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Old 09-08-2019, 09:55 AM   #1
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I have a 40psi reducer at the spicket, then a filter. Does the filter reduce the pressure more? Should I be using a 60psi reducer?

When we were at our first campground the pressure was fine, but, we didn't have a filter at that site. At a new campground, we're using the filter and the pressure is low. Could be the campground. Do I need a pressure reducer with the filter? If so, should I be at 60psi? See sig for rig....

Never used a filter in our 5er.

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Old 09-08-2019, 11:49 AM   #2
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is your 'reducer' one like this?



if so all that device is doing is reducing the flow of water, not the pressure. plus those cheap devices frequently get plugged up with silt and pebbles further reducing the flow.

consider using a genuine adjustable rv water pressure regulator like these. strongly suggest spending the bucks for the stainless steel model.

https://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/Adj.htm

and you don't/won't need to regulate your water pressure at every CG. your MH can withstand pressures well beyond 60-psi. but we leave our regulator set at 60-psi for convenience.
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Old 09-08-2019, 12:04 PM   #3
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The short answer is... YES it could be the campground. Every campground we go to is different. We bought an adjustable pressure reducer with a gauge. It was only $30 and now we know if it's the CG or something else:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07198GQPV/
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Old 09-08-2019, 02:45 PM   #4
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The short answer is... YES it could be the campground. Every campground we go to is different. We bought an adjustable pressure reducer with a gauge. It was only $30 and now we know if it's the CG or something else:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07198GQPV/
We purchased the same pressure regulator and are very glad we did. We have been able to adjust our pressure as needed from CG to CG. Surprisingly, we find that the water pressure is greater at the various state parks we've stayed at than what we find at most RV parks. My wife keeps a binder of the various places we've stayed which lists the numeric spots that are favorable to us should we return. I have her write down the water pressure at each place, as well.

A word of caution. When you adjust your regulator (typically with a slot head screwdriver), give it a small adjustment of maybe a quarter or half turn, and then open/close a water valve at the MH. Read the pressure afterwards. Adjust accordingly. I have seen people at CGs continually adjust it up without putting a temporary load on it after each adjustment and then over pressurize their line. As mentioned, our rigs can handle more than the manufacture states but I never like pushing the envelope. Setting it at 50 to 60 psi will more than make up for head loss a filter will create. And always, always use a filter!

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Old 09-08-2019, 03:17 PM   #5
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is your 'reducer' one like this?



if so all that device is doing is reducing the flow of water, not the pressure. plus those cheap devices frequently get plugged up with silt and pebbles further reducing the flow.

consider using a genuine adjustable rv water pressure regulator like these. strongly suggest spending the bucks for the stainless steel model.

https://www.rvwaterfilterstore.com/Adj.htm

and you don't/won't need to regulate your water pressure at every CG. your MH can withstand pressures well beyond 60-psi. but we leave our regulator set at 60-psi for convenience.
It is, it sez 40-50psi. Ive seen some that say 60psi.
Just figured that part out. If I get one that sez 60psi, technically it should reduce the flow so I have 60psi. There would be other factors, length ofhose and it seems the filter does reduce the pressure.

But as mentioned, a gauge would take out the guessing.

When using a filter, is it good enough where you could drink the cg water?
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static pressure and flow are two different things. using a cheap one like you have regulates flow, not pressure and won’t help or hurt at most parks since most will have pressures not much more than 60-psi (33-yrs of experience). but sooner or later you’ll likely encounter a park with really high water pressure and warnings to use a *pressure* regulator. the flow device you’re using may not give you the protection you’re seeking.

your RV’s PEX water lines should be able to handle pressures up to 100-psi, your water hose may not. strongly suggest you get the Watts adjustable pressure regulator. it will regulate the pressure but maintain the flow.

as for campground water...our first RV (1986-2000) had no built-in water filter and we didn’t use one. drank the water in each of the lower 48 states and several canadian provinces with no ill effects.
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Thanks 4 your help. Always learn something new... No matter how long a person camps .
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Here is the quick test I did for the Shower of Power:
http://www.winnieowners.com/forums/f...er-354104.html
Perhaps you need a better shower head?
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Old 09-08-2019, 06:45 PM   #10
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We have a pretty good head. None of the holes r plugged. I took the reducer off and hooked up the filter then hose. We'll see what the ladies say tomorrow morn.

Quite the link. But we have on demand hot water. Can stand in the shower all day. Runs on diesel..
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Old 09-09-2019, 09:52 AM   #11
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The ladies like the pressure now...
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Old 09-09-2019, 10:22 AM   #12
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A filter will not typically filter out any potential bacteria issues. It will filter out particles. The manufacturer always cautions about only using "a trusted water source" when filling your potable water tank or using it for drinking water. There are probably filter setups that will handle other issues than simple particulates but the inline filters that you put on your hose will not. My brother in law did not use his filter one time when he pulled in late, had his valve to "fill tank" position (and didn't know it), and put a bunch of silt in it. He never forgets to put a filter on now and double checks his valve positions prior to pressurizing.

I've never had an issue, but I'm prepared in case there is. No different than the different surge protectors...haven't had an issue yet, but am prepared just in case.

Glad you solved the pressure issue!

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Old 09-09-2019, 01:19 PM   #13
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Ya, we usually drink bottled water. We'll use cg water for cooking and coffee....
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:22 PM   #14
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This summer I was disappointed in the water pressure with my 40 PSI adjustable regulator at all the RV parks we stayed at. It is enough, but could be better! As the summer went on, I learned we had better pressure with the 12 volt pump. Finally, the one brain cell started working. I checked the PSI of the pump. It is 55 PSI. I adjusted the regulator to 55 PSI and all is good. I always thought 40 PSI was the max, until I researched the 12 volt pump specs.
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