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Old 03-25-2012, 08:42 PM   #1
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Fresh Water Regulators and external filters

Hello all,

I'm picking up my new Lacrosse 318BHS on the 31st and I have a question about water regulators and filters.

I previously had a very old (1978) 19' TT, it was my first and i loved it. I went to an RV dealership to buy a fresh water hose to hook up to the trailer as the one I had was not long enough. The guy there asked if I had a water regulator and a filter that hooked into the water hose. I asked why i would need one. He told me that if the hookup is over 45psi you could potentially break the water lines in the trailer and the regulator is there to throttle back the pressure. He also said that the filter is there to take impurities out of the water that comes out of the hose but I thought that the water system in the trailer had some sort of filtration system in it. Am I wrong?

I told the guy i had both just so he would back off but I did not get them because I never had a problem with pressure from any campsite i had been to. My question to the experienced campers is the regulator necessary or was buddy just trying to get more money out of me? The same goes for the water filter.

Thanks and I wish you all the best on your camping adventures this year
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:58 PM   #2
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Randman - I am somewhat new to RVing, but our salesman suggested we buy a regulator and he did not try to sell us one. I did buy one at CW that we keep attached to our potable water hose so it is ready to just thread on to the water signot at the CG. It was only $4-$5 so I didn't really ask if we needed one or not. I do know from my experience that when you turn on the CG water signot the water does not seem to have a great deal of pressure - it is certainly adequate to service the RV, but not overwhelming.

As far as filters, our RV has a household size filter enclosed in a see thru housing that we removed after our first two trips and it did show some impurties that we washed off. I did see for the first time on our last trip that the camper next to us did have a in line water filter.
I guess it is up to each person to decide if they need one or both of these items.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:19 PM   #3
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4-5 bucks is not too bad. I'm pretty sure the one he was trying to sell me was 20-30 bucks for the regulator. I can't remember how much the filter was. I will have to shop around and see what i can find.

Thanks for the input B47
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:24 PM   #4
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My opinion (free - and worth every penny) is:

In house water filter - More trouble than its worth - Remove it
Replace it with a pressure tank. Easy mod if you are handy.

Always; yep ALWAYS; use an inline water filter at the campground tap. Most campgrounds have wells and if the water table gets low you will get LOTS of mud in your water. These inline filters are cheaper than the whole house filter element you get rid of and WAY easier to change.
Forget floods due to a poorly seated element chamber. They are also available everywhere.

Water Regulator - Not needed 99% of the time.
The 1% you need it results in a flooded camper if you don't have it.
Buy one and screw it on the end of your potable hose at the camper end.

While you are at it, buy a brass one way check valve for the campground end of your inline filter. This will prevent you from stripping the plastic threads on the filter due to over use.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:51 PM   #5
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Thanks Herk. Maybe I can get the dealership to throw both in for free when we pick up our TT. I already got them to install a digital tv antenna in place of the analog one
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Old 03-25-2012, 10:17 PM   #6
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Yes to the water regulator/pressure reducer. Was dewinterizing today and hooked up to the lawn faucet to flush things through. Forgot to use the pressure reducer and DW saw a small leak at one of the fittings. I've always used one at the campgrounds. Shut the water off--put the pressure reducer on to finish flushing the system and no more leaks. Luckily no damage. We still have the canister style water filter. One of these days it will get changed out to something better.
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Thanks Herk. Maybe I can get the dealership to throw both in for free when we pick up our TT. I already got them to install a digital tv antenna in place of the analog one
My experience was the "free stuff" stops what you sign the papers.
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True but it doesn't hurt to try. The worse they can say is no, then I'll have to fork over the 50 bucks or so
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I have an adjustable regulator with a gauge. I connect it at the pedestal. If by rare chance I encounter extremely high pressure I'm protecting everything, including my hose.
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This is what I use.

It goes on the camper as the inline filter's output pressure goes down as it fills with sediment. I can adjust the pressure UP to keep the shower a shower rather than a sponge bath.
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