I have a 2006 Pleasure Way Van. I went to dump the tanks and discovered a problem. The grey tank and valve system worked fine. The black system was another story.
When all hooked up and starting to pull the valve handle, the normal rush of water was not heard. I usually pull slowly at first, basically to be sure all is properly hooked up. This way, if all is not okay, I'll be able to stop and fix the problem. Anyway, as I was slowly pulling, I just kept on pulling until the valve handle and the attached rod came all the way out of the van. There was still no sound of the black tank emptying. I looked at the rod and it was straight, with a smooth end. It doesn't appear to ever have been bent either and doesn't look as though it broke off from something.
Questions: does this end of the rod attach to something on the other end? Will I need to replace the whole valve system? If something broke off, will I need to watch out for it in case it will cause damage later on?
Now for the EEEWWWW factor, I checked the toilet and peering down the tank was empty. I don't know where the stuff went. The grey tank was successfully emptied at the dump site.
If yours was manufactured like our RV, that rod "snaps" into a socket on the valve. Pull too hard and it comes out. On our trailer, this is all hidden from view.
After dropping the plastic covering the RV bottom, I prevented it from happening again by putting a very small hose clamp on the rod inside where it comes through the frame so that the hose clamp hits before the rod is pulled enough to come off of the valve.
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My last Roadtrek ('02 C190P) used a long extension rod that ran across the underside of the van for each tank's dump valve... dump valves located at the tanks, on the right side of the van, handles located on the left side. The rods were threaded on the ends. One end went in to the pull handle. The other into a long nut that connected it to the original rod that was part of the valve and connected to the valve's moving gate. IIRC, the proper term in hardware-speak for the 'long nut' is a 'ferrule'.
My handle developed a lot of slack, so I crawled under and found that the long rod had come almost unscrewed from the nut. A dab of blue Loctite put things right.
All I can say from this experience is to look really close at the end that came out from under the van and see if maybe it's threaded.
Jim, " 'Creativity is the art of hiding your sources."
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I'll take another look at the rod. I think I was more surprised by the fact that the rod kept coming out than anything. If that's not the case, I'll see about replacing both valve systems now and be done with it.
I have a 2003 RT and I had a similar problem with my black valve too. Pulled it and the whole rod came out of the valve. From what I could see, it couldn't be screwed in since the rod broke off from the valve. I had to get the valve replaced by a mobile RV technician in Rapid City. , I had the grey tank valve replaced the same time as well.