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Old 06-27-2007, 04:22 PM   #1
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My black water cable operated valve is not closing all of the way on my 5th wheel 2003 Thor Jazz. I have opened up the bottom of my fifth wheel and gotten to it. I am sure toilet paper or something has gotten in it. If not and the seal is damaged, can it be replaced or do you have to order a whole new valve?

Also we knocked a vent pipe off and had water coming out of the grey water tank. I finally figured it out and it has a black plastic pipe going down into a rubber fitting in the top of the tank. It has a sealer but not sure of what kind. Access is hard to get to. I can put it back in but feel like it will come out again. It looks like a non hardening glue or almost pipe dope. So I think silicone will not stick to it. Anyone know what to reseal it with?
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My black water cable operated valve is not closing all of the way on my 5th wheel 2003 Thor Jazz. I have opened up the bottom of my fifth wheel and gotten to it. I am sure toilet paper or something has gotten in it. If not and the seal is damaged, can it be replaced or do you have to order a whole new valve?

Also we knocked a vent pipe off and had water coming out of the grey water tank. I finally figured it out and it has a black plastic pipe going down into a rubber fitting in the top of the tank. It has a sealer but not sure of what kind. Access is hard to get to. I can put it back in but feel like it will come out again. It looks like a non hardening glue or almost pipe dope. So I think silicone will not stick to it. Anyone know what to reseal it with?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 06-30-2007, 01:27 PM   #3
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Don't know about the greywater vent pipe but on the issue of the blackwater gate valve, it is a case of labor vs. cost. Go ahead and replace the gate valve. They are cheap. And it won't be the last one that you replace. They don't seem to last that long.

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Old 07-01-2007, 01:40 PM   #4
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I replaced black and gray valves and gaskets about 2 years. Cost was about $25 and it took me about 30-45 min. Coulld have been quicker, but I wasn't in a hurry.

Good luck.

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Old 07-01-2007, 02:52 PM   #5
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I went ahead and bought the manual Valterra valves as they were pretty cheap and on the shelf. I will just use the seals out of it. Hopefully the blade itself is ok.

Since the blackwater valve was not closing all of the way, it was letting the solids pile up while letting the fluid out. This was starting to back up my Black water tank.

I was on the Camping world site and they had a valve on there called the flushking. You put it on your waste pipe where you drain your sewage and back fill your tank. It is a Valterra valve that has a water inlet on it on the tank side of the valve. I did it about 10-11 times and started getting lost of solids coming out of the tank so now I can change the valve. It also is clear so you can see what is coming out. It works really well. Never seen one before. NOW TO CHANGE THOSE VALVES WITH CLEAN PIPES!
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Old 07-09-2007, 06:30 PM   #6
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Cable valves work only if the cable is straight. Any bends keep it open.
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Old 07-23-2007, 06:37 AM   #7
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Does anyone know if the stainless Valtera valves last any longer than the plastic ones?
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Old 08-05-2007, 10:57 AM   #8
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Actually the cables don't have to be straight but the cable housing must be clamped down where they can't flex. I had trouble with my black water drain and finally installed an electric drain on it. Main reason for the electric was the location of the valve, very difficult to get to.
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