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Old 01-18-2019, 08:57 AM   #1
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I like a shower with good water pressure, but knowing I was moving into an RV I had diminished expectations.
With stock components, my shower enclosure is about six feet away and many 90 degree fittings and hoses from the pump. My flow is not a flow, but rather a pulsation when using the pump only. Changing to the much ballyhooed Oxygenics shower head, it is still a weak pulsation, and not enough pressure to push the water in a straight line across the enclosure.
With pump off and connected to the pedestal, the flow is even less than the pump. With only the internal pressure reducer, the flow is not enough to create a shower effect. With both a dial-pressure reducer at the pedestal set at 50#, and the internal pressure reducer, I get just a trickle.

Do you have a better experience with your rig?
What have you done to improve your flow? Surge tank? New pump? Other?
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:04 AM   #2
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I like a shower with good water pressure, but knowing I was moving into an RV I had diminished expectations.
With stock components, my shower enclosure is about six feet away and many 90 degree fittings and hoses from the pump. My flow is not a flow, but rather a pulsation when using the pump only. Changing to the much ballyhooed Oxygenics shower head, it is still a weak pulsation, and not enough pressure to push the water in a straight line across the enclosure.
With pump off and connected to the pedestal, the flow is even less than the pump. With only the internal pressure reducer, the flow is not enough to create a shower effect. With both a dial-pressure reducer at the pedestal set at 50#, and the internal pressure reducer, I get just a trickle.

Do you have a better experience with your rig?
What have you done to improve your flow? Surge tank? New pump? Other?
No...we learned to adapt.👍
We never have taken a 'shower' in the AS. 😘
Go Navy, wet-off-soap&scrub-on-rinse-off, dry as needed.😂

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We do have a better experience. When we are hooked to public water, we sometimes turn on the pump for more pressure (make sure you have fresh water in the tank). I have to believe you have a problem somewhere if you are not getting good flow from the shower. We seldom use the pump when hooked to the pedestal. I also have a filter and water softener along with my own regulator outside and that does not affect the flow that much.

You are getting enough hot water? What about your faucets? Are they getting enough pressure? If they are then maybe you shower control that mixes hot and cold is set wrong.
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Old 01-18-2019, 10:58 AM   #4
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Something is definitely wrong. My Oxygenics shower head will pulse on the pump for a few seconds when first started but then provides a steady shower. On outside water, it works a mite better but not much.

Something is diverting or diminishing the flow -- do you have some kind of bypass for winterizing? (I live in Florida so I am vague on the winterizing process) Is pressure normal at the sink and in the toilet?

It's a puzzlement...
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Old 01-18-2019, 12:26 PM   #5
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The shower in my 28 Serenity works just fine. Not sure why my friends call me “Stinky”...
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Old 01-18-2019, 01:11 PM   #6
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Do you have a better experience with your rig?
Yes.
I love my shower. It's one the the things that the 26 U designers got right (floor wise) Connected to city water the flow is comparable to home. I use the shut off to conserve water. I'm sure I used the pump for a shower, but I can't recall hating it, so I assume it was okay.
I turn on the water heater about 20 minutes ahead of showering, then turn the valve 3/4 of the way around until the hot water arrives, then back off a bit.

I wish I had better advice for you, but I haven't changed anything.
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I hate to ask the obvious, but is the control on the shower handle in the full ON position?
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Old 01-18-2019, 05:10 PM   #8
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We have never had an issue with water pressure in the shower with either campground water or freshwater tank. We did upgrade to the Oxygenics shower head, not so much because the factory shower head didn’t work, but because of the glowing Oxygenics reviews. It sounds like something is restricting the water to the shower if all the faucets have good pressure. Time for some diagnostics.
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:18 PM   #9
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Do you have a better experience with your rig?
First, let me ask, how is the water pressure at the sinks? If it's okay, I'd unscrew the shower head and remove the flow restrictor. Or, maybe a supply line is pinched.
I might have lower expectations, but I'd rather use my shower than any campground's.
If it's a 2019, I'd certainly not be shy about taking it to a dealer.
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Old 01-18-2019, 07:35 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone. Looks like I do need more troubleshooting. Nothing obvious when I trace the lines. I was planning on a Jackson Center tourist visit, perhaps I will get on their maintenance schedule.

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With my previous RV's (a SOB and an AS LY diesel pusher) I figured that the pulsation of water pressure when showering something I had to live with. But when I acquired my '87 Excella (in 2011) the PO had included, but not installed, a stainless steel accumulator tank - see https://www.campingworld.com/shurflo...ess-steel-tank - along with the Oxygenics shower head. No more pressure puslation and smooth showers while boondocking.
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We use the Furry by Oxygenic and it works very well. The original Oxygenic model is fine too, but we like the way the Furry model spreads out the water, still with good pressure. Much better than standard head that came with the AS. Sounds like your pressure issue may be somewhere in the lines...good luck.
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No...we learned to adapt.

We never have taken a 'shower' in the AS.

Go Navy, wet-off-soap&scrub-on-rinse-off, dry as needed.



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I agree, however, you could always trade your Airstream for a Winnebago, I heard they have high pressure showers... you city slicken’ yuppie, you!

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