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Old 07-07-2013, 09:35 PM   #1
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About to tackle new plumbing system

I just finished rewiring all the electrical in my sovereign so next up is the plumbing. When I bought the trailer is was totally gutted so I've rearranged a few things since I wasn't going back totally original. As of right now I have my fresh water tank, water pump, black/grey water tank (the original one) and a 10 gal electrical hot water heater. My plans are to go back with pex pipe. A few things I would like some help with...

1. If you experienced campers could add or change anything on your plumbing system what would it be?
2. If you have a schematic for fresh water and waste water.
3. Lastly I do a lot of camping on my own property so running my grey water into the ground is ok so since I only have 1 waste tank I would like to add some sort of T or valve to do this?

Thanks.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:48 PM   #2
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Having one 70s trailer in use and one in process, one change I'm planning for the project trailer is expanded graywater storage. We do a fair amount of state park camping and some boondocking with our WBCCI unit, so the dinky gray tank of a mid-70s Airstream is less than ideal.

When you're camping where it's allowable to run graywater on the ground, in a trailer that doesn't have a gray tank, you can use a cap on the waste outlet that lets you hook up a garden hose to direct the graywater where you want. Most places do not allow that anymore, so if you're not going to add a gray tank, you may want to have a "blue boy" external gray tank to make it convenient to camp where there aren't full hookups and still have full use of your trailer's systems.
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:43 PM   #3
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I am probably a bit late but I have just finished plumbing my 70s trailer, I also used pex I found that running the pex pipe from the rear access and going under the tub through the Bulkhead and into the galley was not to hard. The hardest place to plumb was the forward drain's under the galley floor. I used red and blue pex using blue for cold water and red for hot makes it easy to track and will be easy for someone if it ever has to be done again, I even had good luck running the Pex around the corner of my trailer to the water tank and the water closet. It really wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:34 AM   #4
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Stainless flex hoses for some wiggle room at your connections sounds like a great idea to me.
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Old 08-04-2013, 01:38 PM   #5
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I just finished rewiring all the electrical in my sovereign so next up is the plumbing. When I bought the trailer is was totally gutted so I've rearranged a few things since I wasn't going back totally original. As of right now I have my fresh water tank, water pump, black/grey water tank (the original one) and a 10 gal electrical hot water heater. My plans are to go back with pex pipe. A few things I would like some help with...

1. If you experienced campers could add or change anything on your plumbing system what would it be?
2. If you have a schematic for fresh water and waste water.
3. Lastly I do a lot of camping on my own property so running my grey water into the ground is ok so since I only have 1 waste tank I would like to add some sort of T or valve to do this?

Thanks.
It would be in my trailer waterlines come out of the water heater and go up I would like to find a way to bring them down so they will drain better.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:20 PM   #6
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Do you know about the VAP Vintage Airstream Podcast. It is a great resource and entertaining. It is quite a gift. I asked a question for the last Podcast about the steps and issues of plumbing a Fresh Water System. Their answers did not disappoint. These guys are very generous with their time and sharing their experience. Colin Hyde is the real deal

I highly recommend the Podcast and for your current need the last podcast #189 titled "Getting Fresh" The Vintage Airstream Podcast | Vintage Trailer Restoration

Good luck and post your progress. I will do the same.

Tony S
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OH ! Tim Shephard Has great book out "Restoring a Dream" about his journey restoring his 1960 Ambassador. You might want to pick it up.
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