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Old 08-26-2017, 11:13 PM   #1
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Talking about the Black Water and why the F&&^&ing handle keeps working its way out and dumping into the waste pipe...while I am driving.
It has happened more than once...and it is not a happy surprise...to take of the end cap and have a load of C(*^P end up at my feet and over everything.
So why does the rod with the handle work its way out as I drive....and it takes maybe a hundred miles plus?
And then, how to fix that?
And I am sorry to the guys that have to wait at a dump site while I clean up everything....the wait is worth it.

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You can use a bungee cord to hold the gate handle?

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Old 08-26-2017, 11:47 PM   #3
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I wish that would work. There is no place to hold the handle back in the closed position.

I want to know why it is happening...
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Don't know your exact set-up, but if the handle is connected to a rod that goes through a hanging vertical support, you could use a small, 4" pair of vice grips behind the support. This should prevent the rod from moving forward and the vice grips are easy to lock and unlock. You could also put a rubber grommet next to the support to control noise and prevent the vice grips from rattling.
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You could replace the manual valve with an electric one, I doubt it would open by itself. https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Drain...2dm20-rpms.htm, https://www.amazon.com/Valterra-E100.../dp/B004RCXC1G

I had a few of black water valves and never had self-opening incidents. Is it possible that valve gate seal(s) are missing and the only friction you have is on the gate’s rod?
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You might want to try tightening the clamping bolts on the valve itself. These would be the 4 bolts that actually hold the sandwhich of the valve together. Went clamped together, the bolts should be putting some pressure on the slider to make it seal correctly and stay in the position it is set to.
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You can use a bungee cord to hold the gate handle?

Or you can pad the inner part of the dump handles door with foam like material that will put pressure on the handle and help it remain shut/closed, until you can come up with a more permanent solution? Just thinking out loud...
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Getting an appointment to have this fixed. My ERA is only 4 months old. The sad part (other than the actual problem ) is that last time I got an appointment to have warranty work done, it took almost 2 months to get into the shop..there goes the summer.
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Getting an appointment to have this fixed. My ERA is only 4 months old. The sad part (other than the actual problem ) is that last time I got an appointment to have warranty work done, it took almost 2 months to get into the shop..there goes the summer.
Eric, that's to bad. I know things will work out and maybe we'll see ya down the road soon. Be safe, stay alert and enjoy the ride. Best. Shorty sends...
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Getting an appointment to have this fixed. My ERA is only 4 months old. The sad part (other than the actual problem ) is that last time I got an appointment to have warranty work done, it took almost 2 months to get into the shop..there goes the summer.
Hi Eric,

If a Roadtrek Dealer won't do warranty work for 2 months, can someone else do the work with Roadtrek agreeing? What about 3 months.......

Since this is 'only' the black water tank and sh*t, just use wag bags or equivalent. Some folks use only these, no black water tank. You already have a toilet!

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