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Old 10-10-2012, 09:18 AM   #1
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Sewer drain doesn't hook up

The trailer drain on my '79 International will not "hook up" with the sewer hose I have. The original one was beat up and leaked so I bought a new Rhino system for it and the coupling is 3/16" smaller in diameter than the valve coupling on my trailer. Of course I threw out the old coupling before I tried to drain my tanks. Is Airstream unique in its hose sizes or am I dealing with a rogue fitting installation? I (my wife) would really like me to drain the black tank ASAP. Any help or advise would be great.

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Old 10-10-2012, 09:22 AM   #2
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There are two systems...and probably you have the older one. Check out Valtera as the newer one and when you fix the problem go that route. You can compare the systems on Vintage Trailer Supply or Camping World sites.
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Old 10-10-2012, 10:15 AM   #3
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This is what you might need: buy several as they break very easy.

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Old 10-10-2012, 11:28 AM   #4
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The original ones were Thetford. Not as easy to get these days as in the past but most RV places may have them or can order them for you. The adaptor mentioned in the other posts is another alternative.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:33 AM   #5
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Had same problem. We bought an adapter. The only problem is that it extends the connection point and it could be a problem if your original connection is "close" to the ground.
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Thanks for the advise. 3 adaptors on order. I just need to be able to get my tanks empty before it freezes up here. (it is snowing as I write this) I can deal with changing valves and hoses once it is put away for the winter. I love this place.
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Go out in the country....way out.... away from civilization....go to the valve handle....stand back and pull the handle. You don't need no stinkin' hose.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:32 PM   #8
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Yeahhhhhhhhh about that.......

The grey tank might have been drained that way this weekend but the thought of doing the black tank the same way offended my good wife's sense of what is proper and nice.
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Go out in the country....way out.... away from civilization....go to the valve handle....stand back and pull the handle. You don't need no stinkin' hose.
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Could be a size able fine in some places also. Many dollars and some places make you clean it up. Jim
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Thanks for the advise. 3 adaptors on order. I just need to be able to get my tanks empty before it freezes up here. (it is snowing as I write this) I can deal with changing valves and hoses once it is put away for the winter. I love this place.
I also ordered a couple of more today. Had one break this past weekend at the worst time.
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PUT ON GLOVES --- Go to a dump station - one with a pipe surrounded by sloping concrete. Park the dump valve over the concrete as close to the drain as possible. Tie some line on the handle - how long may be important here (20 feet was what I remember). Pull handle using line and let drain. Wash area with hose at station. Pull trailer forward THEN close drain valve. Leave.

I have never done this - I do not know where you got this information - I do not know your name....... Have a nice day.
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