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Old 05-26-2013, 05:25 PM   #1
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Do You Use A Water Pressure Regulator?

When I install the water pressure regulator my water pressure is a trickle. I was told by the salesman to always us the regulator.

Do you ALWAYS use a water regulator?
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Yes I always use an adjustable regulator, not a restrictor
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When I install the water pressure regulator my water pressure is a trickle. I was told by the salesman to always us the regulator.

Do you ALWAYS use a water regulator?
Mike
Invest in an adjustable regulator with built in pressure gauge. We set ours to 45psi.
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When I install the water pressure regulator my water pressure is a trickle. I was told by the salesman to always us the regulator.

Do you ALWAYS use a water regulator?
Mike
Yes but an adjustable one. Do not use one of those pre-set models, it is a restrictor and you will suffer low water pressure. Adjust to 45 psi and you will be OK.
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I have one that you can regulate the pressure up or down. Seems like most Campgrounds have the correct pressure but I always let the 60 pound rule be in effect, then adjust after turning the water on.
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Thank you for the quick responses, I will be going out tomorrow to purchase one.

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Watts and Valterra regulators work well. They are adjustable, with guages
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We never use one. It is an age--dependent thing. The RV has all water lines accessible, and they are PEX, frost proof and high burst pressure. Older units and those with concealed plumbing may arrive at a a different answer.
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Will new RV's withstand 100 pound plus pressure? In one Park in Canada they had signs saying water pressure was 150 pounds. I wouldn't take the chance!
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All of the cheap inline or barrel type "regulators" will regulate, but the orifice in them is so small it is really a restrictor. Head down to your Ace Hardware of big box hardware store and get a whole house regulator that is adjustable and has a pressure gauge. You will probably have to visit the pipe fittings area as well and get some hose end fittings.

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I believe that no matter what kind of pressure regulator you use, they all have to restrict the flow to reduce the pressure. The ones with the gauges simply shows the pressure it regulates at. It too has a variable orifice.
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I believe that no matter what kind of pressure regulator you use, they all have to restrict the flow to reduce the pressure. The ones with the gauges simply shows the pressure it regulates at. It too has a variable orifice.
It is true that at the regulated pressure the valve becomes a restrictor. However, if campground pressure is 45 pounds and your regulator is set to 50 pounds, you will get unrestricted flow. The little RV ones are just restrictors at all pressures.
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The difference between flow as measure in gallons per minute (gpm) and pressure as measured in pounds per square inch (psi) have been discussed many times.

For a good explanation and selection of regulators and all things RV water related - see rvwaterfilterstore.com

And here specifically for regulators.
http://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/Pr...m#PressureInfo

My personal analogy of flow is filling and emptying a swimming pool with a garden hose vs a fire hose. Both may have the same static pressure of say 60 psi - but one will do the job better. The difference being rate of flow in gpm.

Read what the link has to say and make up your mind on which regulator suits you. I recommend an adjustable, higher gpm model. YMMV - but at least understand the variables and what you are getting for you hard earned dollars.
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The problem with the little cheapo water pressure regulators is that the fixed orifice is too small...it is about the size of a small pencil. Even wide open, the opening is too small to pass much flow unless you have a lot of pressure behind it. The larger regulators have a larger fixed orifice, so it can pass more water with a lower pressure behind it.

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