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Old 04-13-2014, 10:24 PM   #11
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How important is it to use one? I own a cheaper plastic one as well as a more expensive brass one. I really do not like using them because they kill the water pressure for showers and such.

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I would pull the shower head and see if it's full of junk and that's why your loosing too much pressure. Normally if we have a pressure issue it's because of junk stuck in the screens on the sinks or shower head. We have been to campgrounds that have to have a broke line somewhere sucking in rocks/dirt ect based on all the crap in the inline filter that's not fresh water. Or it's well water with no filter before it goes to the camper hydrants.
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Old 04-14-2014, 11:28 AM   #12
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The leak that I have is not from the relief valve but rather the 1/2" nipple at the inlet side of the water heater. I have replaced the nipple and have now tried a brass nipple with plumbers putty. It's still weeping. The relief valve seems to be working properly and has also been replaced.
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I guess I take a "belt and suspenders" approach. I have a kit I keep together with a 3" pressure gage made for checking water line pressure (with the attached adapter to screw on to the hose bib), a roll of teflon tape, a pair of small slip-joint pliers and an outlet tester and 30A to 15A adapter. One kit allows me to check the water pressure, check the shore power grounding, eliminate leaks and tighten/loosen baulky hose connections.
If I don't need a regulator, I don't use it.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:37 PM   #14
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Water dripping out the pressure relief on the hot water tank is normal. It is designed to do that and it tells you this in the manual. Water pressure regulators are needed when camp grounds have excessive pressure. Water pressure regulators also need to be replaced yearly as they corrode and get gunk in them and don't function properly. I don't use one except if the camp ground seems to have really high water pressure which isn't often. Better to have one and not need it than to need one and not have it.
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Old 04-24-2014, 08:38 AM   #15
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Why go through the hassle of testing line pressure? Just use one. The lines in your trailer are only rated to handle 50 psi or so. Some campgrounds have really high pressure. If its high pressure, you'll be protected from damage. If its not high pressure, it doesn't matter.
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My dealer told me that the normal issue for high water pressure is it may cause the compression fittings at the tees and valves to fail or leak. Worse yet this often happens somewhere hard to see until additional water damage occurs. I told him that my wife complained of low shower pressure when I used the one I had. He said that many of the regulators are on the low side of 40 lbs. He got one off his shelf and said "use this one and she won't complain, it will be 50 lbs". He was right; she hasn't complained since and I haven't had to worry about excessive water pressure. I guess the moral of the story is to make sure you have a regulator that is closer to 50 and not 40 lbs. At least that was the answer for us.
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Old 04-24-2014, 09:14 AM   #17
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Why go through the hassle of testing line pressure? Just use one. The lines in your trailer are only rated to handle 50 psi or so. Some campgrounds have really high pressure. If its high pressure, you'll be protected from damage. If its not high pressure, it doesn't matter.

I agree, just use one and forget about it. When i bought mine i hooked it up and it was preset for 50 lbs but is adjustable. I wanted to see what actual line pressure was at our site so started backing off tension and to my surprise line pressure was 90 psi.
That is a problem waiting to happen. I have also seen pressure as low as 30 psi on the same faucet.
So just get you one you can rely on and spend your time enjoying the great outdoors with friends and family.
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Typical water pressure regulator are 40-45psi. By this I mean, most RV dealers will provide you a start up kit with a 40-45psi pressure regulator.

However, most of the newer RV's can handle up to 60psi. That said, there is a newer regulator rated for this (Hi Flow Water Regulator by Valterra- Part #Valterra A01-1122VP). This regulator is rated for 50-55psi. Get this one and all your low water pressure problems will be solved.

Camping world carries it:
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ead-free/49510

Amazon too:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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However, most of the newer RV's can handle up to 60psi. That said, there is a newer regulator rated for this (Hi Flow Water Regulator by Valterra- Part #Valterra A01-1122VP). This regulator is rated for 50-55psi. Get this one and all your low water pressure problems will be solved.
That is the same regulator my dealer had... as you mentioned our low water pressure problem was solved!
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I have hooked up a meter to watch the water pressure as it changes in a state park where I volunteer every summer. Just while you are watching it it would fluctuate between 50-85 so a spot check one time prior to hooking up doesn't always mean much. I agree with the above, just hook one up and don't worry about it.
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