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Old 04-14-2014, 02:05 PM   #1
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the drain is a pain

We have a new (2013) Rockwood Mini-Lite 2502S, and are finding that draining the freshwater tank is a royal pain. The tank is located "amidships", right in between the wheels and the drain is underneath the tank, just in front of the rear axle. We have to crawl under the camper and use both hands (using a wrench) to loosen (or tighten) the tank drain's cap. We're thinking of doing some kind of mod - perhaps affix a short hose to the drain and run it to a valve of some kind closer to the edge of the camper, to make this chore easier. Has anyone done anything like that?
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:15 PM   #2
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Haven't done that. But your valve location sounds similar to ours. We got a ball valve from Lowe's. Screws on where your cap goes. You'll still have to reach under there, but it only takes one hand to open or close it, and no tools.
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Old 04-14-2014, 02:38 PM   #3
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Yep, one like this I believe should be 1/2" (threaded because the one I'm linking to isn't and is bigger than you need) and it is a lot easier.

LEGEND VALVE 1-1/2 in. PVC Solvent Socket Ball Valve-S-601 at The Home Depot
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You could cut off the valve on the tank, glue on a PVC 90 degree elbow and run PVC piping to the side using hanger straps and glue on the ball valve. That's what I did when we had our popup. No more laying on the ground.
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You could cut off the valve on the tank, glue on a PVC 90 degree elbow and run PVC piping to the side using hanger straps and glue on the ball valve. That's what I did when we had our popup. No more laying on the ground.
My idea too!
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Old 04-15-2014, 12:47 AM   #6
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Thanks for the suggestions!
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Old 04-18-2014, 10:08 PM   #7
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Assuming I have the right technique for posting pictures here, our local trailer service shop made this mod for us today. I think it should work pretty well - and it's WAY easier to access!



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