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Old 09-20-2021, 09:30 AM   #1
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Trailer Dump Valve replacement

My new travel trailer has an issue with the 3" black water dump valve - appears the valve stem is bent.

I did a little bit of research, and it looks like it would be cheaper and quicker for me to replace than to get it to a dealer for repair. Camping World appears to have in stock for $16. I figure it will take me 10 minutes to replace, and another 5-10 minutes to get my old bones off the ground and back on my feet.

My questions are:

1. The valve is installed from the factory with the handle facing down at about a 45 degree angle. That goes against my engineering thought process, as vibration down the road could cause the handle to vibrate down. I know, paranoid on my part, but it leaves the handle closer to road surface than I like. I have not looked to see if there is clearance to install it at a different angle and still be able to fully operate it, but I assume that the 4-bolt flange can be installed in any of 4 orientations?

2. Is there a different place than Camping World I should consider for purchasing the valve? I haven't purchased enough parts for travel trailers to know who/what may be out there to purchase parts. Not interested in an Amazon purchase, I just want to go pick it up and install it. I am in the Fort Worth area, if that makes a difference, and typically, I travel all over Fort Worth in the course of a week.
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Yes the valve can be installed , 4 different ways.

Any place that has RV parts has the valve ( Walmart, may even have the same brand at a better price that CW)

Half fill the tank with clean water , take the trailer for a 20 mile drive then dump , prior to replacement AND still be ready for when you remove the valve.
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Old 09-20-2021, 11:36 AM   #3
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Yes the valve can be installed , 4 different ways.

Any place that has RV parts has the valve ( Walmart, may even have the same brand at a better price that CW)

Half fill the tank with clean water , take the trailer for a 20 mile drive then dump , prior to replacement AND still be ready for when you remove the valve.
Thanks. I wasn't thinking walmart would carry the valve. Will take a look. Need to run by wally world tonight anyway.

I am expecting a smell. Only one trip out so far, so maybe not so bad. After all, it has barely been above 100 deg F since that one trip.
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One trick is to raise the outlet side of the trailer so it will not drain on you.
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One trick is to raise the outlet side of the trailer so it will not drain on you.
My drain lines are angled down a good bit, I would have to tilt the trailer 30 degrees or so to make that work.

It is probably great to insure the tank is drained completely, but it also means my outlet is extremely low, closer to the road than I prefer. In campsites, it never seems to fail, I have to raise the tongue a good bit to level the trailer, at that puts the outlet closer to the ground. Makes it difficult to get any drop from the outlet to the sewer hookup, so water sits in the sewer hose.

I drained the tank and flushed it pretty good at our last campout. I am thinking it will not be too bad. Surgical gloves and a stiff upper lip will hopefully let me complete my mission. I often have to go into abandoned homes in one of my other lives, so I am somewhat accustom to the smells.

Checked my local Walmart, would have to order the valve, no less expensive than Camping World. Will probably just pick up a valve at Camping World and try to swap this weekend, early in AM before the temps rise. (We do have a nice cold front going through today to cool temps down. )
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Pick up a small tube of plumberís grease as well, sometimes called faucet grease. There will be an O-ring on each side of your new valve which must stay in position during install. Smear some of the plumbers grease on the O-ring to hold them in place. Also will help the rubber stay viable.
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Completed the replacement yesterday morning.

There was enough flex in lines to slip the old out and new back in fairly easily. I didn't use the grease suggestion, but can see where it would help.

The valve handle was originally at a 7 o'clock angle. Rotated it into a 2 o'clock angle.

Camper World had the valve but the shelf price was higher than web price. They agreed to price match to lower price.

I took a pan to collect the residue in tank. Had maybe a pint that came out, not too bad a smell. I also took a 5 gallon bucket of water to rinse my hands and put in toilet to check for leaks.
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I did the same last weekend. My underbelly cover got in the way but still not a job I would look forward to doing..
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