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Old 11-01-2012, 03:13 PM   #1
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Caravel photograph?

Hi all,

I own a 1968 17' Caravel and would like to restore the wastewater system to something close to original. Can anyone provide me a photo of the underside (rear) of a similar Caravel in original condition? I would especially like to see the the black and grey waste water valves - location, angles, etc.

Thank you very much!

Clarkston, WA.

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Old 11-01-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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Welcome to the forums! Hope somebody can provide a photograph as you requested.

Note that in 1968, Airstreams didn't have greywater tanks. The dump valve controlled the outlet of the blackwater tank and the greywater came into the sewer outlet line after the dump valve. Greywater was drained directly to the sewer (in a full hookup campsite) or onto the ground, usually through a length of garden hose.

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Old 11-01-2012, 05:46 PM   #3
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In the Caravel section here I posted a complete info post on the changing of a black tank. Check around....the info is here already.
"If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted
then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production."
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The black tank sat directly under the toilet on the floor. It emptied straight though. So, if you look it the toilet you could look straight out. The vavle sat below the floor in the belly pan. The handle pull was in the bumper compartment. The gray water teeed into the 4" below the vavle and went straigh out. No gray tank. Use a blue boy. Hope that helps.
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Old 11-02-2012, 11:20 AM   #5
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Thanks so much for the replies. I will be replacing the aluminum under the shower, and lowering the black tank bayonet to match. At the same time I will add a bayonet for a blue-boy. I am trying to figure out how all this will look when complete, and what components to purchase. In addition to your comments I am finding some helpful information on YouTube - particularly about the aluminum skin. I have previously posted photos of the underside as it now exists, and will post photos of the finished project when complete. I want to do things to enhance the trailer - and not hurt anything!

All my best!

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