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Old 03-30-2012, 08:41 PM   #1
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Water Tank Drain Valve

Getting ready to de-winterize/sanitize the freshwater tank/lines tomorrow on our recently acquired 2004 Dutch Star DP. Where is the valve located to drain the tank as all I see are valves for the low level cold and hot lines. Surely there is a valve with a 90 degree somewhere for the fresh water tank.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:48 PM   #2
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Look into the bottom ,left corner of the service bay, inward,where the heating duct /tubing comes out, you find the drain valve.
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If you look under coach in general location of fresh water tank should see drain pipe coming through the floor of coach, than look in corresponding compartment and should see valve on same pipe. If you didn't notice before loading your compartment now the fun may begin.
Here is info on how to sanitize your water system and do not forget your hot water heater.
You can start by putting the bleach in the empty water hose and fill your fresh water tank.
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I'm sure some of are familiar with the phrase, "if it had teeth it would have bit you". My thanks to siggyD and 007 for steering me in the right direction as the drain valve has been located, albeit small and partially hidden, but there. I've come to the conclusion that the folks that design these rv's do certain things to mess with folks.
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When your new to these coach's, WE can have a chuckle, because we have most of the answers that you will have some day to answer for someone else.
We have all been there so do not feel alone.
After you have the answers you will realize the Newmar people have made things fairly simple.
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I'm still searching for mine.......

New to me 2004 DSDP model 3809 and I'm still searching for the water tank drain valve. When I called Newmar, they asked if I had "pegboard" in the rear passenger side compartment in front of the wheels. Yes, I do... factory installed. According to them, the pegboard must be removed (not a simple thing) in order to access the drain valve. You must be kidding as this is something that is done quite often and what genius made the decision to make it so difficult? When I do find and access that valve, I will either cut a hole in the pegboard or re-route it to an easier location.

I'm posting in dis-belief and hoping someone with this model will tell me there is an easier way. Anyone??
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Look into the bottom ,left corner of the service bay, inward,where the heating duct /tubing comes out, you find the drain valve.
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Planocat, should be the same location as above.
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Not on my coach.......

It may be there on your coach and Ziggy's, but it's not there on mine. Still searching for an answer
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You just haven't looked hard enough!
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picture?

Perhaps I haven't looked hard enough....although as a motorhome owner since 1978 I haven't had a "search deficiency" in the past. The RV technician I use for repairs must also have a SD as he couldn't find it either while he was installing a new water pump.

Perhaps someone with a 2004 Dutch Star model 3809 could post a picture of just where we aren't looking. Or we can trade pictures of just where you think it might be and what I find in that location.

IF it is behind the pegboard as Newmar seems to think it might be, I'll stand by my statement that it was designed by either Dumb or Dumber at the Newmar factory.

Still waiting for a response other than "you haven't looked hard enough".
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Look again into the water/sewer service bay on the driver side!
Now look deep into the bottom left corner where the heating tube comes out.
Thats where it was on my former 05 Kountry Star DP,just like it is on the
2011 DSDP.
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.........and it is not behind the pegboard
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Thats where it will be. It was on my '01 DSDP and is on my '05 MADP.

It is well behind the pan beneath the hookups and dump connection and nearly out of sight. May have to feel around. I have trouble finding it when I drain every 4-6 months.

I'm positive it's not behind the pegboard.

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Similar situation on my Gulf Stream. Finally just tossed in the towel and cut water lines on the bottom of the coach and installed my own drains. Tons of them .. zip luck getting any of the manufacturer's to do anything.

Open the/my valves, turn on the water pump and open the interior facets and water pours out of all 'holes.'
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