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Old 07-20-2015, 10:33 PM   #1
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How big is my 1961 waste tank?

I have a 22' 1961 Flying Cloud. Since its that old it only has 1 tank. I haven't used it yet where there wasn't sewer hook-ups. It seems to me to be pretty small. Can anyone tell me how many gallons these early tanks were? Thanks.
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Old 07-20-2015, 11:07 PM   #2
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Can't remember exactly

I think it's 16 or 18 gallons. My waste tank lives in the platform beneath the toilet and sink vanity. They are not designed for grey water, although you can route the greywater into the black tank. It's not a good practice as sewage can come up into the shower, and it makes dumping a messy task.
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Old 07-20-2015, 11:31 PM   #3
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I tried to look it up

One spec sheet said holding tank had a estimated one week capacity.
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Old 07-20-2015, 11:34 PM   #4
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10 to 15 gal most likely, but you can easily measure it yourself. Close the valve, start pouring water into it from one gal bottles. Count the number of bottles until full.
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On our 63 Safari I learned my first Airstream lesson....'black tank gallons' are smaller than 'normal' gallons.

I believe ours was 15 that converted to what seemed like 8.
We found the best way to make it work....if the CG had facilities, you were only allowed to use the trailer potty after dark.

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Old 07-21-2015, 06:24 AM   #6
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My 1961 Tradewind has an above the floor tank of about 10 gallon capacity as I recall from pouring jugs of water in it . It will last about 6 days for 2 of us if used carefully.
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Our '63 Overlander had a 10 gallon above-floor tank.
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My '67 Overlander Owner's Manual says 16 gallons and in parentheses is says "12 gallons on 17 ft models". I've never measured it.
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Thanks for the info. So basically, no showers in the AS unless I'm hooked up to sewer right?
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Sure you can shower if you are in a location that allows grey water on the ground, or if you have a "Blue Boy" portable tank. All Federal area campgrounds forbid grey water on the ground. At least some states do also. The old camping manuals show a plan for a "gopher hole" system that might be permitted some places for grey water.
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