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Old 12-24-2012, 12:29 AM   #1
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Holding Tanks release pull handles

Any suggestions on best way to lubricate. Mine very hard to open/close. Tks!!!!
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:08 AM   #2
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I dropped the belly enough to get to the valves and lubed them but it did not help. The problem on my unit is the cables have to curve to get to the valves.
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Old 12-24-2012, 07:35 AM   #3
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On my Silverback, they were hard right from the time we bought it new. This past summer the black water tank valve stopped working completely. We were 2000 miles away from home and the RV place out west told us it was the valve that needed replacing. It would take two weeks to get one in. We would be on our way home by then. I used an end of the line valve and the RV place was able to open the black water valve. Anyway when we got home I took it to the place where we bought it and they said it was the cable that was bad. They also replaced the cable to the grey water valve. While out west I unhooked the cable from the L bracket and was able to pull maybe 6 feet of cable. Why it was/is that long is beyond my reasoning. Shorter ones were installed tho'. My dealer mechanic said it was the outer sheath on the cable that caused the problem.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:02 AM   #4
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I have purchased some seal lube that you pour down into each tank to help the valves from sticking. If you have cables, there is a cable lube kit for motorcycle and quad cables that forces lube down the sheath. I will try to get pics of both in a little bit.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:09 AM   #5
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I exchanged the standard cables with cables made for bicycles. The cables are teflon coated and run VERY smooth.
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Old 12-24-2012, 09:25 AM   #6
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Tks!!!!
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Old 12-24-2012, 04:02 PM   #7
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I exchanged the standard cables with cables made for bicycles. The cables are teflon coated and run VERY smooth.
If you could show pictures or a "link" to these cables for bicyle cables it would be great . Jim
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Old 12-24-2012, 04:16 PM   #8
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http://www.blueskycycling.com/cat-cable.htm

I bought mine from my a bicycle dealer in NJ.
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Old 12-24-2012, 04:27 PM   #9
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Farmer Jim. You may search ebay for "brake cable for bicycle".

Many choices.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:22 AM   #10
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Here is the chemical and also cable luber I mentioned earlier


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Old 01-14-2013, 07:07 PM   #11
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Thank You "Flying dutchman" for that tip about bicycle cables. I will look into that. I have had fits with the cables on my Forest River unit. As "Pipeman" stated, my cables were way too long IMO to begin with. I had to completely remove the valves, cable guides, everything to clean and lube all of this and cut the cables so they would not have that big loop in them. And remember--the FR units have enclosed underbelly's, not fun. My next project is to re-locate the valves to eliminate the cables.
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:59 PM   #12
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Here is the chemical and also cable luber I mentioned earlier
Take lots of caster oil...should accomplish the same!

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Old 01-14-2013, 09:17 PM   #13
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Take lots of caster oil...should accomplish the same!

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I've heard that stuff would "lube the plumbing". Think ill just stick to the bottle I have for now!
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:15 PM   #14
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Would Geo-Method using the Calgon work?? Seems to slicken the tanks too.
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:31 PM   #15
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"Miller Time" how do you get that lube into the cable sheath?????? sdagro I don't think Calgon would work. I use it after every dump but I think it does lube the valves, if you open and close the valve real quick in order to get it on the valve and inside the valve holder, in the open position. I also use laundry detergent(liquid) in the tank. It just aint fun unless something breaks
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Old 02-02-2013, 03:20 PM   #16
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It has a little bracket that clamps onto the end of the cable with a hole in it to let you stick the staw in it and squirts lube up the cable. - I used it for clutch and brake cables on our quads when we raced a few years ago.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:32 AM   #17
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...........it was the valve that needed replacing. It would take two weeks to get one in...........
lol, someone didn't want to do the 'dirty' job. Bet they had one on the shelf, if not 2 weeks to get one?
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My V cross has what appears to be solid rods that just exit the bottom sheathing on an angle. Seemed kind of cheesey but maybe avoid this kind of issue. Looks like a cheap, but effective way to do it, unless they hang up on a chunk of road debris.
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