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Old 11-14-2012, 07:27 AM   #1
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Electric Dump Valves

I am considering putting an electric dump valve to my gray tank. Does anyone have any experience with this. Any suggestions. Brands to use or avoid? Inquiring minds want to know.
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I installed them on our previous RV, a travel trailer, because it came with those horrible cable-operated valves which never closed properly. After I experienced one too many "effluent baths", I decided to install the Drain Master brand, sold by Camping World or online.
All in all we had good luck with them, although I had some issues with the LED open/close lights not working properly. Sometimes you could not tell if the gate was fully open or closed although I never had another dousing like we did before. The tank drainage of the TT was poor to begin with and I think that crud built up around the gates and even though the electric valves were closed, the gate might have been off a slight bit, enough that the light would not go off when closed.
Whatever brand you buy, be sure it has some sort of manual override in case of failure. The Drain Master has a screw in the side to manually open the valve, I never had to use it though.
Hope this helps.
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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I also had a DrainMaster on my '85 Winnebago Chieftain when they first came out. Worked well.

Westbound on I-40 heading into Arkansas, lanes closed down to one for a construction zone. From waaaay back saw a small Mercedes coming real fast to beat me into the one lane. Of course, he didn't make it. He was almost into anti-skid to keep from rear-ending me.

Flashed lights, horn honking for almost 12 miles of one lane zone. Westbound into the setting sun, I could see him in my mirrors out of control in the car. K-rails close aboard both sides, or he would have gone around me.

As I came to the end, he was so close I couldn't even see him. Just prior to exiting the tight single lane, I opened the electric black tank outlet, and gave him a 40 gallon blue bath. As he pulled to the side of the road, I saw blue toilet paper being swished side to side on the windsheild.

I pulled off at the next offramp, and took the parallel state highway to a campground, and stayed the night.

There are days I wish I had one of those again. I heartily reccommend mounting the switch at the drivers' seat.
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Really now? Is that true of just black waste?

Either way I cann't stop laughing. Thanks for that!
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Truly well deserved.
The issue I have seen with them was on a Carriage. The were not installed properly. If you look carefully, there is a smooth side on the inner part of the valve. These were installed sideways so that anything in the water would get in the blade groove. It was designed so that the blade pulled up, and closed down.
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You dont need it. Dump. Fill. Dump. Forget.

Nuff said
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I also had a DrainMaster on my '85 Winnebago Chieftain when they first came out. Worked well.

Westbound on I-40 heading into Arkansas, lanes closed down to one for a construction zone. From waaaay back saw a small Mercedes coming real fast to beat me into the one lane. Of course, he didn't make it. He was almost into anti-skid to keep from rear-ending me.

Flashed lights, horn honking for almost 12 miles of one lane zone. Westbound into the setting sun, I could see him in my mirrors out of control in the car. K-rails close aboard both sides, or he would have gone around me.

As I came to the end, he was so close I couldn't even see him. Just prior to exiting the tight single lane, I opened the electric black tank outlet, and gave him a 40 gallon blue bath. As he pulled to the side of the road, I saw blue toilet paper being swished side to side on the windsheild.

I pulled off at the next offramp, and took the parallel state highway to a campground, and stayed the night.

There are days I wish I had one of those again. I heartily reccommend mounting the switch at the drivers' seat.
I have a licence plate frame on the rear of MH reads; Back off or I'll flush!!! I need one of those valves
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What a great story. That is one of those things that keeps the fun in driving. It like a real live video game. You never run out of folks that feel they should mess with you and it never works out well for them.
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several years ago a famous band was crossing a bridge over the miss. river in new orleans in one of the large coaches. someone decided to dump the tanks just happened to be a ferry below. not a pretty site
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several years ago a famous band was crossing a bridge over the miss. river in new orleans in one of the large coaches. someone decided to dump the tanks just happened to be a ferry below. not a pretty site
The same thing happened in Chicago a number of years ago when the Dave Matthews Band tour bus was crossing a bridge over the Chicago river. There was a tour boat on the river below, everyone got doused with "effluent".
While it sounds humorous at first blush, it was not. There were numerous lawsuits over the incident. The band initially said it was an accident but I'm not sure what the outcome was.
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People and their lawsuits:doh:
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