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Old 03-05-2007, 02:04 PM   #43
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forgot to ask, is there any reason why i can't run all of my sewer vents out a single pipe? that's teh way it was in my 18 footer. i can't figure out why a 19 foot globe trotter would need 3. i assumed i could run a vent tube up from the drain pipe to the grey tank, and put a "T" connection in there to run one from the black tank as well... leaving only a single hole/pipe sticking through the roof... much beter than having all 3, less than 3 feet apart, poking through the end cap! yuck!

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Old 03-05-2007, 03:18 PM   #44
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forgot to ask, is there any reason why i can't run all of my sewer vents out a single pipe? that's teh way it was in my 18 footer. i can't figure out why a 19 foot globe trotter would need 3. i assumed i could run a vent tube up from the drain pipe to the grey tank, and put a "T" connection in there to run one from the black tank as well... leaving only a single hole/pipe sticking through the roof... much beter than having all 3, less than 3 feet apart, poking through the end cap! yuck!

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Yes, I think there is a reason for the two vents. One for the black tank alone and one for the rest of the sewer system. Thats the way my Caravel is set up anyway. Not knowing how you are doing your tanks though, you might get away with one vent. You could plumb the sewer system vent and black tank vents together, I would think. Depends on routing of the pipes. In my trailer it was just easier to reuse the existing two holes and routing.
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Old 03-05-2007, 05:43 PM   #45
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i'm planning on running the black and grey tubes half way up the wall before T-ing them together. that should give me plenty of vertical distance to make sure the vent stays clear. The way things are set up, the black tank can vent straight up from the top of the tank. So can the grey, in fact. i'm thinking at this point it will be ok to run them together. i can't tell you how much i hate those sewer vents poking through the rear endcaps. especially when you know how hard it is to replace those panels! ha!

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Old 03-06-2007, 01:59 PM   #46
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Another patch done!

for the arm-chair airstreamer, here's a little sequence i did at lunch today... vent-pipe-ectomy #2...

step one, remove that caulk mess around the pipe. there is NO way Airstream did this kind of work. i can't figure out why the forward vent has an aluminum cowl around it, and a clean simple seal, while the rear 2 looked like this mess. horrible!

anyway, i removed the big chunks with a screw driver and putty knife...
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step 2, remove the pipe by pulling it into the trailer, then get rid of the crud-covered rusty ring...
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the shell was covered with excess caulk and sealant... nasty stuff... so i let it soak for 2 hours in caulk remover...
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next step was to clean all that mess up, and hit it with the buffing wheel to polish the metal. i like a clean aluminum surface to seal to... no dirt!
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i flattened out the bumps from the old screw holes, and taped the patch in place, making sure to mark one edge with a pen for re-installation. VERY important to make sure the holes line back up when you put it on...

... then i drilled, and clecoed away...
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Old 03-06-2007, 02:06 PM   #51
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take it off, clean up teh aluminum shavings, and put a good amount of sealer on there. i used alcoa, so i wouldn't have to open up a fresh tube of vulkem. it works great. so far i have done 7 patches this way, and no leaks!
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i don't have a rivet shaver, $200 for one NON-motorized tool! so i dremel mine, clean the surface with acetone, and buff to a shine! ouala!

i know all this is basic stuff that we all already know and do... but it's fun to see the pic sequence, no?

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i don't have a rivet shaver, $200 for one NON-motorized tool! so i dremel mine, clean the surface with acetone, and buff to a shine! ouala!

i know all this is basic stuff that we all already know and do... but it's fun to see the pic sequence, no?

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I don't want to hijack this thread...I have a question though, when you do an aluminum patch, what do you do to the patch so the edges of it are smooth? Or do you just cut out a piece of aluminum and put it on that way? Your repair job looks gorgeous. Nice work, I'm following this thread. I'm glad you rescued this baby.
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