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Old 10-19-2013, 04:58 PM   #1
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Allure Dump valve access

I plan to do some proactive maintenance and replace my gray and black water dump valves. Mine are mostly hidden behind the stainless panel thru which a number of things pass or seem attached. It appears that this panel must be removed to access the dump valves.

Has anyone with a CC done this? If so, did you have to completely remove the panel or just remove the screws and pull it outward at the bottom enough to reach the valves?
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Mine isn't stainless but there is a small panel the you remove to access the valves. This smaller panel is attached to a larger panel that alows access to all the plumbing. I haven't taken mine off but I have had the valves changed out and replace screws that no longer worked after they replaced them.
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I plan to do some proactive maintenance and replace my gray and black water dump valves. Mine are mostly hidden behind the stainless panel thru which a number of things pass or seem attached. It appears that this panel must be removed to access the dump valves.

Has anyone with a CC done this? If so, did you have to completely remove the panel or just remove the screws and pull it outward at the bottom enough to reach the valves?
I have the stainless paneled version too, which I would like to explore behind to check out connections etc so would be interested in the outcome of this thread. As a supplementary, do dump valves have a life expectancy in any event, perhaps some people with older coaches will chime in?

Michael
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By the way did you sort out the round key for code access?
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I have the stainless paneled version too, which I would like to explore behind to check out connections etc so would be interested in the outcome of this thread. As a supplementary, do dump valves have a life expectancy in any event, perhaps some people with older coaches will chime in?

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By the way did you sort out the round key for code access?
From my experience with two travel trailers and two previous motorhomes, yes dump valves have a finite life. While it is hard to predict when one will start leaking, somewhere around 6 - 7 years seems about average from my experience. The most dreaded failure is for the rod to separate from the plastic blade on a black water valve . Getting the tank dumped to replace the valve increases the chances of a Robin Williams experience.

I'm just doing preventative stuff before I retire and we start traveling a lot more in the spring.
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18 yrs and 5,000 miles per year use. Still have the original valves.
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18 yrs and 5,000 miles per year use. Still have the original valves.
Maybe they used some really good valves in the year/s your coach was made. Mine has the standard Valterra plastic valve.
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