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Old 05-05-2018, 06:30 AM   #15
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Impressive work! Where did you find that drain? The plastic one looks so fragile, I can envision it breaking every time I use it.

I've got to drop my tank, it seems impossible to drain it and my usable amount seems limited. Last year I even drove the trailer up the tire changing ramp to tilt it towards the drain and still it must have had 5-10 gallons I couldn't get out so I end up using a ton of rv antifreeze. My metal cover was all damaged when I bought the unit so the tank is probably not right under it either. I was fearing finding a new one, you made it sound like no big deal.

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Old 05-05-2018, 07:39 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by GMFL View Post
I swapped both the low point ball valve and the tank drain.
I swapped low point ball valve just because I was working in the area
I swapped the tank drain because I hated that cheap plastic one that every time I touched it I thought it was going to break off in my hand. I also relocated it to fall in the center of the two tires for easy access. Airstream plumbed this drain with Pex and had just a short piece of flexible tubing inline to prevent stress between the pipe and the rigid mounted drain. I used flexible tubing the whole was to help further reduce stress on the tank connection. I can also now connect a hose to my tank drain and drain away from trailer.
Also I know the drain valve looks low in the picture. Itís just the angle it is up and plenty out of the way.
That new drain valve is a thing of beauty!

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Old 05-07-2018, 08:10 PM   #17
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Wonderful job as always Ronnie. Your PE should inspire many of us to take this one on and get it right.
Would say you called it early on thinking something during the build caused this and took a bit to show its ugly head.
Curious what the point of the rivet was that pierced the tank?

I think you Rich and Rob certainly need to open that shop.
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Old 05-07-2018, 10:17 PM   #18
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Wonderful work and very helpful pictures and explanations.

What was your source for all your plumbing parts?

My 2013 25FB does not have any inspection panel on the tank pans. Is it standard on the 23s or other models?
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Old 05-07-2018, 11:50 PM   #19
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God I wish my tank would start to leak so I could do this! (Edit: so I could even TRY to do this as well as you did).

Inspiring. This is the best thread on the forum. There are some craftsman here to say the least.
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Old 05-08-2018, 06:55 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by GMFL View Post
Now for the cause.......
Drum Roll

A rivet embedded in the top of the tank.
Along with the 3 hand fulls of trash I got out of the tank pan was this guy. On top of the tank and managed to get between the top of the tank and a cross brace where it got embedded in the tank.
I would have a patch spin welded to the hole and keep the tank as a spare.
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Old 08-03-2018, 11:12 AM   #21
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GMFL, I read with interest because our 23CB developed a leak in the bathroom floor. Where exactly was your leak when you noticed it?
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Old 10-17-2018, 10:22 PM   #22
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Nice work here Ronnie, thanks for the great info and pictures.
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Old 10-18-2018, 05:33 AM   #23
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You are welcome. I am working very hard to establish are comprehensive photo library of all the inner workings of my unit so if you need any others looks inside the guts of the beast just let me know.

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