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Old 08-19-2012, 12:36 PM   #1
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Water fill dust cap

The dust cap on one of the water fill connectors on my motor home broke off, and I bought a replacement (at least the closest I could find) at Camping World. The problem is, my connectors have tightening knobs around them, and I can't stretch the new cap enough to get it around the knob (see pictures) and I haven't figured out if the knob and/or connector can come off without removing the entire assembly. Does anyone know how I can get the strap onto the connector? Thanks for your responses.

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Old 08-19-2012, 01:02 PM   #2
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I've changed them but not with tl large dial knob. Got two ideas though. The caps aer inexpensive, why not experiment wit one and carefully continue the slit down until it allows installition. If that can't work looks like the plastic knob is press fit over the brass hose coupler. It might pull off. I dont' think you can get it apart even if you remove it. Inside its machined swedged to allow the coupler to rotate bu cannot be removed one time assembly. One another solution, they sell screwed plugs for the same purpose, CW
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Thanks for the response. I tried the slitting method and actually got it over the knob, but it wouldn't seat properly around the hose coupler. I looked at how the other one was seated, and it doesn't look like I can get it seated properly without removing the knob, but it won't pull off easily and I don't want to try pulling harder without knowing that it can be removed and the proper method of removing it. The plug looks like a possible option if I replace them both. Where would I attach the strap, to one of the screws?
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:27 PM   #4
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Thanks for the response. I tried the slitting method and actually got it over the knob, but it wouldn't seat properly around the hose coupler. I looked at how the other one was seated, and it doesn't look like I can get it seated properly without removing the knob, but it won't pull off easily and I don't want to try pulling harder without knowing that it can be removed and the proper method of removing it. The plug looks like a possible option if I replace them both. Where would I attach the strap, to one of the screws?
Yes or buy them w/o strap, it'll go in 3-4 turns and will not fall out like caps. Depot or Lowes should have them in garden hose section. Can always attach lanyard if ya need it. The plugs don't fall apart in sunlight.....
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:01 PM   #5
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Might something like this work, using a zip-tie to attach it?
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Might something like this work, using a zip-tie to attach it?
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Not sure the loop will go over the hand tighten knop either, looks like 7/8' diameter the know is at least 1 1/4"
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For the attachment, I wondered if a small zip-tie could go around behind the large knob on the trailer and then through the ring on the end of the plug. The ring itself wouldn't have to go over the large knob.
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Thanks for the response. I tried the slitting method and actually got it over the knob, but it wouldn't seat properly around the hose coupler. I looked at how the other one was seated, and it doesn't look like I can get it seated properly without removing the knob, but it won't pull off easily and I don't want to try pulling harder without knowing that it can be removed and the proper method of removing it. The plug looks like a possible option if I replace them both. Where would I attach the strap, to one of the screws?
Remove the 3 screws and pull the whole fixture out and disconnect the filler hose and the whole thing will come apart. 15 - 20 minutes time.
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That is more than I want to do. I'd like to buy a couple of plugs, they are available at Camping World for a couple bucks each, but are they hollow? If they are not, they would crush the strainer inside the coupler.
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That is more than I want to do. I'd like to buy a couple of plugs, they are available at Camping World for a couple bucks each, but are they hollow? If they are not, they would crush the strainer inside the coupler.
15-20 minutes vs traveling to a Camping World?????
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