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  • #49651

    Hey gang, on my new fifth wheel the tank valves are very hard to open.

    I feel like the handle will break off in my hand if I pull too hard.

    Is there a lube I can use?

    -Kimberly, Wagon Master - LovetheRVlife.com
    "Let's Make a Point To Leave This Place Better Than When We Came, One Life at a Time."

    #49655

    Ray
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    If it is the rods that are sticky you can spay some 100% silicone lube on them and work them in and out a few times, you want to use silicone because some other lubes can damage the rubber seals.

    Sometimes its stuff jammed in the wastegate valve seals like towelette paper or hard water. Usually, though in my experience that is only the black tank, if its all the tanks I’d lean towards the rods being sticky.

    RVHH Chief Cook and Bottle Washer - LoveYourRV.com

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    #49657

    Thanks. It’s been like that since I got it. Seems the grey valve has a small leak, or I’m not closing it completely, resulting in a wet mess when the cover is removed.

    Years ago there was a tank treatment that had some kind of lube in it that would coat the gate from the inside.

    I’ll try the silicone.

    -Kimberly, Wagon Master - LovetheRVlife.com
    "Let's Make a Point To Leave This Place Better Than When We Came, One Life at a Time."

    #49660

    Ray
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    One of these solves the mess issue, valves always seem to leak a little – http://www.loveyourrv.com/twist-on-waste-valve-tip/

    I used it before I added the always-connected hose.  Wish I’d known you had the problem, I would have given you my old one.

    RVHH Chief Cook and Bottle Washer - LoveYourRV.com

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    #49662

    Thanks anyway Ray. It could also be an impatient operator not letting it drain completely before putting the cap back on.  :Big-Grin:

    -Kimberly, Wagon Master - LovetheRVlife.com
    "Let's Make a Point To Leave This Place Better Than When We Came, One Life at a Time."

    #49664

    Kimberly I used the twist on cap used it for years now. I have found the other valves always leak a little or there is a little water left in the line. This just keeps your from getting an unexpected bath when you open the cap. This way you can still be the impatient operator….LOL

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    #49666

    I’ll look for one here in Quartzsite.

    I’m also going to be scouting out a maceration thingy.

    Kind of a poopy situation.  :Poo:

    :Not-Talking:

    -Kimberly, Wagon Master - LovetheRVlife.com
    "Let's Make a Point To Leave This Place Better Than When We Came, One Life at a Time."

    #49672

    We bought a “Sewer Solution” to use at our house. It uses pressurized water to macerate the solids and push it down the pipe. It works great for us.

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    #49736

    We bought a “Sewer Solution” to use at our house. It uses pressurized water to macerate the solids and push it down the pipe. It works great for us.

    Well, we do a lot of offgrid camping and water is precious. I need the 12v pump to get the contents into my blueboy that is in the truck bed (uphill).

    Thanks.

    -Kimberly, Wagon Master - LovetheRVlife.com
    "Let's Make a Point To Leave This Place Better Than When We Came, One Life at a Time."

    #49752

    When mine start getting difficult I pour 1/2 a bottle of baby oil into each tank after they’ve been emptied. I put a few gallons of water in each tank and work the valves back and forth at least a dozen times. Has always worked for me. Others have suggested using vegetable oil too.

    Good luck!

    #49773

    Yes, the Sewer Solution wouldn’t be the best option for boondocking. It uses quite a bit of water.

    I just watched a YouTube video that was posted Sunday.
    <h1 class=”title style-scope ytd-video-primary-info-renderer”>How To Empty RV Grey and Black Tanks Without A Dump Station On Site! Boondocking Tip </h1>
    He tells which components he uses and demonstrates. I looked up the prices on his Amazon links, just over $400. There has to be a cheaper way!

    #49783

    The sewer solution doesn’t work as well as advertised.  I came across this when I was checking out options for sewer hoses:

    #49787

    At La Posa South LTVA there is a sani dump monitor in a blue pickup by the name of Dwight. He sells the macerator kit and hose for a good price. Wish I had known this before I bought mine. He’s not on every day so you may have to check back a few times.

    Cheers!

    #49799

    I don’t normally post videos for fixes posted by different sites but maybe this one can help you and anyone else who may be having issues with their dump valves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GDErKY05-8     Sorry Ray but thought maybe it could help.

    #49813

    I don’t normally post videos for fixes posted by different sites but maybe this one can help you and anyone else who may be having issues with their dump valves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GDErKY05-8 Sorry Ray but thought maybe it could help.

    That’s a pretty interesting idea in that video.  It’s a great idea, I just wonder if the tap screw eventually leaks without a rubber o-ring on it? :unsure:   I wonder if anyone here has done it?

    On a side note, I completely agree with you about posting certain videos from other sites, even though I just posted one.  It is certainly not my intention to be disrespectful to Ray in any aspect.  However, your video of the valve tip might be a good tip that no one thought of here thought of.  I sure as heck would have never thought of that.  I think I’m going to test it out on the extra valve I bought for the end of my sewer pipe.

    In my case with the video that I shared, it was mostly to show the sewer solution in action so you can see how it works inside the clear tank.  I don’t know about you, but being able to see what actually goes on inside your tank and how various sewer tank cleanouts methods work was just fascinating to me.  But that’s just me.

     

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