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Old 06-21-2010, 07:42 AM   #15
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Can we pull our new Argosy 100 miles and check the tanks when we get it to the cabin?

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Old 06-21-2010, 09:31 AM   #16
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Greetings Glen and Sue!

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Can we pull our new Argosy 100 miles and check the tanks when we get it to the cabin?
It isn't advisable to tow an Airstream product of the 1970s with the wast holding tanks having anything more than a minimal amout of waste in them. That being said, there shouldn't be any particular peril associated with towing your coach 100 miles without inspecting the tanks. Keep in mind, that if you don't check for contents you may have trouble dumping the tanks once you arrive at your cabin.

Another thing to consider is that should the black tank have build-up of any kind in it, this would be a good opportunity to address that by emptying a bag of ice cubes into the tank (press the flush valve on the toilet and hold open until all of the ice cubes have flowed into the tank) the ice cubes will act as a scouring device to break up any solids that have accumulated in the tank as road vibrations agitate the contents. The down-side is that you would then have a black tank that needs to be dumped when you get to your cabin.

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Old 06-21-2010, 10:17 AM   #17
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Replacing the valve on the black water tank...

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The waste tanks on our 77 are holding up well - the dump valve had to be replaced however. You should test for leaks before you get too far down the road....
How hard is it to replace the valve? Any special recommendations a part from having to empty the tank before starting the process... hehehe...?

Do you have a brand and a part number for the valve and are the black and the gray tank valves, the same?

Thanks in advance for the advice.

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Old 06-21-2010, 05:45 PM   #18
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Replacing the valve is not terribly difficult if you have worked with fitting plastic pipe before. If you are new to plastic pipe, take it easy, measure 2 or 3 times before each cut, try to do a trial assembly before you start gluing it together. You should take the belly pan down to check the sizes of the valves as I found the gray tank had a 2 inch valve while the black tank had a 3 inch valve. You can call Oasis RV in Tucson or Inland RV in California for the correct valves. They are Thetford for the 3 inch. You might also be able to do a rebuild on the valves using kits which saves on the time and trouble of cutting and fitting new pipe.

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