- Apr 25, 2006
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Any tips or information I should know about the MSR that isn't covered in the instructions?
Awesome filters, keep them clean and let air dry after trips. Break it down and let it dry.
Use 3M pads to clean the ceramic filter.
When the clear tube cracks/breaks, just cut it clean, spit on it and re-insert to the pump.
Be sure you are priming the pump properly before each use. Really makes it work better. Instructions for that are on the MSR paperwork, you have already seen that I suspect.
I also give mine 20 good pumps or so after use to get all the water out, sometimes I open it up and shake the filter. Keeps water out of my dry bags as a result of leaks from the pump tubing.
Don't screw it on to 32 ounce Nalgenes too tightly or you get pressure and can't pump effeciently. I screw the Nalgene on snug, then back off one full turn. It won't fall off.
Walk out a few feet in moving water to ensure you are getting clean water.
Don't pump from the river. Buy the blue collapsible water bucket from LL Bean. It is the only one I have bought that will actually stand up when full of water. One of my favorite items on float trips. Just perfect for its purpose. Get 10' of 3/8" rope on it so you can toss the bucket out in the stream and stay dry. Pull it in fast to open the bucket. Take that full bucket of water and sit in the camp chair and filter the water into your Nalgene bottles. Easy as pie.
When the pump rate slows, simply means you need to clean it. Wipe with wet 3M pad, rinse, wipe, repeat, takes just seconds to clean. On a 13 day float, I think I cleaned mine once. The cleaner the water, the less the need to clean of course. Using my bucket idea helps, floating gin clear rivers helps even more. Ha ha ha...