Low Water Pressure in RV
by Scott Pomroy
(Philadelphia, PA, USA)
How to Increase Water Flow in an RV
Hi I just bought a 1998 Four Winds by Dutchmen last year and the previous owner had gutted it out. I am restoring it back to its original condition but the only problem I am having is finding where the stereo used to be and where it would hook up to the speakers and antenna. Do you know where I can find this information?
Also, my family complains about the water pressure for some reason. I have no problem with it though, I can't fit in the shower, I am way too tall. Is there any way I can increase the water pressure for the sinks and shower? Please help me as I called Dutchmen and they would not help me with the stereo information due to liability reasons (which I think is crap).
ANSWER: Hi Scott, I am afraid that I cannot tell you where your radio was originally located in your RV. It is not because of liability reasons that I can't tell you it is because I just don't know.
A good place to find out is to go to Google and do an image search. Just type in the year and model of RV and you will be surprised by the number of pictures that will pop up and there should be at least one picture that shows where the radio is supposed to be. Once you find the right spot, you should be able to find the wires in close proximity to that area, if the previous owner didn't move those as well.
As far as the water pressure in your RV; most RV Manufacturers recommend that you do
not exceed 40 to 50 psi of water pressure in an RV to prevent burst pipes and damage to your RV. That being said; the problem in your RV may not be a pressure problem as much as it may be a flow problem. There are ways to increase the flow of water without increasing the actual pressure.
The first place to look is at the water fixtures of the RV. Unscrew the shower head of your RV and look for a water flow restrictor
and remove it if you find one. These flow restrictors can also be in the screw-on faucet aerators on the kitchen and bathroom sinks. If you remove the flow restrictors that will increase the flow of water to those fixtures.Save 50% off of Campsites With Passport America
If that still does not get you enough flow you might want to check on the type of RV Water Filter
you are using on your RV. The rule of thumb for flow through an RV water filter is the smaller the filtering surface the less flow you will get the larger the filtering surface the more flow you will get. So larger water filters usually provide more flow.
RV Water Pressure Regulator
You may also want to replace your current RV Water Pressure Regulator
with one that provides more flow or is adjustable (like the one pictured above).
I hope this helps.
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