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Old 06-01-2019, 11:15 AM   #1
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Black tank valve, as usual on a DRV

Have replaced the seals once, not a fun job and was not able to get it done right as it worked for maybe 6 months, then leaking again. Drain pipe is very tight trying to fit the valve/seals back in, this time going to cut the pipe downstream of the valve and use a Fernco rubber coupling to get me some space to put the valve back in.

Ron--I remember you replaced yours with a direct pull-handle, but not willing to go that route--yet. It is a Bristol make, not a Valterra, correct?

Thanks,
Joe

EDIT: Found your old post on Thor forum--it WAS a Valterra valve?
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:25 PM   #2
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I swapped mine out with Valterra. I simply opened cargo door and open closed the valve by hand. Won't use another cable valve. Whole lot easier now to simply reach under!

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Old 06-03-2019, 09:06 PM   #3
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If this replacement doesn't work, will be considering your setup. But I do quite a bit of camping in cold weather, need to consider that.
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Old 06-10-2019, 09:36 PM   #4
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Wingnut60,

I lost your contact info. We met at Lockhart State Park in Texas last December.

I just wanted to let you know that our black tank valve was stuck in the open position last week and the fix was relatively easy but very time consuming.

We have the MS 32TK3. The black tank valve is behind the 12 gallon water heater. It took me about 3 hours to remove the water heater. Then, I was able to access the valve which I intended to replace. After removing the valve's bolts and nut I was able to open the valve far enough to remove the obstruction. Because of the tight quarters I decided to gamble and just reinstall the old valve. So far no leaks.

The obstruction was a piece of the tanks shell which is drilled out to accept the input to the tank. The installer chose to let it drop into the tank. To his/her credit it took 12 years for the piece to travel into the valve and block it.

I carry both the 1 1/2" and 3" valves with me but I hope I never have to replace them.

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Presently spending the summer near Spokane.
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Old 06-10-2019, 09:47 PM   #5
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Larry, good to hear you are doing fine. I just had the fun of replacing that valve on my '15--except for the water filter/lines in the way, it wasn't too hard. But I went at it from the front, not the water side . New valve basically works with a finger pull/push.
We just got into Denver for a week--vet check on dog for hip surgery last Feb. Will be in Seattle area some time in Aug to visit kids/gkids/ggkids.
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