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Old 05-31-2011, 06:35 PM   #1
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Oxygenics Shower Heads...

.... So, received and installed our new Oxygenics Shower Head today and discovered that the system does not include a "shut-off" valve. Perusing the Oxygenics website, I discovered that they discourage the use of shut-off valves noting that it is a safety issue to prevent burns from hot water. That gets me to wondering if others who are already using the Oxygenics showers have had a problem in this regard. After all,if one of the main reasons for switching to Oxygenics is to save water, not being able to take a "Navy" shower seems to defeat that purpose. Does the little "control" knob reduce the flow enough to save water and still provide a decent shower ?

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Old 05-31-2011, 06:44 PM   #2
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I added a shut off valve on the hose where it connects to the faucet - $4 at Home Depot.

I rarley use the shut off - I just turn the knob to where it minimal spurts water until I am ready to rinse - never had an issue with the water being too hot from shutting it off either

I love the shower head and glad I upgraded - the stock unit was junk - well worth investment IMO
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Old 05-31-2011, 07:09 PM   #3
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we use the knurled knob on the shower head's handle and feel it does a good enough job not to have install a separate shutoff valve.

it reduces the flow to a trickle which is fine.
if you'd read some of the Oxygenics posts, it's mentioned many times that it doesn't have a full shutoff feature.
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Old 06-01-2011, 03:24 PM   #4
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we also use the $4.00 fix and never turn the faucets off
actually i bought it for our 09 holiday rambler and removed it when trading in
we almost had that motorhome where everything was done where getting there on our gtowne so i better keep the wifey away from the charlestons
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Old 06-01-2011, 06:19 PM   #5
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Not having a shut valve is a "Feature." There is a trickle of water flowing that lets you keep wetting the soap as you go along. But the best thing is: when you turn the water back on to operating flow it is at the correct temperature. I really hated the original shower head that came with the trailer. When you turned it back on it was always cold. Most of the places I was using the TT it was freezing cold. I wouldn't waste the time or money installing a separate shut off valve.
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:09 PM   #6
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I installed a small ball valve on mine and have no problems with it.When I'm dry camping I want to save as much water as I can.
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Old 06-03-2011, 08:33 PM   #7
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Glad to here that all of you like this shower head. I'm wanting to upgrade. I recently traded a TT that had a 6 gallon dsi/electric Dometic water heater, for out new Rockwood that has a 6 gallon dsi/electric Suburban water heater, and the Suburban's 6 gallons doesn't last as long as the Dometics. I've checked that electric and gas are working at the same time, so it must me the flow and I think this could be the fix needed to finish the shower without getting the last cold blast.
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I installed a small ball valve on mine and have no problems with it.When I'm dry camping I want to save as much water as I can.
Times two. Even though it has a lifetime warranty, the twist valve broke the first trip out. Rather than mail it away, I just replaced it with a small ball valve as well.
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Old 06-03-2011, 09:26 PM   #9
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.. Does the little "control" knob reduce the flow enough to save water and still provide a decent shower ?

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nope... the comfort valve on the Oxygenics shower head will shut the water flow down to a trickle, but will not shut off the water flow completely. This shower head was a great upgrade..! But how much difference will a trickle matter anyway if its only a few seconds between "rinse and repeat"...?
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:12 PM   #10
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The idea of a trickle instead if a shutoff had to do with temp control.
Keeping the water flowing maintains temp without using too much water.
If you use the shutoff, the water in the hose gets cold.
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