Waste Water Outlet Valve

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  1. StitchUp

    StitchUp Read Only Funster

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    And another question!!!!

    I've been working through our van correcting all those niggling problems, mostly electrical - lights etc.

    Today, I climbed beneath our Burstner to investigate where the wiring for the number plate light had disappeared to :Eek!:. In fact, there were no bulbs or holders either! I have new replacements.

    Anyway, I guess I located the waste water outlet valve.
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    It's not exactly easily accessible!

    Is this the norm or do most vans locate the valve on the outside of the van? I'm sure I could easily fit an extension tube.

    Just interested to hear from others.

    I'm off to the van with my soldering iron to fit new connectors, light fittings and bulbs :Laughing: Loving pottering.
     
  2. aba

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    personally id extend it to somewhere more accessible and put the tap on the end with a small elbow so if you have to use one of those waste water containers you can.

    my waste drain tap is inside a locker on the side of the van being a double floor and has a bayonet fitting under the side to connect a hose to if i cant get over a manhole or have to use the silly black jerry can thing.
     
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    looks, from the pic. like the tap is part of the tank adaptor and cant be moved.

    simply buy a new valve and a length of convoluted hose and position the valve/tap where you want it then leave the existing valve open all the time.

    also wondering how it past previous MOT's with no number plate lights
     
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    Ours used to be piped to a flexible hose that clipped up under the van behind the rear left wheel. I have now hard piped it, flexi connection from tank to first bit of pipe. I have lagged it as well. The valve is easily accessible and easy to turn so now Mrs Brown directs me over the drain point and opens it.:Smile::Smile::Smile::Smile::Smile:

    Gordon
     
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    Agree rigid pipe is better but if not secured fully it can crack with vibration, as did the one on my last van.
     
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    Our Burstner has a drain tap easily accessible when standing at the offside of the van (matching the description in the handbook). I've never looked underneath to check whether it is connected to an arrangement as in the pic.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I think I'll investigate the hard pipe option and bring the valve to somewhere more accessible. I'll have to check the diameter of the existing Tefen valve.

    The MOT was last October so it must have been okay at that time. I've just fitted 2 new fittings and renewed the wiring and connectors. I've also moved the number plate back to it's poper location- the previous owner had 'fixed' it onto the right hand side of the back panel, annoyingly with 2 small screws, grrrrr! :shout:
     
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    Ours has a pull/push handle @ the rear but the outlet just came straight out of the bottom of the tank. Made it very difficult to line up over a grid & impossible to empty where no grid type point was availiable.
    I've modified it so it now has an extending section so as long as I can see the grid is behind me(with the camera)it can reach. Also means I can use it to rinse out the cassette on aires etc. when water is in short supply.

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    I like that very much Jay ! :thumb:
     
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