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Old 05-06-2011, 10:07 PM   #1
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Fresh Water Tank Drain Valve

I'm looking into replacing the fresh water tank drain cock in my 25' Safari. The tab just broke off. Has anyone done that and is removing a tire necessary to get to it?
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:27 AM   #2
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I did it without removing the tires, but it would be much easier with them off. Sal.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:45 PM   #3
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I broke tab, too - replacement part?

greatlakes: I broke the tab day before yesterday, too. Is there a replacement part number you know of? Better yet, is there a replacement which is more robust than the plastic original? Thanks.
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Old 05-07-2011, 02:49 PM   #4
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I don't know of a replacement. I keep buying them and breaking them off every other year.

Removing one tire makes it easier for me. Just drive the rig up on some blocks and you can easily remove the other tire.

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Old 05-07-2011, 03:04 PM   #5
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I don't know of a replacement. I keep buying them and breaking them off every other year.

Removing one tire makes it easier for me. Just drive the rig up on some blocks and you can easily remove the other tire.

Pat
OK, Pat, I'll yield to your superior experience level <grin> - do I buy the replacement from Jackson Center, Camping World, where?? Thanks.
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Part No.

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.

The plant quoted $125 to replace it and the Fl dealer will do it for $50. The part runs less than $5. I don't know of a more durable part that will fit on the same screw pattern. I plan to stop at the FL dealer on my way north and have them replace it since I'm getting too old to mess around removing the tire myself. I believe that keeping the stem lubricated will reduce the chances of it shearing off at the tab. Let's hope.
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Old 05-07-2011, 06:28 PM   #7
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I've never broke my valve in 8 years, I had made a tool to use with my valve, to open and close, this works really well. Pictures are attached:
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I've never broke my valve in 8 years, I had made a tool to use with my valve, to open and close, this works really well. Pictures are attached:
K (I don't know how else to address you; the name does not type easy for me...)

Great tool - I think it addresses the basis weakness: the nylon deteriorates over time and when we try to move the lever, it is easy to twist it off without meaning to. The tool ensures you can apply gentle pressure and not snatch the danged thing off.

As far is a source for the valve, Camping World certainly, perhaps Walmart; i've seen also them in campgrounds.

I'd sure like to find a brass valve. Every time I drain my system - I like fresh water when I start a long trip - I worry if I am signing up for another valve replacement.

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Old 05-07-2011, 06:45 PM   #9
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I have a 2003, 30 ft. Classic, if you plan on replacing the valve, go the extra mile and move the valve between the tires. All it takes is less than a foot of tubing and one L fitting. I had told Airstream in 2003 about the problem with this value and they told me nobody ever uses this valve. I use this valve every time I fill my tank with water to empty it completely at every outing, 10-15 times a year. The engineers at Airstream have no clue.
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I had to replace ours. Went to Home Depot and used this :
SharkBite 1/2 in. x 3/8 in. OD Pex Straight Stop - 23057 at The Home Depot
They show this one on line, but was not available at the time I needed one:
SharkBite 1/2 in. x 3/8 in. Brass Angle Stop - 23058 at The Home Depot
I used a thin piece of aluminum and made it work to hold the valve in place
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Nice notes from everyone. I'll go looking for Brass.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:41 AM   #12
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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....
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Cool idea, if I can ever get the broken one open again <grin>.
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Can the valve be lubricated, if so how and with what?
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