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Old 05-09-2005, 08:06 PM   #1
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Unhappy Metal Petcock Valve Replacement, Help!

Hi, I need to replace the two metal petcock valves on the bottom (accessed between the two wheels) of my 2002 25ft Classic. They are leaking. I tried to unscrew them with a 11/16" open end wrench and they did not want to budge. Is there a particular trick for getting these off? I appreciate any suggestions. If I get them off, is it likely that I will be able to find replacements at a RV center, hardware, or plumbing supplier? Thanks.

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Maybe some nice person will answer you!

Maybe some nice person will answer you (us)!

We went to test the Airstream for an upcoming trip after the long winter and found that the system would not pressurize. We were thinking that we had a major water line problem. We sure hope that it is the situation that Howard has described above.

Thanks for any advice!

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Items that Howard has tried:
-penetrating oil on the valve

Next steps:
-cutting stem off then using a socket wrench
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Old 06-10-2005, 10:41 PM   #4
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Fixed problem-3000+ round trip (CO to LA)

We are back from a two week, 3000+ mile round trip from Colorado to Louisiana. We traveled south thru Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas into Louisiana. On our way back home, because of potential bad weather, we changed our route and traveled from Louisiana into Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas then back into Colorado. We were trying to stay south of last weekendís rain and hail storms. We have never traveled this route thru Memphis and Little Rock before, which is I-40; we have never seen so many 18 wheelers in our life! Even more then I-80.

We stayed at a very lovely RV park in Terrell, TX called the Bluebonnet Ridge RV Park. Very well maintained and very clean. Owner caters to retired members of the armed forces by offering generous discounts. The spaces are all level pull-thru pads. Price with Good Sam discount - $24.00.

We also stayed at the Overnite RV Park in Amarillo, TX. Very nice for a night stay over. We had fun eating at "The Big Texan Steak Ranch", which we walked to and were driven back to the RV park in a white limo at no charge.

The owner of this RV park was telling us about a hail storm that went thru his park on Tuesday, May 31, 2005 (we were there on Saturday) that damaged 30 to 40 rigs. One of them was an Airstream. It was so sad to see!

We counted eight Airstreams along the way: 7 rolling and 1 parked. Our Airstream made the trip without any problems what-so-ever. She tows like a dream. Howard had just modified/reinforced the rock guards and they were rock solid.

Sheila, Howard and Kira
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