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Old 04-30-2010, 07:13 AM   #1
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Black Water Tank Holder

I am at my wit's end. The holder for the black water tank has rusted out. I am trying to get another made, but in Southeastern Oklahoma that has become quite a chore. I cannot find anyone to make another aluminum one. I bought some 16 gauge steel (the thinest I could find) and then I had to drive 40 miles to have it cut and bent. After I finally got home (had to wait and hour and a half for them to cut and bend) I find the I cannot weld the parts together since they were cut at different sizes. One side is 1/8 longer than the other side and the same for the ends. I guess they were using 2 different tape measures LOL. I can grind or cut it down but these guys were supposed to be professional welders. Anyway, now I am thinking that it might be too heave for the rear of the trailer. What do you folks think? Should I go ahead and install what I have or should I keep trying to get and aluminum one made?
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:25 AM   #2
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The black tank box on my Trade Wind was gone so I was in a similar situation. I got measurements for a new one from a friend with a 67 Overlander. I have a buddy in the HVAC business with a big sheet metal shop. He was able to bend galvanized sheet for me in about 30 minutes. He also rolled flairs in the bottom for added strength. Also added a double lip at the top wide enough for a strip of weather stripping to seal against the bottom of the floor. They use this material for commercial HVAC ducts. I brought the pieces home and riveted everything together then sealed the seams and corners with Vulkem. I'm not sure how to attach pics but send me a PM and I have several. It was such a quick job and since he used scrap pieces my buddy didn't even charge me.
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Old 04-30-2010, 12:57 PM   #3
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I would make it as light as you can but still strong. I made using aluminum angle and a material called Alupanel (used in the sign industry) its all glued (two part epoxy for metal "LORD 406") and riveted together. You can see it being built if you follow this link: Airstream Bathroom pictures by dnrtheil - Photobucket

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Old 05-04-2010, 12:33 PM   #4
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Thanks Everyone - I have my new box. I contacted an HVAC guy where I live and he told me all the HVAC guys around here use a sheetmetal guy in Atoka, OK. Usher Sheetmetal - Called him - Really nice guy - took my old (what was left of it) box by his shop - went back 2 hours later and I almost cried. The box was beautiful (lol). I will post pics.
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Old 05-04-2010, 07:32 PM   #5
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Another Question

Have another question - does the Black Water Tank set centered or to one side?
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