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Old 09-24-2020, 01:56 PM   #1
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Evans low side A/C line repair

I recently blew out my Evans Tempcon lowside suction line on my 2012 Newmar Baystar.. (line came in contact with hot metal) So I started to search the internet for a replacement.. come to find out it’s a custom line made by Evans and the replacement cost is $615!!!! [Mod Edit]?? I have access to hydraulic fittings, hoses, and crimpers at work so I went with the option of trying to repair the line myself.. well although we didn’t have the line or couplings at work to repair it I found a crimp style coupling on the web and used the Parker crimper we have at work.. after making the repair, installing, refilling system with R134 and replacing drier, my AC system is up and running again nice and cold!! And I spent $21 dollars plus shipping on the part instead of almost $700!!!
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Very good.
I had to make repairs to my system last year for a failed compressor. Bad thing was the fittings couldn't be removed from the compressor and had to be cut off.
It took a while, but I found the needed crimp fittings @coldhose.com and then found a local a/c repair shop that agreed (and had the space for my 38' Class A) to crawl under the back and crimp the lines. Cost me $40 for the crimp job.
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I think you might have run into the "price it super high and wait for a sucker to buy it" pricing system.

I ran into the opposite problem with a hydraulic line. Brought the four 45 foot hoses to my local NAPA that does most of my lines in the past...$.70 / inch...plus fittings! I said that's fine if it's a 6 foot hose as typical...but these are 45 feet each...no discounts... I went to a distributor of the JLG (OEM) lines and they are $150 each. So, saved a ton going with the factory replacement part.

But most of the time, it's way cheaper to assemble the hose locally and not have to wait for the factory one.
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Very good.
I had to make repairs to my system last year for a failed compressor. Bad thing was the fittings couldn't be removed from the compressor and had to be cut off.
It took a while, but I found the needed crimp fittings @coldhose.com and then found a local a/c repair shop that agreed (and had the space for my 38' Class A) to crawl under the back and crimp the lines. Cost me $40 for the crimp job.
I also had a failed compressor last year.. the original owners I bought it from said they were having problems with AC system after they added a can of refrigerant.. come to find out they overfilled the system and caused the compressor failure.. so I replaced the compressor and condenser at the same time.. the compressor was about $150 and condenser about $90 bucks, and I did the labor myself. I actually thought the condenser was going to be difficult getting out because of clearance but it wasnít too bad.. took me about 2-3 hours to change out both. I actually think I routed the low side hose incorrectly when I reinstalled it and thatís why it came in contact with the engine block and blew! 🤦🏻*♂️
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I think you might have run into the "price it super high and wait for a sucker to buy it" pricing system.

I ran into the opposite problem with a hydraulic line. Brought the four 45 foot hoses to my local NAPA that does most of my lines in the past...$.70 / inch...plus fittings! I said that's fine if it's a 6 foot hose as typical...but these are 45 feet each...no discounts... I went to a distributor of the JLG (OEM) lines and they are $150 each. So, saved a ton going with the factory replacement part.

But most of the time, it's way cheaper to assemble the hose locally and not have to wait for the factory one.
Exactly my friend!!! I made this post to let fellow rvíers that you donít necessarily have to buy expensive oem parts when there are options out there and you do the research! It also helped that I do have a full metal and fabrication shop at work with access to hydraulic hose making equipment.. but in your case, you were able to find a shop that did the work fairly cheap compared to manufacturer cost.
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