Our Opinion on Electronic RV Waste Tank Gate Pulls

Bad engineering meets potential for a huge mess. Why your RV’s gate pulls are a big cause of frustration.

Waste tank gate pulls. They’re a big frustration for many RV owners, especially fifth wheel and larger travel trailer owners. Which of us hasn’t been met with a nasty liquid surprise when we’re setting up at a new RV park and take off the cap on our RV’s waste pipe?

Bad engineering

Most fifth wheels and many travel trailers have holding tanks located underneath the RV and far away from the main gate pipe where you twit on your 3-inch articulating waste disposal hose. Often, they are grouped together with the actual tank gate pulls located in a bay or behind an access door.

As you might guess, there’s some cabling involved between those pulls and the actual gate valve located just outside your holding tanks. In almost every case, cabling has some twists and loops in it. It’s that extra cabling that — over time — allows the gate blade to stick open. And when that happens, liquid seeps out, leaving you with two problems: Liquid waste accumulating and waiting for you behind the sewer pipe cap and solid waste building up in the tanks.

The solution

I always advise our customers, that if there’s a need for them to pull off the chloroplast or other barrier underneath their RV, plan on having electronic gate valves installed. At a cost of about $250 each, they are the perfect solution to gate valves that never close.

For anyone handy, installing them is pretty easy. You could also have a mobile repair company or RV repair shop put them in.

I’ve been asked if they aren’t just another piece of complex machinery that can fail. Sure, but I’ve rarely seen it happen and every RV owner I’ve spoken to with them, swears by them.

To me, the electronic RV waste tank gate pull is a no-brainer. They’ll keep your tanks sealed off, prevent seepage and reduce the build-up of solid waste in your RV’s holding tanks.

Jim Tome, Owner

Jim Tome, Owner

Hi, I'm Jim Tome and, along with my wife, Debbie, the owners of Kleen Tank LLC, the national leader in RV holding tank cleaning service. We've been RVers like you since 2004 and have traveled all over the U.S. in our Airstream travel trailer. We started the business about twelve years ago and have cleaned tens of thousands holding tanks in thousands of RVs. From tiny weekend travel trailers to monstrous fifth wheels to luxurious motorhomes, I've seen just about every situation there is with RV holding tanks and waste systems. I hope you enjoy our articles; I try to post at least one per week and we've got a great library of them to cover just about every problem. Enjoy!


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