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Old 06-11-2015, 12:34 PM   #1
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Plastic fresh water drain valve replacement

I have a 2008 Safari 22' and noticed that the plastic drain valve on my fresh water tank needs to be replaced. I would really like to replace the valve with a new copper type fitting I found on eBay. Only problem is how does one remove that plastic drain valve? Any suggestions-thanks from a new guy on this Forum.

The attached photo shows the plastic and brass replacement. It appears that a hose clamp is located inside the metal box behind the drain valve. Do I need to remove the box totally?

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Old 06-11-2015, 12:39 PM   #2
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Have you tried removing the screws that hold the OEM one in and pulling it out?
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Old 06-11-2015, 12:45 PM   #3
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yes - I didn't yank on it too hard - maybe I need to be a little more aggressive. I did attempt to twist, turn and pull
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My trailers have an inspection plate on the bottom of the FW tank cover right below the drain you are showing. Removing that plate should get you into the area where a short length of hose attaches the valve to the tank. You should be able to loosen the hose clamp and get the plastic valve out to install a new valve.

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Old 06-11-2015, 02:14 PM   #5
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Thanks Dan, but no inspection plate. I could cut one out.......

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Joe,
If you are handy, that's certainly an option. You can make a cover for the new hole from those rolls of aluminum or galvanized metal available at Home Depot, etc. Since you can see a hose clamp, we will assume (bad karma, etc.) you have the same setup as both of my rigs. Access near that valve should let you see the problem. Aside from dropping the pan or cutting the new hole, I don't have an idea that will do much for you. Good luck !!!

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Old 06-11-2015, 07:28 PM   #7
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Roger that thanks I'll mess with it this weekend

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Old 06-11-2015, 10:30 PM   #8
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I am sure you looked! Run your hand under there, too. There should be an "inspection" plate...

If not, be careful when you cut.... A Dremel with a cutoff wheel would be a great investment which you will use again.. You need to cut wide but shallow because you do NOt want to clip the fresh tank.... Looking at the picture, I seem to see a plate on the bottom...also the plate that attaches with the white valve.. Does that give a bit of clearance to verify what is behind the plate?

The valve you have does not need that long barb.. It may not fit in there.. May even crimp the drain line... Secure the trailer and remove tires so you can see and work in there!!!

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Also, check inside the trailer, in the pump area for a cutout in the floor whereby you can see and access the hose clamps. Mine has an approx. 6" X 6" access hole where the water lines come through to the pump.
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Also, check inside the trailer, in the pump area for a cutout in the floor whereby you can see and access the hose clamps. Mine has an approx. 6" X 6" access hole where the water lines come through to the pump.

Hi, this is the correct answer, at least for mine. It will be very difficult to reach, but it can be done. After you see how it is made, you will have a better idea as to where to cut an access hole. Airstream should have put access covers for this plastic valve and all of the tank sensors. I would like to replace my tank sensors, but the locations are a secret and I'm not guessing or removing my tanks to find them.

Do not pull on this valve. You might break where it attaches to the tank and then you are in big trouble.
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Looks like the perfect lifetime replacement,

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...obalID=EBAY-US
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Looks like the perfect lifetime replacement,

http://pages.ebay.com/link/?nav=item...obalID=EBAY-US
I have one of those in my onboard repair kit. When the plastic fails, I have it on the ready.
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I have one of those in my onboard repair kit. When the plastic fails, I have it on the ready.
That sounds like a good plan.
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Thanks all - if I can't access I will cutout an access hole on bottom behind the valve. As mentioned I did notice that the metal tank has about 10 screws on the side where the plastic valve is located - this might allow me to gain access - if not I will need to cut the access hole. Thanks again for all your help! I'll keep you guys posted.

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