We upgraded our Anderson Kantleak water service panel with a much improved and better engineered retrofit water service panel. Our old Anderson Kantleak had plastic fittings that leaked; making the valve system unreliable. However, as you’ll read further, you’ll notice the vast improvement of the the new Anderson Kantleak’s fittings. Plus, we’ll include how we installed it.
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How the Anderson Kantleak RV Water Service Panel Valve System Operates
Anderson Brass’ Kantleak water service panel has a knob in the UDC that rotates either left or right to select how water will be provided to our coach. The water service panel has four function fill valve supply settings:
- CITY FIXTURES – Supply water to the fixtures directly from campground or RV park water hook up.
- DRY CAMPING – Supply water to the fixtures directly from the on-board water tank.
- TANK FILL – Supply water to the holding tank from the city water hook up.
- SANITIZE / WINTERIZE – Supply sanitizing / winterizing fluid to the fixtures from inlet connection (via water pump).
Anderson Brass Old Model #200RV Kantleak RV Water Service Panel
The original Anderson Kantleak Water Service Panel model #200RV had a plastic main body with a rotating knob. The valve inside would click and lock into each position as we would rotate the knob to the setting we needed (described above).
The original water service panel valve had an internal plastic core that relies on several rubber O-rings to maintain pressure and keep the valve functioning properly. It also had four positions for selection (described above).
However, the old model was hard to read what position the knob was actually. In fact, we had to get our own label maker out and label the settings to make it more clear for our own use.
Unfortunately, the former Kantleak valve was prone to failure; especially if the knob was rotated while under pressure.
In the past, many RV owners would call Anderson Brass Company seeking guidance and complaint of their leaky valves. Anderson Brass would provide replacement cores if the valve failed.
However, after so many complaints, Anderson Brass went back to the drawing board to see how they can improve the valve system to alleviate leaking. But, did they come up with a solution?
The NEW Model of the Kantleak RV Water Service Panel
Anderson Brass Company redesigned and developed a much-improved Kantleak water service panel. I can now report that the new Kantleak retrofit panel that fits our fifth wheel is working as Anderson Brass promised. The new Kantleak alleviates those valve issues or failures. It will revolutionize the RV industry for water selection valves.
The new Kantleak’s construction and assembly is top notch. It’s constructed with all brass fittings on the back of the housing panel. It features teflon seals to prevent leaks while ensuring a lifetime of reliable service.
The new Anderson Kantleak water service panel provides swiveling attachment points to provide strain relief for the water line connections. This will also aid in attaching the water lines to the valve’s main body with little to no resistance.
A well-constructed brass check valve has been added to ensure water pressure is maintained and should help in eliminating unnecessary cycling of your water pump when dry camping. In other words, no more plastic fittings that can fail.
Anderson Brass’ product developers have designed the new Kantleak water service panel knob with three position settings instead of the former’s four positions. The knob’s positions are now marked with easy-to-read lettering. No need for us to get our label maker out.
Also, the new Kantleak valve knob rotates smoothly unlike the old one. And here’s the bonus! It’s a direct drop in replacement for the old valve. The new Anderson Kantleak replaces the old housing and valve body perfectly. So, there’s no altering or modifying to upgrade to this water service panel.
Oh, and very important to note here. The new model Kantleak brass components have been certified to be compliant with NSF/ANSI 61. This is the lead-free brass listing required for drinking water. And the best part? The Anderson water service panels are made in the U.S.A.!
The new all-brass assembly does not use the same plastic core with O-rings. The new Kantleak has an all brass body with teflon seals.
Watch our short video clip for explanation how the new brass valve replacement works (clink link below):
Preparing for installation
To replace the Anderson Kantleak water service panel in our fifth wheel, we had to remove all of the contents from our basement. Being that we’re full-time RVers, this ended up actually being a good time to weed through any unwanted gear and parts in our basement cargo compartment where our water service components and hoses are located.
After clearing out our fifth wheel’s basement, we removed a section of the basement wall to allow access to the water-line attachment points and the back of the old valve. Oh, and since we had gained exposure, this was a good time to inspect all the pex lines, pex fittings, clamps and our water pump.
Anderson Kantleak Water Service Panel Installation Guide
Removing the old water service panel
Once we we were satisfied with our inspection, we shut off the water in our coach. We also opened the kitchen faucet to relieve the water pressure in the lines. The last thing we needed was water spraying all over our basement when disconnecting the lines.
Next, we placed a couple towels on the basement floor under the water lines to catch any residual water upon disconnecting the water pex lines from the valve fittings.
Before we proceeded with disassembling the old panel, we took a photo of the connection points so we had a good reference of how the water lines should look like when assembled correctly.
Removing the old Kantleak water service panel was easy. We simply unscrewed and removed the eight screws that held the old water service panel in the utility distribution center (UDC) wall. Then we disconnected all fittings from the old water service panel and pulled it out.
Installing the new Kantleak water service panel
We replaced the old water service panel with the new Kantleak into the wall. However, we recommend not screwing it into place yet.
Leaving it loose gives the water lines a little play in getting them reattached. It allowed us to have a little more wiggle-room for tightening up the water lines and connections. We utilized the newly-designed swivel points for easy attachment of the water lines.
Once all the water lines were reattached and tightened, it was time to fasten it into the new housing and the UDC wall by replacing the screws. After, we re-energized the water to the coach and inspected for leaks.
We made sure we cycled the valve through all of the positions while inspecting our work.
From start to finish, this our Kantleak replacement installation took us about an hour to replace the valve. It was a simple upgrade to our RV’s water system that will ensure leak-free camping for years to come.
Note of Caution:
Anderson Brass Company is not responsible for substandard piping, joints, pex lines, pex fittings, clamps or any other plumbing installations or repairs performed by the RV manufacturer, RV repair facility or RV tech, current owner or previous owner(s). There may be a couple of issues you may encounter when doing the installation. We highly recommend that you prepare for those discrepancies by having necessary replacement parts and tools on hand.
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About Anderson Brass Company:
Anderson Brass Company is a family-owned business based in Hartsville, SC and has been in business since 1931. Built in 1982, their modern manufacturing facility features state of the art technology. They have been a primary provider of RV water service panels and selection valves for multiple RV manufacturers for many years.
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