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Old 11-11-2002, 01:56 PM   #1
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Tank locations

Howdy folks, we've had our '59 22foot Safari {I think] for about a month now and I've been diligently on this site. Great forom, tons of info.
Here's the situation. The trailer is in pretty good shape but has been used as an "outside the house" model and lots has been removed. Tanks, some electrics and most importantly the bathroom. I'm not quite sure where to start but we have a long time to do it.
My first question would be, where was the black tank located? Under the floor, [rear bath] not much room there maybe 5 inches. Second question, where would I purchase a new bathroom?

One more, I'm assuming the fresh water was forward and above the floor, how big were they or how big should I go?

I'll get around to the electrics and such on the proper pages.

Thanks in advance.


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Old 11-11-2002, 02:40 PM   #2
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Notice the step up under the toilet? That is the enclosure were your black water tank was located.

Your water tank was located in the front. You should have a hole on the outside of the trailer were the fill inlet was. You can also see this in the link above.


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RE: Tank Sizes

Greetings Tony!

The blank tank would have been just a bit less than 8 gallons and would have had a porcelain toilet mounted on an aluminum junction box - - this style toilet is no longer available new. There are close approximations available through marine suppliers. The water tank would have likely been a pressure setup - - galvanized tank with an air pressure pump - - while still available today the cost for this type of setup will be somewhat more costly than going with a PVC tank and demand pump system. The original water tank would have been between 20 and 30 gallons. One point to remember when deciding upon the tank size is weight - - about 5 pounds per gallon of capacity when the tank is full.

While it wouldn't be original, with the extent of the work ahead of you, it might be worth considering the installation of a gray water tank as well. In today's world it certainly simplifies travel if the trailer has a built-in gray water tank - - the alternative of carrying a blue tank is workable but there is always the question of where to carry the tank if you don't tow with a pickup.

The bath would have likely originally had a shower stall. Finding an appropriate base shouldn't bee too great a problem, but fabricating sidewalls to contain the shower water could pose a bit of a challenge. The '59/'60 rigs that I have seen have a small cabinet with an approximate 9" round or oblong wash basin.

Good luck with your project!

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Old 11-11-2002, 04:33 PM   #4
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Okay, it looks like I have my work cut out for me. I wasn't planning on staying original, replacement and function will suffice.
On to the source pages!

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