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Old 06-06-2017, 02:32 AM   #1
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A question of water pressure

I use the Camco water filter but I have noticed when I also try to use a pressure regulator the water pressure inside the rv is very low. Using the water filter alone seems to provide adequate pressure inside the rv. I guess my question is will the water filter itself provide some degree of protection against excessive water pressure.
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Old 06-06-2017, 02:43 AM   #2
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I use the Camco water filter but I have noticed when I also try to use a pressure regulator the water pressure inside the rv is very low. Using the water filter alone seems to provide adequate pressure inside the rv. I guess my question is will the water filter itself provide some degree of protection against excessive water pressure.
Never heard of that and I don't know why it would. I purchased an adjustable water pressure regulator and you might want to give that a try.
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Old 06-06-2017, 01:33 PM   #3
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For years I used the small in-line water pressure regulator. They were the cheaper ones sold at Walmart, CW, and other places. Basically I was protected but put up with 35 to 40 pounds of pressure. Finally spent a little more and got the adjustable one with a gauge. Now we almost always have 45 to 55 pounds of great pressure.
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Old 06-06-2017, 02:11 PM   #4
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A water filter will not regulate pressure but depending on what type of filter you have it will restrict flow. Get a better quality regulator, stainless or brass. Never hook up without a regulator, just asking for a blown pipe and a big mess.
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Old 06-06-2017, 02:58 PM   #5
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I too have a regulator with a gauge, had to adjust many times from CG to CG. The great thing is I know in a glance what the water pressure is at. Cost about $50 worth every penny. Mine is about 3 years old works great.
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Old 06-06-2017, 03:43 PM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. I'll try one of those adjustable regulators.
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I too have a regulator with a gauge, had to adjust many times from CG to CG. The great thing is I know in a glance what the water pressure is at. Cost about $50 worth every penny. Mine is about 3 years old works great.
You shouldn't need to adjust from CG to CG, once it is set at say 55 psi you will regulate high pressures to 55 & below that you just have live with, adjusting will not increase the pressure.
Always attach the regulator to the spigot not the rv as the water hose is most likely not rated as high as the rv plumbing. We saw a small rv with the little cheap water restrictor on the rv & their 1/2" hose looked like it had swallowed a football, don't know how it didn't burst.
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Old 06-07-2017, 05:11 PM   #8
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Never heard of that and I don't know why it would. I purchased an adjustable water pressure regulator and you might want to give that a try.


Ditto. On third RV & have never heard of filters regulating water pressure. Get a pressure regulator...don't trust RV parks pressure.
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Old 06-07-2017, 05:20 PM   #9
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We are currently camped at Ft Story VA military FAMCAMP as part of a 2 1/2 month travel through VA, PA, NY, & Canada. We stayed overnight in NC at Raleigh Oaks RV Park (excellent park). Their handout they provide at registration explaining rules, etc. has a notice in HUGE font saying the park water pressure is 80 lbs -- and they recommend not connecting to the park water unless you use a pressure regulator.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:41 PM   #10
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No woody the filter just filters. The water pressure fitting should go on the outside of the water line to the RV. Ahead of the water filter that way you don't have a reduced pressure in the RV.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:42 PM   #11
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Thanks super d you are exactly right. Better to buy a nice brass water pressure fitting then fix busted pipes.
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Old 06-09-2017, 02:36 PM   #12
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I used to connect my $60 water regulator to the CG spicket so it would also protect my hose, until a fellow camper had his stolen. Now it is connected inside my convenience center and hidden from view. I check my heavy duty white service hose frequently and I figure if it ever breaks it will be outside my coach and won't hurt anything.
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:30 PM   #13
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I always have low water pressure and had CW check it out, they said it was fine. I contacted Thor and told them about my pressure, the say to have CW change the City Water Fill. I have it back in CW to try that, hope it helps but will not know till my next trip.
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Old 06-11-2017, 12:13 AM   #14
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The city water fill has a back flow preventer built in & if you have access to the hose connection behind it it would take about 5 minutes to replace, so if CW says they need to keep it overnight tell them you'll pick it up in an hour as they should be able to replace 5-6 of them in an hour.
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Old 06-11-2017, 06:27 PM   #15
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Don't want to hijack the original thread, but just a word of caution if you use one of the adjustable water regulators with the gauge.

I was dumping my black tank yesterday and noticed that my pressure was at almost 100psi. I immediately shut off the water to my coach and adjusted the regulator down. Turned the water back on and made further adjustments until I had it at 55.

I suspect that last year while at a CG I may have adjusted it up to get a little more pressure at a low pressure CG, but went too high. I am very lucky since the CG I am currently at obviously has very high spikes in their pressure.

I guess I know my RV can handle almost 100 pounds of water pressure and not blow any fittings apart now.
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This is a great thread. I'm brand new to RV'ing (picking up our first one, a '17 Challenger 37LX this week).

Does anyone have recommendations on which brass regulatory with a guage is good, which ones to steer away from? I'm looking on Amazon and there are a bunch.
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:16 PM   #17
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Didn't realize there were so many until I just looked, wow! The only one I'm familiar with is the Valterra, of course it is the most expensive, but also very dependable. I'm sure just about any of the adjustable regulators would work just fine.
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Old 06-11-2017, 08:31 PM   #18
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I'm a fan of that valterra adjustable regulator. You should not have to re-adjust from campground to campground, thought. I used the fixed regulator for years, which was pre-set to 45PSI. With the demand hot water, at 45psi hot water was inconsistent. With the adjustable set at 53psi, that problem is solved.
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Thank you both. I'm buying the Valterra A01-1117VP Brass Lead-Free Adjustable Water Regulator. Under 50 bucks, free shipping from Amazon, sounds like a no-brainer!
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Thank you both. I'm buying the Valterra A01-1117VP Brass Lead-Free Adjustable Water Regulator. Under 50 bucks, free shipping from Amazon, sounds like a no-brainer!
Mike, that is a good price, I'm certain I paid more than that.
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