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  1. When I was crawling around in the back of my Coachmen Class C the other day I noticed that the water system in this thing is fitted with the dreaded "PEX" style water lines. Has anybody ever had problems with these lines leaking? Ever replaced them with CPVC? As a side note, I also noticed that the fresh water holding tank feed line has been cut and capped on both the tank and system sides, which leads me to wonder whether or not the tank has a leak in it. The fresh water fill line had also been disconnected from the tank. Rather scary, as the fill line is awfully close to the AC converter!! I could see a major catastrophe happening had I tried to fill the tank!!
  2. I'd noticed that the plumbing manifold had some rusty hardware, and was dripping. Actually, the first impression was that the Aqua Hot on the opposite side of the coach was dripping; but, good detective work and a drop light led me back to the true source: the Manabloc manifold. I'll spare you all the trials of rebuilding the manifold, replacing connectors, etc. and skip to the end: someone had not properly winterized the rig, and there are tiny cracks from freezing in the top of the stack. To the rescue came Louise Stout at Viega, who now owns the Manabloc name. She can be reached at 800-976-9819 Ext 220 and is one of those rare treasures we in the RV community love to have working on our side. Foremost, she told me that creativity on my part to undo the damage done by RV technicians' cross-threading the cold water supply line would parallel their own level of poor methods: it turns out that the threads atop Manabloc manifolds are NOT the standard plumbing variety, that they are a proprietary pitch. She referred me to Pex Supply equpping me with a part number (46414) for the correct 1" female connector that joins up to 3/4" Pex. Then, she looked up my manifold model number in their computer, pronounced it a rarity no longer in production -- heck, my RV is only a 2007 model -- and put in a work order for their shop to custom-build me its replacement. For $140, I get a new manifold and all outlet connections. Maintenance Recommendation Checking the plumbing manifold should be part of your monthly inspection routine. Open up the plumbing bay and inspect the floor for water. If power has been off the rig, rusty hardware might be the sole indication of leakage. Check under the rig for signs of long term leakage. Painted garage floors will have a telltale halo that indicates a leak/evaporation cycle. Touch the top of the manifold to ensure the recessed aren't harboring water. Check outlet fittings for security and leakage. Inspect manifold hardware for signs of moisture, eg rust.
  3. From the album: Manabloc Plumbing Manifold

    The Manabloc manifold is now made by Viega, but this model has been taken out of production. It is not designed to be taken apart and maintained; but, I split it open, cleaned and lubricated all O-rings, installed new threaded rod connectors, and torqued the assembly to perfect water tightness. Then, I found small cracks from old freeze damage radiating from the hot water supply... This entire assembly is now a paperweight.
  4. From the album: Manabloc Plumbing Manifold

    Either a dealer or the former owner neglected to drain and winterize the plumbing during cold weather; the entire plumbing bay shows signs of long-term leakage. Here is the source of it all: the hot water supply coupling of the Manabloc MXBD1B-14C2 manifold.
  5. From the album: Beaver Maintenance

    The Manabloc manifold is now made by Viega, but this model has been taken out of production. It is not designed to be taken apart and maintained; but, I split it open, cleaned and lubricated all O-rings, installed new threaded rod connectors, and torqued the assembly to perfect water tightness. Then, I found small cracks from old freeze damage radiating from the hot water supply... This entire assembly is now a paperweight.
  6. From the album: Beaver Maintenance

    Either a dealer or the former owner neglected to drain and winterize the plumbing during cold weather; the entire plumbing bay shows signs of long-term leakage. Here is the source of it all: the hot water supply coupling of the Manabloc MXBD1B-14C2 manifold.
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