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Old 08-12-2017, 04:26 PM   #1
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Adding 1" female fitting to freshwater tank

Hello Airstream Freaks,

I recently had a leak in my 2011 25fb freshwater tank so I dropped the tank and had a crack in the fitting of my suction side.

I ordered a new tank from an airstream dealer in Oklahoma and had it drop shipped to me in Kansas. I got the part number from the 2011 airstream parts list online.

Well today I got everything organized and began the process of re installing and realized that there was no fitting to re install my water level monitor. Ugh!

Trying to find a remedy but now know this is either going to involve a lengthy discussion with my oklahoma a/s dealer and cost for shipping back, not to mention the time.

Was wondering if anybody has any experience spin welding. I got on vintage airstream supply's website and they have fittings and installation tools to add the proper fitting. youtube even has some how to videos.

Just wondering what others have done.

thanks
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:54 PM   #2
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Adding 1" female fitting to freshwater tank

Look up plastic welders in your area or call custom plastic shops for a referral of a plastic welder.
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:16 PM   #3
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Should have mentioned that in my first post. I'd have to ship it some where. Nobody in Kansas does this kind of work.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:35 PM   #4
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Maybe it's time to upgrade to external tank sensors, that just get glued to the side of the tank, no fitting required.
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As in seelevel systems vice the useless Micropulse stuff Airstream insisted on installing for years.
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We've used SeeLevel II sensors for since early summer, after having them installed with a bigger renovation. Wonderful product. The drag for you would be having to do the other tanks, as access to the black and grey tanks might be tricky. Nobody in Wichita that does this type of stuff? Not sure if there's any aviation application for this type of trade. Good luck!!!
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I've been there!

Last weekend I was in your shoes. Same exact break at the fitting. I cut out the old fitting the the fix cost less than $10 with a PVC fitting from big box store (sprinkler isle) and the magic...JB Weld Marine putty. Sets in 25 mins and re-assembly in an hour.

No leaks! I'll be keeping a role of this putty in the trailer in case of plumbing emergency!

Good luck. Glad to assist if needed.

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I can't believe there aren't any plastics supply dealers/welders in Kansas.
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Work it out. The sensor just needs to be sensing water pressure at a low spot in the system. I t'd of the drain lol be and reinstalled the tank. Everything works great again.
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Work it out. The sensor just needs to be sensing water pressure at a low spot in the system. I t'd of the drain lol be and reinstalled the tank. Everything works great again.
Not THAT is outside-the-box thinking! Literally!
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Was wondering if anybody has any experience spin welding. I got on vintage airstream supply's website and they have fittings and installation tools to add the proper fitting. youtube even has some how to videos.

Just wondering what others have done.
When I installed a greywater tank in my '71 Cayo, I purchased an ABS tank specifically so that I could cement the bulkhead fittings in place. It is much easier than dealing with polyethylene.

Spin welding is no small thing. There are jigs available but they are expensive, and are usually built around a big router. It is a process you would want to practice a number of times on scrap before using it on a valuable tank.

In your situation, I would use a clamp-on bulkhead fitting, like this:

http://pvcpipesupplies.com/1-pvc-bul...as1010ces.html
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I thought of using that but there was no way possible to put the inside piece in position to tighten them together. And yeah the spin welding thing looked easy but jigs were pricey and it's a one shot deal. You mess it up and tank is ruined. I thought about the marine jb weld but to many folks that have done it say over time it will work. I'm glad the job is done and now ITS OFF TO CAMPING!!!! ��!!!!
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