Black Water Gate Valve Issue
My first trip of the season was fantastic, but ended up serving me up with an bad situation at the dump station. I am a 30 year RV camping-vet and my rig is a 2011 Wildcat Sterling Fifth Wheel Series M-32RL.
It began as the usual crappy job at he dump portal. I got everything all ready and pulled the black water lever (cable) - and when doing so, it first had acted like it was clogged with half the waste coming out and the other was coming out from my underbelly (liquid only). So, I quickly closed it, turned on the water to the clean out valve to fill it a bit as it wasn't close to being full (my bad). After getting the tank 2/3 full I pulled the lever again, this time much better force, where 2/3 of the waste was coming out the proper end, but still had waste water coming from the underbelly (right at the vicinity of the 3" pipe). So, my question is, even if the gate valve is bad, why is it shutting perfectly and not leaking until I open? It (cable) seems to be pulling out the same distance as before, so where would the leak be at? There has been no damage under there, but it was the first trip of the season.
Any thoughts out there? Just want to make sure that it isn't something I can handle myself before taking it in for service - as I wouldn't get the RV back until mid-July (let alone costing me some major bucks to repair)...