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Old 09-18-2004, 03:37 PM   #1
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Fixture on back of 71 Safari

I have a fixture of sorts on the driver rear side of our AS. It looks like an ash tray or something but I cannot figure exactly what it is. It has a large B imprinted on it, maybe for "Butts". I posted four pictues of the fixture in my photo album. Would appreciate any feedback as to what this thing might have been intended for. Many of the pictures I have seen of other Safari's don't show this fixture on the back.
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Old 09-18-2004, 03:41 PM   #2
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Larry, that's your fresh water tank fill. You probably don't want to use it for an ashtray...

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Old 09-18-2004, 03:53 PM   #3
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Wow, I don't blame you for wondering what that's for - it looks NOTHING like the water fill on my 68. I would have been scratching my head too. Of course then I would have gone inside and poked around to see what was nearby inside. I assume the water tanks is not far away?
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My guess is it isn't original...

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Maybe a fresh water rinse?

I do have a fresh water fill on the side of my AS. It's a white pullout device. This fixture is in the rear streetside of the AS. On the inside of the wall is the bathroom and there is no fresh water tank nearby. Do you think it might be an inlet to feed fresh water into the black water tank to flush it out?
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I'm with Sheri that a PO may have made some changes to your rig. You're going to have to dig around and see where that hole leads to. A white pull-out water fill wouldn't be original for that year either, unless I am mistaken. I think that would have come off of a generic RV.
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The white pull-out water fill is oe for this year. The metal contraption looks to me like a secondary water fill, possibly for the black tank.
Remove the cover shelf behind the toilet, and see if there is an additional unexplained hose going to the black tank vent stack, or perhaps even the tank itself. My guess would be that it has something to do with a black tank fill, or flush etc. I often wished I had one on my 1971 Tradewind.
Note to self-add black tank flush to 63 Overlander list.
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Old 09-19-2004, 12:15 PM   #8
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My Bad, Uwe knows better than I do what should be on a 70s Airstream

I'm interested to hear where this mystery hole leads to. I agree a black tank flush would be a nice addition, I wish mine had one.
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Mystery solved

I took off the fixture and found a white hose attached to it leading down towards the black water tank. I could not remove the wall inside the AS to view it any further. I put the hose in the fixture, turned it on and opened the black water discharge valve. The tank emptied and then the fresh water from the hose kept flowing through the septic drain to rinse it out. I thank you all for your help and suggestions. It does appear to be an aftermarket addition. When I took it off you could see where several extra holes were drilled in the exterior, apparently when someone measured incorrectly in installing it.
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