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Old 12-18-2018, 04:24 PM   #1
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Fresh water tank drain dripping

We're getting ready for a Christmas trip and after filling the fresh water tank in our 19, I remembered that the drain valve is dripping. This has been dripping since the first time I filled the tank when we picked it up this past April but I keep forgetting about it.

This isn't earth shattering but it is very annoying as it appears to be a little worse now that the weather is a little cooler.

Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how did you fix it?

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Old 12-18-2018, 04:46 PM   #2
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I've not, but have you turned the valve a little this way and a little that?
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Old 12-18-2018, 05:15 PM   #3
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I had this problem, and as Glenn mentioned was solved by adjusting the position of the valve. Which reminds me, I was supposed to come up with a way to mark the off position so I wont have the same issue next time I drain the tank.
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I should have mentioned that. Yes, the valve will rotate 360 degrees. It's a pretty cheesy plastic valve. I'm assuming it's a little plastic cylinder, with a hole in it, that rotates in the plastic sleeve.

I haven't crawled under to look at it, hut it looks like I'd have to cut the insulation away to replace it.
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That cheesy valve has worked for me for ten years. Just turn it a bit this way or that way.
Should probably fix your profile too, since it appears you've picked up your trailer.
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Old 12-18-2018, 05:41 PM   #6
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I've tried it in every position around the clock. I just get varying flow rates from full open to a constant drip every couple of seconds.
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Old 12-18-2018, 06:41 PM   #7
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If replacing the valve isn't a good option, I'd try to finding a cork or similar for the hole. Maybe tie a cord to it so it doesn't get lost if it falls out.
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Sounds like something that should be covered under warranty. Either have a local RV repair shop fix it or find a mobile tech that can do the job in your driveway. For the latter, you'd probably have to pay for the house call but it would be done without loosing use of the trailer.
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Old 12-18-2018, 07:01 PM   #9
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The spigot unscrews. Had to remove mine to clean out sediment. Easy to replace, or you can get a plastic threaded plug, couple bucks. I carry 1 Incase I ever break off the spigot as it’s probably the lowest thing on the trailer.
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Sure would be nice to get a quality valve on there. I’m not sure of the threading needed. The link is just an example

https://www.supplyhouse.com/Webstone...SABEgJt8PD_BwE
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Sure would be nice to get a quality valve on there. I’m not sure of the threading needed. The link is just an example

https://www.supplyhouse.com/Webstone...SABEgJt8PD_BwE

That looks similar to the 'Y' valve I use on my garden faucet. I have to remove it in the winter so that it doesn't freeze. It has a stainless steel ball in a brass sleeve. Not a good idea for cold weather.
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Sure would be nice to get a quality valve on there. I’m not sure of the threading needed. The link is just an example

https://www.supplyhouse.com/Webstone...SABEgJt8PD_BwE
The standard valve is probably lowest thing on the trailer, which would be first thing to hit. At least on my 5.0. Anything larger is going to further put in harms way. In reality you probably don’t even need a valve, a plug would work nicely.
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The standard valve is probably lowest thing on the trailer, which would be first thing to hit. At least on my 5.0. Anything larger is going to further put in harms way. In reality you probably don’t even need a valve, a plug would work nicely.
Hmmm...so the newer trailers must have the fittings on the bottom of the tank? Our trailer has the fittings very low on the side of the fresh tank. The valve I referred to I pictured sitting horizontal, not vertical.
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A picture perhaps?
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My 2014 is underneath, a little hard to see but it's in the lower left of the pic.
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yeah, remove the inner rotating piece, drain the tank, use a q-tip or someting to clean the inside of the hole, clean the removed piece, too, and spread some silicone plumbers grease all over the hole, stick the valve core back in, and I bet your leak stops...
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yeah, remove the inner rotating piece, drain the tank, use a q-tip or someting to clean the inside of the hole, clean the removed piece, too, and spread some silicone plumbers grease all over the hole, stick the valve core back in, and I bet your leak stops...
100% agree on this procedure. Our 2013 21 has the same location for the fresh water tank drain as the one shown on the TA. I use a shot of silicone on this valve each spring so it turns freely and the surfaces don’t gall.
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so it turns freely and the surfaces don’t gall.
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Now I’ve got to figure out a way to work the word “gall” into a family Christmas conversation......
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If you get some silk underwear for a Christmas present, I’m sure your mind will now be attuned to this interesting sometimes noun, sometimes verb, part of our language. When I worked on the gut line in the pack, I used a ten inch needle tip butcher knife to surgically remove the gall bladder from the liver on 4,000 hogs every night. I got pretty good. Moved up to the job “separate pluck and paunch, then “cut off condemned heads. It was hot up there, and there was the ever present danger of galling.
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Now I’ve got to figure out a way to work the word “gall” into a family Christmas conversation......
Be careful, some folks might think that a person who uses fancy words has a lot of gall.

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