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Old 07-30-2009, 10:00 AM   #1
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Getting Out The Black Tank

I'm working on a Soveriegn 31' rear bath. I want to remove the floor rot around where the toilet was and I want to get out the black tank so I can install a household flush toilet. (this AS will not be traveling, it will be a stationary home hooked to a sceptic system) Can I just cut out the plywood above the tank to get it out? How is it the tank attached to the frame?
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:06 AM   #2
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Not 100 percent sure on your year, but look underneath and you will see a metal pan across a piece of plywood - the plywood sits on a rail on each side - remove that and lower tank out.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:56 AM   #3
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Drill out the rivets to the banana skins and remove the under belly at the back. This will give you a clear view of the tank. Remove the toilet. Go in through the wall near the bath (usually the closet is located there) either remove or cut the vent pipe. The tank will then be easy to remove.
Once the tank is out you can start the floor removal. You will also have to remove the sink and counters to get to the whole floor. All this sounds a lot worse than it really is. It should only take about one day to get all of this done.
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This is from the '77 Service Manual, but I don't think it changed much from yours...

"Full bath" means rear bath.



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Thanks to all who responded! This makes it seem much more possible!
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What a great day! I got that thing out really fast and easy thanks largely to you folks and your help.
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