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Old 05-07-2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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Looking for Blackwater tank for 67 Caravel

I'm looking for a new tank or advice on how to repair mine. I think my tank is made of polyurethane and is red. I would like to know if anyone knows how to repair these or where to buy a new one. I have some cracking around the dump valve. This is my first airstream, so any help would be greatly appreciated. TIA.
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Old 05-07-2012, 11:44 AM   #2
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Looking for Blackwater tank for 67 Caravel

Greetings ChuckW!

Welcome to the Forums and the world of Vintage Airstreams!

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I'm looking for a new tank or advice on how to repair mine. I think my tank is made of polyurethane and is red. I would like to know if anyone knows how to repair these or where to buy a new one. I have some cracking around the dump valve. This is my first airstream, so any help would be greatly appreciated. TIA.
I am not certain about the procedures to repair your existing tank, but you might try the following sources for a replacement tank:
  • Inlan RV. If you don't see the item you need in the online listing, they may have the part as they only list their sale and specials on-line. They had the tank for my 1964 when I needed a replacement in 2009.
  • Out of Doors Mart. Another good source of Vintage Airstream parts and anothr potential source of a new tank.
A Forums search on custom tanks will also likely yield several sources that will manufacturer a tank to your specifications.

Good luck with your project!

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Old 05-07-2012, 12:03 PM   #3
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I bought a new black tank for my 68 Trade Wind from Inland. After considering the time that would be involved trying to make a "generic" tank work, I spent the money and got one from Inland. It is made of fiberglass and it is very well constructed. You will have to mount the flange for the toilet and the flange for the vent line. It is not difficult and they include good instructions. The only tricky thing is cutting the hole in the top of the tank for the flange in exactly the correct place. Don't rely on just measuring the old one, instead put the new one in place and mark the top of the tank through the hole in the floor with a Sharpie. Than way it will be in the correct spot.
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:05 PM   #4
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Hi,

I am currently on the hunt for a specific grey water tank, and started the thread below. I have gotten a few additional leads on suppliers of tanks in this thread, which may help you.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f444/intervention-needed-diy-home-made-grey-tank-90713.html

Ameri-kart looks promising.


Also, I bought a plastic welding kit from Harbor Freight this weekend and have played around with welding plastic. If your tank is made of thermoplastic, and you can get some filler rod of the exact same type, you might be able to weld it.

good luck,

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I'm looking for a new tank or advice on how to repair mine. I think my tank is made of polyurethane and is red. I would like to know if anyone knows how to repair these or where to buy a new one. I have some cracking around the dump valve. This is my first airstream, so any help would be greatly appreciated. TIA.
Try Inca Plastics www.incaplastics.com They have many of the molds for airstream tanks
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ChuckW,
I wanted to see if you had any luck finding a black water tank. I have the same problem with a '68 Caravel but the tank is beyond repair. Inland RV has one that appears to be similar in dimensions (part No. 91339) but is pretty expensive with shipping. I'm trying to hold out and find one cheaper, but may have to break down and pay the money.

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Old 08-08-2012, 06:11 PM   #7
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Try Inca Plastics www.incaplastics.com They have many of the molds for airstream tanks
Inca does not have any of the old tank molds, from ball park, 25 years ago, and some even newer than that.

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