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Old 03-23-2018, 03:32 PM   #1
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2018 Coleman tank valves

Hello, new to the forum, first travel trailer. Had a class A years ago so I have some experience dumping holding tanks. I cannot for the life of me figure out EXACTLY what I’m looking at, and the dealership “delivery” guy(the guy that does a walkthrough with you when you buy a trailer) wasn’t sure either, got his manager and he also didn’t know for sure. On my 2018 Coleman 285bhwe I have 2 grey holding tanks, kitchen and bathroom, and 1 black. Kitchen tank, self explanatory, no problem there... Bathroom is a different story, only one 3” pipe coming out and only one valve handle, cannot see the pipe configuration because of the insulation. Stickers on the coach indicate “grey tank” and “black tank” on either side of the pipe... but only ONE valve?? So it it possible they dump sequentially so everything can be flushed properly, or does it dump both simultaneously. Again, no help from the dealership, and can’t find anyone to give me a straight answer. Any help would be great, thank you in advance.
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Old 03-23-2018, 05:03 PM   #3
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Sometimes they hide a valve between the axles or some other hard to reach place.
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It could be a combined tank....

I would close the valve then dump a bucket of water in one location, like the toilet, then pull the handle and see what happens. Close the handle then dump water in the shower, pull the handle. You SHOULD have 3 handles, 2 gray tanks and one black tank.

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Old 03-23-2018, 06:02 PM   #5
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Checked there as well, no luck. Called Keystone Dutchmen, sent them pics of the underbelly... customer service is stumped, they sent it off to the production side to get help, they’re puzzled as well but are looking into it. Still waiting, lol. I’m just glad we got her a couple months before our first real scheduled trip with it, hopefully get these bugs ironed out before Memorial Day in Flagstaff.
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Thanks Aaron, I’ll try that now
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Old 03-23-2018, 06:48 PM   #7
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I know I would be very careful pulling the cap off of that pipe with out a visible valve...... bean counters at Dutchman might have cut cost again and left the valve out....
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Thank you all for the input, Dutchmen emailed back and said “they are plumbed together and only the one valve handle”... that being said, Thom, you were right!! Aaron, thanks for the advice to use a bucket and dump water through. Pulled the cap and SPLASH!! Septic water right at me, verified the valve that is there was closed, dumped water down the toilet and it went straight through, dumped water down the shower and nothing till I pulled the valve. Looks like I’m running to state trailer supply to get a valve this weekend. Gonna email Dutchmen back and let them know as well. Thank God it hasn’t been used yet!! That could’ve been a nightmare!
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Thank you all for the input, Dutchmen emailed back and said “they are plumbed together and only the one valve handle”... that being said, Thom, you were right!! Aaron, thanks for the advice to use a bucket and dump water through. Pulled the cap and SPLASH!! Septic water right at me, verified the valve that is there was closed, dumped water down the toilet and it went straight through, dumped water down the shower and nothing till I pulled the valve. Looks like I’m running to state trailer supply to get a valve this weekend. Gonna email Dutchmen back and let them know as well. Thank God it hasn’t been used yet!! That could’ve been a nightmare!
Let me get this right. You have NO handle or shut off valve on the Black Tank?
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Yup, that would be correct Frank, no valve... no handle... just the cap. I consider myself lucky I check and thoroughly familiarize myself with stuff before I put anything to use, I truly hope that mine is just a fluke, and not a common oversight for this model.
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