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Old 06-20-2016, 04:47 PM   #1
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Another CrossRoads blunder..

My black tank valve has finally said "no more opening". Over the last year. Getting harder and harder to pull open. So today I dropped the belly. Nice way to spend my vacation. On my back under my Rushmore.. After chatting with my mobile RV text. He said should be solid steel cables. But might be braided cables. Come to find out. Black tank has a braided cable. The two grey tanks have solid steel cables. WTF....Will see if I can replace just the cable. Might be the whole black tank valve.... Going to put new insulation under my home also. This bubble wrap stuff is a joke for winter.
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Old 06-20-2016, 05:08 PM   #2
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Good luck with your project. If you have a chance, post some pics so we know what we are in for if it occurs to us. Thanks!
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Old 06-20-2016, 05:10 PM   #3
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Not sure it's a Crossroads blunder. Checked the replacement cables and all I found were braided wire, some stainless steel braided wire.
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Old 06-20-2016, 06:02 PM   #4
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Well, sprayed black tank valve with some lube. Got it open...was working the handle back and forth.. Cable on end of handle broke...Gezzzz
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:05 PM   #5
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My black tank valve has finally said "no more opening". Over the last year. Getting harder and harder to pull open. So today I dropped the belly. Nice way to spend my vacation. On my back under my Rushmore.. After chatting with my mobile RV text. He said should be solid steel cables. But might be braided cables. Come to find out. Black tank has a braided cable. The two grey tanks have solid steel cables. WTF....Will see if I can replace just the cable. Might be the whole black tank valve.... Going to put new insulation under my home also. This bubble wrap stuff is a joke for winter.
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The problem with majority of blade valves, cable or manual, is how they are installed. In an ideal world, they would be installed vertically, which is how electric valves are supposed to be installed. With horizontal installation, solid residue more easily collects in the blade cavity. One solution is to remove the valve and seals, then flush out the residue, lube real well and reinstall. Other solution is to switch to electric valves and deal with other issues.

Regarding the belly insulation, if it doesn't wrap up the sides of the I-beams to the bottom of the floor, then it isn't going to work regardless of the type of insulation used. The I-beam is such a huge heat conductor with plenty of holes that just insulating the bottom of the belly is the real joke.
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Old 06-20-2016, 07:23 PM   #6
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Upon more investigation... Valve is working real smooth.. Just need to replace cable. Maybe secure cable so its not quite such a tight turn, as to the original set up.
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Old 06-20-2016, 08:07 PM   #7
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Adding 1 1/2 inch foam underneath. Just a little better than the bubble wrap crossroads uses.
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Old 06-20-2016, 09:58 PM   #8
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Not sure if you can see in this pic. My bottom two handles are my grey tanks. They have a hexagon rod. And solid steel cable. The top one, black tank. Round rod and braided wire cable. The black tank handle has always been a little different feel to it. I just don't understand why not use the same for all three.

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Old 06-21-2016, 11:15 AM   #9
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We had same issue. I ordered the Valterra EZ Valve (electric). Hard to install, but well worth it.


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Old 06-21-2016, 02:36 PM   #10
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I'm now certified valve cable tect. Only a three hours class...lol...got R done...works so smooth...now back to installing installation...
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