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Old 08-08-2014, 01:29 PM   #11
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The latest: I stopped at Camping World in Harrisburg yesterday to see what they had. No Valterra electric valves (even though they have them on their website,) but they had Barker electric valves (yes Barker, same company that makes the electric tongue jacks). My dealings with Barker in the past have been very positive, plus they come in both 3" and 1.5" versions! Anyone hear anything about the Barker valves?
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Old 09-18-2014, 06:40 PM   #12
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Update:

It's been a busy summer with 4x4 events, family camping, bike trips, and not much time to work on the camper. Finally got the wheel chocks and tie downs all squared away in the XLR garage, and now my attention will be to the electric valve actuators install. Began assembling supplies and parts that I need and will be starting this job shortly. I just didn't want y'all to think I gave up on the project. Stay tuned.
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:07 PM   #13
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Update:

As the fall progresses here in NEPA, so do the little jobs and mods, and I finally finished installing the Barker Auto-Drains on both the gray and black tank valves. I know you've all been waiting..

The Barker unit appears to be unique in that you don't have to remove your existing valve, you just remove the T-handle on the end and replace it with their screw-on spacer, which then attaches to the electric armature that pulls the valve out and pushes it in. The hardest part of the install was lengthening the control wires. There's a 4-wire system that runs from the actuating switch to the unit, and the wiring is only 6' long--terminated by the 4-prong trailer plug (square) with Wht, Brn, Grn, and Yel wiring. So I had to cut and splice these wires to lengthen them and run them from where I had a compartment protected from the elements for the switches (up front) all the way back to the valves. Wrapped the wire bundle in electrical tape, secured it with cable ties where needed, and plugged it into the units once I installed them. I actually finished the gray valve 3 weeks ago before our last trip, since that's the one that's a PITA to get to.

Both valve actuators appear to work as advertised. My main concern was that they closed the valves fully and didn't leak, and so far so good. Some close-up pics:
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:01 PM   #14
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You linked to this thread from another.. now that you've had these installed for a while, how are they working out for you?

As I dumped my rear tanks again and kneeled on small stones with a bare knee in my shorts, I really thought how nice it would be to not have to climb down there. Heck, even one of my front grays is under a slide.
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Old 07-27-2015, 12:22 PM   #15
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I've had both electric actuators installed since around October. So far, they've both worked well. The only issue I had was that one of the bolts that holds the actuator arm to the valve pull worked its way loose and fell out on the way home from FL in March. I found another bolt in the pile, smeared it with RTV, and put it back in. Did the same for the other one. So far, they've both been great, highly recommended.
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:44 AM   #16
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Bump...I saw someone in the XLR section was installing these drains but for sone reason the thread was closed, so I figured I'd bump it up. You can see my pics and install description. +1 on the wiring being too short, brother!
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:16 AM   #17
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As the kitchen grey water tank valve was located under the slide, I hard and soft plumbed it forward to the black/grey water valve that's out where you can get to it. Added a 1 1/2" valve in my set-up, so I just leave the bury'd valve open......on that valve, used a garden hose type cap, so it's still functionable if needed.
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