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Old 04-05-2006, 04:45 AM   #15
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Old 11-30-2006, 01:57 PM   #16
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I've just arrived at my trailer after 8 months away. The fresh water drain plug has disintegrated through the central recess for the hex wrench, and the water is gushing out of the tank. I carry a spare drain plug, and have fitted it. However, the spare is black plastic, and it has a large square boss on the outside for attaching a wrench. This boss prevents the replacement of the aluminum inspection hatch. That's why I hadn't previously installed the spare, but just kept it for emergency repair. As the boss is hollow, I can't saw it partly off. Is the black plug the part #600-155 ? Is there a source for plugs without the boss, so that I can replace the inspection hatch? Thanks.
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Old 11-30-2006, 05:28 PM   #17
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i am glad to hear you made it south. i had the same problem, fortunately there was enough room to get my cover back on.

perhaps a call to a dealer is in order. the only other thing i could think of is a call to a plumbing wholesale warehouse.

lemme know if you find anything.

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Old 12-01-2006, 02:44 PM   #18
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John, thanks for your message. I got the black plug from an Airstream dealer, so I'll continue the hunt elsewhere, and post hereon if I find a source. If that fails, I'll fit a plastic container into a hole in the inspection plate so that the boss will be accomodated.
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Old 12-01-2006, 02:58 PM   #19
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Hey Guys, forget the water tank problems, I have a question about beer choices; I have noticed that it appears everyone is drinking Miller Beer or is it that John just has way too many posts? While I was winterizing our Safari this past Sunday, Sandi brought me a Kiran Beer. Is that OK or do I have to join the Miller crowd?
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Old 12-01-2006, 04:40 PM   #20
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well,

i guess you can join, it is a beer after all. best yet ya got the missus to bring it out to ya!

ps, i include the beer for size comparison. and to drink it of course!

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Old 04-27-2007, 06:54 AM   #21
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Hi John, thanx for the link...I haven't had this problem, YET, but think I will get a spare petcock as the age of our AS is just about right...

But I swear I did not see any drain plug on ours when I was under there last week.
Do they all have a drain plug?
I just open the petcock to drain our tank...

It is raining too hard right now to bother going out there to look some more!

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Old 05-01-2007, 09:05 PM   #22
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Great information. I replaced my petcock about 2 years ago. Now I've noticed that after filling the fresh water tank there is water dripping from the bottom of the tank. Seems to be concentrated around the inspection plate. I was thinking this was some giant disaster I was going to have to face. Is there only a large drain plug under the inspection cover? Looks like it is a pretty straight forward repair. My Sovereign is an 86 model.

Thanks for the help and information,

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Old 05-01-2007, 10:06 PM   #23
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Cover sheild can't hurt

If you're down there tinkering, you might consider installing a cover plate in front of the valve that extends perpendicular from the frame and out. I took my valve out with a rock last summer. I had the factory install a shield in front of it. I replaced the broken one with a spare part from a general RV store.
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Old 03-09-2008, 06:47 PM   #24
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My drain valve broke today. Can I replace the valve by just removing the screws or do I need to get in the access panel?
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perhaps, how is that for an answer?

once the mounting screws are removed you can try to unscrew it. most likely you will need to open up the panel to get a wrench on it.

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Old 03-09-2008, 09:34 PM   #26
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Sorry to hear about all the leaks. Had a small one from the big drain in the bottom of my fresh water tank. The plug is yellow plastic 1-1/2 NPT (I think) with a 3/4" hex socket in it. Applied teflon tape. No good.

Finally dried off the plug and hole, applied teflon paste to plug. Screwed plug in tank using a 1/2" bolt with a 3/4" head, held with a visegrip. After plug was well seated. I put a 2-1/4" (I think) screw type radiator hose clamp around the outside of the tank's drain. Not too tight, just enough to squeeze the drain around the plug. That hose clamp has a lot of squeezing power.

If the plug is screwed in too tight, it could crack the drain. Big trouble.

It's held now for a year.

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yes those plugs are prone to disintergration. as noted in post number 2.

the hose clamp seems like a good idea to prevent it from cracking.

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Old 07-06-2008, 02:27 PM   #28
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In Aprile we had the seal replaced on our 88 Excella. This June we flushed and sanitized the tank only to see that the tank is dripping (at the seal). We note that the manual says it needs a large allen wrench hex key to open it. Does any one know what size the wrench is? Thanks.
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