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Old 05-09-2016, 06:13 PM   #1
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Is there a water pressure regulator built in to protect from damaging the water lines when hooked up to the parks city water system?

I have heard some say you need to use a pressure regulator and some say you do not need it.

The park says they have 75 lbs pressure and to use a reducer. I never get enough flow volume when using my regulator.

What is the real story?

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Is there a water pressure regulator built in to protect from damaging the water lines when hooked up to the parks city water system?

I have heard some say you need to use a pressure regulator and some say you do not need it.

The park says they have 75 lbs pressure and to use a reducer. I never get enough flow volume when using my regulator.

What is the real story?

Larry
I use a water regulator to protect the RW's plumbing from possible pressure surges. I purchased a high quality unit at a farm supply store which is adjustable and with a separate water pressure meter I use to set the regulator initially then I lock the regulator. I set the PSI at 45 which is great for the shower and kitchen island. Walmart and Good Sam sells a low cost water pressure regulator (Camco or similar brand) however they last a year or less for me. After going through several I headed to the farm supply store for a high quality unit.
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IMHO...always, always use a pressure regulator. The risk of damage is simply too great to overlook something so simple. I use a portable water filter and I just leave it on the filter so I never have to remind myself.
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I would never hook up to water source without using a regulator. I initially used a regulator that was preset...but couldn't verify the pressure. I have since purchased one that I can adjust the pressure, and it has a built in pressure gauge.

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I have one that I purchased on Amazon that is set for 55PSI we get great pressure in the RW with this. I always have this on the RW best to place it on the faucet connection at the source. This will also keep pressure in your water hose lower so hose will last a lot longer. Mine has a filter that can be cleaned out and replaced also on the line.
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Thanks Guys,


I have not had very good luck either with the standard RV store issue regulator. I just ordered an adjustable one (10 to 60 lbs) from Ebay.


RV store price approx. $15


Ebay adjustable approx. $102


They say you get what you pay for.... I hope that is true in this case!
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IMHO, a water regulator (not the cheap restrictor) at the faucet & a good quality surge protector are/should be mandatory for every rv.
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I just use the free regulator at the connection. At our winter stop in Florida, I only turn on 1/4 turn. Our summer place it's a 1/2 turn. Some places need full open.

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Partially opening the faucet is NOT regulating pressure only flow. Good quality 3/4" regulator is needed.
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I just use the free regulator at the connection. At our winter stop in Florida, I only turn on 1/4 turn. Our summer place it's a 1/2 turn. Some places need full open.

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That only slows the flow , it does not reduce the pressure...

I found this out the hard way in VA... cost me a service call and some minor repair-I was LUCKY !


I now use the Valterra adjustable regulator...
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I used the cheap online ones for years they only last about a year before you loose pressure. I now use an adjustable with gauge and set it to 50 lbs
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We use an adjustable water pressure regulator made by Valterra. It is adjustable and came with a nice gauge to see what is going on. There are also parts available for these better ones if you wear them out. Last year I winterized our RW well but forgot about the Regulator I left in the basement. Must of had some water still inside. Froze and broke the glycerin filled gauge and drained all the fluid out of the gauge. I wrote to Valterra inquiring about buying a replacement gauge and they sent me a brand new one free of charge. Can't beat that for customer service.

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After thinking about what was said, I have to agree with you guys. Probably should buy one.

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Does anyone know by chance what the pressure is from the factory installed water pump? I have not tried my new $100.00 regulator yet but I swear that I get better flow from the pump than the hydrant with the old regulator installed.


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ShurFlo water pump.

SHURFLO® REVOLUTION™ Pump 12 VDC 3.0 GPM | REVOLUTION™ 4008 Pumps

Specs show shut off at 55 psi

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Does anyone know by chance what the pressure is from the factory installed water pump? I have not tried my new $100.00 regulator yet but I swear that I get better flow from the pump than the hydrant with the old regulator installed.


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You are probably right. That's the main reason I stopped using one. It could be less than 45#s.

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ShurFlo water pump.

SHURFLO® REVOLUTION™ Pump 12 VDC 3.0 GPM | REVOLUTION™ 4008 Pumps

Specs show shut off at 55 psi

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Thanks Chris,

I think I will set the initial pressure at 55 then. I doubt that full open at 60 psi would hurt anything but I will be safe at 55 if that is what the electric pump uses for a shut off point...

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My regulator is set at 55 psi & no problems. It you are using the el cheapo restrictor it is more than likely less than 45 psi, so the pump would be more pressure.
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