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Old 08-14-2016, 11:39 AM   #1
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Water pressure stinks!

So at the beginning of the season I installed one of those Valterra pressure regulators. I believe it regulates the water to between 40 and 45 pounds, is that correct? Anyways, my water pressure is absolutely horrible with this thing. My trailer is at a seasonal site and I was thinking of removing the regulator all together and just regulate the pressure with the ball valve on the spicket

Also, do the screens in the faucet spickets unscrew from the spicket? I'm wondering if there is some sediment in there. I tried unscrewing the kitchen one from the spray head by hand but it wouldn't budge. Before I take a pair of pliers to it I was wondering if anyone has unscrewed one before.

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So at the beginning of the season I installed one of those Valterra pressure regulators. I believe it regulates the water to between 40 and 45 pounds, is that correct? Anyways, my water pressure is absolutely horrible with this thing. My trailer is at a seasonal site and I was thinking of removing the regulator all together and just regulate the pressure with the ball valve on the spicket



Also, do the screens in the faucet spickets unscrew from the spicket? I'm wondering if there is some sediment in there. I tried unscrewing the kitchen one from the spray head by hand but it wouldn't budge. Before I take a pair of pliers to it I was wondering if anyone has unscrewed one before.



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If you also have a water filter then I would remove the regulator.

I find that using a regulator depends on the campground. I always use one for a new campground to start with but there are some that I frequent where I don't bother.

When I have a filter on, I won't use a regulator though.

I've never heard of a water "surge" but I'm sure it happens.
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Old 08-14-2016, 12:54 PM   #3
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I remove the screens in the faucets regularly to clean them out. It seems like there is almost always something in there. You can purchase a fairly inexpensive water pressure gauge at one of the big box stores to check the pressure. Then you will know for sure.
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Old 08-14-2016, 01:35 PM   #4
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Just to let you know you cannot control the pressure with the "ball valve" at the spigot. You are only controlling the maximum flow rate.

If you are using a water filter that could restrict your flow and it might appear to be a pressure problem when it really isn't.
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Old 08-14-2016, 01:36 PM   #5
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Those tiny pressure regulators do restrict flow eventually. I use a Watts whole house. Works great and does not restrict flow.
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Since water pressure doesn't stink the follow;
The RV system is good for 100 PSI. The pump is set at 45 PSI. The solid brass regulators are set for 40 PSI. There are places which have over 100 PSI pressure but in general they are under. A filter or ball valve doesn't change the pressure.
Why they do use the 40-45 PSI in RV's is to protect the system and for water conservation when on the FWT. So it is still up to any RVer what they want to do.
You are camping so what is the rush if the water runs a bit slow.............enjoy life.
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Just to let you know you cannot control the pressure with the "ball valve" at the spigot. You are only controlling the maximum flow rate.

Yes. Good point now that I think about it.







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I carry a water pressure gauge http://amzn.to/2aWAmc1 with me and check the water pressure. If it's high I put on the regulator, if it's not, then I don't.
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Those Valterra regulators and the like are in all reality flow regulators that have the side effect of reducing pressure. As mentioned above, get a Watts pressure regulator; it'll do what its supposed to but it will *not* hinder your flow.
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When cleaning tap screens don't forget to clean the water pump screen as well.
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