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Posted By: bigcampnut on 09/07/10 10:29am

I have a 2010 Keystone Sprinter 276. I have had very low water pressure inside my camper ever since it was new. I have used a 45lb pre-set pressure regulator that is between my water filter and I wonder if that is too low. Its really a problem mainly in the shower with low pressure. Maybe an adjustable regulator that goes up to 55? Any help or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!


Posted By: bldrbuck on 09/07/10 10:38am

Have you checked the water pressure before the regulator?


Posted By: skipnchar on 09/07/10 10:48am

It MIGHT be too low depending on what water pressure your trailer is DESIGNED to handle. Most older units were set for a maximum of 40 PSI but newer ones often are designed for 60 PSI. It is also possible that your water FILTRATION system is bringing down your water pressure down. Why not remove the filter cartridge and give it a try and I bet you'll have a lot more pressure. May just need to purchase a higher volume filter.


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Posted By: Jayco254 on 09/07/10 11:04am

I had the same problem, it was a clogged water filter, Put a new filter in and water prressure went back up to where it should be.


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Posted By: HappyTrails2U2 on 09/07/10 11:48am

bigcampnut wrote:

Maybe an adjustable regulator that goes up to 55?


If it's not the water filter clogged up then what you probably need is an adjustable pressure regulator like the ones sold on line at The Water Filter Store that flow more volume than the elcheapo type of regulators that the RV dealerships and Walmart sell.
http://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/PressureRegulators.htm

The Watts Adjustable 263A Regulator, 2" diameter 0-160 gauge, 4-4.5 gpm is the one I have. The Watts Model N55BG Adjustable Regulator, 1.5" diameter 0-160 gauge, 6-9 gpm is another one that's a little more expensive that is a good one.

You don't need much more pressure you just need more volume. I have mine set at 49 PSI and I'm getting plenty of water.

You also want to make sure that your water hose is not kinked or restricting the flow somehow to.


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Posted By: DavidP on 09/07/10 12:57pm

HappyTrails2U2 wrote:

bigcampnut wrote:

Maybe an adjustable regulator that goes up to 55?


If it's not the water filter clogged up then what you probably need is an adjustable pressure regulator like the ones sold on line at The Water Filter Store that flow more volume than the elcheapo type of regulators that the RV dealerships and Walmart sell.
http://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/PressureRegulators.htm

The Watts Adjustable 263A Regulator, 2" diameter 0-160 gauge, 4-4.5 gpm is the one I have. The Watts Model N55BG Adjustable Regulator, 1.5" diameter 0-160 gauge, 6-9 gpm is another one that's a little more expensive that is a good one.

You don't need much more pressure you just need more volume. I have mine set at 49 PSI and I'm getting plenty of water.

You also want to make sure that your water hose is not kinked or restricting the flow somehow to.


I use the 263A as well. Huge improvement, well worth the money.


Posted By: bigcampnut on 09/07/10 01:34pm

Thanks...... the hose isn't kinked, and the water filter is actually a home filter that i adapted over with hose fittings... I've tried it without the filter and got the same low pressure results and the outside pressure was at the water source was high. I wondered if 45 psi was just too low.... its a 2010 model, where would I find the recommended psi limit for the camper? And your right, it is a cheapo regulator from an rv store.


Posted By: Jimehc on 09/07/10 03:49pm

I am not sure where or how this 45 psi of water pressure limit was set..
But the water lines will dictate the usable water pressure with a bust rating of 180 to 300 psi..

Most water pumps will provide up to 65 psi before they stop cycling..

Remove the 45 psi pressure regulator and flow restriction - your problem is solved..


Posted By: HappyTrails2U2 on 09/08/10 03:33am

Jimehc wrote:

Remove the 45 psi pressure regulator and flow restriction - your problem is solved..


Some kind of regulator should be used whether it's the 45 psi model or what ever. Some campgrounds have very high water pressure that can blow you're pipes out without one.

I visited a campground on Center Hill Lake in Tennessee this past winter and they had signs up warning about high water pressure. The campground was located very near a water tower and there must not have been any type of regulator on the thing. One of the Core of Engineer's employee's said he's seen a lot of people that ignore the signs and then they'll have water running out of their trailer doors in a very short while due to pipes being blown apart.


Posted By: javaseuf on 09/08/10 10:39am

Many confuse low pressure with low flow rates.
Most likely your pressure is fine but the flow voluum from the faucets is low due to the flow restrictors every new faucet has in the aerator. I have removed mine and flow rate is much better.
Just be aware that more flow results in holding tanks filling faster.






Posted By: bigcampnut on 09/08/10 10:54am

Thanks again...... I'm beginning to believe its not my regulator. Last night i hooked up the water supply directly from my home with no regulator or filter in the line, and my pressure was as low as it was with them hooked up. So maybe I do have the restricters in each faucet and the shower head??


Posted By: javaseuf on 09/08/10 11:38am

bigcampnut wrote:

Thanks again...... I'm beginning to believe its not my regulator. Last night i hooked up the water supply directly from my home with no regulator or filter in the line, and my pressure was as low as it was with them hooked up. So maybe I do have the restricters in each faucet and the shower head??


Yup!


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