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Old 07-21-2021, 05:35 PM   #1
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Missing galley grey tank handle and rod.

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We went over White Pass for five days of heat relief at Harmony Lakeside Resort near Mt. Rainer. Nice cool weather in the 60s and 70s.
Now the problem, as we were getting ready to return home Sunday morning I was busy flushing the black tank. After that task I went to flush the galley grey tank and could not find my tee handle. After cleaning my glasses and getting a better look all I could find was the little hole through the cloroplast where the rod had been. Obviously nothing hit the handle as I would have broken plumbing or other issues. The only thing that I can figure out is that the rod and handle unscrewed and fell out. I have not dropped the chloroplast to see what remains of the valve actuator device. Does anyone know of or heard of this occurring? If so what was the fix for this issue? Luckily the galley tank was not completely full so everything in it came home with us.

I actually thought my next project on this unit was to securely fasten the crown molding in the living room or replace the vinyl trim on the sides and near the hitch with a higher quality product. I have been reading about the trim screws for the molding and I have read that they make a thicker vinyl trim for the outside. Any other great ideas or information would be appreciated on these other jobs.

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Old 07-21-2021, 05:42 PM   #2
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Okay sorry to bother people as I should have done a better search on my handle issue. Looks like it probably just came unscrewed and if you have ever driven over White Pass you already know that it is a fairly rough road and steep too. I have spent considerable time searing the other two issues.
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Old 07-22-2021, 08:16 AM   #3
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Yes, it just screws in. A little blue Loctite when you put your new one in will help prevent a recurrence. Good luck.
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Old 07-22-2021, 10:00 AM   #4
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Actually a common problem. Good idea to check tightness each time you dump the tank. I agree with the Locktite suggestion.
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Old 07-22-2021, 06:07 PM   #5
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You can still dump by cutting a hole in the coroplast near the hole you saw. Maybe 8 inches square. Cut it with the hinged part forward so it flops down. You can see the interior rod and grab it with a vice grip to pull it. When done tape the flap back up with gorilla tape or such. I have 6 or 8 spots like this I just noticed recently. Apparently when new at the rally in Goshen the Lippert people did this to replace 2 slide out cylinders that were bad. That was in 2014, so has held up for 7 years.
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