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Old 11-29-2015, 10:50 AM   #1
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do I need a Water Regulator for the city water hose?
Water Regulator with 40 to 50 PSI?

this is for a 2016 13ft Scamp

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Old 11-29-2015, 10:57 AM   #2
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I've been told to always use a regulator when hooking up to city/campground water - not sure about the pressure - I think they are all the same.

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do I need a Water Regulator for the city water hose?
Water Regulator with 40 to 50 PSI?

this is for a 2016 13ft Scamp

Thanks for the help
It's kind of like carrying a jack to change a flat tire. You probably won't need it, but if the pressure is too high and damages some water fittings the cost is a whole lot higher than the regulator.
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Old 11-29-2015, 11:38 AM   #4
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MY Answer is YES. I have encountered line pressures as high as 150+ PSI in campgrounds, and that can easily cause a leak or blow a fitting inside your new Scamp. Some campgrounds have to crank the line pressure that high to provide water to multiple sites and they will expect you to have a regulator to protect your rig. I have been asked on occasion if I have a regulator for that very reason. They are cheap insurance, <$10, why take a chance?


Always put the regulator at the hose valve end so you also protect your water hose.
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Go to Walmart and buy one, they don't cost much, and always use it and you will not have to cry about your plumbing coming loose from excessive pressure later on.
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I was at a campground in September that stated their water pressure was in excess of 90 PSI and a water regulator was absolutely necessary. I used one, but ended up blowing out two cheap water hoses anyway. I'm going to invest in a much better regulator for next season. As Bob said, they're cheap insurance.
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The regulator needs to be on the campground faucet end however, if the hose is in the sun and it gets warm it can swell and eventually blow out. Use the best grade water hose.

You can also purchase an adjustable water pressure regulator with a gauge on it as additional insurance.

When I full timed at a Navy Campground, I custom made a water connection out of the black PVC flexible water tubing, wrapped a heat tape around it and covered it with the foam wrap and was good to go all year.
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I always use one. Even if you estimate that the pressure is not too high by letting it run out of the hose before hooking up, the pressure can change over time, particularly late night/early morning. Not the time you want to hear spraying water in the walls!
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Looks like six FOR and zero against (so far).. but another option is just fill your on-board tank and use that.

Just about every time I hooked up to "City" water (using a pressure regulator by the way), I have had a slow and steady drip from the hose, faucet and / or regulator. Half the time it leaves a muddy mess. And this even with new washers. Filling the tank and then stowing the hose solves that problem and is one less thing to deal with when its time to leave. (Of course if you go through more than one tank you have to get the hose out again to fill the tank). Of course if you have pressured "city" water but no electric service you might want to use the "city" water to avoid running the pump.. unless you have a hand pump.. so many variables!
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Get the brass regulator, the blue plastic ones are too often junk.
Also, get a filter. They sell a good one at Walmart.
I use a filter and a pressure regulator because you can never tell what kind of junk might come from shore water and the filter will keep sand and dirt from getting into the camper.


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Looks like six FOR and zero against (so far).. but another option is just fill your on-board tank and use that.

Just about every time I hooked up to "City" water (using a pressure regulator by the way), I have had a slow and steady drip from the hose, faucet and / or regulator. Half the time it leaves a muddy mess. And this even with new washers. Filling the tank and then stowing the hose solves that problem and is one less thing to deal with when its time to leave. (Of course if you go through more than one tank you have to get the hose out again to fill the tank). Of course if you have pressured "city" water but no electric service you might want to use the "city" water to avoid running the pump.. unless you have a hand pump.. so many variables!

A lot of FGRV peeps go for full hook-up and often for extended stays making tank filling and limited water flow for showers from a pump sometimes a drag. Not only that, you could wind up with a full tank of water when you are ready to leave and have to haul that around or (gasp!) waste it by dumping it.

Different camping styles call for different camping styles.....
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Do you need a water pressure regulator? I say no.

If you have a water heater in your camper, and turn it on with cold water in the tank and allow it to heat up, you will see whatever pressure the relief valve on the heater is set to, usually 150 pounds.

Having said that, I've installed a water pressure meter in my camper; if I see water pressure in a campground over 70 PSI (or so), I use my pressure regulator.

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What if the water pressure changes when you're not looking?
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What if the water pressure changes when you're not looking?
I don't worry about it; life is too short.

My plumbing system handles the 150 PSI created when I fire up my cold water heater, and I (try to remember to) turn the campground water off when I leave the campsite for the day.

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