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Old 05-09-2011, 11:51 AM   #15
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On our 1986 34', I ran a clear hose from the drain valve down (kept it open) the frame rail to an open spot behind the tires and added a shut off valve so I could drain the tank easier....
Dwight,

I have done exactly the same thing. I also left the original vale in place (open). The main reason I did that is because I felt that my added valve was a bit more vulnerable to road damage in its more accessible position, and if it did ever get damaged in transit, then hopefully the original valve would still be useable!

I've had the added valve in use for two seasons now though and no problems, although I would imagine the added tubing and valve would slow the drainage rate a bit - no big deal though.

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Old 07-06-2011, 09:54 AM   #16
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We are back from the 8,000 mile trip, and working under the AS again. I still want to replace the drain petcock, but when I took the two screws out the fitting would not release easily. Wary I would BREAK something, I did not force. Can anyone assure me that prying off the plastic/nylon fitting is the Right.Thing.To.Do?

"The Airstream part number for a direct replacement is 601243. Jackson Center will not sell parts unless you go to their store. We were there last Dec but the valve had not broken off, so I ordered from a FL dealer (J.D. Sanders, 386-462-3039). This is just for the valve. I understand that there's a small hose on the inside of the tank that slips over the valve fitting and is clamped in place."
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Old 07-06-2011, 02:07 PM   #17
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Greg, when you look under the trailer behind the fresh water drain valve, do you see a square plate (about 5-6" square)? On mine that is the access plate.

When I replace my valve, I disconnect the hose from the water tank side, then pull the valve and hose free though the hole out to curbside. If the clamp on the valve is too big, then you will have to figure a way to release it or - and this is what I had to do - use a dremel to cut the clamp. Then pull it through.

When you replace the valve ('most any camping store has them, by the way) use a clamping mechanism that will fit through the hole. Then attach the hose back to the tankside and you are done.

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Old 07-06-2011, 06:37 PM   #18
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Pat, yes I remember seeing a plate such as you describe on the underside of the fresh tank. (The Otter is back at the storage lot tonight, so I can't check it out.) The plate appears to be riveted on to the tank. To me that says not removable without damage. Remember, you have a real newbie here. If I'm to take that plate off, how?
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:33 AM   #19
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If the plate is riveted, you can drill them out with an 1/8 bit. But be very careful not to drill into the bottom of the tank. Ther is about 1 inch clearance. Sal.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:25 AM   #20
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Can the valve be lubricated, if so how and with what?
I spray mine with silicone lube.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:42 AM   #21
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I'll bet a quarter the plate is not riveted. Payable at Balloon Fiesta.

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Old 07-07-2011, 09:44 AM   #22
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I spray mine with silicone lube.
Thanks, good idea. I'll try a spray or two and see if I can turn the remaining nub with a pliers.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:45 AM   #23
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I'll bet a quarter the plate is not riveted. Payable at Balloon Fiesta.

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Old 07-07-2011, 10:33 AM   #24
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I spray mine with silicone lube.
Thanks to 2air's advice ("Fresh water drain plug sticks") I found that Molykote 316 Silicone Release Spray is helpful here and, because it is food grade, it's safe for other uses, such as on refrigerator gaskets.

More information and photos are found in the AirForums post "Sanitizing the fresh water system".
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Old 08-04-2011, 11:39 AM   #25
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Quarter and a complimentary adult beverage of your choice if so . . . !
Pat,
Got my head under the AS last weekend. You are correct. What appeared to be rivets are in fact pan head screws. Got the plate open, and will agonize a little more about how to get the hose disconnected from the stub on the back of the valve. One 25-cent and beverage now due and payable...[gh]
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Hee heee - can't wait!

Here's what I did: Remove the clamp from the tank side, and see if you can pull the valve, hose and valve-side clamp through the hole in the frame. If you can't get it through, use a dremel cutting wheel and cut the clamp. Find a smaller clamp (pex, perhaps) and attach it to the new valve and hose, then feed the hose and clamp through the hole. Reattach the hose clamp to the tank.

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Old 08-06-2011, 06:45 AM   #27
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Hee heee - can't wait!

Here's what I did: Remove the clamp from the tank side, and see if you can pull the valve, hose and valve-side clamp through the hole in the frame. If you can't get it through, use a dremel cutting wheel and cut the clamp. Find a smaller clamp (pex, perhaps) and attach it to the new valve and hose, then feed the hose and clamp through the hole. Reattach the hose clamp to the tank.

Good luck.

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That's a good plan of attack. Heck, it's not raining UNDER the AS, so I can get to work!
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It's such a pain to replace the danged thing - and it's going to break every couple of years.

Wish we could just use a zipper, or something.

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