 20, 2016
Filed under Gear Reviews
Say “goodbye” to hand-toweling after rinsing a motorhome with de-ionized water from a CR Spotless System
When washing a motorhome, fighting water spotting is usually a losing battle. If you live in an area with hard water, and can’t get the motorhome out of the sun, you’ll typically spend an inordinate amount of time removing these ugly spots from the surface. Using de-ionized water is a game changer, and that’s what the pro detail people rely on. CR Spotless offers the same advantage of using high-quality de-ionized water, but from a portable unit.
The DIC-20 High Output Rolling System has two 20-inch cartridges filled with resin that are placed inside watertight housings and screwed into a head unit with the hose fittings. The components are attached to a wheeled cart that’s powdercoated to resist rust and can be moved freely with little effort. From a practical standpoint, the Spotless unit is best used at home, but if you have an extra 36-by-18-by-16 inches of space in a compartment, you can take it along on trips.
Initial setup only takes minutes and all the components, except for the hose needed to wash the rig, are supplied with the kit. Inside the box are the rack, housings, cartridges filled with resin, a short length of braided water hookup hose, a housing wrench and a water nozzle. The cartridges are simply placed in the housings and a spacer ring is used to keep them centered. Tighten the housings with the wrench, screw on the inlet/outlet hose fittings using the supplied thread-sealer tape and the system is ready to go.
To use the system, the braided hose is connected to the water faucet, and a standard water hose with the provided nozzle is hooked up. A total dissolved solids (TDS) monitor that indicates water purity is integrated into the filter housing and as long as it reads lower than 020 ppm, the system will provide good-quality de-ionized water. While the system is anything but complicated, specific instructions must be followed when turning on the water, and the nozzle must be placed in the Fan Center or Flat position to control water flow to 2.5 gallons per minute.
The cartridges are good for about 300 gallons of de-ionized water before needing replacement or recharging, but that’s heavily dependent on water-source quality and how the system is used. It’s best to pre-rinse the area you’re working on with tap water, wash with soap that’s been mixed with the de-ionized water and then final rinse with the de-ionized water.
We tested the system with water that’s so hard, it pegs our handheld TDS meter. At first we thought we were imagining that the dirt was coming off easier than normal, and we quickly realized that it was no illusion. Allowing the motorhome to dry naturally, even in the sun, resulted in a spot-free surface that looked clean and bright.
The convenience of de-ionized water is not inexpensive, but after amortizing time and effort, the $449.99 price tag is easily worth the end result. Two replacement cartridges sell for $120, but it’s more economical to buy two bags of resin ($90) and fill the cartridges yourself; it’s an easy process.
Most people don’t smile too much when washing their motorhomes, but using the CR Spotless System will change your demeanor in a hurry.
CR Spotless Water Systems | 866-350-9993 | www.crspotless.com