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Old 01-18-2019, 07:10 PM   #1
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The saga continues, Can not open GRAY WATER TANK.

Oh boy, just barely over a year old 243BHSL.


Last time we were out I really had to yank on the gray water handle to open it at the dump station. Black water was fine. Thanks for small favors.


Getting ready for another trip and No Go on the gray water release.


I can apply some force. But figured I would check here first before I create more problems. The valves come out together under the left rear of trailer next to the common dump pipe. Any suggestions or can anyone tell what the rod actually hooks up to?? IS there any additional linkage involved? Or is the rod directly hooked up to the valve??


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Old 01-18-2019, 08:05 PM   #2
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I have had a few trailers over about 10 years or so and never had this issue. Seems odd. Not sure if you can get to the part that slides open but possibly try some water proof lube like they use on pool valves so they donít stick? You can buy on line or at pool supply stores.

Someone else will know better than me.

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Old 01-18-2019, 08:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply.



I kind of think it may not be in the actual valve. The only ones I have seen seem to be a big blade deal.



I am thinking it may be the linkage. I can probably get access by taking the corner of the under belly cover loose. Looks like it is bolted to the frame. But may have adhesive also ughhh.


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Old 01-18-2019, 09:43 PM   #4
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I had the same issue a couple of times. It may be too late to lube it up with WD40 to get it to release but u can try. I replaced mine with electrics (didn't need the electrics but decided to dump the cable). Good luck.
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It seems about 3 or four years ago there was a rash of voltage owners that was breaking their cables or couldn't pull them open (or they couldn't close them all the way also). Lots of them broke and some of the smarter than me folks on here pretty much came to a concensus the the root cause was the actual dump cables were entirely too long and they were coiled up and zip tied then thrown in the belly. This was causing kinks in the cable or the casing would rub through and the internal cable would rapidly rust.
If they are still using the same cables, there was no way to effectively lubricate them because they had sealed ends.
This is the primary reason those who put in electric valves did so, and are glad they did.....
Me, I sold my voltage and bought a Tiffin.
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BY THE WAY...If you purchased the extended warranty, they will pay for replacing both cables.
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I had the same issue a couple of times. It may be too late to lube it up with WD40 to get it to release but u can try. I replaced mine with electrics (didn't need the electrics but decided to dump the cable). Good luck.



Thanks, I guess I will have to open up the underside to get to it to do anything.
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It seems about 3 or four years ago there was a rash of voltage owners that was breaking their cables or couldn't pull them open (or they couldn't close them all the way also). Lots of them broke and some of the smarter than me folks on here pretty much came to a concensus the the root cause was the actual dump cables were entirely too long and they were coiled up and zip tied then thrown in the belly. This was causing kinks in the cable or the casing would rub through and the internal cable would rapidly rust.
If they are still using the same cables, there was no way to effectively lubricate them because they had sealed ends.
This is the primary reason those who put in electric valves did so, and are glad they did.....
Me, I sold my voltage and bought a Tiffin.



Ouch! Well that would explain my problem. Thanks for the history.

Oh my aching back. Coming soon.


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BY THE WAY...If you purchased the extended warranty, they will pay for replacing both cables.

Nope, did not.



Such is life.
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Can someone confirm that this the type of valve we are taking about??


https://www.etrailer.com/RV-Sewer/Va...YaAgO_EALw_wcB


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