Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-10-2017, 09:21 AM   #1
1 Rivet Member
 
1957 22' Caravanner
San Rafael , California
Join Date: Sep 2017
Posts: 6
Total newbie needs help identifying parts on 1957 Caravanner

Hi community! First off I apologize in advance if I am not posting this in the correct area or asking questions that have already been answered on the forums before. This is my first time posting but have spent many many hours scouring the forums for info (have to say it's not that easy to find the info I am looking for but maybe I am not searching correctly)

Anyways I have a beautiful 1957 airstream caravanner that I am working on the upgrade systems while trying to keep as much of the trailer in its original form as possible. Currently I am focused on electrical and plumbing systems. I know the tank for the toilet needs to be replaced. After researching the forums I think I have figured out the the waste tank (black water) is not under the belly pan but sits above the floor under the toilet and I am assuming that the pipe that comes out from the belly pan attached directly to that tank and then was meant to drain into a hole (I guess in the 50's they just dumped their waste directly into a hole?!?). I believe what I have is obsolete so now I am trying to figure out how or replace. I am working with the folks at vintage airstream supply but would love any advice from the community on this as well.

see attached photos. Would love any input from the community if I am on the right track. Also (and I recognize this is likely a dumb question) can anyone tell me what the two little hoses are on the street side of the belly are?

Thanks in advance!

Jen
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2462.jpg
Views:	54
Size:	298.2 KB
ID:	296662   Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_2461.jpg
Views:	49
Size:	305.3 KB
ID:	296663  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_1907.jpg
Views:	53
Size:	348.3 KB
ID:	296664   Click image for larger version

Name:	s-l1600.jpg
Views:	57
Size:	341.1 KB
ID:	296665  

__________________

micahman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2017, 09:40 AM   #2
Half a Rivet Short
 
2017 30' Classic
Carlisle , Pennsylvania
Join Date: May 2017
Posts: 6,534
Hi

That's a very nice looking trailer !!!

I do understand the desire to "keep it original". Toilets and electrical have come a *long* way since 1957. Step back a bit and take a look at the modern options for toilets that may eliminate the black tank. I'm not saying they are the only solution, just that now is the time to do the research. You *will* need a gray water tank as well on the "new" trailer....

On the electrical side, modern converter / chargers and LED lighting is *way* ahead of what they had "back then". Again, not a "must do", but something to dig into and think about.

Plumbing and electrical, for the most part, are hidden away once the renovations are done. You can still have the "look and feel" of a classic, without it actually being 100% classic. For some that is bunk and yes, I get it. For others, it works.

Decisions !!!!

Bob
__________________

uncle_bob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2017, 10:28 AM   #3
Rivet Master

 
1966 22' Safari
1955 22' Flying Cloud
Fredericksburg , Texas
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 897
One of the hoses coming out of the bellypan may be the roof mounted AC condensate. Hopefully the PO ran a line in the wall versus letting the AC drain on the roof. In our 55 we installed gray water tanks from VTS. We'll add a fresh water tank and a composting toilet. Most of our camping is in national or state parks where there are public facilities, so composting made sense. Good luck, Bubba
Bubba L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2017, 10:32 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Lumatic's Avatar
 
1971 25' Tradewind
1993 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Estancia , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 7,224
Images: 16
Blog Entries: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by uncle_bob View Post
Hi
You *will* need a gray water tank as well on the "new" trailer....
I don't have a grey tank on my 71 and don't plan to put one in. Here out west there are still plenty of places you can drain grey water on the ground. For those places that this would not be PC carry a blueboy which can do double dooty (sorry) to make a trip to the dump station without hitching up. It's only wash water folks and you can rig up a filter if that is not green enough,
__________________
Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine.
Lumatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2017, 05:56 PM   #5
Moderator
 
HiHoAgRV's Avatar

 
1991 34' Excella
1963 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Central , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 5,690
Images: 29
Blog Entries: 49
I'm thinking that pipe is the shower drain. Pour some water down the shower and see where it falls out.
__________________
Hi Ho Silver RV! Vernon, Sarah, Mac the Border Collie -
A honkin' long 34' named AlumaTherapy http://www.airforums.com/forums/f205...num-54749.html
and a 26' '63 Overlander, Dolly http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ome-71609.html
HiHoAgRV is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
1957


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help Identifying Parts Exsys General Repair Forum 2 02-07-2012 11:05 PM
Caravanner :: 1957 Airstream Caravanner floyds Airstream Registry Discussions 0 08-19-2011 08:32 AM
'57 Caravanner Island Girl :: 1957 Airstream Caravanner pbearsailor Airstream Registry Discussions 0 08-19-2011 08:30 AM
Help Identifying parts in these Pics???? robwok 1960 - 1964 Overlander 7 02-12-2011 08:23 AM
1957 airstream caravanner parts trailer eBay Watch Airstreams on eBay 0 08-05-2009 06:20 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.