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Old 01-03-2017, 09:49 PM   #15
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I carry the crimper, crimp rings, fitting, pipe and a spare water pump
Ditto, except the water pump, don't carry a spare.
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Old 01-04-2017, 01:41 AM   #16
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I carry the vice grip crimpers, rings, and fittings.
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Old 01-04-2017, 05:55 AM   #17
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I do now after working on my HWH last year.

Note, if you have a tight fit just heat the pex in your over or use a torch to carefully soften it. Be quick because it stiffens up quickly.

Yes you can buy quick connectors but what fun is that. Now I have a brand new toy to play with and I have noticed those type of crimp connectors on many things now.
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Old 01-04-2017, 06:00 AM   #18
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Yup: tool, cinch rings, assortment of connectors, elbows, tees, red and blue pipe. Just need to add a cutoff valve.
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Old 01-04-2017, 06:08 AM   #19
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Shark bites are quick and if that is all there is room for, maybe. I have used in the past, and started to get call-backs from leaks. I no longer use them. I am always suspect of systems with o-rings and other failure points. Granted, my use was in hydronic heating connections, and the chemical boiler treatment probably did not help, but after that, I stuck with crimp style fittings.
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Old 01-04-2017, 06:11 AM   #20
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I generally use Sharkbyte.

I haven't needed to do much PEX work in a long time but thought the bands were specific to the pipe manufacturer and weren't necessarily universal??

Home Depot had loaner crimpers at one time.
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Ditto, except the water pump, don't carry a spare.
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Why bother with the crimp type fittings and crimper? PEX compression fittings have been available for at least 10+ years that simply screw together:
https://www.doitbest.com/categories/...ssion-fittings
My entire MH is plumbed with them (it's an '04 Itasca).
Or even easier, just carry a few Sharkbite type; straight, elbow, T, etc. for any repair issue that comes up.
X2. My entire rig is also fitted with these. If (when) you have a problem just go to the closest hardware store and get what you need. 6 years full time so far with zero leaks for us.
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Do not carry any PEX tools beyond a hacksaw.

When I need to replace a fitting I sing a song

When the shark bites On the Pex Dear
Water leaks just, Go away
When the Shark bites
On the pex dear
The fitting is, there to stay


(Unless you use the release tool of course)
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The problem with the plumbing in the motorhomes is that is was installed before the coach was built on top of it. It would be nearly impossible to get a pex tool on most of the fittings.

In a pinch I can always use small hose clamps to get by and fix permanent when I get home.

I am currently building a SB house and will use pex. I thought about installing a manifold to isolate different zones. A smaller one would work to isolate 6-7 different areas. Possibly make it easier to winterize if we ever intend to leave for extended periods.

Jim, I'm surprised that your 2002 Windsor does not have a water manifold. Mine has one!
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I carry spare push-on type PEX fittings and a PVC tubing cutter that I picked up at Harbor Freight for about $5.00!
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After repairing a leaking low point drain valve by whittling a tree branch and jamming it in the pipe (and then securing with a hoseclamp)..yes, I do! I carry a few sharkbite adapters and some pex. I use sharkbite because they make pb to pex adapters (I have PB not pex) and as has been mentioned you can get them into funky spaces that pliers won't fit.
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Why bother with the crimp type fittings and crimper? PEX compression fittings have been available for at least 10+ years that simply screw together:
https://www.doitbest.com/categories/...ssion-fittings
My entire MH is plumbed with them (it's an '04 Itasca).
Or even easier, just carry a few Sharkbite type; straight, elbow, T, etc. for any repair issue that comes up.
Exactly! I do find the cutter tool handy.
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Was thinking about this as I was organizing my tool/spare parts.

Does anyone carry a pex crimping tool, extra bands and pipe to make repairs?

Was wondering if anyone has had a leak, where these would come in handy.

My house has pex pipe, along with a manifold where I can shut off a specific pipe if it develops a leak.

My RV has pex pipe but does not have a manifold.
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