Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-07-2014, 04:48 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
venice , Florida
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 10
Leaking fresh water pipe leaks

I just bought a new to me 1997 legend. So far so good. The frige works well so we moved on to the fresh water system. Put in the bleach to sanitize the system. Fired up the pump and found several leaks in the copper supply line under the sink. Looks like the may have split when freezing.
Here is my question. How difficult is it to replace the existing copper with pex. Since I don't know if there are leaks where can't see. Is this a DIY job or do I need to take it to a service center.
Thanks
Mark
__________________

__________________
markgillett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2014, 05:05 PM   #2
retired USA/USAF

 
2001 30' Excella
Somerset , New Jersey
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,157
Pex is easy to work with and if you can pull the new flexible pex through you can crimp the connections easily. I think they run the lines along the outside and through a channel under the floor so access is the issue. Choose the pex connector you want to use but access will be the issue so far as I can tell. You may need to disassemble some of your interior to provide access.
__________________

__________________
Roger in NJ

" Democracy is the worst form of government. Except for all the rest"
Winston Churchill 1948

TAC - NJ 18

polarlyse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2014, 08:56 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
J. Morgan's Avatar

 
1972 31' Sovereign
1975 31' Excella 500
Currently Looking...
Benton , Arkansas
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 5,046
Images: 11
Leaking fresh water pipe leaks

Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAirstream Forums1412776310.145169.jpg
Views:	106
Size:	845.5 KB
ID:	223953Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAirstream Forums1412776339.889246.jpg
Views:	105
Size:	792.3 KB
ID:	223954

I was able to install PEX in my 75 in about a day. It was made easier by planning the install so that the crimps can be made in easily accessible areas.

You will not regret moving to PEX.

PEX is easy, cheap, and wonderfully effective.

Taking things apart to get good access is the hardest part of the job, but you have this problem whether you use PEX or not.
__________________
The fact that I am opinionated does not presuppose that I am wrong......

J. Morgan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2014, 10:16 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,814
Images: 12
On a 97 the only copper you should have would be the actual supply lines to the faucet itself. Remove the faucet and make the repairs to the supply lines or just replace the faucet.

If the supply tubes froze odds are the faucet is cracked

You will need a basin wrench to get the faucet out.
__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2014, 11:59 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
AnnArborBob's Avatar
 
2014 27' FB Eddie Bauer
Chelsea , Michigan
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 1,769
Images: 12
The good news is that Airstream interiors are put together mostly with screws and pop rivets so anything can be removed to gain access to the plumbing and then replaced. Since the plumbing is run mostly inside the trailer cabinetry or in the belly pan, there should not be any need to remove sections of the interior skin to gain access. Also, as previously indicated, PEX is flexible so it can often be "snaked" through some of the tight spots.

If you are handy and patient, debugging the fresh water system and repairing/replacing the leaky supply lines should be quite doable.

Good luck!
__________________
Bob Martel
WBCCI# 5766
AnnArborBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2014, 03:33 PM   #6
1 Rivet Member
 
venice , Florida
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by HowieE View Post
On a 97 the only copper you should have would be the actual supply lines to the faucet itself. Remove the faucet and make the repairs to the supply lines or just replace the faucet.

If the supply tubes froze odds are the faucet is cracked

You will need a basin wrench to get the faucet out.
Thank you very much. I found it leaking on my first test. Went back today and found it is as you say. The copper only from the filter to a small faucet on the sink and is on the supply line to the main faucet. I think I will replace the faucet rather than try to repair it and replace the copper to the filtered water with a plastic.
Thank you for your response. I have many more questions on this as it is my first AS. I know the refrigerator works and a bottle of water is frozen solid in the freezer. On to the water heater and the furnace. Air con blows cold air.
__________________

__________________
markgillett is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"leaking pipe" problem or nightmare? doctormark Plumbing - Systems & Fixtures 4 07-24-2009 03:26 PM
grey pipe connector leaking Puck & Gumby Fresh Water Systems 12 04-23-2009 10:40 AM
Leaks, Leaks and more leaks Jim in Pima Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 5 12-12-2007 12:23 PM
Leaks, leaks, leaks jeffnjen30 Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 8 08-28-2007 12:03 AM
leaks leaks leaks Globie64 Leaks - Weatherstrips, Gaskets, Caulks & Sealants 10 12-31-2005 06:49 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.