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Old 06-27-2014, 01:37 PM   #1
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Broken shear pin on handle of gray tank?

Hubby just opened up the gray tank and had the pull handle with about 12 inches of tubing, end up in his hand. Apparently there is a shear pin that connects the outer handle to another piece of tubing under the floor of our fifth wheel that opens and closes the gray tank. We have a 2006 Montana fifth wheel (37ft). The bottom is enclosed and the only opening to the part that the handle and tube connected to is a slit in the carpet of the basement. We are really tight on money so if we can fix it ourselves, that would be great. Does anyone know how we should access the underside to find the rest of the tube? Do we have to pull up the carpet and go thru that way? Or do we go in from the underside? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-27-2014, 01:53 PM   #2
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So is the flap in the closed or open position now? If open you can put a shut off on the end the hose attaches too.

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Old 06-27-2014, 02:00 PM   #3
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This problem is common simply due to the fact that when a person opens one of these gates, they do so will a lot of force and it slams open to the end of the gate travel. After doing this a few times, something is going to break.

I always pull with the handle between my index and middle finger with my thumb pressed against the body of the gate and push with it until the gate breaks loose from the sticky closed position. Then the valve handle will pull out easily without slamming up against the stop.

Repairing a broken gate is usually easier if you just replace the entire gate (if you can get access to it).

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Old 06-27-2014, 02:10 PM   #4
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You've got to remove the screws and aluminum strips holding the plastic, drop it down and then find where the valve is.
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Old 06-27-2014, 03:38 PM   #5
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I would suggest to remove the belly pan to gain access to fix the handle and assess whether or not it could be fixed. The valves are quite simple to replace, it just takes a bit of time to expose the valve and usually from there it is pretty straight forward. It may very well be worth your while to just replace the whole assembly as already suggested.
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