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Old 06-05-2012, 01:44 PM   #1
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Water Lines and connections

Our 25 RKS has Apix water lines and special crimped fittings that need a special tool. I wonder if all Jayco's are made this way. A local dealer showed me compression fittings they use and they do not require any special tools. They have a ring that you just pull back and insert water line and let the ring pop back out to secure. These would seem to be a lot easier to work with if they're any good. Has anyone ever used these or know about them?
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Old 06-05-2012, 02:38 PM   #2
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http://www.sharkbiteplumbing.com/kits

Sharkbite connectors may be another. I think the ones on my trailer are Appolo but not sure. They all pass the test from what I know. There is lots info on the web about these systems and how they differ. the ones I see on Jaycos have the aluminum ring that needs to be crimped with a special tool.
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Old 06-05-2012, 03:00 PM   #3
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Actually, it's a steel ring. The rings are cheap, the tool to crimp them is about $50, then you can fix your own plumbing! Whoo Whoo!
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Old 06-05-2012, 05:50 PM   #4
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Compare the crimp ring with a Sharkbite connector and you may understand why they don't use them.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:02 PM   #5
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Our local Home Depot stocks a lot of PEX and SharkBite components. I haven't used the SharkBite because of cost, but the PEX ain't cheap either, but it is easy to work with.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:12 PM   #6
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Your right, Home Depot sells the tool in a kit for 39.00 and it comes with several stainless steel rings. I'd like to put a "T" in the sink line so I can attach a line to hook up the tornado black tank flush tool. I'll send it down thru the toilet rather than risk a leak going the other way.
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Old 06-08-2012, 11:18 AM   #7
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Sounds like the plain old quick push-on fittings we use at work for air lines on machinery. Menards has some and you can get them from McMaster-Carr or your local industrial fluid power supply house. SMC, Legris, Festo, and many others.
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I had to change the valve for the hot water feed. I do not have the words to explain the joy I had undertaking this task, 6 foot 3, 250lbs curled up under a sink ribs dug into a cabinet frame..... oh what fun.
Grinding off the clamp ring worked, but difficult, I did try to find the right tool, but no luck, until two weeks after the job was done. The tool looks like a bolt cutter, I think a bolt cutter would work.
After the valve was out, the Sharkbite valve worked perfectly, until I realized the replacement valve was longer than the original, so I had to cut down the water line. So I could have just cut the line, avoiding the grinding, and installed the new valve in no more than two minutes.
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