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Old 06-15-2008, 08:27 PM   #1
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Plumbing Configuration Questions

Hi, I have a 1965 safari and have started the renovation process. i have gutted the inside and started repairing the rear floor. i am trying to figure out if my plumbing configuration is original or not. my black tank was beneath the subfloor and if you'll notice in the pic attached that everything (even grey water) drained into it.

A friend of mine is working on a 69 caraval and said his tank was on top of the subfloor.

i am also looking for suggestions as to how to put this septic system back together. do i need to reconfigure from what i have or should i replicate what is already there?

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Old 06-15-2008, 11:42 PM   #2
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I can't answer you on what the original looked like. But in regards to replacing/changing what you have now--Are you changing the configuration of the bath room? Did it work before you started your renovations? I can't speak from experience on the gray water vs black water tank but I have hared that you want to be able to collect gray water in a separate tank (one of those blue tanks that have a handle and wheels) so you don't have to pull the trailer to the dump station as often. I can't seem to find a pic of how my Overlander's gray water tied in down stream of the black water tank. The problem was that there was no valve on the gray water side of the system so if you poured a drink down the kitchen sink it was coming out the main outlet. I assumed that a blue tank was needed anytime the trailer was in use with out full hookups. Hope I helped?
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Old 06-16-2008, 01:02 AM   #3
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Hi, I have a 1965 safari and have started the renovation process. i have gutted the inside and started repairing the rear floor. i am trying to figure out if my plumbing configuration is original or not. my black tank was beneath the subfloor and if you'll notice in the pic attached that everything (even grey water) drained into it.

A friend of mine is working on a 69 caraval and said his tank was on top of the subfloor.

i am also looking for suggestions as to how to put this septic system back together. do i need to reconfigure from what i have or should i replicate what is already there?

thx,
bob
I can't tell from your pics, but if the grey water drains directly into the black tank, then it has been modified. Every thing I can see appears to be original or closely replicating the original set-up. Later years the black tank is above the floor, but yours is original to be under the floor.

Look closer at your grey drain - if it hits the main outlet after the gate valve on the black tank then it is as it was originally. In '65 they typically dug a hole and/or just let the grey run out on the ground. Most campgrounds frown on this today and require a blue boy.
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My 66 Globtrotter has no grey water tank. It T's into the black water outlet .I need to use a blueboy for the grey water.The black water tank is above the subfloor and has its own dump valve.
The original owners manual advises digging a "gopher hole " to let your grey water run out .Not to many places allow that any more.lol
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