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Old 02-04-2020, 10:29 AM   #1
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Picking up new old Argosy. Wasn't winterized. Plumbing help

Have been camping many years with modern campers..
Weee, he were go, bought a '77 Argosy 24 twin bed!

Early stages of research since we won't be picking her up until tomorrow. Don't have any idea what I have in store to find and repair plumbing leaks yet. Thought some on here would have tricks and tips for plumbing leak repairs and obvious vs hidden spots to check. Is everyone converting to pex? Will I be gutting pretty deep or are pipes somewhat accessible? Fresh tank up front correct? Sink on opposite side of entrance door so plumbing will all be down one side of the camper I imagine. Love to hear whatever you have to offer.
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All the plumbing should be above the floor and accessible. Plan on removing all the copper and replace with pex. I would go with different colors for hot and cold lines. It will make things easier later. Hopefully your appliances were not damaged by the freeze. Water heater tanks can split and valves in toilets and crack.

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Old 02-04-2020, 11:31 AM   #3
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The water tank is up front and the water pump is in the street side corner. The city water connection is on the rear street side corner. There might still be a water pressure regulator above the floor where the city water comes up thru the floor. Water could have been left in the regulator and it could have frozen and burst.
My parents’ ‘75 28 had a tub/shower in the curb side rear corner. The copper tubing was behind the tub with no access to the corner. If you have similar set up, you might be able to use the copper to pull the pex around the tub.
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Good stuff. Thank you both.
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