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Old 03-15-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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what water pressure regulator (city water) do you use?

I have the Camco blue plastic water pressure regulator that looks like this:
Camco RV ABS Water Pressure Regulator | Mobile Home Parts Store

came with the camper in the box of Camco goodies they give you. Most of initial camping was in MO State Parks where we did not have water hook-up so running off the 12v pump.

What I have noticed is that when I do have full hook-up there is LESS pressure when running city water through the regulator pictured above.

I don't really want to trust my inside PEX tubing to my ability to adjust the water pressure at the city tap, but the little piece of blue plastic does not induce much confidence either.

Curious what others have used.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:42 PM   #2
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Hi Bought a hi flow regulator from Camping World After my wife complained of low water psi in shower. This really seemed to help. Cost about 20 bucks.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:49 PM   #3
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We have the adjustable regulator with the gauge its pricey( $50) but I like to know whats going on & I can adjust it.

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Old 03-15-2013, 03:34 PM   #4
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$90 adjustable water pressure regulator from RV Water Filter Store. I found the same thing as you- my water pressure left a lot to be desired with the cheapo ones. They worked, but I have long flowy hair that will make your womens jealous and I need a good shower. )
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Old 03-15-2013, 04:19 PM   #5
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$90 adjustable water pressure regulator from RV Water Filter Store. I found the same thing as you- my water pressure left a lot to be desired with the cheapo ones. They worked, but I have long flowy hair that will make your womens jealous and I need a good shower. )
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I have the Camco blue plastic water pressure regulator that looks like this:
Camco RV ABS Water Pressure Regulator | Mobile Home Parts Store

came with the camper in the box of Camco goodies they give you. Most of initial camping was in MO State Parks where we did not have water hook-up so running off the 12v pump.

What I have noticed is that when I do have full hook-up there is LESS pressure when running city water through the regulator pictured above.

I don't really want to trust my inside PEX tubing to my ability to adjust the water pressure at the city tap, but the little piece of blue plastic does not induce much confidence either.

Curious what others have used.
I quit using them years ago, they all work by restriction, needed or not. Cuts water pressure and flow to all high volume uses.

Specs:Pex tubing can easily handle in excess of 100 psi.
Normal water pressure in City Water systems all over the land other than in ground pump is 50-60 psi max. Its set by the water towers you've seen everywhere with town names on them. Height is constant so is pressure output. Most campgrounds provide maybe 40 psi service.

The water heater relief valve on outside access are set by factory to al least 125psi opening pressure. That is the only system relief available in any RV.

Why speed 20-90 bucks for something that is really clever marketing by RV supply houses?

BTW older systems of plastic pipe is safe to 400 psi cold and 125 psi hot (180F).

Like I've said, haven't used one in years, never saw a plumbing failure due to high shore pressure, have you?
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I have used one on one of our few full hook up trips. I placed it at the post spigot, and ran our wind hose to the camper. The next morning I couldn't understand how one side of the camper was in a rain shower and the other was dry. My hose split. I figured the pressure must have creeped up overnight due to a cheap regulators. I threw out the regulator with the hose. never used one since, but only use the premium hoses now with burst strength of 125 psi. haven't had a problem since.

what I subsequently learned is that cheap regulators don't regulate pressure without flow. They need the differential pressure created by flow thru their orifice to regulate. The premium regulators will have a diaphragm and a vent to atmosphere as a pressure reference. they are also adjustable by varying spring pressure on the diaphragm. Thus the major price difference between cheapo and a good one.
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:54 PM   #9
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I believe in the "good" regulators like the Watts 263A. If you don't want to spend the money for one or just don't see the need for one, at least take the precaution of turning off the water if you leave camp. Had a fellow camper come back to find water running out the doors when he didn't. Not a pretty sight.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:15 PM   #10
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I have a Camco high flow and wouldn't be without it. I realize the tubing and fittings carry a psi rating greater than water systems. I never used a regulator until we blew the toilet valve in half at an Oregon state park. It took us two days to find an RV dealer, bought a new valve and a regulator. No problems since.
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