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Old 04-28-2012, 12:35 PM   #141
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Can you put an extension on it with a cap and just remove the cap when connecting the hose? jim
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Old 04-28-2012, 04:02 PM   #142
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I feel the same way. I just love my 2006 rear dinette model - EXCEPT for the dumping setup. If you have either of the models with the front bath, you must share my frustration with the inaccessibility of the sewer drain. You can't even see it unless you put your ear on the ground and look up. I once fastened on my sewer hose using the braille method, and it popped off at exactly the worst time. Talk about a lady in distress!

Has anyone figured a way to make dumping easier on these models?
Yep!

Doug does all the dumping, this has always been a complaint of his. Again, you give some things up to travel small. And, it's okay.


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Old 04-28-2012, 04:18 PM   #143
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Has anyone figured a way to make dumping easier on these models?
Actually, Airstream did, when they switched to a macerator pump.

If you lie on your back and crawl up under a late-model Interstate, you'll see that the black-water and gray-water tanks both have three-inch (I think; might be 4-inch) hoses running from the tanks to a Y-fitting, and then to the pump inlet. Then the pump outlet is a 3/4-inch hose on a reel with power retract.

You might be able to fit a macerator pump in your 2006 in a similar fashion, except that instead of a hose reel the pump outlet would lead to a standard hose bibb (threaded faucet) to which you could hook up a garden hose when you're ready to pump out.

If you try this, you may not want to use the same type of macerator pump as did Airstream. It lacks a gray-water bypass; even if you have full hookups, you get no gravity drain on the gray tank; you always have to pump out to drain the tanks. Looks like Airstream hasn't figured out everything
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:59 AM   #144
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"If you try this, you may not want to use the same type of macerator pump as did Airstream. It lacks a gray-water bypass; even if you have full hookups, you get no gravity drain on the gray tank; you always have to pump out to drain the tanks. Looks like Airstream hasn't figured out everything "

I think the reason they did it this way is explained in the manual. The instructions indicate that you should always drain the black tank first followed by the gray tank. This allows the less nasty gray water to flush the residue from the black water out of the hose. Seems like a reasonable idea to me.
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I think the reason they did it this way is explained in the manual. The instructions indicate that you should always drain the black tank first followed by the gray tank. This allows the less nasty gray water to flush the residue from the black water out of the hose. Seems like a reasonable idea to me.
Yes, and when I drain the blackwater tank, I always drain the graywater tank afterwards.

However, if during my stay at a campground I have to drain the blackwater tank once, but have to drain the graywater tank three or four times, it would be nice to let the gray tank flow out by gravity those other times. Especially for those converting from slinkies, who are accustomed to letting the graywater tank flow out by gravity anyway.
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Old 05-03-2012, 04:21 PM   #146
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You might be able to fit a macerator pump in your 2006 in a similar fashion, except that instead of a hose reel the pump outlet would lead to a standard hose bibb (threaded faucet) to which you could hook up a garden hose when you're ready to pump out.
Might want to use a globe ball type valve that fully opens rather than a regular hose bib that is more restrictive.
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Might want to use a globe ball type valve that fully opens rather than a regular hose bib that is more restrictive.
Good point. As long as it's threaded to accept a hose on the outlet, a ball valve would be better.
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Hi - We are brand new owners of a 2011 Interstate 3500. We have taken it out just a few times, and are planning a long trip from Texas to California this summer with our 4 little kids! I need some help, please friendly folks could you point me to some good blogs/forums/websites to help me plan our drive? I have always wanted an Airstream, I thought I would buy an old one and restore with my dad, but I was able to convince the hubby that we would have a lot of freedom with our large family with one of these. It's up to me to learn how everything works and to plan our adventure.....I need a little help knowing where to get started! Help!
Hi mambearjd. Can you give an update on travel with 4 kids in an airstream? We have 4 little ones too and are considering an interstate for travel too!
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Just want to chime in and share the joy.
Almost closing day!!
Our interstate will be on the way to us tomorrow.

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Just want to chime in and share the joy.
Almost closing day!!
Our interstate will be on the way to us tomorrow.

Can't wait to join the Airstream interstate family.
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Hi mambearjd. Can you give an update on travel with 4 kids in an airstream? We have 4 little ones too and are considering an interstate for travel too!
I've made some short trips (150 mi) w/ my four grandkids ages 5, 5, 7, & 11 and they enjoyed the trip. Of course we kept movies playing on the TVs.

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I've made some short trips (150 mi) w/ my four grandkids ages 5, 5, 7, & 11 and they enjoyed the trip. Of course we kept movies playing on the TVs.

Enjoy your new RV.
We have done a fair amount of traveling with 4-6 grands at a time, and last year took 4 ages 3-8 to SC.

We don't run movies for them but have a number of children's books and songs on cd's and they love to listen to those. They each have a little backpack with books favorite electronics etc., and do very well.

I tell ya, if ya have the $$, this is a great way to travel with children. So very handy, and they just love it.


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Actually, Airstream did, when they switched to a macerator pump.

You might be able to fit a macerator pump in your 2006 in a similar fashion, except that instead of a hose reel the pump outlet would lead to a standard hose bibb (threaded faucet) to which you could hook up a garden hose when you're ready to pump out.
I added a macerator pump to my 2005 Interstate. Read about it here:

Airstream Interstate Macerator Installation

Note that the '05 had a combined gray/blackwater tank (which makes a lot more sense than separate tanks in a B van, IMO), so my design does not address the gray-water issue. Also, instead of a reel, my (permanently attached) hose is stored in a sheet-metal box that I fabricated. I have been very happy with this setup. I would never go back to a slinky.
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Looks like a neat install and a practical mod.
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