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Old 03-24-2015, 10:06 AM   #1
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Water pressure -- too much!

When hooked to an outside water supply I have always used a water pressure regulator on the end of my hose. On the first night of my current trip I saw that some kind of protrusion in the campground's water fitting had mashed the screen in the regulator. Not realizing I could remove the screen and straighten it, I figured the regulator was ruined, so I didn't use it during my next stop.

I had hookups at my next stop, and my campsite was at the bottom of a hill. On the last night of my stay I was in the bathroom, in deep thought, when I noticed that there was a trickle coming from the cold water line to my lavatory. I reached over to tighten the fitting with my hand. KA-BLOOSH!! The fitting came loose and water rushed everywhere. I managed to get outside and turn the water off.

The next morning I got the fitting back in place but used the trailer's pump for safety. I took another look at the regulator and saw that I could pry the screen off and straighten it out, so I did. I won't have to deal with hookups for a while, so I can avoid testing the fitting again under high pressure.

Lesson: when hooked up to outside water, always use a pressure regulator.
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Old 03-24-2015, 12:36 PM   #2
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...... I was in the bathroom, in deep thought ....,
I had to chuckle at your statement, isn't that where we all do our deep thinking?

On the serious side, your message is a good reminder to all of us to be safe and always use the pressure regulator when hooked up - - - even at home. Did the trailer come through unscathed?
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The trailer is okay, as all the mess was contained in the bathroom. When I get back home I need to do some plumbing; it seems that the cold water pipe is a bit too short to secure well to the cold water tap's fitting in the lavatory. In the meantime, as long as I'm on the trailer's water pump I don't think it will come loose again.
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Old 03-24-2015, 03:18 PM   #4
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I had to chuckle at your statement, isn't that where we all do our deep thinking?

On the serious side, your message is a good reminder to all of us to be safe and always use the pressure regulator when hooked up - - - even at home. Did the trailer come through unscathed?
I got into the habit of keeping the regulator connected to the hose at all times. I even carry a spare hose, it too has a regulator attached. Its too easy to forget that little gadget...
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The trailer is okay, as all the mess was contained in the bathroom. When I get back home I need to do some plumbing; it seems that the cold water pipe is a bit too short to secure well to the cold water tap's fitting in the lavatory. In the meantime, as long as I'm on the trailer's water pump I don't think it will come loose again.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:33 PM   #6
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Just an FYI for those Escapees in California, Vermont, etc. While having our trailer serviced, my husband mentioned that the regulator we picked up in Chilliwack had a "not for sale in California" sticker. The tech told us it was because the regulator doesn't meet California's lead restrictions. Needless to say, we're getting a new regulator.
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:10 PM   #7
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I have noticed though on so many products there is a label that basically warns that California authorities have found that something or other in the product is known to cause cancer etc.

After you see those labels so many times you do wonder if CA is erring a little too much on the caution side or if the other 49 states are too lax.

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Old 03-27-2015, 02:16 PM   #8
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Actually, it's probably because our farmers in the past have used so many pesticides and our chip makers so many other toxins (all which seep into the ground), that we're all 'glowing' and the legislators have to try and keep us healthy so we can pay more taxes.

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Just an FYI for those Escapees in California, Vermont, etc. While having our trailer serviced, my husband mentioned that the regulator we picked up in Chilliwack had a "not for sale in California" sticker. The tech told us it was because the regulator doesn't meet California's lead restrictions. Needless to say, we're getting a new regulator.
Sometimes it's just a matter of labeling, and the legal-in-California version is the same product. Whatever the issue, I think the issue is about whether the regulator can be sold in California, not whether it can be used there. Why not use a perfectly good regulator? It will work the same way in California as it works in every other place.
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I'll try to be kind. I think the vast majority of products labeled "not for sale in California" have nothing whatsoever to do with product safety or any similar notion. They have to do with a busybody over-regulating legislature trying to come up with as many rules, laws and regulations as possible to control the populace. Think about it. California is the only one that sees some "risk" in a product when nobody else does? The height of arrogance. (Whew...I feel better)
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