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Old 04-20-2016, 07:42 PM   #1
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Black water valve to low

We have a 95 Casita 16, The valve for the black water is straight down and low so that if I add an elbow the trailer has to be raised about 2 inches. The problem then is to drain in the dump stations. Has anyone else had this problem and what did you do to fix it. Can the plumbing be changed?
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Old 04-20-2016, 07:55 PM   #2
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You need gravity to dump the black and grey tanks so any modifications need to still be headed down hill. can you put an elbow fitting to the side ?? If your axle is worn out, your trailer may be too low. A new axle and raising the trailer might be the solution.
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Is the valve stem pointing straight down or is the discharge pipe pointing straight down. Loosen the 1/4" bolts on the valve body and rotate the discharge pipe upward to the correct position and tighten the bolts . If you take all 4 of the valve bolts out you can rotate the valve 90 degrees and then reinstall the bolts.
I took the whole valve assembly off my Casita last week for cleaning and lubricating . It's a simply and straight forward task.
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Old 04-21-2016, 09:56 AM   #4
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We have a 95 Casita 16, The valve for the black water is straight down and low so that if I add an elbow the trailer has to be raised about 2 inches. The problem then is to drain in the dump stations. Has anyone else had this problem and what did you do to fix it. Can the plumbing be changed?
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I have a Bigfoot 15B17G with original pitch axle, which too low position myself when emptying the station, and to correct the problem of height when emptying I bought the "SewerSolution" with a 90 elbow transparent exit 3 in.
The system works both vertically and horizontally.
The kit comes with 10 'of hose which it may be preferable to add 10 additional ...
A friend suggested me this system as being much cleaner to work, which is really the case.
You will not have the level of problems with this system, because it is the pressure of water from the aqueduct that grows and crushes all in a 3/4 "hose transparent, which is easily cleaned with pressure of water and which leaves no odor.

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Old 04-21-2016, 10:37 AM   #5
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Thanks guys for your reply. The black water pipe is straight down to the valve which points down as a result and I have a 90 elbow to put on but often can't because of the clearance problem. I think it needs re plumbed but not sure if the fittings will produce the same results. I am thinking of cutting the black water pipe that comes out of the trailer and putting an elbow then a valve and connect to the gray water, but there is little room between the two. Has anyone done this mod ?
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Can you post a photo of the dump valve and fittings ? Maybe there is a simple solution. We love photos on this forum and especially photos of sewage systems.
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Is there a place that tells how to insert a photo. I can't seem to do it, or find info on how to.
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Old 04-21-2016, 11:26 AM   #8
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Here is a view if I did it right.
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I had a 1994 16' with the same problem. I solved it by replacing the axle with a 22dg axle from Dexter which increased ground clearance by several inches. This was in 2010 and I figured the 16 year old axle was probably due a replacement anyway. At the same time gave me the clearance needed to upgrade the whole black/grey dump plumbing to the modern, combined system. In addition the added ground clearance better enabled boondocking.

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I wish the picture included a little more above the fitting to see what or where the dump valve is coming out of. It almost looks like it's coming right out of the fiberglass bottom.


On the older Casitas did they have a separate dump valve for black water vs. grey water? Seems like it since you show two valves. I knew some/all Scamps did but I didn't know about early Casitas.
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I wish the picture included a little more above the fitting to see what or where the dump valve is coming out of. It almost looks like it's coming right out of the fiberglass bottom.


On the older Casitas did they have a separate dump valve for black water vs. grey water? Seems like it since you show two valves. I knew some/all Scamps did but I didn't know about early Casitas.
The black dump line came straight down from the black tank through the fiberglass shell, pointed at the ground. If you were on some angles it was virtually impossible to connect unless you jacked up that side of the trailer or had the high lift axle.

And yes, they were separate outlets. I don't know when they went to a single outlet. I upgraded both my '94 and '95 Casitas to the modern, single port system.

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The black dump line came straight down from the black tank through the fiberglass shell, pointed at the ground. If you were on some angles it was virtually impossible to connect unless you jacked up that side of the trailer or had the high lift axle.
That's bogus! (as Click and Clack, the Tappet Bros. used to say). I wonder what they (Casita) were thinking back then. Some careful planning for a plumbing mod seems in order.
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That's bogus! (as Click and Clack, the Tappet Bros. used to say). I wonder what they (Casita) were thinking back then. Some careful planning for a plumbing mod seems in order.
I'm not sure what you mean there. The mod is fairly straightforward but there's not enough vertical clearance for it without first raising the trailer, as in a new axle.
No planning really necessary since it's a mod that's been done before. As I said, I've done it after Larry Gamble explained it to me.
The major vertical problem is that the outlet is inside the frame rail and you need to bring the plumbing down enough to bring it outside the rail. Can't be done with the straight axle. Later (before 2000 I think) they moved the outlet outside the frame rail and it became a lot easier to replumb.

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From looking at the photo, if you raise the outlet, your tank would not drain at all or only partially drain and sewage would collect in the low spots. Would it be possible to extend the drain pipe to the outer edge of your trailer? That might give you easier access.
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