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Old 08-19-2018, 04:35 PM   #1
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Grey tank valve busted

I decided to flush the grey water tank on my 17B, but when I went to empty, the rod had separated from the valve, so there was no way to open and drain. I took to a RV repair and had the valve replaced. He checked the black tank valve and replaced as well, it would not have lasted much longer. What a mess that would have been! So glad I found the problem while winterizing and not during travels. Something else to check on older trailers!
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Old 08-19-2018, 05:41 PM   #2
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12 years, not bad! Glad you found it when you did.

We weren’t so lucky a year ago when a jackrabbit made a very bad choice to check out our black valve while we were traveling at speed on a highway in the middle of Nowhere, AZ. Dump valve smashed and inoperative. Jackrabbit same. Black tank was full and toilet therefore inoperative. Found a sketchy RV repair place the next morning, conveniently also in Nowhere. Went for breakfast and when we came back we had new valves and a very surly RV mechanic. He explained that the valve had to be cut off because of...reasons. And then of course...full black tank. I did warn him. It wasn’t a surprise. Or shouldn’t have been. I thanked him profusely and gave him a generous tip, super, super grateful that I could pay him to do that particular job and not have to do it myself. Yuck 🤢

I must be getting “older”. I’m telling stories. Ok, where’s my chair in the porch?
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Old 08-19-2018, 08:56 PM   #3
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12 years, not bad! Glad you found it when you did.

We weren’t so lucky a year ago when a jackrabbit made a very bad choice to check out our black valve while we were traveling at speed on a highway in the middle of Nowhere, AZ. Dump valve smashed and inoperative. Jackrabbit same. Black tank was full and toilet therefore inoperative. Found a sketchy RV repair place the next morning, conveniently also in Nowhere. Went for breakfast and when we came back we had new valves and a very surly RV mechanic. He explained that the valve had to be cut off because of...reasons. And then of course...full black tank. I did warn him. It wasn’t a surprise. Or shouldn’t have been. I thanked him profusely and gave him a generous tip, super, super grateful that I could pay him to do that particular job and not have to do it myself. Yuck 🤢

I must be getting “older”. I’m telling stories. Ok, where’s my chair in the porch?

I’ve already had 6 glasses of water (2 more to go) and just poured a glass of red wine. I read this in mid-sip, and almost lost it on my IPad.
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So glad I found the problem while winterizing and not during travels.
Note to self: never live anywhere you have to winterize in August
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Replaced our cracked black tank valve earlier this year. Bought one on Amazon, kind of a PITA to install, not too bad. Bought a second one as a spare for our AK trip. Valve is in a vulnerable position easy to break.
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