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Old 12-23-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
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To regulate or not to regulate, that is the question

::I was just wondering how many of you use a water pressure regulator when camping in a full hook-up campground. We camp a lot in a full hook-up campground and while walking around checking out the other campers, I notice a lot of people without regulators. The problem is that my shower pressure is medium at best. When not in full hookups and on the pump, the shower pressure is great. I have the sureflo 55 psi pump. Where can I buy a max. 55 psi regulator to replace the 40-50 psi that I have now? I've asked the campground manager what the water pressure is and he said it varies so I'd rather be safe than sorry and use the regulator. We love the shower in our camper mainly because we have an Atwood 10 gallon water heater and can take a nice long shower without turning the water on and off. Faucet pressure seems to be fine. I guess I wouldn't notice that as much. Thanks[ATTACH][/ATTACH][ATTACH][/ATTACH]
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Old 12-23-2012, 12:42 PM   #2
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I use s imple regulator 40 to 50 psi.
You can check out amazon.com They have lots of simple or fancy regulators.
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:16 PM   #3
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We always use a regulator. We attach it at the c/g spiggot, then attach the hose. I think we bought ours in the rv section at a WalMart.
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:21 PM   #4
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We always use a regulator, after seeing the camper next to us with a blown water line and water running out under the door while the owners were gone I am glad we have the extra protection of a regulator.

The water pressure at most campgrounds is typically not to high, the problem is pressure surges on the line, that is what will blow RV lines apart.

Due to the fact we fulltime we bought a very nice Watts High Flow adjustable regulator that will go to a max of 65 PSI
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Old 12-23-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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The few times I stay at a campground I always use a pressure regulator. Some CG's can have pressure that exceeds 110 psi... it is always a good habit to use one when hooking up... I have also learned when at FS campgrounds to always fill my freshwater tank... U never know when the water will go out and having your tank filled can be a real good thing..
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Old 12-23-2012, 02:33 PM   #6
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I do not regulate water pressure; and have never had a problem with the four RV's I've owned. PEX, the plumbing used in RV's can withstand high pressure and high temperatures. The weak link in RV's are the fittings and fixtures. Rarely will RV plumbing lines give a problem. PEX can also withstand five or more freeze occurrences before it fails.
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Old 12-23-2012, 03:52 PM   #7
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we always use a regulator and hook it up at the facet. I had a few swelled hoses before I learned that.
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Old 12-23-2012, 04:09 PM   #8
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We use a regulator. I remember getting scared into it so bought a minimum price regulator at Walmark. Probably paid less than $5. My opinion is that Chipper is correct... they are not really needed, but I'm a scaredy cat.
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Never had any problems, but would be my luck in the middle of a 2,000 mile trip.

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Most new construction(commercial & residential) use PEX water lines. Municipality water pressure can run between 40 -60 PSI., but I have seen some as high as 80 PSI.

55 PSI is the recommended water pressure in most single level residence. If you're worried, install a water pressure regulator, but purchase an adjustable model. Below is the Watts model H560G. It sells for around $65.
They's available at RV accesory stores and also at Granger.

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