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Old 07-20-2008, 07:34 PM   #71
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Plumbing set-back

So today was the day to finish up and fully test the vacuflush system. I loaded up the tanks with clean water and made sure the toilet flushed as expected. All went fine until I pumped the tanks. The black tank emptied in less than five minutes, but the grey tank that I had not tested until today was not pumping much out and what it did was at a slow rate. After looking at the set-up again, I've determined that the t connector that the grey pump linked into the outside pipe was obstructing the flow. So I'm up for a bit of a redesign and one that limits the number of hose clamps. God I had those things. Sliced my thumb on one today.... All fingers have some type of knick or cut now.

The highlight of the day was pulling the camper into the driveway and out of the back yard. Can't wait to hit the road in August with it... watch out over59 here we come!!!

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Old 07-20-2008, 08:22 PM   #72
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Reworked my pipes also. Note that the mascerator pumps let water pass even when not running, not a water tight value. Drip Drip Drip....

Looking forward to looking...

Looking really good in the pics...
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:36 AM   #73
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Reworked my pipes also. Note that the mascerator pumps let water pass even when not running, not a water tight value. Drip Drip Drip....

Looking forward to looking...

Looking really good in the pics...
I remember you mentioning that, so I put in a pipe that was higher than the tanks so that the pumps had to push it up and out. That seems to work fine for the black pump but for the grey is hammer headed on the sloped T. need to figure something out for that one.

The other challenge is the lay flat hose. My discharge fitting comes straight down and this stuff doesn't like to make a bend. I might have to fashion a new coupler with an elbow or change the config so the discharge pipe comes out horizontal. What did you do?
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Doug, I looked again at your setup. It seems funny that the grey tank wouldn't push as fast as the black... you're talking about the T where the grey and black come together right before the 90 degree turn up and over? Maybe the water is flowing towards the black and then back towards where it really needs to go? It seems odd that that would happen.

Are you sure the pump is pumping correctly, or that the tank if vented correctly too (making a vacume that won't let the water escape)? Which leads me to ask.. how are they vented, or are they not because of the vacume design?

For the discharge, can you just put an elbow there and shoot it straight out?
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Old 07-22-2008, 05:54 AM   #75
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Doug, I looked again at your setup. It seems funny that the grey tank wouldn't push as fast as the black... you're talking about the T where the grey and black come together right before the 90 degree turn up and over? Maybe the water is flowing towards the black and then back towards where it really needs to go? It seems odd that that would happen.

Are you sure the pump is pumping correctly, or that the tank if vented correctly too (making a vacume that won't let the water escape)? Which leads me to ask.. how are they vented, or are they not because of the vacume design?

For the discharge, can you just put an elbow there and shoot it straight out?
Good luck!
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Marc, you do have good eyes and you are absolutely correct. Here's how it went. After work, I stopped by HD to buy some pvc parts and I picked up a couple pvc unions. I had assumed major surgery to redo this config.

I spent a hour taking it all apart and destroying two hoses in the process. I even cut the discharge line. WELL NOWWWWW, when I pulled the barb connectors to the grey pump I did not see the flow control nipple on the intake side and the out looked a bit odd.... I HAD INSTALLED THEM BACKWARDS!!!!

I was already past the point of no return so it was a single by-pass surgery to fix the problem. About 9:30 last night, I got it all back together with a couple unions to help take it apart next time. Filled it and tried the pumps and all ran as expected. The best part was that I had turned off power for more than a day and when I tested the toilet the vacume was still charged, which means none of those lines leak.

It's very humid here and I sweat like a crazy last night. I'm not sure if I got dehydrated while doing this project or banging my head off the cabinet, but my head still hurts this morning. I am glad to get it sorted though.

Damn nipples!
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Doug, glad you got it all figured out... be careful out there in the heat.... dehydration can be serious stuff... it's like a hangover without the fun!

Drink lots!
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Chassis Ground

I'm doing my electric and one thing I need to do is attach it to a chassis for a ground. Would I ground it to the wall or do I need to attach it to the frame?

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Doug,

In my caravanner it was attached to the walls, which in turn were bolted to the frame. I don't think it will make a difference either way.

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Old 08-01-2008, 04:41 PM   #79
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progress

The last two weeks have been packed with late nights and mosquito bites. I've been out after work tinkering with the project and have finished up most of the system. So far:

- Completed install of vacuflush and plumbed entire septic system, including discharge

- Complete wet-bath install with exception of window trim. Including shower.

- Installed kitchen faucet and waste pipe

- Installed fresh water tank, pump, and all pex plumbing

- Almost finished with electric.

I'm in a push to get as much done this weekend, since we're heading west with Over59. This weekend, I need to insulate the floor, and re-install the belly pan (only half way back) most of it is already on.

SHould be ready!!

Here are some pictures.

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My wife was at an old mill recently where they have set=up this cavernous fabric store. She picked out a pattern for the drapes. Below is the pattern:
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Dehli Belly

It's just past noon on Sunday and I've been out working on the belly pan today. What a crap job this is..... Upside down on a creeper trying to align the sheets of aluminum.

At this point, this IS the worse part of the project. Polishing is a nicer job...

One more panel to do and I'm done... then it's off to install the propane lines.

Can't wait to go camping now!
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Making Progress

We have been pushing pretty hard to get ready for our upcoming trip with the 56. All systems are go and the batteries are charging.

We put the front couch in yesterday and some of you might not like it. It's not done yet and I have to build out side tables and do a bent birch cover for the water tank below it. Plus the arm rests are not on it.

The cool thing about this is that it skates out to a full sized bed. Super easy to open and close. I like the picture since the original wall lamps look like they have flames coming out of them.

Here are some updated pictures.
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We have been pushing pretty hard to get ready for our upcoming trip with the 56. All systems are go and the batteries are charging.

We put the front couch in yesterday and some of you might not like it. It's not done yet and I have to build out side tables and do a bent birch cover for the water tank below it. Plus the arm rests are not on it.

The cool thing about this is that it skates out to a full sized bed. Super easy to open and close. I like the picture since the original wall lamps look like they have flames coming out of them.

Here are some updated pictures.
Who would not like that? I think it looks great!

Those are the original light fixtures up in the endcap? They are so deco and cool, very similar to ones I'm considering making for my own trailer. Would it be possible for you to take a close-up of one of them, whenever you get a chance? I'd love to see a little more detail.

Keep up the good work, it's looking great.

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