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Old 10-03-2020, 11:08 AM   #1
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Shower recirculation valve?

Took the first shower in our new Rockwood Mini Lite 2104S trailer when it was hooked up to city water. All went fine until I turned the silver lever seen in the photo below the hot and cold valves. The water stopped flowing out of the shower head and went into the fresh water tank. I knew this because we weren't using the tank and the drain valve was open.


I thought the lever was a momentary shut-off valve like I've had in prior RVs. I guess it's not. If I don't want to use it, and instead install a shower head with a shut off valve, will the back pressure hurt anything, including this recirculation valve?
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Old 10-03-2020, 11:21 AM   #2
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It is designed that way. When you are using water from the freshwater tank it is recirculated back to the freshwater tank so that you don’t waste it. Some have put an in-line shutoff on the hose and others have installed a better handheld shower wand with built in shut off which was our solution.

This keeps the recirculating valve functional if ever needed.
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Old 10-03-2020, 03:29 PM   #3
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I'm going to install a new shower wand with a shut-off valve in it. Shutting off the water at the wand doesn't cause any problems for the valves or recirculation valve, does it?
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I'm going to install a new shower wand with a shut-off valve in it. Shutting off the water at the wand doesn't cause any problems for the valves or recirculation valve, does it?
No.
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Old 10-03-2020, 05:05 PM   #5
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The valve is a feature called “Shower Miser”. Intent is to recirculate water back to fresh water tank as you are waiting for the water to turn hot. Nice feature that reduces water usage if you are not at a full hookup site. Good idea IMHO
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