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Posted: 11/12/19 07:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We never use those little brass water pressure regulators. They cut to water flow too much. Been RVing for 20 years and never had a problem. This week when I hooked up, I noticed that we had "really good pressure", but I didn't give it a second thought.

When we got back to the RV today, there was no water. Checked the valve and found that (a) someone had turned off our water, and (b) water was pouring out of the RV's water bay once we turned the water back on. So...no water.

The upside is that the break appears to be in the water bay, so with any luck there is no water damage. But, finding and fixing the break could be a challenge. We can still get "emergency water" by running the pump, but half the water dumps out into the water bay while the pump is running. We will be home in a few days and can do the repairs then.

Going forward, what is the best option:

a) Continue without the regulator and pay more attention when pressure is high. After all, it worked for 20 years.

b) Fill the tank with campground water and then only use the water pump. I hate putting "strange" water into the fresh water tank.

c) Use the regulator/campground water for most things and then boost the pressure with the pump when taking showers.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Posted: 11/12/19 07:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

b works but if that makes you uncomfortable then suggest you look at a Watt's adjustable pressure regulator. we have model 263A built-in in our wet bay. spring for the oil filled stainless model.


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We pump filtered water into the tank and only use the pump.
Another good reason to always shut off the campground water when leaving the rig for any length of time.

* This post was edited 11/13/19 07:17am by Dick_B *


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You've been very lucky. Many of the RV parks we visit have extremely high water pressure. We never hook-up without a water regulator.

I'd suggest always using a water regulator. You should consider shopping for a better showerhead. There are a number of aftermarket showerheads that work well with low water pressure.

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I've been RVing for almost 50 years. ALWAYS USED A REGULATOR (unless the campground's water trickled out of the hose). Never had any problems with my pipes. I use a "whole house" Watts regulator adapted for garden hose (male/female) set at 50-60psi. I never had any luck with the cheapo regulators that screw on your hose although others I know seem to have no problem with them. I know the larger regulator like I use work 100% of the time and allow full flow - no problem taking showers.
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DFord wrote:

I've been RVing for almost 50 years. ALWAYS USED A REGULATOR (unless the campground's water trickled out of the hose). Never had any problems with my pipes. I use a "whole house" Watts regulator adapted for garden hose (male/female) set at 50-60psi. I never had any luck with the cheapo regulators that screw on your hose although others I know seem to have no problem with them. I know the larger regulator like I use work 100% of the time and allow full flow - no problem taking showers.
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Same here - always use a pressure regulator. If you spend some money on one of the better adjustable regulators with a gauge, it doesn't restrict the flow. When I first cleared the hose before hooking up at the RV park where we're currently staying, the water shot all the way across the street - no nozzle on the hose! I certainly don't want that kind of pressure inside the rig.

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Get a high flow regulator instead of the cheapo ones.

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1. Get a quality regulator and always use it.

2. Always turn water off when you leave the campsite.


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hind sight is 20-20. you can count yourself lucky this time. may not be so lucky next time. I carry two regulators in case a family member needs one. I have turned off many a RV that had hoses and other things burst because of high pressure in parks

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Buy a good one, a Watts brass one, it won't cut your water pressure and you can also buy it so it is adjustable as far as what pressure you want. The first cheaper one we bought from camping world when we started did the same thing, hardly any pressure at all.

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