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Old 06-12-2010, 10:55 PM   #1
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Add Gray Water Tank to '60s Airstream

Vintage Trailer Supply has posted that they have made a gray water tank that fits inside the the belly skin and between the frame.

Anyone have plumbing diagrams to help explain the complexity of adding this tank, and tying it into the existing plumbing system.

I have a 1963 Tradewind with a rear bath (Tub - curbside; sink - center; toilet - street side). This is a common early 60's layout.

It would be great to ditch the blue boy and add this 15 gal gray tank, especially since it doen't hang down below belly skin.

Maybe those that attended the Vintage Restoration Rally got some tips they could pass along.

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Old 06-13-2010, 12:12 AM   #2
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I have a 66 Tradwind and would really like to add a gray water tank. Is this practical and I would like to hear from somebody that has already done this.

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Old 06-14-2010, 03:08 AM   #3
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Let's try again.

There must be someone who has installed one of these newly designed gray water tanks by Vintage Trailer Supply.
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:41 AM   #4
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I have installed grey tanks. Unfortunately not the ones VTS now offers. This one will fit into your frame with out too much alteration. You just need to tie it into the grey lines and find a way to restrain it.
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Old 06-14-2010, 06:37 AM   #5
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These tanks are so new it is probable that very few have been installed as of yet. Call Steve at Vintage, he may have some info. Here is a link to our gray tank install, but it is a bigger tank that drops below the belly. Same idea however, strap it it, hook it up to the existing drain system.

1962 Flying Cloud Gray Tank Installation - Airstream Forums

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Old 06-14-2010, 08:44 AM   #6
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I think it's time for VTS to make a demo video of this installation.... and I know just the '62 Globe Trotter that would serve as the perfect guinea pig!
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:21 AM   #7
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a completely different point of view

Look at how and where you use the Airstream. Do you really, REALLY, need a gray tank? ...or are you caught up in the feeding frenzy of the discussion. Unless you already have the parts, the belly off, time and money I don't see it. Either a cheap Blue Boy and/or a hose and connection, depending where you are and want it to be used, is way more functional and economical.
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I was able to find a pair of 13 gal tanks to put in my trailer. I've got some pictures that I will upload as soon as I find them. I was able to tie both of them together to give me 26 gal for grey water.
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Old 08-23-2010, 01:45 PM   #9
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I built a grid of 3 inch pipe which holds about ten gallons. A Blue boy is fine, but not too practical in Rest areas , truck stops, or other "alternate" overnite parking areas.
This keeps us politically correct in these spots.
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:07 PM   #10
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I was wanting to add a grey water tank as well to my 18' 1960 trailer. Since it has no shower, just a potty that sits on a box covering the black tank, why can't I put in a grey tank sitting above the floor rather than under it? I have room either under the sink or in a nearby closet. I could then run the plumbing from the sink to the grey water tank then the outlet to the back of the trailer where it could be dumped when the black tank is dumped. Any reason this wouldn't work?
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It will work assuming you have no shower in an 18' as long as the tank is below the level of the sink.
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Sounds like a winner to me. Dave
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I built a grid of 3 inch pipe which holds about ten gallons. A Blue boy is fine, but not too practical in Rest areas , truck stops, or other "alternate" overnite parking areas.
This keeps us politically correct in these spots.
this seems like a neat idea, going back and forth in a open space using 2 90 degree elbows. Can't remember how much the elbows cost - I know that can be a factor.

My initial thought was to pull in and park next to a storm drain, but I guess that's not really Kosher?
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gray water tank

Actually, we ended up getting a tank from TankDepot.com that fit in our closet and just behind the wheel well. It is a nice size and works just fine. We ran the existing air vent into the closet to vent it and made a separate drain that attaches to a hose so we can drain it where it is allowed. Otherwise we empty it when we empty the black tank. If anybody wants pictures, I can take some and post them.
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