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Old 05-11-2003, 11:10 AM   #15
 
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but the referances to the plumbing and electrics have been accurate.
Some people have all the luck!!! We do have a manual.
A few things are located where the book says they are: like the door, the sink, the fridge. Just don't try to get into fine details.

We are worried about our own valve leaking one day soon. I suppose this was caused by a bad balancing of the wheels, the tires,..etc...., the whole assembly, or something like that.
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Old 05-11-2003, 01:23 PM   #16
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the curb in front of my house most likely caused this.

darned shortcut!

all i said at the time was doh!

didn't find the problem until i put water to the trailer this spring.

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Hey John, did you find the Vulkem locally? The company that makes the stuff is about 20 minutes from me, yet I cannot find it anywhere around here.
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i'll check

my buddy ordered a case when he got his trailer in march.

i got a couple from him, i'll ask.

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Old 05-12-2003, 08:49 PM   #19
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the vulkem came from airstream dreams

http://www.airstreamdreams.com/

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John,

Well it has happened to me now. My gray valve between the valve and the tank is leaking. I hope you can remember some of what went on as I have a few questions on this thread.

In post #2, it shows the location of the leak. Exactly where mine is.

Post #3: The replacement flange you have appears different than the one that I used in my black valve repair, post #17. Mine protruded on the side opposite the valve, it appears yours did not?

Post #4: Did the tank part break so it was flush with the tank or was there always something sticking out? Also did the old part (from the valve) go inside the tank or outside this extended piece. I guess inside because that is how you fixed it and due to the hose clamp.

Post #5: The left side of this goes to the valve and the right side inside the tank?

Post #6: This shows the black stub you created inside the tank and clamped?

How did you get the old white piece off of the tank? Is there any type of adhesive or is it just the hose clamp keeing it on?

I may have a few more questions here in the future.

Thanks!
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roger and roxie,

time to fire up the way back machine!

basicly, the white part goes into the tank as the new stub i made from a piece of abs pipe.

it is held in place by the aircraft grade hose clamp AND the adheasive properties of the vulkem.

i got the old one out by cutting almost all the way through it with a blind hacksaw. after it was cut most of the way i snapped it out of there with a pliers.

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When you cut between the white valve attachment (that piece that screws on to the valve itself) and the tank, did you do it closer to the valve or the tank?

You made a black stub, attached it to a new valve attachment with Vulkem, slid the stub into the tank (more Vulkem, then clamped it?

Just trying to get it straight in my head.

Thanks.
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When you cut between the white valve attachment (that piece that screws on to the valve itself) and the tank, did you do it closer to the valve or the tank?

You made a black stub, attached it to a new valve attachment with Vulkem, slid the stub into the tank (more Vulkem, then clamped it?

Just trying to get it straight in my head.

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let's see, the white stub was broken almost all the way around, as i remember it just snapped off. i would cut it if i had to closer to the valve since you are replacing that part.

the new black stub was glued to the valve attachment with black ABS cement and then the assembly was coated with vulkem where it slid INTO the tank.

it could be possible you may find a replacement white one and can skip the ABS cement portion of the assembly.

i'd call around and see what is available, i just made my own since that was all that was available at the time.

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The leak is fixed now. I must confess that I did take it to a local RV repair to finish it up. Now that was a hard step for me since it is the first time that anyone other than me has worked on it. However, as I get older that imaginary line between saving money versus convenience becomes more and more blurred. We do also have a 2 week trip coming up so there was a time crunch coming.

The white flange was leaking (like John HD's and my black tank flange) and broke off when they repaired it. I had already got the flange from Out of Doors in North Carolina. It was delivered fast. This made the local repair go much more smoothly.

I am glad it is done and thanks to the forum members for the ideas and support.
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then i cut a hole and found the problem.

Im planning for the same operation this fall to replace both valves (since im in the vicinity). I will buy a whole new valve assembly. Did you use a sabre saw or tin snips to make the opening?
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I will butt in here. I used tin snips. Using a right hand or left hand (depending on cut direction) is easier than the straight ones. My first attempt I cut some sensor wires so be careful.
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I will butt in here. I used tin snips. Using a right hand or left hand (depending on cut direction) is easier than the straight ones. My first attempt I cut some sensor wires so be careful.

OK - will do. i"ll have to buy some snips. I was thinking a sabre saw with a shortened blade might work but snips might be less likely to damage things
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You can go much slower with the snips and once you start, you can get your hand inside to check for wires as you go.
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