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Old 11-11-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
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'61 Bambi plumbing

I was just BLESSED with a '61 Bambi, and I'm excited about being a Airstreamer! I did a once-over of the belly, and found that there's a black sewer line that begins at the sink on the street-side (it's an OH made one) follows to the front and across the front, then routes all the way down to the back of the curb-side.

Can anyone tell me WHY it take's that path? Does that sound original or was the original plumbing concealed in the belly?

I know I'll have more questions once I get to examine her more closely, but I thought I'd start with this one that's bugging me.

Thanks in advance for your input!
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:20 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums.
Congratulations on the 61 Bambi, I would love to own one myself.

The sewer line may have been installed to give the trailer a little storage for grey water since there was no grey water tank.
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Old 11-11-2011, 02:23 PM   #3
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You might contact member "61 Bambi"...they might be able to help you out with answers. Sweet Rig.

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Old 09-23-2013, 12:49 AM   #4
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Has anyone installed a grey water tank? AM looking for dimensions for such a tank.
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Old 09-23-2013, 07:19 AM   #5
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I was just BLESSED with a '61 Bambi, and I'm excited about being a Airstreamer! I did a once-over of the belly, and found that there's a black sewer line that begins at the sink on the street-side (it's an OH made one) follows to the front and across the front, then routes all the way down to the back of the curb-side.

Can anyone tell me WHY it take's that path? Does that sound original or was the original plumbing concealed in the belly?

I know I'll have more questions once I get to examine her more closely, but I thought I'd start with this one that's bugging me.

Thanks in advance for your input!
That would most likely be added to give you some room to store a little grey water before overflowing into the shower. There was no grey water storage at all on the Bambi originally.
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Old 09-23-2013, 09:40 AM   #6
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I'm about to on a '64 Overlander. The hardest part is figuring out how to tie the systems together so you dont have 2 seperate hookups. I don't know how the Bambi is laid out. The other hard part of these trailers is that the frame is so shallow, even though it would be easy to put a bottom mounted dump valve, it would get torn off if you had anything in the road.

On mine, I have a belly pan that wraps to the center. I am jacking my trailer several feet off the ground, dropping the axles, and then letting the belly pan fall so I have the center open. Then, I'm putting in the gray tanks, right above the axles.

You can order shallow gray tanks from Vintage Trailer supply. However, you will need to carefully measure where the fittings will go as they need to go through the open channels in your frame members. There's only so much wiggle room.
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Old 09-24-2013, 01:07 PM   #7
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61 Bambi Plumbing

Welcome to Bambi ownership! I have a 62 and there is no visible sewer line under the belly, so my guess is that your plumbing has been modified. If you need help locating a grey water tank that fits in an non-obvious space try the very helpful people at Vintage Trailer Supply and/or incaplastics. I have bought tanks from both in the past with great success. Good luck!
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:13 PM   #8
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fresh water inlet

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Couldn't find the original post on the Bambi inlet.
Here's a pic of the exterior cap, it's made of bronze. The air valve was threaded into the center of the cap, I replaced it with a plumbing plug.
The fresh water tank is in the front under the dinette, while completely functional I don't use this at all. I ran a piece of half inch pex from the pump inlet and use a braided stainless hose connected to the blue water tank that sits on the ground. The water pump draws it into the system. It's seems a lot easier
than pouring water into that tube. Note folding hand truck for delivery.
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:42 PM   #9
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Thanks, Tim!

I appreciate the pics and description.
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:49 PM   #10
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Tim,
Question: what's the belly storage compartment that's open in the pic? Original to the unit or a custom creation? And how deep is it?
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:52 PM   #11
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Hey RC
I believe its original to the trailer. Its a curved sheet of aluminum. It has a piano hinge riveted underneath and two draw latches to keep it closed. The hatch overlays the bottom and sides. It is by no means water proof. Not very big it goes between two outriggers and as deep as the frame. Big enough for an electric cord and or a braided hose.
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Old 12-18-2013, 06:26 AM   #12
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Sweet! You know me--send the pics! When I get around to the belly pan of mine, I may try to add one like that. Space is hard to come by!
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:09 PM   #13
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Hey RC
I believe the hatch is between the first and second outrigger. I replaced the clamps with stainless ones from VTS, they were the same as the originals.
I think it would be an easy project.
Here's some better pics.
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:53 PM   #14
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Thanks, Tim. I appreciate the first two, but I think you're just bragging with that third one! LOL Where was that taken?
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