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Post by LDPD Sat Mar 04, 2023 12:40 pm

Am seeking an ingenious solution or maybe something simple I haven't thought of ....

Our grey waste drain tap gets covered in road grime and muck which makes emptying  a dirty job. I could use gloves but would rather try a preventive cure to save the tap. I've thought of securing a plastic bag over the tap and am currently thinking of trying to fashion a cover from an appropriately sized plastic bottle/container.

Any other bright ideas/suggestions appreciated.

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Post by IanH Sat Mar 04, 2023 12:43 pm

I get my wife to do it, she bends down easier than me..... hugegrins hugegrins
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Post by FreelanderUK Sat Mar 04, 2023 12:58 pm

Fix a flap of rubber , something like an old mud flap in front of the tap fixed to the underside of the van floor if possible

Or just leave it open all the time like some do hugegrinshugegrinshugegrins  Only joking

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Post by Peter Brown Sat Mar 04, 2023 2:09 pm

A battery powered pressure washer to clean the tap before touching - I actually did that with my Worx last time we came home as the tap(s) were caked with about 3mm of mud - as was the exhaust pipe. The side of the van wasn't too bad following the recent addition of front wheel flaps.
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Post by glyne lock Sat Mar 04, 2023 2:29 pm

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12 volt drain valve and switch by drivers seat. I don’t even have to get out just drive over drain and turn on the switch .I did reposition the tap if I did want to use it but no flexible pipe that gives problems
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Post by Caraman Sat Mar 04, 2023 8:42 pm

I wouldn't say my tap is clean but I've bolted on extensions to my rear mud flaps which might help a bit.  Similarly I've fitted front mud flaps.
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Post by groundhog Sat Mar 04, 2023 9:34 pm

Different layout but I went for the flexible pipe and lift it up and under held by a spring clip. Mainly because of the risk of knocking the tap off getting over the drawbridge in to Hog Castle but it stays clean when I open it to drip out on site overnight..... Whistle1
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Post by LDPD Tue Mar 07, 2023 5:22 pm

Thanks Guys,
IanH - your suggestion went down like a lead balloon!
Have mud flaps which help but not enough
Like the idea of an electric release but bit of a faff, cost etc and something else to go wrong!
Will continue with my germ of an idea and if it works will let you all know, if not I may be strangely silent....
Thanks all

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Post by FreelanderUK Tue Mar 07, 2023 6:22 pm

After this weekend arriving on site hand having a dirty waste tap  my comments have now changed to man up ! It’s a bit of muck you can wash your hands after it’s not going to kill you  🤣 the same as I have just had to do 😁

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Post by rogerblack Tue Mar 07, 2023 6:33 pm

You wanted bright ideas - how about wearing a pair of yellow Marigolds?  hugegrins

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Post by Caraman Tue Mar 07, 2023 6:40 pm

I don't use marigolds but I do clean the outside of the van after a mucky journey using a bucket and water.  This always includes the windows and doorstep and could easily include the drain taps if they warranted it.
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Post by KMRTOPAZ Tue Mar 07, 2023 10:01 pm

I am not averse to getting my hands mucky doing this job. I am averse to being in that situation with no wash facility available. The same applies to foul waste cassettes where no personal hygeine facility is available at the dump station.
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Post by groundhog Wed Mar 08, 2023 4:26 am

Beneath our cassette is a tupperware box with antiseptic wipes in it.
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Post by Bilbobaggins Wed Mar 08, 2023 7:06 am

I feel there is a bit of Q.E.D. here, not keen to use waste tap if no cleaning facilities available, but waste tap is attached to moho which has water, sinks etc to provide hand washing facilities scratch head

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