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Old 04-30-2013, 10:49 PM   #1
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Hi, Forum Folks!

Thisweek's repair issue is with the Black Tank Flush Valve breaking on my 2013 Redwood 36FB.

Since I got the 36FB in August 2013, I have noticed that the Black Tank Flush Valve handle has been extremely difficult to pull and push, in order to open and close the Black Tank, compared with the relative ease of the Galley and Grey tank valve handles. Indeed, it has always been sodifficult to pull the Black Tank Flush Valve handle that it actually hurts one's fingers to pull it...and even when closed, the seal was not complete, since water would still drip when I ran the water hose flush device to clean the tank.

Anyway...today it looks like the Black Tank Valve has become disconnected (i.e., broke) from the flexible push/pull filament...so the valve no longer responds to opening or closing with the handle.

Sigh....

QUESTION: If folks have experienced similar problems will simply replacing the valve components repair the problem? ....or is it more likely I will need to replace the entire "filament inside a metal tube" thingy, since THAT may be the real problem, perhaps?

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Old 04-30-2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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I'm worried about mine since it has gotten stiff. When mine breaks, I'm going to replace it with an electric valve.

If you need to dump your tank, drop the belly material with I believe 3/8 in socket. Then you should be able to reach up and pull the valve open.

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Old 05-01-2013, 12:06 AM   #3
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Thank you, Dave and Ginny!

May I ask....uh...what is the belly material? Do you mean the cardboard underbelly material beneath the middle of the trailer?

(In other words, that flimsy cardboard junkthat burst out the day I took ownership of the trailer, and that I had to use lumber to lift it back into place and hope it holds?)



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Old 05-01-2013, 02:00 AM   #4
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Another RV'r told me to dump a small bottle of cooking oil down the pot when the valve gets hard to move works like a champEdited by: Beechguyjim
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Old 05-01-2013, 05:10 AM   #5
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We have the exact same issue with our black tank valve and handle. Ours broke too. As an interim fix, I took down the wall in the garage and applied a cast around the cable and handle assembly with JB weld. Then I sprayed some graphite liquid onto the pull mechanism. After several months, it's still holding... knock on wood. Plan to take it to the Crossroads maintenance facility in July and have it permanently fixed.


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Old 05-01-2013, 06:44 AM   #6
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Dave&Ginny, did a search of the web and found the following:

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...te-valve/36150

Pretty cool! I may have CrossRoads install this rather them replacing the mechanical mechanism.

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Old 05-01-2013, 07:26 AM   #7
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That's one bad thing about the RW dump system. The valves are cable operated instead of being a direct shot at the valve with a rod. I try to keep my cable in the housing lubed up to help keep it from sticking. I don't know what else a person can do except make sure there are no kinks or sharp bends between the pull handle and the valve.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:13 AM   #8
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As a veteran of having to drop the belly pan two times at a campground (broken plastic fresh water drain fitting on the tank), you should always keep a cordless drill and a 1/4" drive set with you... Sad, I know, but there are lots of things that can go wrong up there and it's 18 or 20 screws just to get it down.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:32 AM   #9
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That"s a great thought, what tools do find most useful in your RV travels?
I have the 1/4 & 1/2 inch drive small set of rackets.2 sets of Channel locks
and couple of vice grips,
3 crescent wrenches,
large assortment of screws,
Heat gun and glue sticks,
Spray rubber sealer.
4 inch aluminum tape roll
couple solar charged lights.
+ fuzes and Digital Meter.Edited by: RifRaff
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That"s a great thought, what tools do find most useful in your RV travels?
I have the 1/4 & 1/2 inch drive small set of rackets.2 sets of Channel locks
and couple of vice grips,
3 crescent wrenches,
large assortment of screws,
Heat gun and glue sticks,
Spray rubber sealer.
4 inch aluminum tape roll
couple solar charged lights.
+ fuzes and Digital Meter.
Sounds like we are going to have to get a trailer just for the tools or a extended maintenance warranty and a smart phone to store Good Sam's number.
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