Fresh water drain leak

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Tom

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Forum member Robert (aka Caltex) found the fresh water tank drain valve on his Winnebago Vectra wasn't fully closing, resulting in a leak. The valve is operated by a handle in the service bay and a long cable that actuates the valve at the bottom of the tank.

A call to the dealer received the response "we don't know; we'll call Winnebago and call you back". When the dealer didn't call back, Robert called Winnebago and they suggested removing a large metal plate beneath the tank. This looked like a lot of work and, with little time left to depart on a trip, it was on to plan B.

The output of the drain valve is 1.5" PVC pipe, so it was a simple task to glue on e threaded adapter and cap the end.
 

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Jim Dick

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Tom,

Nice quick fix. When Robert gets a chance I would suggest trying to straighten out that cable. It seems awfully convoluted and might not allow the valve to close all the way. For the life of me I can't figure out why manufacturers do things like this!! I still say EVERY so called RV engineer should be forced to spend at least 3-6 months in their creation. Then we would see things done quite differently.
 

Tom

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Hi Jim,

Yes, that cable route really is convoluted. Looks like they used a cable that's way too long and routed it to take up the excess.
 

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Tom said:
Hi Jim,

Yes, that cable route really is convoluted. Looks like they used a cable that's way too long and routed it to take up the excess.

Most likely that cable has several uses elsewhere and it's just convenient for them to adapt to this application even though it isn't proper.  :(
 

Tom

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Frank,

I'm not sure if that's maybe a hand soap.
 

Tom

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Robert, it just 'dawned' on me what it is  ;D
 

Shayne

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Tom  I thought it was cold where you are  but still that's a lot of corn you just shucked
 

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