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Heidaway
06-19-2010, 06:31 PM
Hey all,

Im taking my trailer out next weekend for the second time, but it'll be the first time to a location with hook-ups. Is there anything special I need when connecting the hose to the "city water connection"? i.e. Pressure Regulator, Backflow preventer? Or just hook it up, and turn on the water?

Flyguy
06-19-2010, 07:12 PM
You can just hook it up but a regulator should be used to protect your trailer from high pressure that could damage your water lines, I like to use a right angle adapter with a regulator so that the hose is going straight down, works for me!

Heidaway
06-20-2010, 07:14 AM
The 90 is a good idea, thanks. Time for another trip to camping world.

campingcpl
06-21-2010, 12:42 PM
I use a pressure regulator as well and I also use a water filter. Was at one campground where the water was so bad it pluged the water filter to the point where I had to switch to using water in the fresh water tank. It even pluged the screens up in my hose and had to replace them after that weekend.

Firecapt
06-21-2010, 07:56 PM
I agree with Flyguy and Campingcpl!

A 90 degree adapter takes a lot of the strain off the connection and I also use a water filter.

I found that a simple whole house filter removes all the dirt, sand, debris, etc. that may be incoming. I realize that it would seem that if you are connected to a "city water system", you should have clean, clear incoming water. Guess what, this isn't so and I have seen the results with my filter.

The filter is a large clear housing type with a cheap filter insert. I got it at Lowe's for about $25 and attach it to my coach with a bracket available at Camping World.

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping/item/water-filter-holder/19939.

It is not meant to filter the water for drinking (bacteria, taste, etc.), I just want to filter out all the schmutz that comes through the system.

If you want pictures let me know and I'll try to add them to the thread.

Heidaway
06-25-2010, 12:39 PM
Thanks for all the info. I purchased the 90 ($4), the regulator ($7), and an in line filter ($13). I think Im set as far as the water hook up goes.

jimbob
07-09-2010, 10:42 AM
The correct order for the city water connection is
1 - city water supply hose
2 - pressure regulator (I would use a 40 psi regulator)
3 - filter
4 - trailer hookup fitting

Firecapt
07-09-2010, 09:04 PM
JimBob,

I would reverse 1 & 2. Hook up the pressure regulator first, then the supply hose, than the filter (if used), then plug into the RV.

The reason I say this is my neighbor at one of the campsites we were staying at had his supply hose blow due to high pressure. He had his attached before the regulator so the pressure got to it and caused a blowout. :(

Terrydactile
07-10-2010, 09:02 AM
JimBob,

I would reverse 1 & 2. Hook up the pressure regulator first, then the supply hose, than the filter (if used), then plug into the RV.

The reason I say this is my neighbor at one of the campsites we were staying at had his supply hose blow due to high pressure. He had his attached before the regulator so the pressure got to it and caused a blowout. :(

Agree, seen it happen a number of times. You might as well protect the hose too.

jimbob
07-10-2010, 04:46 PM
I agree.
I use a high pressure hose, and most people don't. If the hose has a small I.D. and a little long, you will loose some pressure due to friction loss, but probably not much depending on how long. I have a 3/4" PEX hose that I made up for myself.

wheelygoode
07-11-2010, 04:46 PM
Our 'system' : We prefer to fill our fresh water tank and use the water from the tank rather than direct from the campground. We do this for a couple of reasons, one of them being keeping our fresh water tank fresh - using the city water connection by-passes the fresh water tank, and if you are staying for an extended time then that water just becomes stagnant.
Our other reason is water pressure - over the years we have experienced great ranges in pressure in various RV parks. Too low and you get a dribble instead of a shower - too high and it can cause other problems. With using our own tank we get consistent pressure.
We added an expansion tank so we don't have the annoyance of the water pump noise.
Just another way of doing things.