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RedRaider44

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Posted: 02/11/08 09:24am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As I sit here thinking about de-winterizing shortly, I would like to know if anyone has replaced their low-point drain valves with something more user friendly. I have to empty my storage under my bunk bed, crawl into the storage area with a flashlight and a pair or needle nose pliers, and pull the clips and plugs to drain the water lines. Reassembling the clips and plugs into the valves is not that big a problem, but a simple on/off valve would be easier. If anyone has made this modification, chime in. I'm open to all suggestions. Thanks, Steven


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My low point drains hang outside the TT right by the I-beam. I can empty them from outside and dont have to do it from inside. Maybe if you extended them so the valve or plugs hung below the TT it might help. I just lean down and take out the plugs and done. I know some people that have put valves on them so they did not have to take the plugs out. May make life easier.

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My low point drains hang outside the trailer and have caps on them. I replaced the caps with ball valves. Works great.


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Mine have screw on caps on them and though I haven't replaced them yet I've certainly considered it. Let us know what you do and I'll do the same when I replace mine.


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Posted: 02/11/08 09:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

FloridaNative wrote:

I replaced the caps with ball valves. Works great.


Thanks, great idea!

Ours hang outside also.


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Stephen, I have the same low point drains on my 2005 Eagle TT. The only time you have to remove the clips is when you want to pull the plunger out that has the O ring on it. You do this when you have trash in the water line inside the valve that got there the last time you closed it. Now, the valve seeps water out on the ground.

I had one that leaked, pulled it and it had a 1" long blade of grass inside the valve that I had to fish out with a wire. It was preventing the O ring from properly seating.

Normally to use, just put 1 finger under each side and lift straight up. You will some pressure against it as you pull it up and will hear a clicking sound when it pops loose. When done push it back down and you will hear the same clicking sound again. The sound comes from the plastic push rod contacting the metal retaining clip at the top of valve as it travels up and down.

The newer Jayco TT and 5W I have seen now have a 1/4 turn petcock on the outside just below where the line comes out of the floor.

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I also installed valves on my low point drains. I now use drains as hose bibs to provide water when outside. Sure beats going inside just for water. Hot & cold water connections made easy.






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Thanks for all the replies.
LEC, I was under the impression I needed to pull the clips to release the plugs. I will do what you suggested next time, and just pull the plugs up without pullling the clips out. I learn something every day from this forum.

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My 2006 JayFeather has low-point drain valves under the side of the trailer. Very convenient.

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RedRaider,

My neighbor is a plumber and an RVer. The first thing he told me to do was change my low point drains to ball valves. Bought them at Home Depot for less than $10 each. I also installed one on my fresh water tank for when I want to drain it as well. They are quick and easy.

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