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Old 07-23-2007, 08:54 AM   #1
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More dumb questions.....

We are taking our Tradewind out on its maiden voyage (for us) this coming weekend to Lake Winnie near Chattanooga. I have zero experience with travel trailer camping and have another dumping question. I had posted earlier about instructions for dumping the grey and black water tanks and got good info on that. Even rented the movie "RV" with Robin Williams to see how NOT to do it. (HILARIOUS, by the way!) When I looked at the wastewater drain on my 74 Tradewind, I only see one lever for dumping. Does my trailer only have a black tank?? Are there not supposed to be 2 levers? One for grey and one for black? If not, is there a valve to switch between which tanks are dumping? Where can I find it? I just don't want to look like a total goob on our first camping trip. Does anyone have a picture of the valve configuration? We males are much more able to understand stuff visually. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Old 07-23-2007, 09:09 AM   #2
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Hi Matt -- I couldn't begin to guess how much they have in common, but my '74 Argosy has the other pull handle inside the bumper hatch. 1974 was the starting year for grey tanks. Before you go I would hope that you can put some liquid into the tanks, go to a local RV park and assure yourself the valves operate correctly.
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Old 07-23-2007, 09:11 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I did not think to look there. Which handle is which on yours?
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You probably shouldn't draw further comparisons with Argosy -- contrasting with Airstreams, they had their black tanks above the floor. My outside pull is the grey tank; the one inside the bumper hatch is black.
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:00 AM   #5
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Question Need help with pictures

Can anyone who has a 74 Tradewind send pictures of the valve/handle configuration? I'm at a total loss.
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:58 AM   #6
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Matt, you probably can't get it by this weekend, but I'm pretty sure both the owner's manual and shop manual are still availble for you camper. They are for my '73. Check the Aitstream Corp. Website or do a search on this site for a company named Secretarial Services.

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Old 07-24-2007, 07:48 PM   #7
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Waste Valve

Definately put water in the tank. Dump a goo dfive gallons in some down the toilet & some down the shower some down the sink. I am doing plumbing replacement on the supply side & will need to rebuild my waste valve on the drain side, it leaked. Unfortunately I only have a single waste tank and it is not very big. But that is why the blue boy is handy .
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:36 PM   #8
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Here is how my 75 TW is setup. The grey valve is next to the drain connection on the street side of the trailer. The black valve is inside the rear bumper. Both valves drain out the same pipe.
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You may know this but;

Always drain the black first and then the grey.

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Old 07-25-2007, 06:37 AM   #10
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Thanks to all! Mine is just like Azflycaster's. I just had not thought to look inside the bumper for the lever. I told you it was a dumb question!!
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No such thing as a dumb question, especially for newbies!
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Thanks again for everyone's help! I put water in both tanks and it appears to not leak. :-) I can't wait to take her out! We leave tomorrow!!!!
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Old 07-31-2007, 01:42 AM   #14
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Trip was great!

Everything went well. I discovered that I have some leaky valves for my black and grey tanks. Also my water heater has some wierd airflow issues. The flame keeps wanting to go the wrong way out the tube. We got a spot right next to the bath house so this was no big issue. We got a water tightness trial by flood Friday night as the whole campground was flooded by heavy rains. Some poor tent campers got drenched . My tube of vulkem paid off though as we did not have any noticeable leaks . My wife was not ready to come home. Neither was my daughter. We could have stayed another week if it weren't for that dreaded thing called work. The rain got a small army of ants mobilized and I lost half a bag of marshmallows. The first half made up for it though.
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