Fresh water system construction - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Escape Systems | Water, Waste, Charging & Propane
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-06-2014, 08:54 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Trailer: 2014 17b/RAV4 (sold) 2012 Chevy Colorado
Posts: 421
Fresh water system construction

I understand that PEX is used for construction. Are the joints "compression" or "sharkbite" fittings? I have been reading on other forums that the PEX lines and compression fittings can freeze and thaw without damage, but the sharkbite fittings fail.

thanks all
__________________

yardsale is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2014, 09:08 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
techfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Longview, WA, Washington
Trailer: 2013 Escape 15B - 2014 Nissan Frontier SL
Posts: 858
ETI uses the compression fittings for the very reasons you mention. Look at the recent posts on toilet leaking and you will see the picture I posted. It makes the toilet mod more difficult because most of us do not have the compression tool.
__________________

__________________
Tim and Julie
2013 Escape 15B
2014 Nissan Frontier, Previous 2012 Santa Fe
techfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2014, 09:53 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: N/A, Indiana
Trailer: Escape
Posts: 931
Pex compression ( threaded 3 part) or crimp fittings for joints ?
__________________
"Never argue with an idiot. They only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience." George Carlin
Jubal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2014, 10:35 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Dave Walter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 2013 Escape 19 & 15B
Posts: 1,872
Quote:
Originally Posted by techfan View Post
ETI uses the compression fittings for the very reasons you mention. Look at the recent posts on toilet leaking and you will see the picture I posted. It makes the toilet mod more difficult because most of us do not have the compression tool.
You can rent the pex compression/crimper tool at most of the building supply stores around here for about $10/day. I did that about 5 or 6 times before I eventually bought the tool for about $80. Pex is so easy to work with. Anyone with a minimum level of mechanical skills would have no problems at all.
__________________
2013-19' & 2013-15B {avg is two 17's}, towed by 2011 Toyota FJ Cruiser

"It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it." - 1907, Maurice Switzer
Dave Walter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2014, 12:49 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1700
Posts: 9,041
Quote:
Originally Posted by yardsale View Post
I understand that PEX is used for construction. Are the joints "compression" or "sharkbite" fittings?
I think it's pretty rare to find the o-ring sealed fittings (such as Sharkbite) except in repairs and retrofits. Any factory installation (like original building construction) typically uses less expensive, less bulky, and more reliable connections with clamps over barbs (or in the case of some PEX connections now, the PEX is just stretched over a barb); compression fittings are a more expensive but solid option that is used mostly with valves or other fittings that may need to be changed later.

This looks like a decent explanation: PEX Information
Brian B-P is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2014, 03:53 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Burlington, Vermont
Trailer: 2014 17b/RAV4 (sold) 2012 Chevy Colorado
Posts: 421
Good news from my perspective. To satisfy myself, I am going to purchase a small piece with a fitting, then fill with water and place in freezer. Results to follow. My fantasy is that simply draining the fresh water lines will suffice when we plan on being away from the trailer for 4 days at a time next winter.
yardsale is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2014, 06:42 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Jrn56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Trailer: 2013 Escape 19
Posts: 365
What is the best type of connection for a water shut valve in the trailer. I want to add a shut off valve for the toilet?
__________________
John and Brenda
Cottage Grove, MN
Jrn56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2014, 06:46 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 11,933
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jrn56 View Post
What is the best type of connection for a water shut valve in the trailer. I want to add a shut off valve for the toilet?
I would use crimp connectors with an inline ball valve.
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2014, 09:01 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Jrn56's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Trailer: 2013 Escape 19
Posts: 365
Thanks Jim!
__________________

__________________
John and Brenda
Cottage Grove, MN
Jrn56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.