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Old 03-21-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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safe water pressure 60psi?

60psi is what the city pressure is here where I live in my Bounder. Do I really need to lower it ???
I have a gage inline. By summer I will get a Watts regulator for travel.

My Camco fixed regulator failed today, so I don't want to use another one if 60psi won't hurt my plumbing.
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:27 PM   #2
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I have mine set at 50 psi ...at 60 psi it should be a great shower,I do not think it will hurt the plumbing....but you maybe installing new seals in your faucets!!
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:28 PM   #3
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I don't know if 60 PSI will hurt your Bounder but that is what I set my regulator on for our 06 Tiffin Allegro Open Road.

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Old 03-21-2012, 08:49 PM   #4
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60 PSI is most likely safe, but.... Some toilets if the pressure goes over 60 may pop a gasket on the flush valve (Or so I'm told)

AND,, City water pressure can spike, a "normally 60" line can spike, under some circumstances, at 100 or more.

I'd put a regulator in line, A Watts, set to 50 or 55 tops. Just to be safe. (in fact.. I did just that a few mintues ago when I hooked up here) .
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:58 PM   #5
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I set mine as low as possible (42-45). Still gives a decent shower and my plumbing thanks me! Oxygenics shower head btw....
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:06 PM   #6
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I don't know if 60 PSI will hurt your Bounder but that is what I set my regulator on for our 06 Tiffin Allegro Open Road.
Same here. Been at that setting for years.

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I would make sure on the city pressure they can very some times . That is why some homes have a pressure regulator.
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AND,, City water pressure can spike, a "normally 60" line can spike, under some circumstances, at 100 or more.

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That's the key point IMHO. Many places see spikes during off periods and that can cause trouble. I guess if you're sure about your current source, things should be OK but I'd probably opt for trying to get the Watts ASAP.

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Why take a chance by waiting. Stop by your local Home Depot or Lowes and pick up a watts regulator. That way you'll know that you won't go over the 60 lb pressure and possibly damage your piping. The regulator is cheaper than the repairs will be.
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Many communities with wells don't require regulators on the house. The plumbing in the RV is flex-plastic with compression connectors. Is it really worth the chance, when you can stop by Walmart and get a really cheap plastic pressure valve. I just got the CampingWorld Master Catalog and it lists an inline regulator for $9.99 club price. If a connector pops the water damage can be huge.
Buy a cheap one and when you get the Watts regulator keep the cheap one for emergencies, like when a fellow camper forgets theirs.
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Traveling last Spring, we were in a park that had great water pressure. Pressure was too great. A valve fitting on the hot water tank blew apart and soaked the carpet pretty good before I could turn the water off outside. Got home and ordered a Watts pressure regulator from RV Water Filter Store dot com. Great service and had the regulator in about 4 days. BTW, 60 to 65 psi is where I have mine set.
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anybody got a part # for the Watts? looks like there's lots a diff ones. how about a pic of your install?
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Many communities with wells don't require regulators on the house. The plumbing in the RV is flex-plastic with compression connectors. Is it really worth the chance, when you can stop by Walmart and get a really cheap plastic pressure valve.
Those cheap plastic ones just don't cut it if you have a shower in your rig.

Not enough water flow, the better "High Capacity" or "High Flow" ones almost make it.

The Minimum I'd recommend is a Sur-Flow (This is a Watts brand) the in-line unit I have is identical to the ones they install as part of the inlet on some rigs.

I also have a genuine Watts Adjustable, IN some areas I need the 2-stage, the first stage (The adjustable set to 60 PSI) is on the hydrant, protects hose and filter, The Sur-Flow is post-filter at (Well near) the city water inlet. It protects the rig.
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It's my understanding that the water systems are tested to 80 psi at the factory. I'm not sure if this is a RVIA standard so each manufacturer's testing level may vary. A quick call to Fleetwood night help. I would recommend a Watts regulator if you plan to travel.
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