Source for Thetford valve?
1973, 31', SLY, rear bath -- retrieved from 10-12 years of neglect
aka M&MT (Mildew & Mouse Turds)
Noting rust in the inside-the-rear-bumper storage compartment, I investigated. At the present time, the rear bumper is off (only had to drill-out two of the four bolts) and the underbelly skin is loosened forward for about six feet. The angle iron supports are rusted, especially the most rearward one. The only rust on the galvanized pan under the holding tank is where it is in contact with the angle irons. The frame of the trailer and the frame crossmembers seem fine -- just some light surface rust.
I plan to "treat" the rusted angle irons with a great product I get from Gemplers farm supply (recommended for honey wagons!). For support I plan to insert two pieces of strap iron (1/4 x 2) and rest them on the lower shelf of the frame. I'll spot weld them in place. I have some very think plastic I'll put between the galvanized pan and the supports (both the angle irons and the strap iron).
Before I do all this, I thought I should check out the integrity of the tank (black water only on this model). The PO had assured me that "everything works", specifically mentioning the holding tank. Well, considering the proven lack of veracity of that statement with all the other systems, I filled the tank, after providing support with a large piece of 3/4" plywood and a car jack. Great! The tank does not leak -- but, the Thetford valve does! I removed all the plumbing retrograde to the valve and the gasket is old, dry and cracking. Even after cleaning with a toothbrush, the gate won't adequately seat in the gasket.
So, I called Inland for the part, but the young lady needed their part number...promised to call me back. I've tried other sites, including Thetford corporation, but can't seem to find the valve.
It is Thetford, 01447 Slide E-Z Valve, D.W.V., IAPMO, T-1169.
I assume I need the entire valve system, rather than just a gasket set. Anyone know of a source?
Oh, yes, I threw the toothbrush away.
JimF - a pilgrim_still <*}}}><
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