John E Davies Posted May 4, 2020 Share Posted May 4, 2020 (edited) If you plan to learn, you might as well get the correct tools. I strongly recommend the stainless pex clamps instead of the copper rings. They are WAY easier to install, they are very simple to remove with the twist of a flat screwdriver (you have to chisel or saw a copper ring off - that will make you swear) and you can buy the crimp tool and a good assortment of rings and a few plastic elbows and splices at Home Depot for under $75. Another advantage is that these parts are perfect for use around the home and for underground irrigation connections. The ratcheting tool is easy to use and won’t release until there is the correct tension. I find it impossible to crimp a big 1” ring by hand (I am a little feeble) but it is simple enough to slide a steel tube over each handle for extra leverage. The smaller rings are no worries. https://www.sharkbite.com/products/pex-clamp-tool (HD has this for $53.) https://www.sharkbite.com/products/stainless-steel-clamp-ring (Most Ollie lines are 1/2” with a very few 3/4” ones.) You will also need a pex tube cutter, so that the end is square and not crushed. HD sells 5 and 10 foot lengths of tubing for dirt cheap, or you can have an Ace Hardware employee cut whatever length you need off the big rolls. Pex is good stuff, I used to really like copper but this has so many advantages. Finally.... if you decide to move the check valves, make sure the lines that go from them to the fill ports will gravity drain - no weird humps or loops that could trap water, it should all dribble out the fitting. I think this might be a reason why Oliver installs them so close to the outside.... Please, post some pictures of the repair, I have never even looked under that floor area. John Davies Spokane WA Edited May 4, 2020 by John E Davies 1 "Mouse": 2017 Legacy Elite II NARV (Not An RV) Two Beds, Hull Number 218, See my HOW TO threads: https://olivertraveltrailers.com/topic/john-e-davies-how-to-threads-and-tech-articles-links/ Tow Vehicle: 2013 Land Cruiser 200, 33" LT tires, airbags, Safari snorkel. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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