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Old 08-06-2008, 10:12 AM   #85
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lookin' good........

Hi doug
Will you be heading north to PEI? Look forward to checking out your progress. This http://www.airforums.com/forums/f341...ml#post599740n tread has some of the casette type systems on this euro model. Very interesting. I don't know if it is anything like want you are thinking of but I like the idea.
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:50 AM   #86
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Hi doug
Will you be heading north to PEI? Look forward to checking out your progress. This http://www.airforums.com/forums/f341...ml#post599740n tread has some of the casette type systems on this euro model. Very interesting. I don't know if it is anything like want you are thinking of but I like the idea.
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Hey Gary,

We're not heading to PEI this year, but I wish we were. We're staying local and hitting the seashore a couple times. We will be at the Fishermans Memorial rally and maybe a couple others, but it all depends on my work schedule.

The cassette system is what started me on the vacuflush path. I saw it listed on west marine. In looking at the set-up, there is no way to dump it without removing the cassette. The system I installed is the big brother to the cassette and stores the waste in a standard tank.

I like that thread you sent. The one that caught my eye was the external water tank. Hmmm, sounds like a project to me

Here's the picture I was referring to:
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Old 08-11-2008, 05:44 AM   #87
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First time out

This weekend we were out with Over59 and Mistral Blue in the Berkshires. I had expected a rain out, since the weather in New England has been pretty much like the tropics. Rain every day. Last Thursday night and Friday were crazy, as it was all last minute jobs to be completed before leaving plus loading food and cloths for the trip.

Once on the road, the trailer did great. I had a full tank of water up front and noticed it towed better with it than empty. I had to watch the speedo since it was easy to cruise at 70MPH. The trailer towed straight and with no back and forth. I'm convinced it is easier to tow than my GLobetrotter, which was pretty good.

I did have one problem, but that was at the end of the weekend. The flow control nipples in the pump compressed and I was unable to pump the tanks until I got home. I suspect it was due to the fact I did not put an end cap on the discharge end and pressure built up while driving down the highway causing the nipples to compress. Not a fun job to fix, but one I learned a good lessons. Always cap your end

Here are a couple pictures at the campground.

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Sweet!! great to see it back on the road, at last. can't wait to see it "in person".

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I did have one problem, but that was at the end of the weekend. The flow control nipples in the pump compressed and I was unable to pump the tanks until I got home. I suspect it was due to the fact I did not put an end cap on the discharge end and pressure built up while driving down the highway causing the nipples to compress. Not a fun job to fix, but one I learned a good lessons. Always cap your end

Here are a couple pictures at the campground.

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Looks great Doug!

Can't wait to see more pictures, and possibly some of the exterior venting (Please)

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Vent

Hey Steve,

The vent I used for my black tank was a dometic sani-vent which vents out of a 3/4" hose to the belly pan. THe vent filter is inline and terminates under with a perko fuel tank vent which is flush to the belly pan.

Here's a link to one similar Perko 0505 Gas Tank Vent

I had popped a hole in the floor and used PVC pipe to attach a t-fitting so I could vent both grey and black using the same. So far, works just fine.

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Dry fitting

Last night and tonight I got out and dry fitted the upper front panel of the fridge cabinet. I also cut the hole in the roof for the dickinson heater. Before I wrapped up for the night, I dry fitted the dickinson heater in place. Looks good and should take the chill out when it's cold.

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Doug,

The place you have that hearter is exactly where my old panel ray went up (It is missing). That was a really good idea to add that there. I was thinking on adding a small wood burning stove, but there wasn't enough room. This gives me a great idea!!

You have provided a ton of insigt to how I can redo the 53 FC. I only wish I had more understanding of your black and gray system. I would think that waste could exit your tank into the vent tube, and follow its' way down out the belly pan onto the ground.

Awesome work.

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Doug,

The place you have that hearter is exactly where my old panel ray went up (It is missing). That was a really good idea to add that there. I was thinking on adding a small wood burning stove, but there wasn't enough room. This gives me a great idea!!

You have provided a ton of insigt to how I can redo the 53 FC. I only wish I had more understanding of your black and gray system. I would think that waste could exit your tank into the vent tube, and follow its' way down out the belly pan onto the ground.

Awesome work.

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Thanks Steve for the positive comments. I'm looking forward to watching your 53 come together.

As for the vents, it's all about elevation. The vent is located on the front top corner and then the vent line is above the tank all the way around to where the vent line dips down. The elevation of the line keeps the poo from escaping, but not the poo gas. The gas is trapped in the charcoal filter from Dometic. So far, no escaping poo.

The other one is that the discharge pipe has a bend that is higher than the tank itself. When the pump fires up, it has to push the poo up and over the bend to get it out. Short of any compressed nipples, the pumps are able to pump a fairly long distance.

One item I have yet to add is a tank monitor for each tank. These will tell me what level they are at without having to roll back the mattress and looking at the side with a flash light.

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ohhh... it's out! Looks fantastic Doug. Happy trails!
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