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Old 09-04-2019, 08:10 PM   #541
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Not if the contest involves speed, if I am in the running.
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Old 09-05-2019, 07:37 PM   #542
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No speed, just methods to mount a waste water tank. I'll start off:

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Pan from the cross members
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Angle iron from molded shelves on the tank
Above floor tanks

Me, I built special supports so the black tank could be on one side and the gray tank drain could be on the other side. Seems to be working so far.

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Old 09-06-2019, 07:55 PM   #543
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That's a pretty impressive set-up, David. What's the thinking on a tank pan vs. no tank pan? The old one I took off was thoroughly rusted through. It appeared to me to be because the furnace duct blew hot air into the pan, thus creating condensation. Kind of like those rusted exhaust systems of old that dripped water from the tailpipe upon engine start-up. I realize using aluminum would eliminate that problem, but still, what is the chief advantage of a pan? By the way, our little get-together at the Roasterie here in KC will be on September 28. Why don't you drag your Airstream to KC for the fun of it?
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Old 09-08-2019, 06:50 PM   #544
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That would be fun and I would enjoy meeting you vintage Airstreamers. I can't this year as we have made our fall travel plans for late September.

I hope you make it a yearly "vintage Airstream rally" and maybe next year I will do just that.

Airstreams have heated the tank pans for years. My Trade Wind had it, my Overlander had it, and the Limited has it. It keeps the tanks from freezing up. That is a main purpose of the pans. I don't know if it contributes to the rust out. The Trade Wind toilet was leaking, the Overlander tanks were cracked. I think that was the major reason for the rusted pans in my case.

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Danny O'Niell, the owner of the Roasterie, just towed his company Airstream down to the plant. He also owns this '95 diesel version. Both will be there on the 28th for our little gathering.
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Correction. The Roasterie gathering is this coming Saturday, the 21st, not the 28th.
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Old 09-20-2019, 05:54 PM   #547
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Take pictures, make a entry here of your mini-vintage rally. David
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Will do, David
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Truma tankless water heater

After talking Truma into selling me the Comfort Plus model they say they only sell to RV manfacturers, not end users/consumers, I put it in the other day. I installed it, sans plumbing at this stage, under the kitchen sink where the old Suburban forced air furnace used to rest. Because the furnace required a larger opening in the shell, I had to fabricate and buck rivet on a piece to fill the gap between the existing cut-out and the heater. I also had to construct a cantilevered stand for the heater to sit on (made out of scrap 2x4s that called for a coat of silver spray paint). I'm not in love with the plastic outer cover, but the person I spoke with at Truma, who used to work for an RV parts supplier, said Airstream uses an aluminum-toned paint that is a close match to the shell and perhaps I could get the paint number for it and order some. All in all, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. Now on to getting it hooked up a little farther down the line.
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That is a nice looking unit. Now you can heat lots of water for your hot tub in your Trade Wind, no problem.

I tried painting a white painted Atwood water heater cover some years ago. I used a paint called "chrome" thinking it would be silver gloss. But the paint didn't adhere very well. I ended up covering the white cover with aluminum. So try some modern paints and see what you think. I bet there are better now.

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Nice work Dale!

I say use whatever Airstream uses to paint plastic and it will look terrific.

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Dan -

I likely will do so, but that does not necessarily mean my irregular 3:00 a.m. musings over ways to fabricate an aluminum cover wonít come back.
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