Water supply is essential for us. We need fresh water for countless tasks in our everyday life, from personal hygiene to cleaning the house. However, we only notice how important it is when we run out of it, like when the system is going through maintenance tasks, and we have to collect water.
In an RV, our water supply is limited from the beginning; we have to rely on its built-in tanks. As a result, the situation becomes even more challenging when our RV has a problem with that supply. This article is going to help you deal with water line clamps, which is a common problem in an RV.
What RV Water Line Clamps Are For
Those items are essential in the RV’s system for water supply. In general, they are rings that you can find in multiple sizes. You can attach them to polyethylene or PEX pipes to secure them in the water distribution system. PEX is the most common material used in RV pipes these days. The main reason is that they have achieved a satisfactory balance between flexibility and affordability.
Types of Water Line Connection
When you install a water system in an RV, it is important to properly connect the pipes because of what was mentioned in the paragraph above: preventing leaks. There are two main procedures for that: using stainless steel clamp rings (clamping) or copper crimp rings (crimping). Let’s take a look.
When to Remove RV Water Line Clamps
Basically, they are a key point to inspect when you notice a problem in your RV’s water distribution. For example, leaks are a rather common problem caused mostly by neglected maintenance. If that happens to you, you will need a clamping tool to remove the pipe clamps. While there are multiple sizes for pipes and clamps, the good news is that the same clamping tool can work on any of them.
How to Remove RV Water Line Clamps
There is another way to do that task. You could proceed by loosening the clamp’s covers using a screwdriver of the flathead type – the flatter the head, the more effective it will be. You will need to carefully twist in between the clamp’s lock. Once you make the clamps loose, you can simply slip them off the pipe. Do not misplace any clamps because you will need to reconnect them later.
The type of clamp you use will depend on the size and type of water line you are using. If you are using a small diameter water line, you can use a worm gear clamp. If you are using a larger diameter water line, you should use a T-bolt clamp.
You should check the clamps periodically to make sure they are tight and not leaking. If you have a worm gear clamp, it is a good idea to check it every few months. If you have a T-bolt clamp, you can check it every six months or so.
If your RV water line is leaking at the clamp, you will need to remove the clamp and then reattach it using a new clamp. Be sure to check all of the other clamps on your RV to make sure they are tight and not leaking.