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Old 07-05-2005, 03:07 PM   #1
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general plumbing...etc (help me)

hi everyone... this is my first post here. my mom just acquired a 1962 16' bambi and i have been assigned all the non cosmetic tasks....naturally. anyway, i am not a plumber, nor am i knowledgable about airstream trailers. actually...at this point, i dont even know the locations of the tanks. i am generally clueless. what should i do to check out what is in working order...and what kind of person would be qualified in fixing/checking out the plumbing/etc in the bambi? any suggestions are appreciated. thanks
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Old 07-05-2005, 08:26 PM   #2
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There are several Bambi owners on their way home from the International who can give you authoritative answers.

You will have a small fresh water tank with an outside fill. This was, I believe, a pressured tank rather than the demand pump commonly used today. I cannot recall if the Bambi had a grey tank, but if so it is rather small. There was no black water (toilet) tank.

Of course, over the years previous owners may have changed much or even all of the plumbing.

Wishing I could be more help,

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Old 07-05-2005, 08:37 PM   #3
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Wouldn't it be the other way around with the waste tanks, no gray and a small black?

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There are several Bambi owners on their way home from the International who can give you authoritative answers.

You will have a small fresh water tank with an outside fill. This was, I believe, a pressured tank rather than the demand pump commonly used today. I cannot recall if the Bambi had a grey tank, but if so it is rather small. There was no black water (toilet) tank.

Of course, over the years previous owners may have changed much or even all of the plumbing.

Wishing I could be more help,

Mark
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Wouldn't it be the other way around with the waste tanks, no gray and a small black?

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Yes, of course it is. The black tank is under the toilet, isn't it? And no grey water tank.

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Old 07-05-2005, 10:48 PM   #5
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yes...i've discovered the black water tank under the toilet, and i what im pretty sure is the clear water tank is under the front sofa. it is about 4 feet long and a foot in diameter, and metal. how should i go about making sure these tanks are still in working order and connected, etc. or rather, what should i do now that i know where the tanks are?
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does your fresh water tank look like a galvanized torepedo? if so, it's almost certainly a pressurized system. you fill it with water, then pum it full of air to provide water pressure. you should see the air fitting on the fill tube. in my trailer all that stuff was trashed by the previous owner, ao i'm rebuilding mine with a demand system (water pump and plastic, non-pressurized tanks).

also, i can almost guarantee you that you don't have a grey water tank. i couyld be wrong, but i believe airstream didn't start doing those until the mid-sixties.

so, what to do next? hmmm... fill her up with water and air and look for leaks!
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