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Old 05-24-2014, 11:58 AM   #1
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Had my first experience with Pex this weekend.

This is the first weekend we've had the Coach out this year because of my son's wedding.

So I dewinterized the Coach yesterday and found a leaky valve on the cold water going to the hot water tank. So I went to an RV store which had nothing and ended up at Home Depot in a panic.

Well Home Depot had everything except advice on how to remove those nasty little metal clamps. Finally I gave up and looked at Home Depots website and walla they had a video. After farting around for nearly 5 hours, I had the material and wherewithal to repair it. It wasn't pretty but I got it right for this weekend and I will redo the repair this week so it looks good.

I was just off about a half inch in length.

So I recommend everyone get familiar with how to do that repair!! And carry some Pex.!
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:11 PM   #2
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Good job. I will need to watch thid video myself. Never know when it will be needed.

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Old 05-24-2014, 01:02 PM   #3
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This is the first weekend we've had the Coach out this year because of my son's wedding.

So I dewinterized the Coach yesterday and found a leaky valve on the cold water going to the hot water tank. So I went to an RV store which had nothing and ended up at Home Depot in a panic.

Well Home Depot had everything except advice on how to remove those nasty little metal clamps. Finally I gave up and looked at Home Depots website and walla they had a video. After farting around for nearly 5 hours, I had the material and wherewithal to repair it. It wasn't pretty but I got it right for this weekend and I will redo the repair this week so it looks good.

I was just off about a half inch in length.

So I recommend everyone get familiar with how to do that repair!! And carry some Pex.!
Did you rent or buy the Pex crimp tool? or did you use (Shark Bite)? Youroo!!
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This is a kit that just stays in the camper.
The crimper was $40 at Lowes/Home Depot and works on all sizes of PEX cinch clamps.

I highly recommend everyone has one of these setups so that you can repair leaks on the go without having others come to fix it for you.

PEX is also very forgiving and fittings can be re-used if brass and sometimes you can salvage the plastic ones as well. I prefer to use the Brass fittings as I know they can take some abuse especially it the cold weather.

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This is a kit that just stays in the camper.
The crimper was $40 at Lowes/Home Depot and works on all sizes of PEX cinch clamps.

I highly recommend everyone has one of these setups so that you can repair leaks on the go without having others come to fix it for you.

PEX is also very forgiving and fittings can be re-used if brass and sometimes you can salvage the plastic ones as well. I prefer to use the Brass fittings as I know they can take some abuse especially it the cold weather.

Where did you get that kit, or was it just made up by you.
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Yes I bought the sharkbite crimp tool and some blue Pex and some metal crimpers.

I think maybe I should buy an assortment of valves and fittings also to carry along.
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Id love to have that kit!!!!
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Is sharkbite bad?
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Is sharkbite bad?
Sharkbite fittings are great. I've used it for repairs at home. Some have said that sharkbite connectors might not do well in in an RV environment with the down the road vibration. I kind of agree. Except in emergencies I would use a crimp fitting on my RV.
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Yes I bought the sharkbite crimp tool and some blue Pex and some metal crimpers.

I think maybe I should buy an assortment of valves and fittings also to carry along.
This is ,(Sharkbite fitting) require (NO) crimp tool,or metal crimpers! There are PEX sleeves that require crimping with a tool,but (Sharkbite ) push into the (Sharkbite) fitting! At the most the only tool needed for (Sharkbite) is a PEX hose cutoff tool! Youroo!!
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