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Old 05-30-2018, 09:02 PM   #1
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fresh water tank drain side valve protection.

Have been seeing some post about the plastic drain valve on side of fresh tank getting damaged or broken by road debris or in some cases by rock kicked up when going to off road camping spots. (seem to be more prevalent out west.)

after a recent boon-docking camping at outer-banks i noticed some water on the pavement under the fresh tank and could see a drip, drip, drip out of the white drain valve.. (we use not really used the fresh tanks as most places we camp have FHU.) and when i tried to turn it the handle was hard to turn..

So we get home and i get the side jacked up, take the wheels off and start to figure out how to check the.. couple of searches and get info on how to take plate off bottom tank and get to the valve.. get valve out and spray with some with some olive oil and it get nice and smooth. I can not see a crack or any indication of damage so i give it the suck test and it holds pressure so I figure it good to go. get it put back in and started looking at how to protect the valve and came up with this device the shop made up with 18 ga metal.. should stop most every thing .
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Old 05-31-2018, 08:05 AM   #2
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Suggest getting rid of the cheep plastic. it can get really hard to use after awhile.👎

Changed out with THIS years ago, used a 1/4" ball valve. Never had a debris problem, you can always MacGyver your own.👍

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Old 06-01-2018, 02:59 PM   #3
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yeah i saw that deal.. nice one for sure. Not so much worried about the plastic ones.. mine is original from 2005 and still seem to work well.. it not used a lot as we don't boondock much at this time and there are replacement most every where if you need them..

The metal on is a real nice piece of work. You might put a bit of metal in front just for some protection about rocks and such.. just a thought..

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Suggest getting rid of the cheep plastic. it can get really hard to use after awhile.👎

Changed out with THIS years ago, used a 1/4" ball valve. Never had a debris problem, you can always MacGyver your own.👍

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Old 06-27-2018, 11:58 AM   #4
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Speaking of hard to use (BTW nice upgrade Robert Cross), is there any way of lubing the valve handle so it is easier to turn. Sometimes I feel like I am going to break it off with the force it requires.
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Speaking of hard to use (BTW nice upgrade Robert Cross), is there any way of lubing the valve handle so it is easier to turn. Sometimes I feel like I am going to break it off with the force it requires.
Yes, get some food grade silicone spray and hit the valve, particularly in the seam between the valve body and the inner barrel. I've only need to do it once since 2010.

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Old 07-04-2018, 09:19 PM   #6
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I did that to the original 2005 plastic one when i had taken it off the or out of the surround spraying with the FG silicon and man that stuff is nice.. works like a new one.

If you can get the straw up inside the valve with it open to tank, spray a bunch and pull straw down, keep spraying and turning the handle.. also the area at top the handle slides from left to right in spray in that crack adn turn handle to get the silicon down in there.

it will be like budda . they are not that hard to replace if needed..

did see on guys that got snapped off by rock and he was able to plug it with a small cork..
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Thanks for the advice about the food grade lubes!
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Old 07-14-2018, 09:19 PM   #8
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I have used food grade silicone on mind since new (2009) and no problem yet. I drain the tank and while moving valve I spray silicone up inside the valve. If needed to be r & r will go to metal ball valve
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Go for the swap. I swapped mine while changing out my freshwater tank. But.....
It can be swapped without dropping the tank through the inspection plate.
I also relocated mine to fall between the tires for better access and also used a valve that I can connect a hose to to drain tank away from trailer.
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Heres a link to the one I used. Nice brass 1/4 turn ball valve.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt...-205816085-_-N
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