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Old 02-19-2018, 10:10 AM   #1
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I thought I covered all bases last fall when I winterized my coach but yesterday after getting out storage I found the Camo water regulator had failed. The seal around the glass leaked and all the oil leaked out. I know sure it was the expansion of cold weather or it was just time for it fail but it was mess to clean up
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Oil? Seal around the glass? Are you talking about the pressure gauge that some regulators incorporate? I didn't think the gauges used in the Camco were oil-filled - most are just mechanical gauges. But if you had to clean something up, it had to come from somewhere!

This video shows how common mechanical pressure gauges work. The oil (usually glycerin) fill ones are pricey.
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Mine had oil in the gauge and you even see a little air bubble at the top. I just order another one and this says it doesn't have oil filled gauge. Plus the one I had was 80 bucks and the new one was 29 bucks.
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It is mineral oil. It is there to dampen vibration and also to keep the internals lubricated.

Not sure why this the only report that we have seen, but mine was below freezing for well over 220 straight hours with four straight days with lows below 5 degrees, and when I checked the external skin temps the morning it was -1, I had several readings around the coach of -11. I didn't think twice about the regulator, and it worked fine last weekend.
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Just replace the guage with a cheap one that has no dampening liquid in it...usually requires ab 9/16" wrench and a little pipe dope.
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The regulator should be totally unaffected by temperature, though I suppose if it was full of water it could be damaged. So should the pressure gauge be unaffected - mineral oil or glycerin do NOT expand when temps go below water freeze-up (32 F). They just continue to contract and shouldn't harm anything. My guess is that your gauge just failed of its own accord and nothing to do with the temperature.
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All true about the glycerine/mineral oil dampening. It does not freeze. What seems to be missing in the theory is that there is a high likelihood of water inside the bourdon tube of the gauge. Freezing water will most certainly damage the gauge. Latent water in the regulator canít be good there either. My recommendation is to store gauge and regulator where it cannot freeze.
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I just shake mine when I remove it. I keep it in a plastic shoe box with the other water fittings and coax cable and I haven't seen any indication of water remaining in the gauge.
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A new good quality 100 psi oil filled pressure gauge can be found on ebay for $10-$15 if you don't care about it being an exact match.
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I just shake mine when I remove it. I keep it in a plastic shoe box with the other water fittings and coax cable and I haven't seen any indication of water remaining in the gauge.


LOL that reminds me of my first lesson in fluid dynamics:

ďNo matter how much you dance and prance,
The last few drops always end in your pantsĒ.

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A liquid filled gauge is nice but not really necessary for RV use as you really don't care if there are fluctuations in a CG water system - you only need to be interested in close enough to 50psig is good enough. A ten buck gauge will last a long time. I use a couple of the 10 buck gauges as a Delta P set up on our dual filter bank in the S&B which tells me when it's time to replace that media and only a single gauge after the regulator on the RV system - which reminds me I need a new one - regulator and gauge
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WHy not just replace the gauge. Most hardware stores have 'em.

I do not think Camco makes a regulator I'd care to use.. Watts or Aurin 3/4" whole house works great.
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