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jeremywatco

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Posted: 05/31/14 05:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi everyone,

Have had this issue since day one on my new class A however always just said I'd deal with it later (you know how that goes). Anyways the dump valve on my class A doesnt line up with the hole they cut in the floor for the hose. I can get the sewer hose on, but its a chore and I'm always worried about the hose or the valve breaking from the force.

I have a 45 degree elbow that I am going to try this trip however dry fitting it without the hose it doesn't appear as if it will give enough clearance to hookup the hose. Its almost as if I need an S-type elbow... so it goes from 45 degrees to 90 degrees.. ever heard of such a thing?

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I think I,d cut the floor and put a trap door in,let the pipe alone.maybe make a sliding trap door.

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Have you considered just hooking up a short section of sewer hose with connectors at each end? That way you could still put a cap on the lower end when traveling or connect a standard hose when dumping.


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Posted: 05/31/14 05:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Maybe it's just the angle of the shot, but those pipes actually look crooked to me- that's bogus!

Isn't yours a brand new Fleetwood?

If that isn't a "manufacturing defect", I don't know what is...take that puppy in under warranty and make THEM figure out how to line those pipes up with the hole.


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Posted: 05/31/14 05:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would consider cutting the hole larger.
Add a patch over or under the existing surface. Seal it up.
Cut a new hole that lines up with the pipe.
Reinstall the hole/cap hardware.
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Francesca Knowles wrote:

Maybe it's just the angle of the shot, but those pipes actually look crooked to me- that's bogus!...


I'd really like a better shot showing the pipping in the upper left corner. It looks to me (in the current photo) that there is something wonky with the grey connection into the bay.

A photo is not enough, but it looks to me, like the plumbing might be able to be replaced and "tweaked" to get it to line up with the existing hole.

This IS 2014 and CAD has been around for quite a while now. There is NO reason for this to happen on a production model.





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Jay Pat wrote:

I would consider cutting the hole larger...


Yea, that seems a fairly easy solution...

However, it is difficult to enlarge a perfectly round hole.

And, in this case, hard to tell from the photo, but there doesn't appear to be much room towards the back with this approach. Not saying that making the hole larger won't work, but I'd certainly like to make that call by seeing it in person and not by a photo on the interwebs.

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Cut a section of the grey water out shorten it and the black should move over enough

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Francesca Knowles wrote:

Maybe it's just the angle of the shot, but those pipes actually look crooked to me- that's bogus!

Isn't yours a brand new Fleetwood?

If that isn't a "manufacturing defect", I don't know what is...take that puppy in under warranty and make THEM figure out how to line those pipes up with the hole.


Yes, I purchased new in September. Issue with taking it in is every simple thing I've taken it in for has been at least a 2 month job. I am just over that. Was hoping to craft something to just make it work and call it a day.

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One solution would be to remove the ring completely. Place a piece of matting over the existing hole and fiberglass it in. Then cut a new hole in the new matting and use the existing ring. Fiberglass kits are cheap at Home Depot/Lowes/NAPA. No other costs as you'll be reusing the existing ring.

Another option would be to cut the existing pipe up towards the valve as much as possible and putting a couple 45 degree fittings on. That would align the pipe with the hole.

A third solution would be to use a flex fitting from the existing pipe and run it through the hole. Problem with this solution is making a water tight connection through the bulkhead.

If it were mine, I'd use the first suggestion. Fiberglas is easy to work with. If you mess it up, cut it out and redo it. A little paint when you're done and it'll look like it's always been that way...........Dennis


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