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Old 12-10-2013, 06:46 AM   #15
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Is there an access panel on a 2008 vintage Classic 25fb? My drain valve still turns but its sticky. I'm guessing another year it will have to be replaced. My AS is in storage and its 25F with ice all around so I don't want to crawl under it until a major warm up.

I don't believe there is any access from the wardrobe or under the side couch.

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Old 05-04-2014, 01:22 PM   #16
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I don't want to mess things up further...can someone please tell me how to get this band off. Is the valve glued in place then banded? Pry out with a screwdriver? Any help is much appreciated! Thanks!!!!!
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Old 05-04-2014, 01:47 PM   #17
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I'm ready to get the dremel out........
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Old 05-04-2014, 03:18 PM   #18
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Dremel sounds like a fine idea. Mine has normal hose clamps on each end of a short piece of clear reinforced hose ( about 4"). One end of the short hose was the plastic valve and the other was a barb fitting sticking out of the fresh water tank. I had access to both ends and with some difficulty was able to get both clamps off and cut the hose to remove it. Then with new hose simply reversed the procedure. The removable access panel was small and my big hands found it difficult to work but managed to do it. If that's a crimp clamp I see no other choice than cutting it off. Go for it.
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Old 05-05-2014, 01:44 PM   #19
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Yes it's crimped on. Dremel it is. Thanks for the rubber stamp polarlyse...just needed to get someone's thumbs up on my thoughts. The opening in the access panel also has the same solid crimped on band...and a glued adhesive going from the FW Tank. No room to play with unfortunately.
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Old 10-05-2014, 09:37 AM   #20
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Is there an access panel on a 2008 vintage Classic 25fb? My drain valve still turns but its sticky. I'm guessing another year it will have to be replaced. My AS is in storage and its 25F with ice all around so I don't want to crawl under it until a major warm up.

I don't believe there is any access from the wardrobe or under the side couch.

Thanks

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My fresh water tank is enclosed in a rotocast resin shell. No access panel. I'm hoping I can just unscrew the valve and pull it out enough. I've sent this question to Airstream.

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Old 10-05-2014, 10:48 AM   #21
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Don't count on it being THAT easy. Mine had an access panel and it was still a PITA to replace.
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Old 10-18-2014, 07:25 PM   #22
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Airstream said to cut the rotacast shell, then fabricate an aluminum plate. Dumb design.They could've easily designed the rotacast shell with a hatch. Maybe I'll never have to replace it. Yeah, right.

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Old 11-15-2014, 11:49 AM   #23
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Freshwater drain replacement

How much clearance is there between shell and the tank? My luck I would cut into the tank. Thanks
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I know I am replying to an old thread, but the topic is relevant.

I am trying to replace my fresh water drain on my Flying Cloud 27' FB. There is an access panel that I have removed from below the drain. However, as you can see in the picture, the access panel is covered with a piece of styrofoam. I have no idea what the purpose is for this styrofoam, but I am reluctant to remove it since I don't know the consequences. For those of you who have replaced the drain, did you run into the same situation?

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Old 02-15-2019, 07:14 PM   #25
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This is how I resolved my fresh water drain problems. And, it drains the whole tank in about 15 minutes...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f458...ml#post2167935
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Old 02-15-2019, 08:12 PM   #26
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This is how I resolved my fresh water drain problems. And, it drains the whole tank in about 15 minutes...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f458...ml#post2167935


Nice, but how did you access the area behind the valve to remove the plastic tube and hose clamps?
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I know I am replying to an old thread, but the topic is relevant.

I am trying to replace my fresh water drain on my Flying Cloud 27' FB. There is an access panel that I have removed from below the drain. However, as you can see in the picture, the access panel is covered with a piece of styrofoam. I have no idea what the purpose is for this styrofoam, but I am reluctant to remove it since I don't know the consequences. For those of you who have replaced the drain, did you run into the same situation?

Thanks!
If you push up on the foam, or try to slide it around, do you feel any "play" in the foam? Can you get it to move a bit? My guess is that it is just insulation and that you could cut it out and replace it with something.

If, however, it feels like the tank's weight is resting on it, back to the drawing board. Personally I would be inclined to cut a hole in the foam so that you can see behind [above] it. You can always use spray foam to plug the hole.

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If you push up on the foam, or try to slide it around, do you feel any "play" in the foam? Can you get it to move a bit? My guess is that it is just insulation and that you could cut it out and replace it with something.

If, however, it feels like the tank's weight is resting on it, back to the drawing board. Personally I would be inclined to cut a hole in the foam so that you can see behind [above] it. You can always use spray foam to plug the hole.

Good luck,

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I too think it is just insulation. My guess is that it feels only 1/2 thick but it is significantly bigger than the access hole. If I push up on it, it goes a short distance and will then move the drain slightly.
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