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Old 11-22-2014, 08:04 AM   #1
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Water Regulator

for the last 40 years I have used the ole brass water regulator but now I see the adjustable ones with a gauge - comments?

I know that after the water has been turned off in the trailer the water pressure inside is the same as the line pressure and it really only regulates while water is flowing - so why use anything?
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:16 AM   #2
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The water pressure coming from city water hookups can be very high. I have seen instances where a hose has exploded when the water was turned on full. I'd hate to have that happen inside my mh.


Some campgrounds I've been to have had signs warning of high pressure. I would not hookup to a water system without some type of pressure regulator, especially if I had never camped there before.
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:21 AM   #3
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The regulator that restricts flow does only that.....restricts the flow but not the pressure. The regulator I use (Watts), allows me to adjust the water pressure. And typically I leave it at 45 psi.
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:36 AM   #4
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The regulator that restricts flow does only that.....restricts the flow but not the pressure. The regulator I use (Watts), allows me to adjust the water pressure. And typically I leave it at 45 psi.
Ditto here. I replaced the old flow restrictor with a Watts years ago. I mounted a gauge to it and keep it adjusted to 50 psi.

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Old 11-22-2014, 08:49 AM   #5
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Another watts user here. It made a big difference in water flow, especially when showering. I wish that I would have started with a watts regulator. I went through three of the inexpensive regulators a couple of years ago, so I decided to step up to the watts regulator and regret that I did not do it sooner.
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Me too for watts.
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Old 11-22-2014, 09:09 AM   #8
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Valterra adjustable PRV (pressure reducing valve). Amazon or camping world, ready to go with hose connectors. Amazon.com: Valterra A01-1117VP Brass Lead-Free Adjustable Water Regulator: Automotive

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Another option (which I finally adapted) is to buy a "whole house regulator" and a couple of hose adapters. These can be found at Hone Depot or Lowes and are probably less expensive than the other options. In my experience even the higher priced RV regulators still have some restriction. (Just my $.02 worth)

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Valterra adjustable PRV (pressure reducing valve). Amazon or camping world, ready to go with hose connectors. Amazon.com: Valterra A01-1117VP Brass Lead-Free Adjustable Water Regulator: Automotive

Ditto on this one.
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Another option (which I finally adapted) is to buy a "whole house regulator" and a couple of hose adapters. These can be found at Hone Depot or Lowes and are probably less expensive than the other options. In my experience even the higher priced RV regulators still have some restriction. (Just my $.02 worth)

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I redid the plumbing in the wet bay with a res style regulator and guage. I also installed valves and check valves so all I need to do is open a ball valve to flush the black tank. Great water flow to the shower.
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Regulator fall into basically 3 types

1: TOO SMALL, These include the brass or plastic cylinders with our without the bright plastic grip or wings. These when new will limit the pressure, usually to 45 or 50 PSI, but they seriously restrict the flow I have seen pressure drop to like 10 with a shower on. (Or less).

2: Big enough: Watts 1/2 inch or larger, Zurin (Likewise) and though I have never tested the Valterra adjustable unit I am told it does well.. WHEN NEW.. (I got a ZURIN last winter) I checked, 100 PSI in and 50 out, I mean 50 out.. Open the shower it's still 50 out. needle did not even wiggle.

3: OLD: Older units may not open fully so they will restrict the flow, Some (Watts, Sur-Flo (A watts comapny) and Zurin can be rebuilt cheaply (Do not know about Valterra) the cylinders are junk, but then they were junk when they were hanging in the store.

They may also not CLOSE fully allowing pressure to creep up.

Again, a rebuild may fix it on the good ones.

I use a 3/4 inch (Originally watts but since I could not get a rebuild kit I switched to Zurin) mostly because it is cheaper than a 1/2 inch and the adapters are easier to get. Very impressed with them.
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Was checking Home Depot for a Watts and they had several options, which one do you folks use?
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Valterra adjustable PRV (pressure reducing valve). Amazon or camping world, ready to go with hose connectors. Amazon.com: Valterra A01-1117VP Brass Lead-Free Adjustable Water Regulator: Automotive

Double ditto on this one....easy to adjust
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