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Old 01-30-2013, 09:01 AM   #1
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I have a very small drip leak at the connection of the blue pipe to the tee (left side)...spoke to Dealer and most likely the clamp needs adjustment but it takes a special tool to do this.
Anyone tried to do this themselves with any luck and used a tool other than what the RV Techs use?

Trying not to haul my camper out for a quick fix but if it can't be done myself, I'll drag it out
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:07 AM   #2
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Not real familiar with these RV clamps. Would it be possible to remove that clamp and install a regular hose clamp?
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Old 01-30-2013, 09:11 AM   #3
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Not real familiar with these RV clamps. Would it be possible to remove that clamp and install a regular hose clamp?
That's the first question I asked the Dealer and the answer was no...this type of pipe (PEX) can't be seated enough with the band clamps, reason for this type of clamp they use...wish it was that easy!!!
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It looks like a Pex clamp. There is no adjustment. It will need to be replaced. You are right, it does take a special tool. There are different types of Pex connectors however. Some don't require a special tool. Check them out at a Lowe's or Home Depot.
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Here is a link to Shark connectors.

SharkBite Fittings , Shark Bite PEX Fittings , Shark Bite Push PEX Fittings - PexSupply.com
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I had almost the same thing, only mine wasn't on the Pex pipe link.

For mine, since it was not pex, I was able to rip the old clamp off and put a screw-tightening clamp back onto it's place. There was some talk on the thread about replacing the whole lot with sharkbite (?) pieces.
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It looks like a Pex clamp. There is no adjustment. It will need to be replaced. You are right, it does take a special tool. There are different types of Pex connectors however. Some don't require a special tool. Check them out at a Lowe's or Home Depot.
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this is the type of toool needed for your type of ring at Lowes $18.00
Apollo 1/2-in Poly Pinch Clamp Tool
Vanguard 25-Pack 1/2-in-Dia PEX Pinch Clamp Compression Fittings
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Any neighbourhood plumber would have the pex clamp tool and a new clamp, if he's a good guy shouldn't be much [cash] or around here my hardware store would lend me the tool, if I bought the new clamp there.
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this is the type of toool needed for your type of ring at Lowes $18.00
Apollo 1/2-in Poly Pinch Clamp Tool
Vanguard 25-Pack 1/2-in-Dia PEX Pinch Clamp Compression Fittings
Thanks...that was a great tip!!!
BTW...what's the best method to remove the clamp without tearing up the pipe?
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