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Old 07-08-2009, 04:29 PM   #1
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Rivet Sewer connection inquiry

I seek to buy a airstream and hook it
up to sewer or tank on lot. Can this be done?

What do I need to Know and getting eletricity
would be of interest as well. Thx, Larry
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:37 PM   #2
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Welcome to the Forums, Larry. You'll find a wealth of information about all things Airstream here.

Yes, with a proper sewer connection opening, it's as simple as running a standard RV sewer hose from the bottom of the tanks to the sewer system inlet. Most folks who set up a semi-permanent system allow their black water tank to fill up, and then go out and dump the tank... that tends to eliminate the solids buildup that you'd find if you just left the sewage gate valve open.

Electricity can be as simple as a 30 amp RV box set on a pole that the trailer's cord plugs into.

The bigger issue for you will be zoning.

I hope that helps!

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Hello Larry. Welcome to the Forums! A travel trailer is different from seasonal pre-manufactured framed 'mobile homes' I see permanently sitting in some campgrounds. You don't want to have the black tank draining constantly to a sewer. Liquids will drain off leaving only solids behind. Yet the drain line can remain constantly attached to the sewer. You'll just want to keep the valve closed except when you dump the tank. There are more details to this process but I'll let you ask the questions.
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Thank You for writing.
I have not purchased a airstream yet.
Not sure I want to but the appeal is strong.
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Old 07-15-2009, 03:26 PM   #5
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i am thinking of doing the same thing. is it a better idea to remove the black and grey tanks if you never intend going on the road? is that a big job?
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i am thinking of doing the same thing. is it a better idea to remove the black and grey tanks if you never intend going on the road? is that a big job?
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Some day you may want to go on the road or even sell your coach. The tanks pose no problem if left alone. However the black tank will need to be utilized....close the valve until it's full then empty it. If you just leave it open you will create the dreaded "brown mountain".
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I personally think that Airstreams are meant to be on the road and not tied up in some park or lot somewhere. Id go buy me an old SOB that can be purchase for almost nuffin and set that there. KEEP THE AIRSTREAMS FOR THE ROAD.
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RV bogus bargain

Ill stick with real estate for now!
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mikethefixit. i understand your opinion and agree with it. however i want to appreciate the design of an AS because i love them.
i will admit that i have built a couple of rat rod hotrods----a 33 american austin and a 52 plymouth suburban. rat rods are as blasphemous as tying up an airstream so i suppose my track record isnt very good. still intend enjoying my 65 caravel. replacing skin today. kevin
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Thank You for writing.
I do not understand the blackwater, gray water
and fresh and the flush ritual. But the liberation attracts me.
Where are you?
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Maybe it's best you go visit an RV dealer in your area so you can see what you're getting into, and you can have a salesman show you all about the holding tanks...

Briefly, most modern travel trailers have THREE tanks...

1. for FRESH water supply to your faucets and for flushing the toilet.
2. a waste tank for the toilet, called the BLACK water tank - it holds all the materials flushed down the toilet.
3. a waste tank for the sinks, called the GREY water tank - it usually holds all the waste water from the sinks and the shower.

The BLACK and GREY water tanks have separate valves on their outlets so you can 'dump' (drain) them into an RV dump station or suitable sewer connection.

Due to the 'solids' flushed down the toilet, you shouldn't dump the BLACK water tank till it's rather full, then the extended, rapid flow will help flush the solids from the tank - if you left the dump valve open all the time, the solids wouldn't be flushed away, and just accumulate to clog up the tank, making for a nice, smelly project to correct!

The GREY water tank flush valve can be left open all the time if you're hooked up to a sewer line, as all the sinks and shower have 'traps' in their drains to keep any vapors isolated - plus the GREY tank doesn't have any solids, usually just soapy water, which will continue to flow out of the tank and not clog anything...

When on the road, you would always dump the BLACK tank first, then the GREY tank, which would help to flush any residue from the BLACK tank piping thats left over...

I would think it's best to do your 'homework' before jumping into such a purchase...
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i have bought this 65 caravel that i am working on. there only appears to be one drain under it. i dont know what has been modified. the drain is about under the toilet. there is another cover that is about under the shower and when i took it off there is a P trap there. i wonder if someone has combined the black and grey water tanks. any ideas?
also where is the dump valve? i wish this forum had a section of 101's for newbies like me so that we didnt have to hassle yall with stupid questions. the search engine is not very good and very time consuming.
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Kevin -

Don't worry about asking. There are a lot of us who were helped tremendously by others and are willing to give back.

The '65 Caravel didn't have a grey tank. The p-trap under the shower will connect to a tee below the black tank valve. They used to dig "gopher holes" and let the shower water flow right to the ground.

You'll find the black tank under the toilet, above the floor. You should be able to see the vent pipe coming out from the tank in the closet next to the toilet.

If you want to see one disassembled, click on the photos tab above and then the photo search. Click on advanced and look for the user name CJohnson. Chris did a great job documenting his disassembly of a '65 Caravel.

Good luck!

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i have bought this 65 caravel that i am working on. there only appears to be one drain under it. i dont know what has been modified. the drain is about under the toilet. there is another cover that is about under the shower and when i took it off there is a P trap there. i wonder if someone has combined the black and grey water tanks. any ideas?
also where is the dump valve? i wish this forum had a section of 101's for newbies like me so that we didnt have to hassle yall with stupid questions. the search engine is not very good and very time consuming.
Be careful here, I let the black tank get full and it backed up into the shower on my 68'. That is a mess you don't want to deal with. We bought a tote for the grey water to drain into last summer. Now I have put in a 30 gal grey tank behind the rear axles, and plumbed the shower and sinks into it. The black tank is just for the black stuff. we also put in a new 40 gal fresh tank.

It's a little work but putting in the grey tank it worth it...
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