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Old 10-12-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Remove black tank permanently?

I'm currently in the process of repairing the floor under my toilet when it occurred to me that perhaps I don't even need a black tank. The one I have is only about 8 gallons. My logic is I always have left the dump valve open at all times and it's worked just fine connected to the rv parks sewer or my tote tank with my Rhino sewer hose. I never had any problems with odor or blockages. Any opinions?
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:38 PM   #2
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If it ever came to that, you might have trouble selling it without a black tank....
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:31 AM   #3
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Removing the black tank will make those remote potty-stops while on the road difficult as well as affect your resale value.

Our '56 didn't have a black tank "standard" when it was built in '56...we added one so we could have more flexibility with our camping spots. Many State & National Parks don't have full-hookups at every site and the ones that do are usually the least preferable "close to the road" & entry gate sites. We prefer the more tucked away spots.

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Old 10-13-2012, 10:52 AM   #4
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Well, your Lucky not to have not had problems with odors and blockages...both come from having the dump open all the time. Personally, I don't even like the thought of having a wide open port from a public dump into my Airstream. And, as Sherry said....resale value will crater.
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Old 10-13-2012, 11:21 AM   #5
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If you never plan on selling your Avion, then remove the black water tank if you wish. However, having owned three travel trailers, I'd never buy one without a black, grey and fresh water tank. I do prefer the national and state parks and it just would'nt work for me not to have all three tanks.

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Old 10-14-2012, 12:15 AM   #6
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Interesting comments regrading resale value. That is something I would never have considered. I doubt I will ever sell it. I'm selfishly remodeling it to how I personally like it , not really thinking of the next prospective owner. I likely will get rid of the black tank because I like the idea of having the toilet at floor level. They are on a raised platform in old Avions. Maybe next summer I'll install one of those black tanks between the frame. Thanks everyone for your comments.
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Old 10-14-2012, 09:02 AM   #7
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Black tank gone also

We took out our black tank more than 2 years ago and put in an Airhead composting toilet...we don't regret it and would have nothing else..
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:39 AM   #8
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We removed our black tank and put in a Nature's Head composting toilet. Have only camped with it for one season but have had no problems and no odor. We have grey tanks for our wash water. No regrets at all. And no horrible black tank stories...we will have to live vicariously through others!!
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:45 AM   #9
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I'm considering repairing my black tank now. It's an old pie shaped fiberglass one. After much work, I removed the rusty metal inlet valve so now I just have two holes about 4 inches across. I have no experience with fiberglass. Is is possible to fiberglass in two ABS tank fittings?
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:26 AM   #10
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Those totes are really supposed to be for gray water only.

Personally I wouldn't buy one without a black tank, either. I have no idea how those composting toilets work so I'd have to learn more, but having seen a Dirty Jobs episode where they had to clean the incinerator toilet, I know I DON'T want one of those.
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Old 10-23-2012, 11:10 AM   #11
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Our Airstream is completely tankless, but then we never plan to sell it.

We put a Nature's Head composting toilet in our '71 TradeWind. Our "gray tank" is a 5 gallon Home Depot bucket that we dump every now and then. This works for National Parks and a number of other boondocking situations.
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:02 AM   #12
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Those totes are really supposed to be for gray water only.
Really? I didn't know that.
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