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Old 07-31-2007, 10:29 PM   #15
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Thumbs up Let's hear it for maiden voyages

I'm so glad to hear everything went well. There's nothing like the first few camping trips to help prioritize things and work out the kinks. When your biggest problems are leaking tank valves (fixable) and losing 1/2 of your marshmallows, life is good! Making it through the deluge of storms last weekend without leaks, well that alone was quite a test. We haven't had rain in Chattanooga like that for months! The payoff for you is peace of mind that you have a watertight coach.

Congratulations on a successful maiden voyage.
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Old 08-01-2007, 12:16 AM   #16
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Thanks Sugarfoot! Having that Camping World store only a few miles away also gave me peace of mind should I need any replacement parts. I picked up a new Thetford sewer drain cap and a slinky hose adapter. I had not been previously aware that the ones I had had broken connectors.

Do you know of anyone who could tell me or where I could find out the gallon capacity of my grey and black water tanks? It sure seemed like we filled that grey tank up fast. It had backed up into my shower when I caugt it and was able to open the valve and get it drained before overflowing into the floor. (another small miracle!)
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Old 08-01-2007, 07:00 AM   #17
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Someone here may know the exact capacity of your tanks. If you were fortunate enough to get the original manual with your Tradewind, it might be in there. From what I've read in the past I think they are somewhere between 10-16 gallons each, small by today's standards. When camping with sewer hookups you should be able to leave your grey valve open to drain into the sewer and keep your black valve closed until until you need to dump. Then you don't have to worry about flooding your shower pan.

If no one here has the tank size answer, try emailing tech@airstream.com. They were very helpful to track down original tire info for my Tradewind.
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