Being new to the camper and vintage airstream world I have lots of learning to do. So last year I hired someone from the campground to give me some pointers and tutorials on how to close up after being connected to the camp ground as I had never done it before.
Sadly I learned that you can't even trust you the people you pay to help you to do the right thing.
Enter my problem. I learned this week that he never showed me or even told me that I had to empty the black tank.
Now I have a full tank which has been sitting for a year, and a valve that won't open. I was under the impression that I was connected to the sewer and that it was going directly in. When he showed me how to disconnect I asked "is that it? Can it really be that simple? Yup came the reply.
I have spent the better part of 4 hours spraying wd 40, up into the valve, in the valve stem.
The valve stem broke off. However I got some of the aluminum away from the dump connection and was able to reconnect the valve lever back to the stem.
Flying Cloud does not have the best handle to pull on. But Pull I did, and then some more and more. To no avail. I called a big RV place and they won't touch it cause the tank is full.
I guess the million dollar question is what if I can't get the valve open. What are my options?
Has anyone had such a mess to deal with?
At this point I don't ever care about saving the black tank. After fifty years I think it is time for an upgrade. But where can I turn? Any suggestions would be helpful, diagrams a miracle.