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Old 06-10-2024, 02:12 PM   #1
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Flush water system?

Is it possible to "flush" the water lines some way? I've noticed we have less than desirable pressure, or it comes and goes when hooked up to city connection. I realize it could be a multiple list of causes, but have to start some where.
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A few of my thoughts. Waterlines typically do not build up inside. Do you have the inexpensive water pressure regulator with no gauge or with a gauge and adjustable. Set your pressure at 45-50psi. See if water is flowing correctly through the inline water filter. Those can slow flow considerably. Take the caps off all faucets, and soak in vinegar to clean them out. Our shower was let’s say wimpy. I got an oxygenics that helped a little, then removed the restrictor. Now it’s a shower again. If a faucet still has issues, then see if it has a restrictor. Or maybe a better faucet.
Most people sanitize their systems with adding bleach to the fresh water tank and running it through the pipes and let it sit. Conceivably, you could put vinegar in the tank, and run it through the pipes. Just a suggestion for a 10% solution. Get five gallons of water, put a gallon in your empty fresh water tank, add 1/2 gallon of vinegar, stir and add remaining to the tank. Run it through your pipes and out all faucets, shower, and toilet. Run small amount of water from each a few times over several hours. Then run it all out, put some clean water in your tank, and run a few gallons out each outlet. Theoretically, it should remove all hard water buildup.
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We connect a Renator regulator with a gauge, and use the "blue" inline filters, but those filters do restrict the water flow to 3 1/2 GPM according to the specs. I might suspect a variance in the city water pressure from high to low demand times. Our village water pressure always slows a little during the night hours. They do adjust the pump pressure at the water works facility.
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One thought do you have a water filter inside, I know I have one, in mine it’s hidden behind the drawers, it could be dirty and needs replacment.
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I have a water regulator that just shows what kind of pressure you have. I don't believe it's adjustable. As for the inline filter somewhere in the camper I've never seen one. I'll have to search tonight.
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A few of my thoughts. Waterlines typically do not build up inside. Do you have the inexpensive water pressure regulator with no gauge or with a gauge and adjustable. Set your pressure at 45-50psi. See if water is flowing correctly through the inline water filter. Those can slow flow considerably. Take the caps off all faucets, and soak in vinegar to clean them out. Our shower was let’s say wimpy. I got an oxygenics that helped a little, then removed the restrictor. Now it’s a shower again. If a faucet still has issues, then see if it has a restrictor. Or maybe a better faucet.
Most people sanitize their systems with adding bleach to the fresh water tank and running it through the pipes and let it sit. Conceivably, you could put vinegar in the tank, and run it through the pipes. Just a suggestion for a 10% solution. Get five gallons of water, put a gallon in your empty fresh water tank, add 1/2 gallon of vinegar, stir and add remaining to the tank. Run it through your pipes and out all faucets, shower, and toilet. Run small amount of water from each a few times over several hours. Then run it all out, put some clean water in your tank, and run a few gallons out each outlet. Theoretically, it should remove all hard water buildup.
We bought an oxygenics shower head, what part is the restrictor on it?
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We bought an oxygenics shower head, what part is the restrictor on it?
It is in the faucet part where the hose connects to the handles. I just removed mine. You can also drill out a bigger hole. It’s just a piece of plastic with a hole in it.
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Just a thought to share, with any orifice in the water line (or restriction), the flow rate will remain consistent unless the pressure in the line prior to the restriction changes. In other words, if the pressure and flow rate is changing inside the RV (pressure..., comes and goes then the issue is not with a restriction in the lines (partially plugged lines) and instead is with the water pressure coming into the system fluctuating which is commonly caused by a faulty regulator (but not always). Keep in mind that if you have a regulator and for example say it is designed to maintain 40 psi and the supply is fluctuating between 20 and 40 psi then the regulator can't do anything about that.

I highly recommend a regulator with a pressure gauge attached which can provide you with a better understanding of what is happening. ~CA
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I will have to try a different regulator with a gauge when I get home. Thanks for all the responses.
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We connect a Renator regulator with a gauge, and use the "blue" inline filters, but those filters do restrict the water flow to 3 1/2 GPM according to the specs. I might suspect a variance in the city water pressure from high to low demand times. Our village water pressure always slows a little during the night hours. They do adjust the pump pressure at the water works facility.
So maybe a dumb question but with the restrictions from the blue inline filter it would then be better to hook the regulator to the output of the filter not directly to the spigot?
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So bought a regulator with a gauge, where we're parked now I'm showing about 38 psi. Also swapped out my water pump because I believe it was bad. That turned into a job in and of itself. But it's done and appears to be working good finally. Camping world had a seaflo 33 series on sale for $59.99 here.
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So maybe a dumb question but with the restrictions from the blue inline filter it would then be better to hook the regulator to the output of the filter not directly to the spigot?
We connect the regulator right to the spigot. It will protect everything "downstream" from it, like the hose itself, and filter. It doesn't matter much where in line you attach it. Sometimes the spigot is close to the ground, and there's no room for it there. Whatever place is convenient will work.
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JFlightRisk made a good point. On this current trip we've run into two spigots so low to the ground we couldn't even put the regulator on. I solved it by purchasing a 90 and a 45 degree elbow in case we see it again. I also put the regulator at the spigot and the filter before the water enters the TT. Am always a bit concerned as to what might be growing in the hose as it sits in storage on hot days between trips.
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JFlightRisk made a good point. On this current trip we've run into two spigots so low to the ground we couldn't even put the regulator on. I solved it by purchasing a 90 and a 45 degree elbow in case we see it again. I also put the regulator at the spigot and the filter before the water enters the TT. Am always a bit concerned as to what might be growing in the hose as it sits in storage on hot days between trips.
That’s the order I use as well — with a shutoff “Y” between the spigot and regulator. I like having the blue filter after the hose — I’ve never had that “rubber hose taste” at the faucet inside.
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