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Old 08-27-2015, 07:58 AM   #1
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Water pressure regulator

Hi all! New to RVing and new to the forum. Have been lurking lots getting valuable information. We picked up a 2005 31' Monaco Monarch. Just learning the loads of information needed to operate this home. I have several questions and apologize in advance for the silly questions I may ask. My first question has to do with the water pressure regulator. I seem to be getting varying instructions from the manual. At which end to you place the regulator? At the city fill end or at the service bay end? Or does it matter?
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:10 AM   #2
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We put ours on the city fill end. I figure it give the fill hose a little protection too that way. We run a 50psi unit which is a little more than standard and we like it. Have never had anyone mess with it. By the way if you are gone for the day sightseeing, it is a good idea to turn your water off before you leave just to be extra careful. My feeling is that everything we own is on its way to a breakdown sooner or later. hope this helps -mark
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:11 AM   #3
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To protect the hose and your RV water system, you should hook the regulator to the hose bib ( aka faucet) then attach your hose to it and then the other end of the hose goes to your RV. I recommend you get a Watts adjustable regulator. The other non-adjustable types typically reduce the water flow rate to unaccepatable.boarderline flows inside the RV.
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Old 08-27-2015, 08:12 AM   #4
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I prefer the city faucet connection so my hose is under less pressure.

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Old 08-27-2015, 08:15 AM   #5
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To protect the hose and your RV water system, you should hook the regulator to the hose bib ( aka faucet) then attach your hose to it and then the other end of the hose goes to your RV. I recommend you get a Watts adjustable regulator. The other non-adjustable types typically reduce the water flow rate to unaccepatable.boarderline flows inside the RV.

Totally agree that is the way to go.
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I hook mine right at the city connection in the wet bay. I don't want my expensive pressure regulator and gauge getting knocked around or stolen. I buy quality fresh water hoses, not the cheap white ones and haven't had an issue yet. We were hooked to a hose bib for 7 months that was putting our well in access of 90 pounds and didn't expand the hose. One less connection to make as well as it is always hooked to city water fill. JMHO
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Another vote for putting it at the water faucet! I have a "Y" adapter that I put on the faucet first, then put the regulator one one side of the adapter, leaving the other side for use with a general purpose hose at full pressure!
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If you place the regulator at the end by the water faucet, then it protects the hose from high pressure as well as everything else. If at the RV end, then the hose has no protection. But the hose should be good for at least 150 psi anyway (mine is 250), so it's probably academic.

I have mine permanently mounted on the RV end so that it is always there and not forgotten on some campsite water spigot. It has a quick-connect installed, so I just snap my water hose onto it and attach the other end to the water tap and I'm done. he convenience outweighs any slight advantage os using the regulator on the other end. Of course, you could just leave the regulator on the hose end too, if you use one of the small ones.
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I hook mine right at the city connection in the wet bay. I don't want my expensive pressure regulator and gauge getting knocked around or stolen. I buy quality fresh water hoses, not the cheap white ones and haven't had an issue yet. We were hooked to a hose bib for 7 months that was putting our well in access of 90 pounds and didn't expand the hose. One less connection to make as well as it is always hooked to city water fill. JMHO
X2.....I can lock my regulator up as well while in use and I feel more comfortable that way....I buy quality hoses as well but if the hose does split....it's outside of my RV.

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We put the regulator at the RV wet bay end of the hose. Have found this improves the water flow in the RV.
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We started almost "full-timing" so we are spending time in parks all over the southeast, and the water flavor and pressure definitely varies! I bought one of those Camco RV sediment filters from Walmart (made for RVs so I didn't have to mess with fittings, etc), and then bought a set of four brass quick-disconnect fittings at Harbor Freight for $6 buck! (best investment I ever made!), and so I put the variable water pressure regulator I bought online at Amazon at the front of the system. I can adjust the pressure up or down and I know the filter and the coach are protected. Down in San Antonio the water pressure goes up to over 110#s over night! (campground has a warning when you check in)....and at one Corp of Engineer park in Ark the water pressure was only 20#s....so I just used my internal pump.\ (knowing it was only 20#s meant I didn't have to chase my tail worrying if the filter was clogged, etc.) It is nice to know what the pressure is and be able to adjust it as necessary.
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I'll join the parade here Frank, but first Welcome to iRV2! First day and first post-- well done!! Note: we were all newbies once, and the only silly question is the one you DON'T ask!

I will also recommend an adjustable regulator, either the Watts 263 or the Valterra 1117. These are good quality units that will control the water pressure while still allowing adequate flow. I set mine to 55-60 psi (similar to residential pressure). I have also permanently mounted mine in the water bay.

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I'll join the parade here Frank, but first Welcome to iRV2! First day and first post-- well done!! Note: we were all newbies once, and the only silly question is the one you DON'T ask!

I will also recommend an adjustable regulator, either the Watts 263 or the Valterra 1117. These are good quality units that will control the water pressure while still allowing adequate flow. I set mine to 55-60 psi (similar to residential pressure). I have also permanently mounted mine in the water bay.

Good luck!
I agree with JFXG, I'll just add that when you buy your supply hose, get a good 5/8" hose and not a cheapy 1/2" hose. The good ones will take 100 PSI plus and last for years where the others will cause swollen blood vessels in your forehead.
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I posted about our set-up and my thinking behind it here.
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