Our Guide To Choosing The Best Caravan Water Filter

When you're heading off grid, you need to know you'll have access to clean and drinkable water. That's why a caravan water filter is a must-have.

A caravan water filter is designed to remove or deactivate waterborne bacteria and viruses from the water. For a long time, caravanners haven't had many choices when it comes to water filters - but all that is changing and now there are lots of options that kill bacteria and viruses without the fuss of chemicals.

If you're in the market for a caravan water filter, read our guide:


Do You Need A Caravan Water Filter?

It depends how long and how far off the grid you're planning on travelling, but in short - yes. Water safety is one of the most important parts of travelling in Australia. It's essential you have access to fresh, clean water wherever you go. You don't want to rely on filling up containers at taps, or buying water from stores. It will soon get frustrating and expensive!

Water Safety In Your Caravan

The good news is that making sure your water is safe isn't difficult. All you need is the right water filter system. Sure, you could use tablets or hiking solutions, but really a caravan water filter system is the most convenient option if you're planning on caravanning for many years to come.


Types Of Caravan Water Filter

If you're going down the caravan water filter route, there are two types to choose from:

Permanently Installed

These units are installed under your caravan or camper sink. They filter the water coming out of your water tank before it goes through your tap.

Purification is most effective at the point of use, which is why it's worth permanently fitting a filter after your pump or under your tap for the best result.

If you're looking for a filter to permanently install into your caravan, we highly recommend the Thirsty Nomad 5 in 1 Water Purifier.

The Thirsty Nomad uses the latest in water purification technologies without the need for power or chemicals. A 5-stage water treatment system purifies water and removes heavy metals and other contaminants. The filter boasts up to 20 times higher contaminant removal than granular carbon filters and meets Australian drinking water guidelines for E-Coli.

The filter is super compact and lightweight (only 590 grams), plus it's easy to install in your caravan tanks with the included Push Fitting Kit. You can install it horizontally or vertically.

For caravanners who don't want to worry about switching filters mid-trip, this filter is a great option. It lasts 7500 litres or 12 months before replacement is needed.



A portable caravan water filter, or in-line filter, connects to your water hose, then filters the water from your hose going into your caravan/camper water tank.

It's a great way to remove any chlorine odours from your water and is super easy to store. They are designed to pop off when not in use, so you can carefully wind it up and store with your hose.

The Thirsty Nomad Tank Fill Water Purifier is great pick for a portable purifier. It features all the same benefits of the permanent filter, with the design of an in-line filter.


Which Caravan Water Filter Brand?

Take a look at these top brands:


Shurflo provides an RV & Marine Water Filtration Kit suitable for cold water only. It's a good, budget-friendly option if you want to make sure you have clean, great tasting water on your travels because it reduces the chlorine taste and odour from water.

The kit comes with mounting accessories, a disposable filter and a drinking water tap plus a 1.5 metre tube to make installation easy.



Another popular brand is B.E.S.T. They designed a water filter that can safely draw water from town, tank, creek or bore water and you can be confident that chemicals and sediment are removed and bacteria is destroyed. The filter is also reversible, which means you can flush away the dirt.



Camec's Thirsty Nomad Caravan Water Filters take water purification to a new level for caravanners.

When travelling Australia, you're going to encounter highly mineralised bore water, which will quickly clog a standard granular activated carbon filter. That's where the Thirsty Nomad water filters stand out above the rest.

They offer a way to treat the highly mineralised bore water and then purify your water and filter down to 0.01 microns.

Want to compare the results? Watch how it works in this video. You'll see the difference a Thirsty Nomad filter makes to the water compared to other options.

The Thirsty Nomad Caravan Water Purifier

Check out the permanent caravan water purifier or the tank fill water purifier depending on your preference.


Don't risk your health on dodgy water. Check out our range of caravan water filters today.

DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.

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