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Old 03-18-2009, 11:12 AM   #1
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Water Pressure in 2001 34' Excella

When I connected to my campground water supply this spring my interior water pressure upon first opening a valve is fine, but it quickly drops and reduces to a trickle. The campground pressure is 70 pounds and I connected with a hose only. Any ideas for where the trouble may be?

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Old 03-18-2009, 11:47 AM   #2
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Check out the screen at the city water inlet for debris. Also check your faucet aerator screens for debris. Then I would next suspect the in-line pressure regulator being bad.
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:05 PM   #3
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Carl Where would I look for the in-line pressure reguator? I could not find it in the Airstream book. Betty and I also travel with our dog; she is Skyler.

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the pressure regulator is part of the city water inlet all one big piece of plastic.
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the pressure regulator is part of the city water inlet all one big piece of plastic.
On newer models, yes, on older ones it is a brass regulator like you might find in a residential home. I am not sure what year they made the switch. Our '87 has the brass one right next to the water heater in the rear curbside compartment and the '06 has the all-in-one water inlet / pressure regulator.

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Take a look at this thread and you can see placement and pictures of the newer all in one plastic dealy-bobs...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f443...off-45609.html
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If this was the first time you hooked up this spring and your hot water heater had been drained for the winter I would suspect you kicked up a lot of calcium from the bottom of the tank and thus clogged the screens at each faucet. Remove the screen from the kitchen sink and see if it is clogged. If so clean it and then go to the other faucets.
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The inline pressure regulator is part of the city inlet. It is in my 98 unit so it should be the same in Jim's unit. We had the same problem with our kitchen sink faucet a couple of years ago. I changed out the entire faucet just to get a unit that looks a little more upscale and now there are no problems. It is probably the filters an you may have kicked up sediment from your HW heater.

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Thanks everyone! Carl, the reference to the repair job was very interesting. I think my pressure regulator is in the line beside the water heater & as we have enough water pressure, even if it is not what we would like, I think we will just live with it for now.

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Jim,
Just to give you something else to look at I took a picture of the regulator in our '87. The orange handles ball valve above it is the water heater bypass valve. The data plate on it says that it is adjusted to 45 P.S.I. There is an adjustment screw and locking nut on top. But I don't know that I would bother trying to adjust it. I hope you get your pressure back.
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dogpound is right

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The inline pressure regulator is part of the city inlet. It is in my 98 unit so it should be the same in Jim's unit. We had the same problem with our kitchen sink faucet a couple of years ago. I changed out the entire faucet just to get a unit that looks a little more upscale and now there are no problems. It is probably the filters an you may have kicked up sediment from your HW heater.

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We had the same problem with 3 or 4 units with the City water inlet, on the same year units right after they were sold. We replace the city water inlet and that fixed it.

Click here to see the part that was the bad guy.

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I agree with dog pound too. I had a lot of "stuff" in the Excella when I got it and did find removal, dis-assembly, full cleaning and reassembly of the kitchen "Moen" brand single lever faucet. That fixed it, combined with cleaning all of the faucet screens. Because of the age, I replaced the cartridge in the sink faucet. (about $25, a lot cheaper than a new faucet and the existing one was great quality).
Now I clean all the screens on all faucets each spring when I de-winterize.

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We had the same problem with 3 or 4 units with the City water inlet, on the same year units right after they were sold. We replace the city water inlet and that fixed it.

Click here to see the part that was the bad guy.

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Dan, Thank you for your interest in our problem. We have worked with Out of Doors Mart several times since we bought our first Airstream a 1972 31' international in 2001, we sold it and bought the 2001 34' Excella in 2007. Betty & I think your business is one of the best we have ever worked with for parts and service.

I have a city water inlet just like the one you illustrated above; however I also have in the water line right alongside the Hot water heater a brass item that looks just like an in line water pressure rducer. What could that be, if it is not a water pressure reducer?

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Dan, Thank you for your interest in our problem. We have worked with Out of Doors Mart several times since we bought our first Airstream a 1972 31' international in 2001, we sold it and bought the 2001 34' Excella in 2007. Betty & I think your business is one of the best we have ever worked with for parts and service.

I have a city water inlet just like the one you illustrated above; however I also have in the water line right alongside the Hot water heater a brass item that looks just like an in line water pressure rducer. What could that be, if it is not a water pressure reducer?

Best wishes,

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Jim,
Then I would venture a guess that you have redundant water water pressure pressure regualtors regualtors installed.

Let's see what Dan has to say.

PS - I think highly of ODM and Dan also.
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Then I would venture a guess that you have redundant water water pressure pressure regualtors regualtors installed.

Let's see what Dan has to say.

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I agree with Jim , I think it is a redundant water pressure regulator

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