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Old 06-04-2011, 03:06 PM   #1
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Need Black Tank Information!

I have a few questions about our 72 Tradewind...

1. Is this black tank replaceable? What is the
material this tank is made of? It does not leak but we were wondering
if it should be replaced. (not looking for MORE work!)
2. Does the white fitting on top of the tank come off? Seems to be permanently sealed on. He was able to remove 2 of the screws by
drilling them out. So now all 4 have been removed.

3. It looks like I can get replacement parts on the Vintage Trailer Supply
website as we do need the replacement waste valve. The gaskets are cracked and bent in wrong directions..

4. Any other help you can offer.. PLEASE reply...

Thank you..
and if your read this post, you are required to post some answers!

Jane
It is 102 right now.. "HE" is a bit grumpy outside
Anyone who has been in LA in the summer knows how awful it is right now.
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:11 PM   #2
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If it ain't broke, don't replace it.
Those Thetford valves are easy to replace, now that you have the tank out. Try re-using the fitting on the tank, any attempt to remove it may break the tank. The tank is ABS, and replacements are not cheap. If you can get the new valve in place, you can use a stainless steel nut/bolt/washer to replace the screws if the mounting holes for the screws are damaged. That's easier out of the trailer than trying to attempt repairs overhead.

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Old 06-04-2011, 03:40 PM   #3
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I have a few questions about our 72 Tradewind...

1. Is this black tank replaceable? What is the
material this tank is made of? It does not leak but we were wondering
if it should be replaced. (not looking for MORE work!)
2. Does the white fitting on top of the tank come off? Seems to be permanently sealed on. He was able to remove 2 of the screws by
drilling them out. So now all 4 have been removed.

3. It looks like I can get replacement parts on the Vintage Trailer Supply
website as we do need the replacement waste valve. The gaskets are cracked and bent in wrong directions..

4. Any other help you can offer.. PLEASE reply...

Thank you..
and if your read this post, you are required to post some answers!

Jane
It is 102 right now.. "HE" is a bit grumpy outside
Anyone who has been in LA in the summer knows how awful it is right now.
Fiberglass replacement tanks are available.

Since plastic shrinks in time, you are far better off, to replace all the fittings. Then you can forget about it for another 40 years.

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Old 06-04-2011, 04:08 PM   #4
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The tank looks good, so don't replace it. Our old 72 had a cracked tank and I used plactic welding to fix it. You will not be able to find a replacement that fits. The best is to have a stainless steel tank fabricated. Next best is a plain steel tank that is coated and a sealer used inside the tank. It will stil rust but not as fast.
If memory serves, you should be able to unscrew the fitting in the top of the tank. Use gentle heat (very hot water, sunlight on a hot day or a hair dryer) to get it to come loose.
When this is all done, you'll have the cleanest poop tank in the park!
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:11 PM   #5
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102 at our place in Ponchatoula Louisiana today as well. We are currently repairng the frame on our 74 Tradewind and trying to figure out what exactly to do with our tanks as well.
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Old 06-04-2011, 05:22 PM   #6
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The only place that I could find for a replacement b-tank for our '66 Trade Wind was Inland RV supply. That was 5 years ago though, there may be new rescources now.
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The fiberglass tank, is the same exact dimensions as the original plastic tank.

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