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Old 07-17-2015, 07:40 AM   #11
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I carry Teflon tape for dealing threaded connections and a roll of emergency pipe wrap to temporarily seal leaking or cracked pipes to tie me over till I get home to do the repairs.
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Old 07-17-2015, 08:14 AM   #12
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I recently started carrying a couple of the shark bites (straight coupler, 90*, and faucet fitting) and a section of pex as well. This is after having 2 of the plastic fittings crack on our current '01. Luckily we caught both (two different events) when we first turned the water in.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:16 AM   #13
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^^This^^ Idea ^^


A few connectors: elbows and splicers with several feet of PEX and the tools to the work will allow you to keep rolling on an extended excursion.


For those of us doing extended weekends... the rubber wrap to stop a leak in the field and proper repair when we get home.
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Old 07-17-2015, 03:03 PM   #14
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I dont keep a "plumbing" kit, but do keep a bunch of misc parts and pieces in the camper in case of emergency (including wheel bearings and seal). One year we were camping at a northern michigan state park with electric only hook up. The fw tank was full and pump on. While sitting at the campfire next door, we heard a pop and water running and found that my "check valve" in the city water connection blew out and the pump was pumping all the water out of the camper. A quick trip (30 miles away) to walmart on a sunday evening to purchase a gardern hose Y adaptor with shut off valves was enough to get me by until I got home to replace the entire piece.
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Many great suggestions and ideas for things to consider - I appreciate everyone's input. I'll look over my plumbing a bit closer and see what might apply and equip accordingly. Since I did have one small leak shortly after purchase (was fixed under warranty right away) I do feel like having a few simple things on hand is probably a good idea.

In regards to the PEX fittings - has anybody switched to or used a standard hose clamp instead of the PEX crimps? If that would work in a pinch then it might be worthwhile to have a few of those on hand.
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I don't think a standard hose clamp will work with the PEX. BUT... I have swapped out a PEX line for a reinforced flexible line and used hose clamps on that. I was recently told the hose clamps are not rated for the possible pressure the water may have, but I do use a pressure regulator (fixed Camco model) when hooked up to water. Haven't had an issue w/ the pump causing a leak either (knock on wood! Lol).
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Old 07-18-2015, 06:25 PM   #18
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I have a small PEX crimper, all I need is directions to Lowes!
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I have a small PEX crimper, all I need is directions to Lowes!
I never got the small crimper to work properly. The connections always leaked.

I spent the serious buck$ and got the 3' pliers-type. Much better.
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:45 AM   #20
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If you want to buy the tool, get a good one, and then all you need are a handful of fittings and crimp rings.

I carry a set of shark bite fittings for temporary repairs. A 90, a coupling, a tee, and a plug, and about 18" of tubing. That should allow me to repair any two broken fittings it a split line long enough to finish out a trip, and don't require any expensive tools beyond a Pocketknife.
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