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Old 03-19-2011, 10:11 AM   #1
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Grey water...where does it go?

I looked for a general question area on this forum and didn't see it..so here is my dumb question...
First I need an owners manual on this thing...I have a service manual..but I need a manual that tells me "how to" on this unit..where can I get one?
Second...Ive had other motor-homes and they have always had three tanks...fresh..black..and gray... I notice my AS only has two..
My problem with this started when I tried to get my shower to drain...I had a big leak coming out of that area and shower would not drain..I replaced everything under there.....still wouldn't drain...well right before I started to pull all the pipes apart I went and looked at drain valve.... I opened it and got drenched with dirty shower water...then shower started draining fine..I started looking around and found that the drain coming from shower(and I assume all gray water like kitchen sink etc) came in under the tank valve and above bottom"plug"?....so that water was just coming down there and being trapped in-between two valves....so my question is...
Where the heck does the gray water suppose to go if you don't have a camping spot with sewer that you can attach to all the time?...do you crack the tank valve above it? I don't see how water can drain up?.....

I'm confused..please fill me in....
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:15 AM   #2
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I think some people use buckets underneath (Eww) and some people use those tote tank things.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:16 AM   #3
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Our 65 Safari also does not have a grey water tank. When camping with no sewer hook-up we use a 25 gal. Blue Boy. When full we wheel it to the dump station.
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Old 03-19-2011, 11:54 AM   #4
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I use an 18 gallon blue boy 68's had no grey tank. I got the 4 wheel model with the pull handle and have been very happy with it.

Thetford SmartTote Portable Waste Tanks from PPL
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:22 PM   #5
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I believe that AS didn't put gray tanks in until '73 in some models and in all models in '74.
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Old 03-19-2011, 01:28 PM   #6
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KyMoonshine,
You can order an owner's manual for your '73 from Airstream at this web address.

Not positive, but I believe the Excella models were the only '73's that had gray water tanks. In those days (before environmental enlightenment) it was common to hook a hose to the gray water outlet and let it discharge to the ground. So, there wasn't a recognized need for a gray water tank.

Good luck with your "new" trailer and welcome back to the past....
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Old 03-19-2011, 08:55 PM   #7
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Thanks guys.....
I think I will build a cool old steampunk looking tank on wheels to use...something that matches the AS instead of blue plastic...

The info was very helpful...now I know
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Old 03-19-2011, 09:25 PM   #8
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We used a blue boy with our Safari because when camping in Oregon we got "tagged" for having a bucket and had to go buy a "closed system". We added a gray water tank to our TW.
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Old 03-19-2011, 10:39 PM   #9
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I looked for a general question area on this forum and didn't see it..so here is my dumb question...
First I need an owners manual on this thing...I have a service manual..but I need a manual that tells me "how to" on this unit..where can I get one?
Second...Ive had other motor-homes and they have always had three tanks...fresh..black..and gray... I notice my AS only has two..
My problem with this started when I tried to get my shower to drain...I had a big leak coming out of that area and shower would not drain..I replaced everything under there.....still wouldn't drain...well right before I started to pull all the pipes apart I went and looked at drain valve.... I opened it and got drenched with dirty shower water...then shower started draining fine..I started looking around and found that the drain coming from shower(and I assume all gray water like kitchen sink etc) came in under the tank valve and above bottom"plug"?....so that water was just coming down there and being trapped in-between two valves....so my question is...
Where the heck does the gray water suppose to go if you don't have a camping spot with sewer that you can attach to all the time?...do you crack the tank valve above it? I don't see how water can drain up?.....

I'm confused..please fill me in....
Vintage Trailer Supply.com sells gray tanks that wil fit inside the bellypan cavity on the 50's, 60's & 70's era trailers.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:43 AM   #10
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Cool guys...thanks for the info....anyone here know how many gallon the waste tank(under the toilet) is in my center bath 1973 29ft Ambassador?
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Cool guys...thanks for the info....anyone here know how many gallon the waste tank(under the toilet) is in my center bath 1973 29ft Ambassador?
I don't know your size b-tank but the early tanks are on the small side. Our '66 is 11 gallons. After 5 years we have made it 'work' for us up to 5 days (2 of us). NO BEANS for sure!
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