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Old 07-12-2009, 06:51 PM   #15
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can you please set up a video camera so we can all watch...
ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! gross!! LOL!

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Old 07-12-2009, 07:22 PM   #16
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Here is something that yall have not considered, contact a place that cleans out sewer lines and septic tanks, they both have the ability to suck most all the stuff out of the tank thus getting rid of the issue of a full tank then look at your valve.
I recently think I may have the same problem, pulled the valve but nothing coming out, visable look down the toilet with a flashlight looked like the black tank was full. I recently had the valve replaced at AS and it seemed not to be working, I contacted the local camper dealer he suggested a local company that drains septic tanks, and then described the valve operation/assembly. the rod that goes into the valve does not screw into the gate, depending on which manufactuerer that made the valve it is either a nob on the end of the rod set into a grove on the gate and held into place by the valve body or the rod is held in place by a clip again held in place by the valve body. Once your tank is drained you can take apart the valve body and in most cases place rod into grove or new clip, but the cost of replacment parts will cost more than just replacing the valve all together. This is where you have a advantage, instead of a rod system replace the valve with an electric one which is alot less back breaking.
I had a septic tank person go to drain my tank and low and behold all that was in there was a pile of paper and solds right at the toilet, no liquids. Brought it back home filled it with water added chemical to break down solids and clean sensors, will let set for a week and then see if it does indeed dump, if not I will go back to tank guy drain it the address the issue with the valve.
Of coarse if all goes well and AS/Thor take care of my issue I may not have to worry about replacing the valve.

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Old 07-12-2009, 07:38 PM   #17
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Although I'm not sure I want to see photos of most of this, I would like to see some of someone sucking on a siphon, especially after it starts to flow.

I'm with Brian, every time I pull on that handle I hope it works and doesn't just come out in my hand.

And the breeders' gloves may have to be supplemented by waders.

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Old 07-13-2009, 06:34 AM   #18
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I had a septic tank person go to drain my tank and low and behold all that was in there was a pile of paper and solds right at the toilet, no liquids. Brought it back home filled it with water added chemical to break down solids and clean sensors, will let set for a week and then see if it does indeed dump, if not I will go back to tank guy drain it the address the issue with the valve.
Of coarse if all goes well and AS/Thor take care of my issue I may not have to worry about replacing the valve.

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This was my problem that I reported in May. As soon as I filled to Black tank full of water, and then released the valve, the pressure of many gallons of water released with all the solids. Letting it stand for a week with chemicals to break down should only help.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:44 AM   #19
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Does anyone know the brand of valves used on older AS? I have a '61 Tradewind. The valves appear in ok shape but I can't find any caps, connectors or hoses. The valve body is brass with an aluminum blade. There are 4 wedge shaped flanges on the valve. Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 07-13-2009, 11:03 AM   #20
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You can give it a try, but after that long the rubber in the slide is probably shot.. You can get replacement kits at any RV dealer, Give the WD-40 a shot and don't think it can hurt at this point...
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:19 AM   #21
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Does anyone know the brand of valves used on older AS? I have a '61 Tradewind. The valves appear in ok shape but I can't find any caps, connectors or hoses. The valve body is brass with an aluminum blade. There are 4 wedge shaped flanges on the valve. Any help would be appreciated.
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I would say that you would have to email some of them on here that restore that year of trailers and they might be able to tell you or AS could tell for sure. Catch here is was that valve switched out, I do know that AS and other dealers have said that in the 60's the valves and piping was that of a standard household which used different sizes (meaning some used inside diameter, some outside diameter), the new trailers and all made after 1980 used a standard size for all trailers made. This is why the new caps, attachment couplings, do not fit those older trailers. I have this same problem with mine being a 1976 model.
As far as the dump valve thetford has made the majority of the dump valves which are white in color. The other is black in color.

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