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Old 07-14-2011, 07:26 AM   #1
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Pressure Regulator Needed?

Am currently in the 4 corners area for a few weeks. Combination of boondocking for a while and then into places to get laundry and services for a few days then back out.

Seems that around here, second specific time, when one hooks up the fresh water hose to the hydrant and turn it on to get the air pocket out of the hose, one gets about a 30 foot stream. Enough for a fire hose. This has happened twice now. In Cortez, Colo, the camp ground management posted and warned about using a regulator in addition to whatever one has in the trailer...........

When one does this, one gets perhaps a gallon per minute of flow.........My 88 owner's manual advises that there is a pressure regulator built in.........WHERE IS IT?????.........have never seen it

Should I trust this and not use an external regulator? Would hate to blow out a line.............

Yes, I can use the pump and fresh water tank.........In fact one campground host said I could use the pump and hose with regulator in combination.......Is this right????????....................Am thinking this would be hard on the pump.........

Anyway, your thoughts about this will be totally welcomed as I have a few more weeks of figuring this out on this particular voyage.....Thanks..............God bless............Dennis

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Old 07-14-2011, 07:28 AM   #2
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Not sure on yours, but mine is just on the other side of the metal box in which the water inlet attachment is. in other words, connected directly to the hose fitting, but behind the metal plate.

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Old 07-14-2011, 07:43 AM   #3
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Assuming there have been no modifications, there is a pressure regulator just downstream of the freshwater inlet connection. It is probably inside the skin of the unit.

As for running the pump and hose, there is a check valve between the freshwater inlet and the pump that prevents the pressure of the hose from reaching the pump. I don't know of any way it could reduce inlet pressure.

I would probably just hook up a hose and run with it. The hose is the weak spot. Another option would be to not connect the hose, just use your freshwater tank and pump. Just fill the freshwater tank when it needs it.
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:07 PM   #4
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You can get a water pressure regulator at WalMart. I think I saw a plastic one for under $10, and the brass one was around $15 (we got the brass one). I leave this on the end of the white water hose so that it screws directly to the campground water faucet. It has a spring loaded relief valve built in that lets excess pressure blow out the side of the device instead of bursting your water hose or plumbing. Cheap insurance. However, when it's below freezing outside, we just fill our fresh water tank and use the pump. It's easier than fiddling with the frozen hose in the morning. This is a good suggestion, if you decide not to buy a regulator.
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Old 07-14-2011, 06:04 PM   #5
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Thanks stated above I have a regulator for the hose but the flow is totally diminished.................When in doubt do nothing and use the pump if it is a problem...............thanks and God bless............Dennis
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