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Old 09-12-2004, 11:29 PM   #1
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I recently purchased a 1961 Ambasador 28'. The PO removed the Black Tank and it currently has no Black water tank. The PO had the Airstream in a trailer park for the last 25 years and there was no nead for tanks at all. As a result, the origional black water tank was removed and a new tolit was purchased that was bolted directly to the floor. Looking at the rear window, the origional tank was on the right side and was an above floor model. I have no idea if I could find a replacement tank? I have three questions for anyone that can help. 1) Does any one know of a replacement tank manufacture that will make a tank with a curved end to match the Airstream corner? 2) I am also interested in a fresh water tank too, however I do not know whare the origional one went and was wondering if anyone can give me the original location? 3) I was thinking of installing an electirc water pump. Does anyone know if this came as an option on this Airstream?

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Send an email to Da Man! over at InlandRV explaining what you need. He's got a bunch of black tanks in the back room that are not listed on his website.

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I recently purchased a 1961 Ambasador 28'. 2) I am also interested in a fresh water tank too, however I do not know whare the origional one went and was wondering if anyone can give me the original location? 3) I was thinking of installing an electirc water pump. Does anyone know if this came as an option on this Airstream?

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If my notes are correct, Airstream was still using the "pressure-type" water system in 1961. I believe that the galvanized water pressure tank would have originally been located in the front coach under the front window in the compartment below the pull-out lounge. There may have been an electric pressure pump that helped to keep the tank pressurized, but there wasn't a "demand-type" pump with the "pressure-type" system. Since it is quite expensive to replace the galvanized tanks if one can be found that fits the available space, owners often convert to a "demand-type" system. There are several manufacturers who produce the acrylic tanks and it is usually possible to find a "standard" tank that can be modified to work in the application - - maintaining the original water tank fill apparatus is often the most difficult part of the equation. I belive that you coach was produced very near to the time when the "demand-type" system was placed into production - - I know that the deamnd system was standard by the time my '64 Overlander was built.

There is a photo of a '61 Ambassador on R.J. Dial's Vintage Airstream site that shows the original water fill to the curbside of the LP tanks - - it is in the photo of the polished coach near the bottom of the page:

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Good luck with your Ambassador!

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Send an email to Da Man! over at InlandRV explaining what you need. He's got a bunch of black tanks in the back room that are not listed on his website.

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Thanks for the advise! I gave Da Man a call at inland and found out that I needed my serial number before he could help. I have my new airstream up in the mountains at my cabin and was unable to provide the serial number so I told him I would call him back. I think he will be able to give me everything I need! Not sure without the serial number but I have a good feeling! I can't wait to get started.

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