Well, late into the season, but I just "dewinterized" the trailer. We weren't planning to use it this year but things change.
2011 Flagstaff classic superlite 831rlbss.
Last fall, I blew the lines out (opened all faucets), shut off the HW tank, removed the filter, anti freezed the pump and lines and then drained all the tanks one last time.
Sounds good, right?
Not a frickin' chance!
I fill the fresh tank and snap on the pump to start purging the lines and all I can hear is "sshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" under the kitchen sink!
After several minutes of sopping up water I crawl under and have a look.
The hot water line has popped apart at the 90 degree fitting to the faucet.
I pull it down and discover the FR in their infinite wisdom has installed a "check valve" in the hot water fitting. Basically, a few drops of h20 was trapped behind it and popped the cheap fitting apart. Stupid design. Now way in heck to get all the water blown out because reside water runs down the line and collects on the check valve.
Well, it looks like PEX line, maybe I can install a PEX fitting and be done with it. Off to the hardware store.
I get back and try to cut the clamp off. No dice. The one place they didn't seem to cheap out is the pinch clamps. Side cutters and a fair bit of swearing finally wins the day. Now grab what's left of the buggered fitting and pull. Nope, not comming out. Another round of curses. Look for some cutters. Nothing will cut the line becaus eall my cutters are straight anvil. More cursing.
Grab the garden loppers and SNAP!
The fitting is off and the line is clean.
FINALLY! it's going my way again.
Slide on the Pex fitting and screw it in to the faucet.
Turn on the water and;
More cursing and more water sopping.
Seems the lines look like PEX but are just off enough not to be PEX sized. Proprietary FR stuff I'd wager.
Back to the hardware store and find a sleeve that will open and stiffen the line enough that the pex fittings will work.
Home again, install the fittings. Turn on the water and:
JOY! no Shhhhhhh.
Drip, drip, drip.
Now the cold fitting is leaking. Crank it down and it leaks less but still leaks.
Well, lets check the faucets.
Turn 'em on and;
Leaking at the base, top and body!
A closer look reveals the entire faucet is plastic!
you gotta be kidding me.......
So I decide that's just about enough. Off to the hardware store again. This time no messing around.
Down the plumbing isle I grab the proper pex cutters, all new pex fittings and a new Peerless kitchen faucet with the sprayer hose.
Pay for it all and head home. Just over a hundred bucks taxes in.
back at the trailer, the pex cutter makes short work of FR's crap parts and workmanship. It all flies out the door and across the driveway in one big pile. In goes the new faucet and PEX lines/fittings.
Fire up the pump and:
Sound as a pound.
No leaks anywhere, faucet works smooth a seamless.
It all even looks better.
All this heartache because some stupid builder/engineer decided to put a check valve where one had no earthly business being in the first place....