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Old 09-15-2015, 12:55 PM   #1
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Are these items needed for our travels

Hi All,

So continuing our education about RVing for next year in our Casita ID.

Will I likely need any of the following?

1) 30 amp power cord
2) Adaptor for 30 to 50 amp
3) Portable surge protector
4) Water Pressure Regulator

Also, concerning when we are parked & such; What items & where should I buy items that I should have to secure & level my Independence at campsites.
IE; like wheel chucks, etc. - is there maybe a "kit" that has this stuff in a package or??

Thanks much

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Old 09-15-2015, 01:09 PM   #2
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Water pressure regulator - Pretty sure your going to want that. When you hook your RV water system to the park system it will prevent overpressure from park from blowing leaks in your trailer.
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Old 09-15-2015, 01:12 PM   #3
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I carry all of the items you have listed. Sooner or later, you'll need every one.
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Old 09-15-2015, 02:20 PM   #4
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A 15 amp adaptor is useful at some back-country campsites , and you can use it at home or if staying at a freinds home .
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Old 09-15-2015, 02:25 PM   #5
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Hi All,

So continuing our education about RVing for next year in our Casita ID.

Will I likely need any of the following?

1) 30 amp power cord
2) Adaptor for 30 to 50 amp
3) Portable surge protector
4) Water Pressure Regulator

Also, concerning when we are parked & such; What items & where should I buy items that I should have to secure & level my Independence at campsites.
IE; like wheel chucks, etc. - is there maybe a "kit" that has this stuff in a package or??

Thanks much

Joseph Q
1) The trailer should come with a 30 amp cord. Never had a need for an extra. Get yourself a good outdoor extension cord - you will find far more uses for it.

2) not a bad idea but suspect you will find that a 30 to 15 amp adapter will get more usage.

3) Never hurt to have protection - if camping at a spot with questionable power but lots of people never used them and have not needed one.

4) YES to the water pressure regulator - don't leave home without out it ;-)

My other don't leave home without items would be:
A package of 10 plastic levelling blocks
At least 2 wheel chokes.
An outdoor extension cord.
An extra water hose.
A tongue wheel choke.
A tire iron that fits the trailer lugs and the hot water tank drain.
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Old 09-15-2015, 02:35 PM   #6
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Hi All,

Will I likely need any of the following?

1) 30 amp power cord -------------- no
2) Adaptor for 30 to 50 amp --------yes
3) Portable surge protector ----------????? possibly
4) Water Pressure Regulator---------no
3 - I've never seen people use them. If you get one can you post what you buy?

4 - I had one and now don't. What I do is just regulate the water at the spigot. You don't need a lot of pressure. Just turn the spigot enough so the water flows.
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Old 09-15-2015, 03:14 PM   #7
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3 - I've never seen people use them. If you get one can you post what you buy?

4 - I had one and now don't. What I do is just regulate the water at the spigot. You don't need a lot of pressure. Just turn the spigot enough so the water flows.
The spigot will only change the volume not the pressure.
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Old 09-15-2015, 04:31 PM   #8
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We have stayed at parks where the water pressure has been between 90 &100 PSI,
I had several hoses swell up and leak from high pressure before I got smart and bought a pressure regulator. We carry both a 50 to 30 and a 30 to 15 amp adaptor .The 30 to 15 adaptor is a must in my book. We carry a 20 and a 30 amp extension cord. We do not carry a surge protector but we don't take any sensitive electronic equipment camping.
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Old 09-15-2015, 04:32 PM   #9
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The spigot will only change the volume not the pressure.
Lower the volume lower the pressure.

Think of it this way. If the spigot's max is 10, turn it until it is a 3. That will lower the pressure. If there is a pressure surge and the max goes to a 15, you 3 will only go to 4.5.
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Old 09-15-2015, 05:11 PM   #10
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It really depends where you camp. You only need these items if you camp where there are hookups. Private campgrounds, you bet. Public campgrounds, it depends. Here in Vermont, no hook ups. Camp in just about any southern campground, you'll want the power cord for sure. It gets hot down there. Raz
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Lower the volume lower the pressure.

Think of it this way. If the spigot's max is 10, turn it until it is a 3. That will lower the pressure. If there is a pressure surge and the max goes to a 15, you 3 will only go to 4.5.
A standard valve will regulate flow but a valve that is 50% open /closed does not restrict the flow to 50%. The flow rate is not linear. Ball ,globe and gate valves are not designed to regulate pressure . There will be a pressure drop across the valve but again it is not linear.
IE Closing the valve half way does not cut the pressure in half.
.Barrego Dave is correct !!!
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Old 09-15-2015, 05:33 PM   #12
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75 feet to water, 50 ft to electric. Glad I had extra hose and 30 amp cord.
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Old 09-15-2015, 05:34 PM   #13
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Will I likely need any of the following?

1) 30 amp power cord
2) Adaptor for 30 to 50 amp
3) Portable surge protector
4) Water Pressure Regulator

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My, how quickly this thread went from the original topic to a study of water pressure and volume. May I suggest another thread, on another forum, for the study of pressure dynamics?

1) You should have one with the camper, extensions are sometimes but very rarely needed.

2) An adapter for going from 120 volts, 15 or 20 amp socket, to the plug on your Casita (no doubt 30 amp RV) is VERY handy and cheap. Other adapters are rarely needed. I do have a 50 amp service to 30 amp socket adapter to plug my camper into a 50 amp circuit if there is 50 amp, but no 30 amp service. I have never used and doubt I ever will. I would carry a 50 foot regular (120 v, 15 amp) extension cord.

3) There s much debate about the need for surge suppressors so you will hear YES and NO a lot. I am using this non-portable one. It does more than just suppress surges.

4) Yes, cheap and easy insurance. Might not be needed but its CHEAP AND EASY. Just do it.

PS, "75 feet to water, 50 ft to electric" is the exception, but if you want to always be ready for any occurrence, carry everything.
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My, how quickly this thread went from the original topic to a study of water pressure and volume. May I suggest another thread, on another forum, for the study of pressure dynamics?

Pressure and volume is totally relevant to the OPs question as to a reason for carrying and using one, not a study, just fact. Barely cracking the valve for not using one is rolling the dice at best, you may get lucky but.....
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