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Posted: 03/24/20 05:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been having trouble with cable and valve leaking.
Took belly off once to deal with cable. Now valve leaking. Thinking if I have to take belly off again perhaps I should go electric.

Are they trouble free?


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Posted: 03/24/20 06:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bending over to pull the handle sideways made me get an electric one on our last TT some years ago. It worked very well and stayed on the TT when we traded it in.





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I have visions of the valve shorting out and opening while rolling down the road. And, of course, there will be a police car behind you when it happens. [emoticon]

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Posted: 03/24/20 06:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I can’t pull the black tank valve, it’s time to stop RVing...even if I still owe my soul to the company store.


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Posted: 03/24/20 06:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't see where an electric valve would be more trouble free than a cable or direct mechanical manual valve.. They all wear out or have issues.

Perhaps time to see if you could relocate valve to a easier to get to location in order to eliminate the cable?

Alternate would be use a standard manual valve but attach a sturdy metal rod to the pull handle and bring that out to a location you can get to.. That would get rid of the flimsy cable setup..

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Absolutely worth it, in a number of scenerios. Our gauges are in the coach the valves in the bay. Need to wire gauges to a set in the bay.
But why just stop at black tank...which requires flushing by connecting a hose to the flush vale for both tanks an switching between tanks.If I was younger I would have remote controls to servos on black, gray, and fresh water fill/and supply switch valves..as well as aux water connection to flush valve.
one of it is hard to lay out just require a clean sheet of paper while looking at the plumbing and where to mount the servos/switches in the bay and power supply and remote switches inside where the gauges are. I imagine a Prevost conversion has all that all that already.
I have had to open the gray and black and flush them on a dark and stormy night and twern't any fun atall!

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Posted: 03/24/20 08:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Seems to me this was recently discussed and I commented that the electric valve should have a manual override just in case.


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Posted: 03/24/20 08:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Electric dump valves were standard on my twelve year old fifth Wheel. They are outstanding when they work, not so good otherwise. They can be overridden with a 1/8" hex key which requires crawling under the trailer. Not the most fun at a dump station.

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Posted: 03/24/20 08:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

gbopp wrote:

I have visions of the valve shorting out and opening while rolling down the road. And, of course, there will be a police car behind you when it happens. [emoticon]
That's why it is required by law to have a cap on the end of the pipe.
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Posted: 03/25/20 05:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you don’t have an electric dump valve, how are you going to dump your black tank while crossing a bridge over the Chicago River? Those poor people on the boat below! [emoticon]

Look out below!

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