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Old 08-23-2016, 03:57 PM   #1
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Question on sewer connection

Is this standard for 5th wheels to have the sewer pipes exposed and unprotected?

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Oh yeah. Different brands, different models.

Your pictures don't show anything I haven't seen before.
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Yup. Depends on the manufacturer and design of the unit.
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Oh yeah. Different brands, different models.

Your pictures don't show anything I haven't seen before.
^^^yeah! What he said^^^
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Yes. However, there are manufacturers that have them concealed and/or up higher near the frame. For the most part, it isn't a problem to have exposed unless it creates a low clearance or is not aesthetically pleasing to look at from the exterior view.
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That's probably some of the worst I've seen. Exposed valves could freeze up in cold weather. With that said it looks common. But not right. I prefer the pipes not exiting till they are closer to the edge and the valve tucked up in the insulation. Looks like a cheap cost cutting build IMO.
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That's probably some of the worst I've seen. Exposed valves could freeze up in cold weather. With that said it looks common. But not right. I prefer the pipes not exiting till they are closer to the edge and the valve tucked up in the insulation. Looks like a cheap cost cutting build IMO.
Yep. You can tell a lot about the overall build from looking in the basement, cabinets, and underneath. If the wires, pipes, etc. are sloppy and done just to get them done, tells you something about how the unit was put together IMO.
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Easy access, but too low for me! And, not much slope created for some of the dump stations I've seen lately. That's why you see guys lifting up the hoses to get the stuff out of them. LOL, reminds me of a snake that just ate a mouse or something!
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Three season units have them exposed. A four season unit will have them in the heated basement area. Cost money to enclsoe the underbelly.

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As TXiceman says, the valves may be in the heated underbelly on some units to protect them from freezing. However, all the terminations I have seen on travel trailers and 5th wheels are still outside and depending on how the pipes run can still be exposed to physical damage.
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Is this standard for 5th wheels to have the sewer pipes exposed and unprotected?

It is on that one!
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It is on that one!
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Well you better hope tou never throw a rock or anything else laying on the road . Very poor and cheap design .
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Is this standard for 5th wheels to have the sewer pipes exposed and unprotected?

I would run away from that one. Ours only has the nub to attach the slinky exposed, every thing else is enclosed. Just my 2c worth.
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