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Old 02-28-2015, 04:18 PM   #11
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All campground water systems are different when it comes to water pressure and purity. Since I don't like the standard pressure reducer, I went to home depot and purchased a filter housing and all required fittings and adapters. Don't remember where I picked up the regulator, but I prefer to have a gauge. I hang the filter from the hydrant and run water for a few seconds to flush it a bit. I then remove the hose end from the regulator and hook it to the hydrant. The rest of the hook up is normal. The system works well and it didn't take too much time or money to assemble. Bob
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Old 02-28-2015, 04:30 PM   #12
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Don't remember where I picked up the regulator, but I prefer to have a gauge.
I have essentially the same pressure regulator; it is readily available at typical RV supply stores.
Valterra adjustable brass regulator with gauge

I like having the gauge, so I can tell what's going on. The main reason that I bought this style was actually not the gauge but the adjustment: the knob can be turned to set the best pressure for the RV. It's expensive for a regulator (although actual selling price is lower than the list price shown in that Coast catalog), but it may never need to be replaced.
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Old 02-28-2015, 04:36 PM   #13
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All campground water systems are different when it comes to water pressure and purity. Since I don't like the standard pressure reducer, I went to home depot and purchased a filter housing and all required fittings and adapters. Don't remember where I picked up the regulator, but I prefer to have a gauge. I hang the filter from the hydrant and run water for a few seconds to flush it a bit. I then remove the hose end from the regulator and hook it to the hydrant. The rest of the hook up is normal. The system works well and it didn't take too much time or money to assemble. Bob
I like the setup. After we've camped for a season with the simple brass regulator and the cheap inline Camco filter, I may just build a similar one.
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What's the reasoning behind having an adjustable, do you change the pressure in different situations? I though you just bought a 55-65 psi and forgot about it.
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What's the reasoning behind having an adjustable, do you change the pressure in different situations? I though you just bought a 55-65 psi and forgot about it.
I found that the typical fixed regulator was set for a pressure which didn't produce desirable flow rate from the shower, and it seemed to be produce erratic flow - I found this with three regulators of two different brands and styles. With the adjustable unit, I set it as high as possible without allowing excessive pressure for the hose and piping, and everything works smoothly.
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Check out https://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com. It has lots of RV water filter and regulator solutions, and the owner has a wealth of knowledge.
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Old 03-01-2015, 11:48 AM   #17
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One point on the Valterra adjustable brass regulator with gauge - don't let it freeze, even a little. Mine still works, but the gauge will no longer go down to "0" and reads 20 lbs too high. That was after one night that got down to 29F...
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Old 03-01-2015, 01:12 PM   #18
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I've used our adjustable regulator (which is a Valterra or identical) in freezing conditions, but it was wrapped in heat tape. I'm not surprised that freezing might damage the gauge; I had not thought about that, and it's a good tip.

Even with a non-working gauge, I would prefer the adjustable regulator. It may also be replaceable - water pressure gauges are cheap, readily available, and usually just threaded into a NPT port... but I haven't checked this on ours.
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