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Old 08-23-2005, 01:51 PM   #15
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OMG, Wendy...bad omen on the Maiden Voyage I definitely think the rest of the gang has nailed it for you; bad valve somewhere. I hate to think of a bad exp. for newbies, cause I could have easily been us, too. Hopefully, all will turn out OK after this -

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Old 08-23-2005, 02:51 PM   #16
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I know that the first few trips with any new rig are going to point out (and clearly!) the problems that it may have but the black water tank issue sure stunk (pun intended) for this newbie!!

We called the dealer and they also think it's a bad valve but the soonest that they could get us in is the 20th of next month---or so they say. I think a second phone call is in order and maybe I'll raise my voice a little to make them understand that this needs to be done NOW, if not yesterday!

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Old 08-23-2005, 04:04 PM   #17
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One thing for sure,

Go out and buy disposible gloves and don't handle any waste lines or hoses without putting on gloves. Don't use leather or cloth gardening gloves, when they get wet they still contanimate your hands.

Sounds like your valve is defective, either bent or missing the actual slide plate. The dealer should be able to fix this easily.

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Old 08-23-2005, 05:12 PM   #18
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Hey. If he can't get you worked in, tell him you'll mail him a quart sample of what is coming out, so they can be fully prepared for the repair.
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Old 08-24-2005, 04:37 PM   #19
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You can get a cap with a water hose connection on it. When going to dump first unscrew the cap slightly for the water hose connection and if nothing comes out then remove the big cap and hook up the hose. This way you don't lose your religon.
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Old 08-24-2005, 08:50 PM   #20
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I guess I was lucky, the dealer where I bought my new TT from leaves the valves open and the cap off while the unit is on the lot. They also add water to the tank and check things out. When they dumped the tanks, they left the valves open and capped the outlet. I also did some of my own check out when I got home. Lucky for me all I put in the tanks was fresh water, I discovered the open valves when I was emptying the tanks before camping. It is not uncommon for valves to stick a bit. There is something called valve lube that you put down the drains and it lubes the seals. It could also be that things are just new and need a few cycles to break in.

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