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Old 02-02-2014, 07:47 PM   #11
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Thanks everybody found some at Home Depot. I would like to hear about the water softer someone spoke about on another thread.
I'm not sure which thread you are talking about, but I recently purchased the "Flow Pur 10,000 Rv Water Softener" from Amazon. They have it right now for $208.00. I purchased this particular one because it came highly recommended by several of my RV friends. It also takes regular table salt which is a plus. I have not used it yet but I decided long ago that if I ever became a fulltimer I would invest in a water softener. It will make all the difference in keeping things spot and stain free. I am going to try and install quick connect fittings to the softener and my hoses to prevent wearing out the hose connections on the softener.
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I'm think of changing out my water pump and putting in a water manifold in my Redwood. I'm thinking that this way I'd be able to increase my water flow rate and be able to shut down only part of the plumbing, should I ever have a problem.
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I'm think of changing out my water pump and putting in a water manifold in my Redwood. I'm thinking that this way I'd be able to increase my water flow rate and be able to shut down only part of the plumbing, should I ever have a problem.
I've also considered doing that. It would be nice to be able isolate a particular water line in the event of a problem. When I looked at the DRV Mobile Suites that is the only thing I could see that they offer that I wish Redwood did. I don't think it would be very difficult to install a manifold since everything s pex. I would highly recommend to all Rver's that everyone install a quick shutoff valve at the side of their RV and shut it off everytime you leave the RV. If you have ever had a leak while you were away you know what I am talking about. We had a valve in the toilet stick in a prior fifth wheel and when I got out of bed in the middle of the night I stepped onto a soaked bedroom carpet.....not fun. We couldn't even hear the water running. Needless to say, after that experience I ran out and bought portable battery operated water alarms and placed them everywhere water may be leaking (under sinks and next to toilet and in the underbelly. The alarms have alerted us twice to minor drips under the sinks but without the alarms we would not have noticed it. Overly cautious? Maybe, but for around $30.00 I have some peace of mind.
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I've also considered doing that. It would be nice to be able isolate a particular water line in the event of a problem. When I looked at the DRV Mobile Suites that is the only thing I could see that they offer that I wish Redwood did. I don't think it would be very difficult to install a manifold since everything s pex. I would highly recommend to all Rver's that everyone install a quick shutoff valve at the side of their RV and shut it off everytime you leave the RV. If you have ever had a leak while you were away you know what I am talking about. We had a valve in the toilet stick in a prior fifth wheel and when I got out of bed in the middle of the night I stepped onto a soaked bedroom carpet.....not fun. We couldn't even hear the water running. Needless to say, after that experience I ran out and bought portable battery operated water alarms and placed them everywhere water may be leaking (under sinks and next to toilet and in the underbelly. The alarms have alerted us twice to minor drips under the sinks but without the alarms we would not have noticed it. Overly cautious? Maybe, but for around $30.00 I have some peace of mind.
There was an article in October 2011 Handyman magazine that talks about Pex plumbing and it shows a manifold and how it is connected, very interesting.
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I put a manifold in my house for the water and gas lines. It's not hard to do.
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I put a manifold in my house for the water and gas lines. It's not hard to do.
I think the biggest problem is where to put the manifold in the Redwood. I'm thinking you would probably have to build a plywood mount and then screw it into the floor close to where the main water line comes in.
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I put a manifold in my house for the water and gas lines. It's not hard to do.
If you ever do this project I'm sure many of us would like to see pictures. The Handyman article mentioned a "homerun" system if that helps. It stated that without a manifold system, you lose a lot of the benefits of pex because of all the connections. My plumber buddy says everytime you install a connector you restrict more water flow so the manifold would definitely be the best for water flow and emergency problems.
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I've also considered doing that. It would be nice to be able isolate a particular water line in the event of a problem. When I looked at the DRV Mobile Suites that is the only thing I could see that they offer that I wish Redwood did. I don't think it would be very difficult to install a manifold since everything s pex. I would highly recommend to all Rver's that everyone install a quick shutoff valve at the side of their RV and shut it off everytime you leave the RV. If you have ever had a leak while you were away you know what I am talking about. We had a valve in the toilet stick in a prior fifth wheel and when I got out of bed in the middle of the night I stepped onto a soaked bedroom carpet.....not fun. We couldn't even hear the water running. Needless to say, after that experience I ran out and bought portable battery operated water alarms and placed them everywhere water may be leaking (under sinks and next to toilet and in the underbelly. The alarms have alerted us twice to minor drips under the sinks but without the alarms we would not have noticed it. Overly cautious? Maybe, but for around $30.00 I have some peace of mind.

I just looked at the DVR's at Lazydays, and the one thing that struck me is that they have flush out water connections to their Grey tank. Wish our RL had those. Vic
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I just looked at the DVR's at Lazydays, and the one thing that struck me is that they have flush out water connections to their Grey tank. Wish our RL had those. Vic
I can't imagine ever needing to flush out my gray water tanks, am I missing something?
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If you ever do this project I'm sure many of us would like to see pictures. The Handyman article mentioned a "homerun" system if that helps. It stated that without a manifold system, you lose a lot of the benefits of pex because of all the connections. My plumber buddy says everytime you install a connector you restrict more water flow so the manifold would definitely be the best for water flow and emergency problems.
Being a fultimer, we do a lot of cooking and coffee making. Our galley tank sensors are stuck on 3/4 full even when empty. I've tried all the chemicals and back flushing to no avail. A water connection to flush the grey tank sensors would be a big plus to us.
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