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Old 11-06-2007, 10:28 AM   #1
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I have a 13' scamp. Do I really need a
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Water Pressure Regulating Valve on the inlet hose to control the water pressure?
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Old 11-06-2007, 10:38 AM   #2
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not unless you don't care IF some of your on board water lines blow out (most likely will happen when you aren't there to take immediate action to shut off water supply). R/V parks water pressure(s) vary from park to park, seems to depend on how large a park, IE: number of serviced sites needing a constant water supply. Don't let the cost of buying one desuade you from using one. .....remember the old addage: 'an ounce of prevention......' yadda yadda yadda!!!!
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Old 11-06-2007, 11:25 AM   #3
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Wow, that's a fancy one. My is the cheapy model from Wally World or the like. PS: It stays permanently attached to my water hose, so it's easy to hook up to the hose bib.
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Old 11-06-2007, 12:02 PM   #4
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I've got one of those but that doesn't mean anything. I rarely meet a gadget I don't want. But "need" is a strong word.

I bet in the 4 years I've been RVing I've only hooked up to water maybe 3 times. And I've never seen pressure over 40 psi or so.

I haven't heard of anyone's RV pipes bursting from over pressure but I can imagine it happening.

I think the basic water pressure regulator is nice to have. Cheap insurance. The adjustable regulator with dial is wretched excess (sort of the camping motto over here at Castle Pretentious).
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All good advice above - I have one of the really simple in-line ones.

Might depend on how old your camper is too. I became a believer when I first hooked up an old VW Westfalia to city water - I had water everywhere!!!! and then, running to turn it off at the city water - I tripped over the hose and pulled out the connector on my bus. Altogether a very wet and ultimately expensive mistake.

Better safe than all wet I say.
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:48 PM   #6
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I think it cheap insurance. I use mine all the time when i have hookups.
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:33 PM   #7
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About twenty years ago i didn't use a regulator on our (then) stick built and went swimming....... when we returned water was pouring out of the door......what a mess
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Might depend on how old your camper is too.
My 1978 Fiber Stream was plumbed with gray "Qest" brand Polybutylene I've had several fittings crack and leak. I found that replacement original parts are rare as hen's teeth locally. When I discovered this problem, I was not motivated to replace ALL of my supply plumbing. I did find a source locally, and have hoarded a supply of the brittle compression nuts. When they get used up, I will have no choice but to rip the plumbing out and replace it all. Until then, I will continue to NEED a regulator.
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Old 11-06-2007, 09:52 PM   #9
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Someone on one of these forums somewhere recommended to always shut the water off if you are leaving the trailer for a bit. We've been in the habit of doing that so far, but I have noticed in some parks my supply hose bulges quite a bit. I think I'll get one over at Wally just to be safe.
When I rebuilt the Scamp last spring I used all reinforced water line. Bit more expensive, but probably worth it.
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Someone on one of these forums somewhere recommended to always shut the water off if you are leaving the trailer for a bit. We've been in the habit of doing that so far, but I have noticed in some parks my supply hose bulges quite a bit. I think I'll get one over at Wally just to be safe.
When I rebuilt the Scamp last spring I used all reinforced water line. Bit more expensive, but probably worth it.
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:30 AM   #11
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As said it is cheap insurance...I have a cheap one from Wal*Mart and leave it right on the end of my hose so when I pull the hose out it just on the end. No Biggy.
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Would this work if I just open the water spicket at the camp ground a small amount (Not full open) and not even use a regulator?
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that won't work. when the water is not being used (faucets in trailer closed) it still builds up to the same pressure as if it was fully opened. but as soon as you open a faucet somewhere the pressure will be full and then drop down to the pressure of only being opened a little bit. shut the faucet and in a little while the full pressure is on your system again.
try a test on your garden hose and just open the faucet (at the house)a little bit and feel the hose (it will be very hard) pull the trigger and for a second a highly pressurized water will come out then drop down to a lower pressure.
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I shut of the water when I am away from camp as well. My regulator is like Donnas.

What do full time folks do? I would imagine it's a pain to go to a faucet every day when in the same spot for long periods of time.
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