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Old 06-27-2014, 07:01 PM   #15
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I know this is somewhat of an old thread but I wanted to comment on the black water tank issue. I like the idea of the larger black water tank, but I think it is worth noting that the size of the original tank allows that tank to be removed without disassembling the bath. I removed and repaired the original tank on my 67 Caravel by simply removing the toilet, removing the thetford valve from below, cutting the vent line near the tank (leaving enough of a stub for a no-hub coupler to connect to) and sliding the tank into the closet, tilting it up and lifting it out. I assume the sloping deck to the right of the toilet was purposefully molded in to the fiberglass to allow the tank to be removed in the manner described above. Not sure if the larger VTS tank could similarly be removed or whether this is even important to anyone but thought it was worth mentioning.
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:42 PM   #16
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DFK, Yes you have a legitimate concern. I did think about that when deciding the length of this tank, so I did not make it as large as my original ideas were. My installation was done with the bathroom out, so I haven't tested it 100%, but I think this tank can also be taken out without disassembling the closet. I was actually contacted by a fellow with a Globetrotter that was fitting this new tank in his. I'm not sure if the Globetrotter has a larger closet or not, but his idea was to cut a 5 or 6 inch tall section out of the wall at the bottom of the closet, under the gaucho. This hole would not show except in the closet. Then, he slid the tank under the gaucho, through the closet and under the bathroom fiberglass. It worked for him. I think the same method should work for the Caravel if the tank will not fit otherwise. I hope to never need to know for myself, but I will say this method worked for him.
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