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Old 10-22-2012, 01:02 AM   #1
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Low point drains...

Can anyone explain why they would switch to drain caps instead of using a valve? I seriously had to use pliers on them to get them off today. Along with a wrench to keep the stub from spinning in the PEX.
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Old 10-22-2012, 01:10 AM   #2
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I was wondering that mysekf today. Not sure why they did that, but I'm thinking it had something to do with money! I plan on installing valves in the spring.
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Old 10-22-2012, 04:04 AM   #3
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Old 10-22-2012, 05:03 AM   #4
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My thoughts would be one the cost of the value, which when you would buy cases of them really makes no sence. The other reason may be when building the unit and pressure testing the lines they values just slowed up the process. Or to stop people at campgrounds from going around and opening up values for the fun of it.
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Old 10-22-2012, 07:58 AM   #5
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first thing i did on my rig was to install valves on the low point drains. easy and inexpensive ! second thing was to replace all the steel screws on the outside with stainless steel screws.this to me is one of the most blatant cost cutting moves a manufacturerer can make.
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Old 10-22-2012, 08:28 AM   #6
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x2 on realebills solution, went to Lowes and got 2 "Ball Valves" now all it takes to drain the trl is a 90 degree turn of 2 valves, much easier!
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:12 PM   #7
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What size valves?
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:15 AM   #8
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rockfordroo; if memory serves me they're 1/2 NPT. Take the cap with you to be sure.
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:37 AM   #9
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1/2" NPT? Mine are 1/2" PEX, which requires a PEX crimping tool. A decent PEC crimper can be bought for $30+/-. I needed to make a repair, so I bought the crimper, a couple of feet of PEX pipe, a handful of various fittings, elbows, and valves, and for less than $75 I made my repair, and I've got a "PEX Toolkit" (which I've since used to re-plumb my previously difficult to access water filter AND make a repair on another campers rig) all for less than what a service call would have cost for the original repair!
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