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Old 01-02-2012, 11:53 AM   #1
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Low city water pressure - why?

I have a new 2011 Itasca Meridian/Winne Journey. City water pressure is very weak. Water pump pressure is fine. Have tried using a different water pressure regulator. No improvement. Coach is now 4 months old. Even when it was brand new city water pressure was weak. Now it is getting weaker. Others in this campground tell me to stop using a water pressure regulator, but my owners manual tells me to use a 40-50 lb reg. Should I replace the all-house water filter after 4 months of full-timing?
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:07 PM   #2
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Have you even considered checking the water pressure where the hose is connected?

If it's under 60psi you don't need the regulator with its built in restriction.

I always check the pressure before I connect. Over the years I have seen pressures anywhere from 20psi to over 100psi.
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:21 PM   #3
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I sure wouldn't think it was a filter clogged on such a new coach but you can always try removing the element to see if it fixes the problem.

I always use a pressure regulator since CG's are susceptible to pressure spikes in the middle of the night. I use a Watts residential pressure regulator with gauges on both input and output. Those $10 "regulators" are more restrictors than regulators.

I believe there is a check valve on your city water intake. It's not unheard of for these to be improperly installed or defective. Have you taken it back to your dealer to look at?

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Check the water filter if you have one, could be clogged or time to change it. That makes a big difference in the water pressure if the filter is clogged.
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Old 01-02-2012, 01:14 PM   #5
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Remove the filter from the housing and then screw the housing back on. Try the water pressure and see what you have. You may have a clogged filter or they may have the wrong filter in the housing.
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Depending on your setup it could be as simple as a plugged screen in the hose. The suggestion of using a pressure gauge is a good one the Miljoco P2008U08HB Pressure Gauge, Water Test, 0 to 300 PSI with pointer monitoring surge goes for about $10.
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Just for testing only, you can remove the external pressure regulator and see if the problem goes away.
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:20 PM   #8
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I install my regulator right before the city water hookup so I can read the pressure. It is set at 60 pounds so I can read anything up to that. I have seen pressures as low as 20 pounds on the gauge and we stayed in a RV Park in Canada that said the water pressure was 150 pounds. I built it myself out of parts purchased at Home Depot.

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thanks

your comments and ideas are appreciated. Thank you.
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