Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-05-2007, 07:44 PM   #1
1 Rivet Member
1960 24' Tradewind
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 14
1960 Tradewind water tank

What is the best method to clean the inside of the aluminum fresh water tank. It has not been used in 15 years.
CAPEHORN31 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2007, 12:12 AM   #2
Rivet Master
Fyrzowt's Avatar
Currently Looking...
West of Fort Worth , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 6,698
Images: 8
Hmm, I don't know. My '72 tank is plastic. It seems that a good flush, followed by a bleach solution, then another fresh water flush would be the way I would go.

You should get some more suggestions tomorrow.
Fyrzowt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2007, 01:27 AM   #3
Rivet Master
1960 24' Tradewind
santa barbara , California
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 1,352
Hello Terry ,

you will want to see inside that tank to do a good inspection. Go in thru the fill pipe ,unscrew the outside hosebib cap ,probably very tight and look in with a light such as a small maglight to see if there is any corrosion .It will
look like sand kinda in the bottom .also a borascope type automotive tool
can allow you to see further inside .I found this tool to be a great asset to
my automotive diagnostic tools.Our tank was corroded at the bottom and had
pinholes in it also,so in the recycling scrap yard it went.I had a new stainless
steel tank custom built to replace it ,12" diameter by 55" in length a little bit
larger in the diameter and some refitting to the base mounts .now many will
say to go to an on demand pump and plastic tank and thats good as well .I
like the original pressure setup (no pump cycling in the middle of the night ,or
anything ),but it is antique .If your tank is good (may be ok) no corrosion
in it at all ,aluminum corrosion is not good for your health ,then fill and drain
the tank thru the outer fill .bleach has been used as well ,but there is a procedure for that ,and dilution and complete rinsing is important ,others
should be able to elaborate on the procedure to do that .Fyrzowt probably
has the info on the bleaching solution.Thats about all you can do ,the corrosion business is what will be the big issue to check out .If you do retain the tank and there is some corrosion ,use bottled water for drinking .the crap
in my tank had clogged all the faucets at the screens and got into the fittings also .you cannot use the pressure system with the plastic tank but
again ,you would not need to with the new style water pump.

Scott of scottanlily
scottanlily is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2007, 03:56 AM   #4
Site Team

, Minnesota
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 7,685
Images: 59
The factory recommendation is bicarbonate of soda and several gallons of water, allowed to stand for several hours, flush until water is clear.
markdoane is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2007, 07:47 AM   #5
Always Airstreaming!
rickandsandi's Avatar
2005 22' Safari
1960 24' Tradewind
Anytown , Connecticut
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 3,115
Send a message via AIM to rickandsandi
Originally Posted by CAPEHORN31
What is the best method to clean the inside of the aluminum fresh water tank. It has not been used in 15 years.
Terry- Great question. I haven't yet seen my fresh water tank and I beleive the PO actually moved it from the front. Right now the TW it is having a new axel and tongue installed. I was personally thinking of either replacing it or using a good gin to steralize it. Are you going to keep the system a pressurized one of replace the pump? From what I have seen in photos the plumbing will be a complete redbuild for me so I am looking forward to the challenge.
J. Rick Cipot
Sandi Gould
NEU New England Unit
Airstream Life Magazine
Proud Member of WBCCI
WBCCI #3411
AIR #17099
2009 Silverado 2500HD
2004 22' Safari
1960 24' Tradewind
rickandsandi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2007, 10:03 PM   #6
Rivet Master
safari57's Avatar
1951 21' Flying Cloud
1960 24' Tradewind
West Coast , BC
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 3,790
Images: 10
Send a message via MSN to safari57
I took my aluminum tank out of my '51 FC and was pretty disgusted with how it looked inside. I've been doing the soda treatment, as well as bleach and then vinegar per the various instructions that suggest this is the way to clean them.

I'm glad I pulled it. If I'd of had a clue at how scuzzy it was up front it would have been out of there right after I bought the trailer. Sadly no one knows what's been tossed into the water tanks as the trailers sit on driveways and fields for years and years. I'm not sure what cleaning process to use for a tank that's been sitting for such a long time, perhaps some kind of steam cleaning? Whatever, I'm just a happy camper that I'm moving into a new, and much larger, polyethylene tank. If my wife ever sees what the old tank looked like inside I'll be dead meat in a heartbeat.

safari57 is offline   Reply With Quote

1960, 1960 tradewind

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Help... I Need To Install A Gray Water Tank???? kangol Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 0 04-19-2004 08:10 PM
Water Heater & Water Tank mgordon Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 23 01-15-2003 06:58 PM
Water Hammer melprice Water Heaters, Filters & Pumps 10 07-30-2002 01:10 PM
Water Drip uwe Fresh Water Systems 6 07-11-2002 08:39 AM
Water Tank???????? TheBigRedTruck Fresh Water Systems 3 06-14-2002 10:11 AM

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:35 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.