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Old 08-25-2015, 04:30 PM   #1
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I am getting to old for this..reaching the drain valves

I have 3 tanks to dump on my camper, i have to basically get on the ground to pull the handles. Do they make extensions for these? or anyone done a modifacation to make it easier? i am seasonal now, so traveling is no longer an issue.
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Old 08-25-2015, 04:48 PM   #2
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Don't know if they make extension but you could always install electric valves.....

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Thanks, but with 3 valves, that would be expensive! I will check them out though...
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Camco makes a cheaper version I believe

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I don't know if this would work, but maybe cut the gate valves off with some pipe still attached, add a PVC coupler pipe, then bring the pipe out further and re-cement the cutoff gate valve back on? the pipes may or may not be standard PVC pip size...
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I believe you could easily add an extension onto it. I had to as I broke mine off about 2" out. I just went an bought some quarter inch threaded bar from Canadian Tire and a quarter inch coupler. When I go back to the Trailer I'll take a picture so you will have a better understanding.
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Thanks, but with 3 valves, that would be expensive! I will check them out though...
Worth every penny. Read through this thread, it describes my drain valve odyssey:

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Old 08-26-2015, 04:54 PM   #8
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I installed a treaded eye hook on the end of and old broom stick. I can hook the drain valve and pull it open and close it without getting down on my knees. I was simple to make and easy to use. This should solve your problem.
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It is easy to extend the valve handles. Several years ago, I owned a Roadtrek with inconveniently located valves and added extensions. The valve handles are threaded and unscrew from the valve. Use a threaded coupler to add a length of threaded rod cut to the desired additional length. Then screw the handle back on to the extended rod. You may also want to use some thread lock, such as Loc-tite to secure everything together. You can buy the rod and coupler at a hardware store.
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I have 3 tanks to dump on my camper, i have to basically get on the ground to pull the handles. Do they make extensions for these? or anyone done a modifacation to make it easier? i am seasonal now, so traveling is no longer an issue.
Using a threaded rod and little pvc pipe about 2 or 3 feet (as long as you need) ..un screw the handle from the dump haŮdle, screw the threaded rod in where the handle was and slide the long pvc pipe over it and then screw the other end of the rod into the handle. Using what ever you want fill both ends with that stuff that hardens on both ends to make it a secure extension. Works great and using a bungee strap to hold it up to secure it when slides are open.
I can take a picture for you but will have to wait till tomorrow.
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