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Old 08-22-2002, 07:14 PM   #1
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Water tank drain

I'm having trouble locating the water tank drain plug (or is it a valve?) on my 78 Excella TT. What does it look like and where do I access it from. Owners manual and service manual aren't clear in describing it.

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Old 08-22-2002, 07:21 PM   #2
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Craig,

The tank drains are usally a red hose bib type handle that is connected to a brass valve. In your model you should have a black hose poking thru the belly pan in the middle of the trailer. Above this hose there will be a valve handle. This will often be under a kitchen cabinet poking thru the floor. Open it up without the pump on and water in the tank and you should get water out of the drain tube. I suggest if you find more than 1 valve you open them one at a time so you know what is what.
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Old 08-23-2002, 04:09 AM   #3
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Craig,
My 1977 International did not have a drain valve for the fresh water tank. Instead it had a drain plug. This was accessible via an inspection plate in the belly skin right under the tank. It was about 6 inches square with 4 sheet metal screws holding it in place. When this is removed it reveals a large plastic drain plug that can be unscrewed. Once you drain the tank and get ready to put the plug back, use some plumber's teflon tape to prevent drips.
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Old 08-23-2002, 06:01 AM   #4
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Thanks, James! I think that's where it must be, as I can see the inspection plate.
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We have 1978 Excella 500, rear bath and it has no drain for the water tank, only way to empty is to pump it out, my only dislike with the trailer
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Ira,
My Excella owners manual talks about a water tank drain, just doesn't tell where it is. Are you sure there isn't one?
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Just checked my 1978 Excella 500 Owners Manual for winterizing and step 4 instructs me to turn the water pump switch to the ON position to expel water from the storage tank. We use this tank a good bit and this is a pain, it is tight underneath but I brlieve it would be possible to make a drain, think I will try this winter
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Ira,
You might want to be sure you don't have a drain plug as described in my post above. It should be easy to see from the underneath side of the trailer. It sure would save a lot of work for you. My trailer was not an excello so it could be different.
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Old 08-24-2002, 09:02 AM   #9
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Ira,
Just checked my Excella 500 owners manual. Check out page 68 when you have a chance (water system section) where the "drain valve locations" diagram is. The diagram shows a drain valve labeled water tank. So I'd be surprised if it doesn't have one. I'm going to check out James advice and will let you know what I find.
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