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Old 05-26-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
annie oakley
1991 25' Excella
Columbus , Ohio
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Unhappy Potable water tank drain

Hi to all,
I am a newbie with a 25' 91 Excella that I am in love with... except for the fact I have to crawl halfway under the trailer to reach the almost unreachable potable water tank drain. It looks to be a clear or white small handle that you turn to open or close and it located behind one of the tires! It is at such an odd angle I have trouble reaching it and it is very stiff and hard to turn on or off. I can't get it open or closed. There has to be a better way!
Does anyone out there have any suggestions for moving the drain or at least something to spray on the plastic valve to make it easier to turn?
Any and all help is appreciated!

Annie Oakley

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Old 05-26-2009, 04:17 PM   #2
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Annie, the plastic valves haven't improved over the years. I have one on our '08 fresh water tank. The first one was nearly impossible to turn; was replaced under warranty, was easy, then became hard. Bring a wrench when you crawl under to give you some leverage. But when you sanitize the tank, and then repeatedly flush, you'll doing a lot of crawling underneath to open and close the valve. I'm sure another, better valve could be installed in a better place, but have no experience with that.

Strangely, the water lines have two metal drain valves with a wing nut like object to open them. It's the same kind of valve used on auto and truck radiators. They can stick too, but work better than the cheesy plastic ones.

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