Originally Posted by sardine
I am going to replace all plumbing in 73 sovreign. Need to hear a little about "pex" plumbing . Cost ,where to get, special tool needs , Otherwise I will be forced to go with copper,pvc. or combo , what is best ,
I replaced ALL of the plumbing in my Argosy. I have done this one three other Argosys' as well.
The cost will be based upon a number of things:
Will you use all PEX or some PEX and CPVC?
How many fittings are needed?
Will you use the QEST compression fittings or the crimp fittings?
I can tell you that I used CPVC anywhere I had straight runs. I used stand household glue-type fittings that were readily available at Lowe's.
Lowe's also has the LARGEST selection of PEX compression fittings I have found ANYWHERE! The compression fittings will connect PEX, CPVC and PEX to any of those as well. I actually left my original city water supply line at the back of the trailer. I used a QEST compression fitting to connect to CPVC from the copper.
The compression fittings are pricey. They average $4 each.
The copper fittings require the use of a PEX crimp tool. The fittings are about $1.50 each. The crimping tool can be rented from a good ACE Hardware for about $15/day plus a $50 deposit. If you buy the crimping tool it will run you about $200 for a somewhat decent tool. For one job, it is not worth buying it.
I replaced all of the faucet supply lines with short metal-braided flex lines to make it easier to access the connections when I want to replace the faucet, etc...
The average cost of the job should be right around $100-$200 depending upon the type of fittings you use. My last one ran me right at $100 using a combination of CPVC and PEX for the lines. I used crimp fittings where I could crimp them and compression fittings in places that I could not get the crimp tool into.
If you would like pictures of what I did, let me know. I will gladly take them and post them on the thread or in my photos section.
Good luck with your plumbing! It will be one less thing that you have to worry about.