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Old 08-26-2008, 02:56 PM   #43
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Thanks for making that clear for me. I bought #30's. The chart is nice to have. Appreciated!!!
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Old 08-26-2008, 04:15 PM   #44
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Black water tank

The black water tank was simply resting on the belly pan. Whatever was supposed to be supporting it was no longer in existence. The piece of metal that was around the tank, was in pieces. From looking at it all, I cannot figure out how the tank was supported to begin with. Is there something that others have done that holds the tank in place, something that is going to last for another 44 years? Secondly, rather than purchase a new black water tank, I would like to re-use the old one. it looks like the main hole that the toilet hooks up to, needs to be replaced. Could anyone send me some pics of what a new hook-up is supposed to look like, including flange and support parts. If at all possible pics of a thread that shows the repair and placement of the tank??? I will continue to look. Attached are photos of my tank.
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Old 08-26-2008, 06:38 PM   #45
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great job, you're moving fast.

search the "links to major renovations" thread. you'll see several ways to support the tanks. i've decided to hang mine with metal strapping for additional support, you can see them at the link of my previous post.

also, please, please, please get a new black tank. if there's one thing that drives me crazy is people who try and salvage and repair a 40+ year old black tank (and there are several on this forum). these things are plain disgusting and the thought of putting one back into a "new/renovated" airstream makes no sense to me.

also, don't worry about sandblasting the frame, it's not necessary. just use an angle grinder with a wire wheel (much cheaper). that will remove most of the scale (you want some texture for the por 15 to adhere too).
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Old 08-27-2008, 06:18 AM   #46
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I had Inca plastics (on the internet) build an exact copy of my old tank. I took pictures and made a drawing with all the measurements. It did not cost me over $170 to have it made. I decided to replicate all the support and tank. That way I did not have future problems when putting it back together. I bought my 1/8" angle iron at a metal distributor in Lilburn Ga (Gwinnett County).

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Old 08-27-2008, 06:49 AM   #47
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Black Tank Thanks

Thanks to everyone who replied. There were no angle irons supporting my old tank so when I looked at it, I could not figure out how it was supported. Last night I studied threads and saw pictures of pans, metal supporting the pans, etc. This morning, I ordered a tank from a great company out of Canada. 31 gallon tank for $249. I was pleased, free shipping. Now I am one more step on my way.

Last night I had a GREAT exerience at Home Depot. Someone actually knew what I was talking about when I asked for an automatic spring-loaded center punch. I could not believe it. Needless to say, every now and then I am surprised, it was nice.

Today I plan on removing some of the lower interior panels. Pics will come later, even though I know you have seen it all before.

Thanks everyone, Andrew
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Old 08-27-2008, 07:35 AM   #48
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Yes, Pictures!

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Today I plan on removing some of the lower interior panels. Pics will come later, even though I know you have seen it all before.
Yes, please keep the pictures coming, even if it's something that others have done before. Live threads are more interactive than archived ones, and therefore offer broader learning opportunities for you, and the rest of us.

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hi andrew,

you don't need a 31 gallon black tank, the most you would probably need would be a 20 gallon. did you order a black and a gray tank? i don't believe your globetrotter had an gray tank originally.
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:40 PM   #50
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hi andrew,

you don't need a 31 gallon black tank, the most you would probably need would be a 20 gallon. did you order a black and a gray tank? i don't believe your globetrotter had an gray tank originally.

The tank inland RV was selling me was a 25-30 gallon black tank. The 31 gallon tank from Icon Technologies was the only one that fit the area I have for the tank. It looks like the one I pulled out. I did not order a black and a gray tank, it only has the fresh water tank and the black tank. Or maybe since the sink and shower empty into it as well as the toilet, it is a gray tank. Is this correct. Whatever it is named, I think it will work exactly as the other one did, except it is new and has the lips around the top that will support it, which is exactly what I want.

I think I am also going to build a galvanized box to go around it as well. This should protect and support it a little more.
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:58 PM   #51
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Today's progress

Today was yet another great day. The rivet removal toll arrived. I used it for maybe a minute or two and then decided it was quicker to simply use a drill bit with the automatic spring loaded center punch. So I started removing the interior lower panels. I got the street side middle panel, three front panels all the way to the door. Tomorrow I will try to get the rest of the interior panels. it took me about 2.5 hours to complete the 4 that were removed today. I am also beginning to remove the exterior belly pan and lower side exterior corner skins all the way around (banana skins??). Still learning all of the new vocabulary words. Basically, not the exterior side panels, but the underside corner panels. The pictures are below
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Old 08-27-2008, 08:25 PM   #52
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I did not order a black and a gray tank, it only has the fresh water tank and the black tank. Or maybe since the sink and shower empty into it as well as the toilet, it is a gray tank. Is this correct. Whatever it is named, I think it will work exactly as the other one did, except it is new and has the lips around the top that will support it, which is exactly what I want.
careful here: the black tank and gray tank are two separate tanks. black tank is for toilet business only. you do not want to tie your other lines into the black tank. that's a huge no-no.

most people doing an extensive reno on their airstream will install a gray tank as part of their makeover.

here's my advice: get a 20 gallon +/- black tank and a gray tank of 25-30 gallons if it fits. this is my reason: i spent a long long long time going over tank sizes, different configurations, reading threads for other tank sizes, etc. i had analysis paralysis when it came to ordering my tanks.

here's kind of an old thread with a little bit of info;

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382...ers-27892.html
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Making good progress! Looking forward to seeing more of your progress.
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careful here: the black tank and gray tank are two separate tanks. black tank is for toilet business only. you do not want to tie your other lines into the black tank. that's a huge no-no.

most people doing an extensive reno on their airstream will install a gray tank as part of their makeover.

here's my advice: get a 20 gallon +/- black tank and a gray tank of 25-30 gallons if it fits. this is my reason: i spent a long long long time going over tank sizes, different configurations, reading threads for other tank sizes, etc. i had analysis paralysis when it came to ordering my tanks.

here's kind of an old thread with a little bit of info;

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382/tank-sizes-for-boondockers-27892.html
My only problem is that when I took everything apart, it only had one tank except for the fresh water tank. It vented through the roof. My plans were to restore this thing back to the way it was. There is really not alot of room for another tank.
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What a mess

So I took part of the afternoon off in order to continue to work on the lower interior panels. Once I completed the interior panels I began removing the rivets that connect the belly pan around the sides. The front banana skins came off really easy. I began to look closer at the two main pieces of belly pan and realized that the sides were included in those pieces. OK, removing the rivets around the sides should take care of that, RIGHT???? NO!!!!

The people that constructed these things decided to put the belly ans on first, before the side panels were installed. So, they wrapped the end of the belly pans over the U Channel and then glued it on. Then they put the side panels on. So basically, I had to cut the belly pan off with a sawzaw.

So, I have 1/2 f the belly pan completely off and all lower interior panels off. I decided to leave all of the upper interior panels attached until I have the floor replaced. I think this will more than likely give the shell more strength during the removal. I am going to remove the shell when replacing the floor.

So, that is it for the day. I will show pictures once the pan is completely removed, before I start the POR-15 step.

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Labor Day 2008

Congratulations to all of you that are able to use your trailers this weekend.

I have spent the last 2 days preparing for the removal of the shell. So today that is what we did. We removed the shell and I am now preparing to POR-15 the trailer, and then top coat it on Monday. Here are the pictures.
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