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Old 09-28-2014, 03:29 PM   #1
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Gray Tank?

Has anyone added a gray water tank to an early Argosy that didn't cone with one?
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Old 09-28-2014, 06:38 PM   #2
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Not in an Argosy, but an early Airstream. The process would be about the same...

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Old 09-28-2014, 07:45 PM   #3
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I guess a blue tank isn't the end of the world. I have two of them, an 18 and a 34 gal.
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:26 PM   #4
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Has anyone added a gray water tank to an early Argosy that didn't cone with one?
It has been done, but must have other modifications to the frame as well.

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Old 09-29-2014, 05:06 PM   #5
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Chi Blue is the tank color (in some cases), whereas black & gray describes the contents...


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Old 09-29-2014, 05:43 PM   #6
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I added both a new black and gray tank to my 66 Trade Wind. I did so as part of a project to replace the rotted rear bath floor. As you know, most pre '75 trailers don't have a gray tank and no one dumps gray water on the ground anymore.

It is a big, big project to add waste water capacity to an old trailer. My install doesn't represent the best designs, but it is functional.

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Old 09-29-2014, 06:33 PM   #7
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I added 2 gray tanks and a new black and tied it all to a single hookup. Just look for my posts. Spent a year planning, and don't think I would change a thing.
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:57 PM   #8
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Composting toilet in Minuet

Water storage seems to be something everyone wants to do a little differently. In a Minuet, space is at a premium. I added a composting toilet, removed the blackwater tank, moved the graywater tank from the rear to the area under the stove (where the furnace used to be), and upgraded to a catalytic heater.
I looked at Ronco Plastics' catalogue and found a suitable gray water tank to fit the new location. I replumbed under the floor so that the shower drains straight out (hello, Lowboy) and the graywater from the lav and kitchen gets the only remaining dump valve.

Plumbing is a pain, but when the trailer is gutted it goes faster!
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Old 11-04-2014, 11:21 PM   #9
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I have a scheme laid out to add a gray tank to my 1974 20'. The tank will go under the side bed (replacing the inoperative central heater). The bath tub will get a masicator followed by a pump to get water from the tub drain up to the gray tank, sinks will still gravity drain. I'll provide more details when I get around to it.
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Old 11-05-2014, 12:33 AM   #10
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I have done something similar to what you are planning. I now have 33 gallons of grey water capacity. Without tearing out the floor or belly pan.


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Old 11-05-2014, 05:55 AM   #11
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I like to promote Inca Plastics in California as a source for rotomolded polyurethyne RV tanks. They have a huge on line catalog with shapes and sizes of tanks to fit most applications. And they have a range of sealing grommets that makes drain pipe entry into the tank easier than spin welding a fitting to the tank. They have supplied the RV industry for many years.

It's another supplier of tanks worthy of consideration. They did well by me.

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I'm going to have to remove the bathroom floor and do some rot repair. The rear crossmember is rotted out. While I have it apart back there, I'll engineer a way to fit the biggest tank I can. When I get there. I'll post details.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:42 AM   #13
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Be careful not to add too much weight that far beyond the rear axle. The frame is not very heavy.


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Old 11-06-2014, 09:44 AM   #14
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I moved my black tank one frame bay forward, so it is under the forward part of the bathroom. So I had to relocate the toilet. That frame bay was only 19" between cross members, so I decided to hang an 9" deep tank with 4" below the belly pan to get 25 gallons of capacity. I figured if it was good enough for my 86 Airstream, it would work on the 66 Trade Wind. The gray tank is forward of the black tank, and in a normal 24" frame bay. The gray tank is nearly behind the rear axle.

I didn't want any more weight than necessary in the far rear. Although I still have the battery back there in it's original location hammering away.

At least now I can look out the window while sitting on the toilet!

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