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Old 04-10-2017, 10:15 AM   #1
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Water filter removal

It was almost impossible to remove the water filter in our 26RLWS last winter for storage. After reading several threads on here about problems, we decided to remove ours like so many others have too. It looks like a lot of people are using SharkBite couplers. Are push on fittings ok for the abuse RVs take traveling down the road or should we use crimp connectors Also, in most of the pictures I've seen, the couple was just put in place and, apparently, left hanging there. Should the pex line and coupler be secured to the wall of the compartment so it doesn't just bounce around in there? Just fearful of getting somewhere or coming home from a day away from the trailer to a trailer full of water. Appreciate any experience people may have with push on connectors.
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Old 04-10-2017, 10:17 AM   #2
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Houses are now being plumbed with pex
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Old 04-10-2017, 10:19 AM   #3
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Shark-bite fittings seem to work fine and there are lots of reports here of people using them in their R/V with no problems.

Crimp clamps work too but you have to have a crimper, which most folks don't.

As for securing the line... anytime something is moving and bouncing around, it's always better to secure.
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Houses are now being plumbed with pex
We (I own a plumbing company) have been plumbing houses and condos with PEX since about 1995. It started out slow, then really caught on around the year 2000. It has outperformed every other water supply product ever used, including copper. PEX is great and it's here to stay.

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Shark-bite fittings seem to work fine and there are lots of reports here of people using them in their R/V with no problems.

Crimp clamps work too but you have to have a crimper, which most folks don't.

As for securing the line... anytime something is moving and bouncing around, it's always better to secure.
SharkBite fittings are an excellent, and permanent, substitution for crimp fittings when dealing with PEX. The main problem with them is they won't seal properly on PEX if there are any lateral scratches on the tubing where the SharkBite o-ring is supposed to seal. These scratches are pretty common and caused by the tubing being pulled through framing and around obstructions during original installation. If you have no slack and you must connect where there are scratches, lightly rub the scratches out with wet emory cloth or very fine-grit wet sandpaper. You should do this all of the way around the tubing to keep it round, trying to avoid making any flat spots.

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Many of us have used the Shark Bites extensively in our trailers without any issues...and think they are great. Even if you do own or have access to a crimper to use the crimp rings instead, the problem with many of the RV's is that the plumbing is very hard to get at in many cases, or you are working in very tight quarters that getting a crimper in there and being able to open it up is a challenge...that's how I discovered the Shark Bites, and now am sold on them. They are pricey but for the mods we do to our RV's, you will likely only need a few fittings anyhow.
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Thanks for all the info everyone. The plumbing is finished and we're ready to go!
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