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Old 07-24-2007, 02:43 AM   #1
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Add Grey Water Tank to 1972 Trade Wind?

I am interested in having a grey/gray water tank added to my 1972 Trade Wind. Without having a proper area to do the work myself, I'd like to see about having someone else do it. Do any of you know of someone in northern California who can do the work?

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Old 07-24-2007, 05:02 AM   #2
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I am interested in having a grey/gray water tank added to my 1972 Trade Wind. Without having a proper area to do the work myself, I'd like to see about having someone else do it. Do any of you know of someone in northern California who can do the work?

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Old 07-24-2007, 07:30 AM   #3
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Andy: What would your budget figure be for the addition of a gray water tank? This would be for my 73 Argosy 22.
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Andy, how much does it typically run (I'm fine with a ballpark estimate), what size, and how long does it take?

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Old 07-24-2007, 01:27 PM   #5
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Andy, how much does it typically run (I'm fine with a ballpark estimate), what size, and how long does it take?

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When adding a gray tank, there are several factors that must be considered.

1. Where will the tank fit? That dictates capacity.

2. How will it effect the tongue weight when empty? When full?

3. How will it mount?

4. Where can the vent pipe be routed?

5. How can the tank be emptied? Can it be coupled to single outlet? Or, must it have a separate outlet?

6. What is the condition of the frame in the area of the "gray" tank. Are any repairs to the frame necessary? Are any modifications to the frame necessary?

7. What method will be used to let you know how full the gary tank may be?

When all of these factors are answered, then a closer ball park figure can be quoted.

In the absence of the above information, a gray tank could run as cheap as $750.00 installed, on up to twice that amount.

Every length and year Airstream or Argosy trailer is different, therefore a quote can only be made on a specific trailer, after inspection.

There are legal issues that a dealer must consider when adding a gray tank to as to not jeopardize the owners safety.

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Old 07-24-2007, 09:33 PM   #6
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Andy: How do you do the inspection? If I understand you correctly, the inspection would require you to remove the bellypan. I assume the ideal tank location for my Argosy would be over the axles. My 76 parts Argosy has a gray water tank mounted underneath the blackwater tank, aft of the axles.

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Andy: How do you do the inspection? If I understand you correctly, the inspection would require you to remove the bellypan. I assume the ideal tank location for my Argosy would be over the axles. My 76 parts Argosy has a gray water tank mounted underneath the blackwater tank, aft of the axles.

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Usually a gray tank is installed rearward of the axle/axles.

It's a matter of making a layout and determining as best you can, the effect it will have on the weight and balance, and of course the tongue weight.

Removing the underbelly, in the area that was chosen, will dictate the capacity of the tank. Approximations can be made, without removing anything, however, by looking at the underbelly rivet line.

Rear baths are a different story from a center bath as well, but the process is similiar.

To make an initial "guestimation" can only be done by examining the trailer. That is done at no charge.

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Aron-

We installed a grey tank in our 1960 Trade Wind. We removed the belly pan, moved two support beams, and hung the tank under the floor rear of the axle. Of course we had to have the connections replaced and made to accomodate dumping the grey and existing black tank. Depending on your skills, it isn't a horribly difficult job if you take your time and plan it well. It also gives you a great opportunity to inspect under your AS!
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Andy: Thanks for the information. I need to finish the paint work, and new air conditioner projects before I start on the gray water tank. I will be in touch after I get the Argosy back together.

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