So, I connect my hose to the new trailer and power that sucker up... glub glub gurgle.. the fine sound of water running up my hose and into my trailer.
I run up to the trailer to try it out.... and hear a loud trickle from the bathroom. Did I leave a faucet open?
No.. the hose to the toilet has fallen off the stupid compression fitting to the ball valve at the barb end and is dumping water all over the floor. No biggie, it's the bathroom. It has a drain.. thats what it's for. 'Cept my new carpet and trash can are on the floor.. no biggie, they can dry out.
I go shut the water off. How hard can it be to reattach the barbed end to the supply hose, tighten the clamp, and get on with life?
Well, this is where it starts going downhill. The danged barb is on a PVC compression fitting screwed onto the ball valve assembly.. UNDER AND BEHIND THE TOILET. AND.. somehow, the compression end has come dislodged from the nut. Instead of the hose disconnecting from the fitting, the fitting has disconnected from the nut.
Must get fitting back into nut. Easier said than done. and iffy at best, compression fittings don't like to be compressed twice. Sometimes it works, sometimes it looses its seal and your have to get a new one.
So.. I try anyway...I am hopefull.. ' cept...There is absolutely NO room to get into this thing to remove the nut from above the toilet, and it is darned hard to get in from the sides. Plus, there is no tool that is going to have that wide a diameter as the nut AND be able to fit into this space from underneath and jammed against the back wall. They had to have fastened it at the factory BEFORE the bath/shower assembly walls were installed
I manage to lay over the top of the toilet and "Hug" the danged thing, letting my arms fall
behind and then creep back up towards the nut, which I can't see, with a cresent wrench, trying to loosen it with the tip of the wrench, cause there sure is no room to get in there sideways and properly. I am glad no one walked in on me, all they would have seen was my backside up in the air and heard strange foul language coming from behind the toilet. They would have thought it was the toilet from hell.. chanting bad things while trying to eat me.
After a billion turns this way, at about a centimeter a turn, and with my ribs crushed, I manage to loosen it enough to twist is off with my fingers. Not easy to do with a cramp in your wrist.
OK. the nut is off, all I have to do is get the fitting out of the supply hose and stick it back in there. Or.. I should say, get the manly nieghbor to do it, as I can't budge the thing even using explosives.
Okey dokey.. The fitting is out, the nut exposed.. and how the heck does this thing fit in here. Well, nothing a hammer can't fix, so thats what I did. Looks like a proper compression fitting to me, time to put it back on the toilet.
I reverse the whole process, taking another billion turns to get the nut tightened, put soap on the barbed end and re attach, tightening the hose clamp and hoping I have done OK.
Turn the water back on.. OK, it works somewhat now, the toilet flushes and there is only a small squirt and waterfall coming from the compression fitting. Off it comes again, and off to the Ace Hardware and pig feed store here in Mayberry.
They don't have a compression nut that size, but they look at it and determine it's a toilet fitting for an RV. (Brilliant guys they are.. and they figured that out in meer minutes after I told them what it was) Billy Bob measures ten times and comes up with an idea.. take a filler tube and nut assembly for a toilet, cut one end off and jam an oversized barb into it after running the tube under hot water for 20 minutes.
OK, I take this rube goldberg thing home and put the other end of the barbed fitting into my hose with a drop of dish soap, not 20 minutes of hot water.
Great! Yay! The compression nut has thumb tabs, so I don't have to assume the position and use the stupid cresent wrench again. EXCEPT.. It's the wrong size!.. Back to the store. Hmnn, that shoulda worked he says. I took the fitting and showed him it was 3/4 inch and not 5/8th like the one I have. (I should have checked, I know).
Well, this is a dilema.. lets try O rings and thread tape. EXCEPT, you can't get the the threads on the ball valve to PUT the tape on.. not enough room to wind it.
I try the O rings on thier own, going through the same dance to get it back on as before. Well, that worked, and only a couple drops a minute come out from the top of the nut
I think the compression has decompressed.. I let it drip a little so I could check the rest of the water system.. which all works well, shower, sinks, hot water heater YAY!!!
No drips under the trailer.. tomorrow I try draining the tanks
Does anyone know what fitting I need for this thing? It's from a La Toilet, and Valterra does not seem to sell the nut and fitting..
What to do???