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Old 10-23-2004, 09:59 PM   #1
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the tank laws

ohla all, this is my second post I think.. Im restoring a 26 foot 1958 overlander, and its got no tanks, so invaribly, Ive got to build some in..
asid for any ideas anny one might have on how to acomplush this, what are the standard laws for tanks, do i need to seperat my black and grey, cna I have one black and tote my grey in a portable tank on the grond.. I dont know.

yha, so any one with some info I would be realy pleased..
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Old 10-23-2004, 10:02 PM   #2
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Standard tanks sizes...

um... as stated Im trying to renovat, and Im probly going to half to put in tankes...
Id like to be able to boon dock for a week at least.. what size tanks should I have?,.... I wish i know more aobut all this but Im only 21... BUT I GOT AN AIRSTREAM!!

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Old 10-24-2004, 07:20 AM   #3
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um... as stated Im trying to renovat, and Im probly going to half to put in tankes...
Id like to be able to boon dock for a week at least.. what size tanks should I have?,.... I wish i know more aobut all this but Im only 21... BUT I GOT AN AIRSTREAM!!

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For 1 week 2 standard 20 pound tanks will be ok if you are not running heater full time, I suggest you will want 2 30 pound tanks, you can either get steel tanks from your propane supplier or order 2 aluminum tanks if you plan to polish your unit and want tanks to match.
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Old 10-24-2004, 07:41 AM   #4
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During times of the year when it gets down to 40's at night, I was able to get a minimum of 8 days out of a 30# tank, cooking, hot water, heat. I leave the water heater running all the time on propane. Usually get 2 weeks or more, just cooking and running the water heater, when furnace is not in use.
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Old 10-24-2004, 08:29 AM   #5
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Andrew,

My '59 Tradewind has a fiberglass tank, about 8 gallons, mounted above the floor. The toilet sits on top of the tank. I think this was an option in 1959. Have you considered a chemical or cassette type toilet?

For grey water, there was no tank. A tee was located below the blackwater tank outlet valve; the greywater from the kitchen, vanity and shower flowed into the tee, and from there out through a common hose.

Several people (myself included) have put in graywater tanks. The size and location of the graywater tank depends as much on your own imagination as any 'rules', and yes, you can have a combined gray/blackwater tank although many prefer separate tanks.

The best size for the tanks depends a lot on your needs. A greywater tank could be just a few gallons, enough to wash your hands in a rest stop, to 30 gallons or more if you plan to spend a few days 'boondocking'.
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Old 10-24-2004, 08:47 AM   #6
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I've have a 58 Overlander too - would really enjoy looking at pictures of yours if you have them.

Mine also had an above the floor tank. I think the main thing is to be careful how much weight you put in the rear of the trailer. You may hear a lot about frame seperation on the 70's trailer - I can tell you it is not limited to those years. My 58 had it too. So a black tank in the rear is ok, just make sure you emty it before you leave the campsite. My plan for gray is to use an external tank. If I put an internal tank in, I would locate it as close to the center of the trailer as possible. Drinking water tank should be located over the axles or forward of the axles.

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Old 10-24-2004, 09:27 AM   #7
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For 1 week 2 standard 20 pound tanks will be ok if you are not running heater full time, I suggest you will want 2 30 pound tanks, you can either get steel tanks from your propane supplier or order 2 aluminum tanks if you plan to polish your unit and want tanks to match.
Tanks to match?.. man i am new at this.. I was just going to build them inside, cover with a couch and the counter tops.. but.. If Im gona want to mach, im guessing that thed be on the out side? and if so. how?.... and where?... I know I know sounds like a dumb question to all you vetrin airstream qurus.. but im miffed
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Lightbulb I think he's talking about black & grey tanks...not propane ~

What make & model is your Airstream...then we can better help

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Guys...I'm not sure Andrew isn't talking about waste tanks....???
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Tanks as in water, waste, gas?
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Old 10-24-2004, 04:33 PM   #11
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Current plans for my 59 overlander are to put in two tanks http://www.tank-depot.com/id/83968/group/322/dept/68/ for waste, one on each side next to the wheel well. Thus right over the axels. This will give me 70 gallons of gray/ black but well also reduce "stuff" capacity. Since I would travel with them empty it's not much of an overall weight issue. Fresh water will also be two tanks. One under each dinette bench ( the front dinette is one of the greatest features AS ever had) http://www.tank-depot.com/id/84252/group/248/dept/68/ for a total of 72 gallons. That will increase hitch weight about 300 lbs before distribution hitch does it's thing.

Since all tanks will be above the floor there is less chance of freezing. I does require several pumps, one for the shower, a mascerating marine toilet, and I am pretty sure I'll put in a dump pump.

My design is around my planned use of the trailer. How do you plan to use it?
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Old 10-24-2004, 07:17 PM   #12
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hey guys, I have a 26 foot 1958 airstream overlander, and Im looking to build black and grey water tanks thsanks for all the healp. this is awsome.
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Not really about tanks, but F.Y.I. , attached is a brochure for a 1958 Overlander...
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Not really about tanks, but F.Y.I. , attached is a brochure for a 1958 Overlander...
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Thanks cruiser, that broshur is awsom, much apreachated
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