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Old 05-23-2015, 07:37 AM   #1
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Plex tubing and fittings starter kit

I am looking for advise in putting together a nice emergency kit incase I have a tube break or leak. Yes it happened to me last year while in my Sunseeker. I was able to plug the tube and continue with a nice weekend camping.

Now I have an 8289 5th wheel and I was looking at getting some plex tubing and connectors. What size tubing should I get? I also see that I should get some straight and 90 connectors and clamps.

Any and all advise is welcome!

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Old 05-23-2015, 07:47 AM   #2
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The Pex is generally 1/2 inch, check to be sure.
You will need the clamps unless you use the Sharkbite type fittings.

Yes a couple or three of the straight ones and a couple of 90's might be handy.

If you chose not to use the Sharks then the clamps and the crimp tool will be needed.
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The proper tools for PEX (Cutter/Crimp Tool/and Ring Cutter) can cost $$$! The area where a LEAK will develop will also (ALWAYS) be in a (HARD to get to area) where the Tools will NOT fit!! The PEX is (1/2") in size. For Emergency repairs (Sharkbite) or Barbed fitting with Hose clamps) might be a better choice? Youroo!!
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Old 05-23-2015, 07:58 AM   #4
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Definitely check the size of tubing, my unit has both 1/2 & 3/8. I purchased a cinch clamp tool at HD which will handle 3/8-3/4 and a small selection of fittings.
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I have found that it does not matter what or how much stuff you bring if you have a problem what you need to fix it is at home in the garage, just my personal experience.
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I can ID with DDC,,,,,and if it's not there at home,,,,it'll take 2 or 3 trips to The Home Depot to get everything you need. And the five minute job will turn into a 4 hour job, right? Been there, done that!!
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I can ID with DDC,,,,,and if it's not there at home,,,,it'll take 2 or 3 trips to The Home Depot to get everything you need. And the five minute job will turn into a 4 hour job, right? Been there, done that!!
Yep, you guy's nailed it. I have the T shirt. Nothing is simple when your away from your tools.
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Yep, you guy's nailed it. I have the T shirt. Nothing is simple when your away from your tools.
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I you want to do something just buy some no 6 hose clamps and about 1 ft of 1/2" pex. The hose clamps will work until you get home. If you do buy pex fittings and sleeves buy the type of sleeve that crimps from the side. You can install them in any location and the crimp tool costs less than $30. Lowes and HD sell these.
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