I need to replace the 3" Bristol waste valve on my black tank. I see a lot of places selling the Valterra Bladex valve and not many of the Bristol valves. I think Valterra makes the Bristol valves. Does anyone have any experience with using a Valterra valve instead of a Bristol valve?
2009 GMC 25000HD Short Bed 6.0 Gas Engine Crew Cab SLT 4x4
2008 Bigfoot 15C9.5FS
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I don't think they are part of the same company. Bristol is in Elkhart, and Valterra is in California. I bought a Bristol 1.5" valve and a Valterra one, and the Bristol body is thinner, but the seals protrude more. You might have a tight squeeze fitting the Valterra in there, I dunno. Valterra says theirs replace a Bristol. Well, everything lines up the same, but the width might depend on if you have any wiggle room.
I bought the Bristol at Pontiac RV in Pontiac, IL. They are on the web, I think. Didn't notice if they had any 3 inchers.
Lube up the mating surfaces with petroleum jelly or bearing grease to make it easier to slide in without distorting the seals.