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Old 07-26-2015, 03:17 AM   #1
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About two years ago, one night when Dave and I were talking he suggested to me (rather strongly) that I should get a set of Pex water line crimped so, some clamps and some fittings.

Well ..... Here's a really big thank you to Dave !! Walked around the coach today and noticed a water drip on the left side where there shouldn't be any. Was close to the docking station. After taking all the stuff out of the basement and taking down the wall in front of the filter I found the winterization valve had a cracked fitting. Since I didn't have any possibility of getting a new one in the near future I was put into thinking how I could bypass it. I dug out mys storage tub of Pex fittings and realized that I had purchased 2 shut-off valves. With some thought as to which liner to cut and which line to join, I was able to shut off the winterization hoses and connect the inlet water from the filter to the cold water manifold.

If you don't have the clamps and fittings and a good Pex crimp tool I highly suggest you get them. Will cost about $75.00 at Lowes or Home Depot. You want stuff for 1/2 " Pex hose.
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Old 07-26-2015, 03:49 AM   #2
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I truly hate autospell on the iPad.
Thread was supposed to be Pex Tools and buying a crimper tool !
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Old 07-26-2015, 03:50 AM   #3
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Good idea, amazon has the crimping tool for $26.75 and you can get 10 1/2" clamps for about $8.00.
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:29 AM   #4
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Vaughn I'm glad you were able to fix the problem before it ruined a good camping trip. I still carry my tools and parts but hopefully I won't need them
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Old 07-26-2015, 04:45 AM   #5
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Vaughn I'm glad you were able to fix the problem before it ruined a good camping trip. I still carry my tools and parts but hopefully I won't need them

Dave... you WILL still need them!!! We had a much lower model MH then you have now but trust me, you will need them. The Ford power and all related items were almost perfect for 8 years but coach always had issues.
Our first problem on a long trip was a sheer pin broke on one of the slides. A new one was not to be found at 7pm in Dillon NC so best I could find was nails.
I had the wife tap the slide switch wile upside down with my arm up in the slide until the hole lined up and dropped the nail in. Slide went out but since not hardened as soon as the pressure switch was about to stop it, bang the nail broke. We did the same fix for this trip and once back we had many spare tools and parts.

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Old 07-26-2015, 04:51 AM   #6
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Steve,

You're probably right but so far we've spent quite a bit of time on the highway and in the campgrounds and haven't really had any big issues.

We're looking forward to the rally which will be the start of our vacation which will take us East to Niagra Falls and then into NY. Hopefully the coach holds together for the trip.
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Old 07-26-2015, 02:32 PM   #7
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Yes, it's always good to have PEX fittings around. I've used them to take out the water filter in our unit and to help others with repairs to plumbing. I found that there are a couple of different PEX crimp rings, the solid round type that works well on the red and blue solid PEX tubing and the "sharkbite" type that works well on the plastic PEX tubing that RW uses around the water pump.

I've also found that PEX fittings are not common in some areas, I got the last couple of 1/2 inch PEX shut off valves in Brawley California last winter, needed to go to a plumbing store, no PEX stuff at the local hardware store to be found! It's good to carry spares.
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Old 07-26-2015, 02:38 PM   #8
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Got these a few years ago

Pex Cinch Clamp Fastening tool - Pex Crimping Tool - Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...ilpage_o03_s00
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If you use both the bands & the crimp clamps you have to have 2 separate tools, is that correct? I need to stock some parts, but don't want an entire toolbox full of different parts requiring different tools.
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Not sure what you mean by bands?
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