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Old 10-29-2017, 01:15 PM   #1
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Waste Valve Handles Won't Let Door Close

Hi, and thanks in advance for any tips!

We have a 2018 FR Forester and the handles that operate the waste valves stick out so far that the trim door wan't close. Driving around with the door open just advertises what little experience we have RV'ing. I looked underneath and I don't see anything obvious where I can take slack out of the cable, and looking on-line, I didn't find anything on how to adjust them.

Hoping someone has crossed this bridge and share a solution,

Chip

PS I'd rather not void my warranty but I've done dumber things!
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Old 10-29-2017, 01:29 PM   #2
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Am I missing something? Push the handles in and close the valves.

Or are they already in? If so, seems like the cable's too long. There's probably an adjustment at the valve.
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Old 10-29-2017, 02:28 PM   #3
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2018...seems like it should be a warranty issue to me. Did you take it to the dealer...or at least call them.
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Old 10-29-2017, 02:37 PM   #4
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since one forum member asked if I had the handles in or out on the photo, I am posting another photo with the handles out for comparison. Thanks for any suggestions...
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Old 10-29-2017, 02:45 PM   #5
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Have you flushed the tanks? Could there be something caught in the gates?
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:19 PM   #6
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Wasn’t the door closed when you bought it?
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Old 10-29-2017, 07:56 PM   #7
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Maybe the 2nd half of this video will help you:

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since one forum member asked if I had the handles in or out on the photo, I am posting another photo with the handles out for comparison. Thanks for any suggestions...
Have you tried rotating the handles to fit within any grooves or spacing in the door frame itself?

If rotating the handles does not solve the problem, then I am wondering if the door was closed when you purchased it and, if so, you should check with dealer/service department on how they were able to get the door to close.
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Old 10-30-2017, 04:41 PM   #9
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Had the same issue with my Sunseeker. Found cables were just too long and you're not going to break anything by pushing HARD to get the handles in. They will come back out about 3/8" or so but should be able to close the door then.
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Old 10-31-2017, 01:02 PM   #10
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I have experienced the same problem. They close the valve,but now I can't get the door to close. My last trip I kept the door closed with a bungie and the gray water handle came loose and fell off. I am now unable to find the proper replacement.
i drive a 2016 Sunseeker MBS 2400W. I have looked everywhere on the internet and I cannot find a valve handle held on by a center screw. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 11-03-2017, 11:36 PM   #11
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My 2015 Forester MBS 2401W just developed the same issue. I think I might remove the handle, cut the "cable" (the exposed piece with the handle is solid metal, not stranded) a little shorter and then cut threads into it. Then any handle could be mounted and held on with a washer and nut.
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I don't believe shortening the solid metal end piece will help at all. it is the length of the 'cable" (stranded or not) vs the length of the sheathing that makes the difference. Compare it to a bicycle brake cable since they work on the same principle. Shortening the brake handle has no effect on how the brakes work. I found my grey tank cable wouldn't work at all. It was too long and the casing was no longer attached to the handle end. The solution was figuring the distance from the gate valve cable mount to the sheath mount point (consider this "X", also known as the distance from the end of the sheathing to the end of the twisted cable), 2. take the sheathing completely off the cable and heat the the handle end in hot water so it could be threaded back into the handle end mount. 3. route the sheathing in the most direct way to the valve (7'9" in my case, instead of the original 10' oem mount) 4. spray silicone (NOT WD40) into the casing then reinsert the cable. 5. Cut the cable length from the end of the sheathing to X distance and put it all back together.

Don't have them with me but will try to post pictures after i return home in a few weeks.

Getting to the mount at the gate end is a whole nother story worthy of it's own thread.

Hopes this helps someone.
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