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Old 05-11-2015, 09:03 AM   #1
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Black Tank Disaster

Hello out there.... has anyone ever had to bring the rig in to have dumped by having to take the dump valve off, because it's so stuck , can't open the gate. By trailers valve is of course in the center , not easy to reach at all. So it has a rod extention on it. I'm bringing it in and was wondering how much it's gonna cost us? He said it was 25 to dump but if the Tech has to figure it out its 75 minumum! It can't be much to install a new valve, what are they 13 bucks? Help!!!$$$$
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Explain a bit more about the situation. Is the rod still on the gate valve? You can loosen the four valve bolts a bit and see if you can pull the valve. What model is your unit?
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It's a 2006 Jayfeather, it's so low to the ground can't get under far enough to reach it. The black tank is1/2 full
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Would have to jack the thing up on one side to be able the get under to see if the rod is still attached.
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Crank up the front jack as high as possible. Be sure your TT is blocked behind the wheels and put some blocking under the hitch for extra safety. You might be able to reach the valve. When you can pull the handle more than normal the rod may be disconnected from the gate valve. If not it is just stuck
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:02 PM   #6
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I hate working on sewer systems on boats. But it's part of the job. I'd pay good money to keep from having to work on my campers system. Camping is supposed to be fun. Good luck.
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:48 PM   #7
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Yea it's stuck alright...brought it to Dixie Rv don't ever go there btw, horrible. and they broke the rod off so now it's just the gate. How can I suck it out through the inside toilet? There's an elbow on the pipe to the black tank so johnny on the spot could not get the hose down far enough to get the tank emptied!!!! Any ideas????
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Old 05-13-2015, 12:55 PM   #8
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use a Shop-Vac
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You could probably fix this problem yourself. Here is what I would do:

-Most tank drains exit facing the front or rear of the trailer. They then make a 90 to go out to the side. If the pipe exiting the tank faces the back of the trailer, lower the tongue to the ground. This will keep most of the contents in the tank. If it drains to the front, then raise the tongue as high as you can. If it exits directly to one side, jack up that side. Do whatever you can to keep as much of the contents in the tank as possible.
-The valve is held in place by 4 bolts and nuts. It is very easy to remove. I would put as large of a container under the valve as I could to catch anything that comes out. carefully remove all the nuts/bolts. Slide the valve out (staying as far from it as you can) and let it drain.
-Slide a new valve in place and secure.

I know it is a little gross, but if some "stuff" gets on the ground, I would just put some water/bleach on it and then hose it down. I don't think that fixing this is as bad as you may imagine.
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Shop vac would be my first attempt. I'd be prepared to sacrifice it when done. Might be easier if the toilet is removed. Short of that prepare for a huge mess and cut the valve off with a sawzall.

Another idea is cut a hole in the side of the tank up high and suck it out (shopvac). Should be able to find some kind of flange and gasket kit to cover up. How does one of those tornadoes install? Cut the hole, clean out, and then install???? I'm not too familiar with that product and don't know the specs. Might be worth looking into.
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