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Old 07-06-2011, 05:58 PM   #1
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We just bought our first airstream (1979 31ft int. rear bath) about two months ago and we have been working on it ever since. We were planning a trip in the next few days I just learned that the fresh water tank has a few cracks. Do I have to have this tank fixed in order to use the city water hook ups?

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Old 07-06-2011, 06:09 PM   #2
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We just bought our first airstream (1979 31ft int. rear bath) about two months ago and we have been working on it ever since. We were planning a trip in the next few days I just learned that the fresh water tank has a few cracks. Do I have to have this tank fixed in order to use the city water hook ups?

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It will be ok to use city water with the crack.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:14 PM   #3
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Welcome aboard. I had the same configuration in a '79 in the Excella 500 Many years ago.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:15 PM   #4
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No, the tank and pump are seperate, unless someone modified it. A water line is connected at the pump, but there should be a back flow preventer that keeps city water from flowing into the tank. Some people will add a valve so they can fill their tank from the internal plumbing, so check for this mod.

If your tank is cracked it might indicate it has been frozen, therefore other plumbing may be suspect. If you have not already, try hooking up to water to pressurize the fresh water system, and fill up the gray and black tanks to see if you have any leaks before startring out.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:23 PM   #5
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The gray tank is good, the black has a crack as well but I have not dug into it yet. We can go with out the bathroom this trip but didn't want to have no water at all. I was hoping that I would be able to replace both tanks at the same time and I didn't want it to affect our current plans.

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