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Old 11-17-2005, 02:59 PM   #15
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Something else that will help is hot water. Boil water and soak the end of the tubing (only) for a minute or two. Barb fitting will slide in easier. Not as hot as a hair drier but a little conservative.

Also, dish soap will lubricate some. I would dilute the soap a little in freshwater. Put this on the fitting barb. You just want some help and you want the water to evaporate and leave very little soap behind. They sell a soap for this sort of thing at West Marine but I think its just dilluted dish soap.
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Old 11-17-2005, 05:22 PM   #16
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Also, dish soap will lubricate some.* I would dilute the soap a little in freshwater.* Put this on the fitting barb.* You just want some help and you want the water to evaporate and leave very little soap behind.* They sell a soap for this sort of thing at West Marine but I think its just dilluted dish soap.
Just throwing something out here and each of you can decide

When I was learning all about this type of plumbing, there were two things the RV service person told me not to do: One one use teflon tape and the other was soap. He then told me to use the hair dryer. FWIW
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As Steve mentioned, too much lubrication is bad. Many years ago, I used soap and water to put the foam tubing grips on my bike handlebars, and one time (they wear out, I had to replace them) I used too much soap. Whenever my hands got sweaty the grips started moving around. Remove, clean, reinstall...

I would rather heat with water than with hot air, because I know it won't hurt the tubing (it is plumbing, after all) and I know the temperature cannot exceed the boiling point. As Steve said, more conservative.

Teflon tape is for pipe-style tapered threaded joints, in which the threads themselves need to be sealed. As far as I know, it is not used with compression fittings, or with anything which is not threaded.
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Old 07-08-2016, 01:17 PM   #18
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Does anyone have the owners manual for the one shown in post #2? Looked on internet and can't find anything. Any help would be appreciated.
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Try going to the camco. RV Site, they sell two types, single and dual valve. The dual valve allows you to fill the hot water lines as well but without filling the water heater
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Generally the handle points in the direction of water flow
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I concur... that while my "Bypass" valve doesnt look exactly like that one, when you want water to flow into the water heater, the handle turns 90 deg and is then parallel to the "cold" water inlet pipe.

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My 2004 Scamp came with a shutoff on the inlet to the hot water tank.
This is all that is needed to isolate the tank for winterization.
Yours doesn't have a shutoff?
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My 2004 Scamp came with a shutoff on the inlet to the hot water tank.
This is all that is needed to isolate the tank for winterization.
Yours doesn't have a shutoff?
Floyd is there a check valve on the hot water side of the tank ?
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Floyd is there a check valve on the hot water side of the tank ?
There is no check valve, but there are faucet valves which Isolate the hot water lines.
When winterizing, you flush the cold water until you have "pink in the sink".
With the hot water tank drained, you simply open the hot water faucet at the sink , hold your hand over the spigot and open the cold water faucet.
This will flush the hot water lines back into the tank, clearing the lines with anti-freeze. repeat at each sink/shower.
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There is no check valve, but there are faucet valves which Isolate the hot water lines.
When winterizing, you flush the cold water until you have "pink in the sink".
With the hot water tank drained, you simply open the hot water faucet at the sink , hold your hand over the spigot and open the cold water faucet.
This will flush the hot water lines back into the tank, clearing the lines with anti-freeze. repeat at each sink/shower.
Thank you for the information
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