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Old 07-13-2016, 11:30 PM   #1
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Minor Plumbing Improvement

Today I decided to get rid of one of those annoying Dutchmen cost cutting measures. I cut off the plastic drain line caps used to drain the fresh water system and replaced them with ball valves.

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This is what I ended up with --





If you do this make sure the handle is 'Up' when opened. If it is 'Down' to open there is the chance that vibrations and gravity could have it come open and drain your tank while you are going down the highway.

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Thumbs up Nice job!

That's a great idea! I believe that you have given me a project to do now that I am between trips. Sometimes a simple fix like that can make life just a little easier.
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Just curious, what is the benefit?

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1 - You don't need wrenches or pliers to drain the tank/lines.
2 - After a few time of taking the plastic caps off and on they begin to leak and you have to reapply Teflon tape.
3- If you crank the cap to tight to stop it from leaking, then you strip the plastic threads and it leaks even more.
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Good idea, I might use it on my Coleman TT thanks for sharing
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Our camper came equiped with ball valves. I guess them plastic vavles just got too expensive and were cutting into the bottom line.
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1 - You don't need wrenches or pliers to drain the tank/lines.
2 - After a few time of taking the plastic caps off and on they begin to leak and you have to reapply Teflon tape.
3- If you crank the cap to tight to stop it from leaking, then you strip the plastic threads and it leaks even more.
I only ever tighten my low point drain caps finger tight, no teflon tape, and have never noticed a leak. And the fresh water drain cap seems to be designed for hand-tightening only, there are no wrench flats on the cap. But a valve would make things easier by not having a cap to lose.
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