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Old 05-11-2012, 11:57 PM   #1
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Water Line Valves

In my Roo 23SS the previous owner installed a tee in the line between the FW tank and the water pump so he could disconnect the suction side of the pump from the tee and feed antifreeze into the system when winterizing. I guess that was the only fitting he could find at the time.

Although it does work I'd like to reconfigure it and add a couple valves to the two inlets of the tee - one to the FW tank and the other side to short piece of hose to put in the antifreeze jug so I can use the valves to select the pump feed rather than having to pull the one line off the tee fitting.

What size and type of valves and hose should I use?
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Old 05-12-2012, 01:09 AM   #2
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Most all plumbing in a fairly new trailer is 1/2 inch pex, requiring a special crimp tool, and crimp rings. You can get the rings, and pipe at big box hardware. As for valves, I like ball valves, they work, and you can look at then and tell whether on or off, but really, your choice. As for feeding the antifreeze jug, I just use a piece of the clear plastic, 1/2 inch line, cheap stuff from Lowe's. Bought a few years ago, and still works. Even used a piece of it to replace my refer drain, since the other gave out due to weather, and being extremely cheap.
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Old 05-12-2012, 08:24 AM   #3
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Thanks, windrider. The water line from the suction side of the pump to the FW tank is the flexible white hose type rather than pex. Checking around the internet and looking at what I have, if its 1/2" tubing then it looks like its a 1/2" x 1/2" x 1/2" flare tee with one port capped.

The simplest solution would be to replace the tee with a 3-way valve with the same flare connectors. I can probably pick up some extra hose at the local HD or Lowes but I might have to go to an RV dealer to get the 3-way valve?
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Old 05-12-2012, 09:12 AM   #4
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Is this similar to what the original owner installed?



If so, then it sounds like it should work without disconnecting and reconnecting hoses.

If not, its a simple solution and can be bought on amazon for $14.
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No. It's just a tee in the line to the FW tank with the 3rd port capped. He would disconnect the pump intake from the tee and put it into the antifreeze jug.

Since I live in Canada, delivery is about $30 for anything ordered off Amazon.com so I'll need to see if I can find it locally.
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Since I live in Canada, delivery is about $30 for anything ordered off Amazon.com so I'll need to see if I can find it locally.
Ouch I forgot about that.

Its easy enough to make on your own and, anyway, it works better to install a longer hose. You can make a one like it with parts from the hardware store.
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I found the 3 way valve at a local RV store. Just need a piece of hose to go to the antifreeze bottle.

Thanks for you help!
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