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Old 11-28-2012, 10:55 PM   #15
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On my 1978 1300 the water tank is on the curb side (hope i'm saying this right, the TV passenger side) under the dinette seat. Pretty sure this is the original location because the filler is located on that side also. I always figured it was there to offset the weight of the fridge, heater, stove top and converter on the roadside. Probably about 10 gallons = 80lbs. There was a definite lean to the drivers side before I replaced the axle. The PO's may have not filled the tank very often!

Having the tank under the floor would really provide more storage.

HMMMMM, NOOOOOOOO NOT ANOTHER PROJECT!

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Well,.... after further investigation.. It seems I was only half right about that.
On the Cantaloupe, (1973?) it is on the kitchen side. Also pretty sure it is factory, for the same reason. The Wedding Gift, (1977) has it on the curb side. I wonder when they changed.
Good point about balancing the kitchen with the water tank. I had not thought of that. The tank on the kitchen side even looks larger then the one installed on the curb side.
I would never attempt to convert the 1300's to a bottom tank. Talk about major surgery! See next post.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:23 PM   #16
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Trillium 4500 Water Tank

The Trillium 4500's all seem to have a compartment, under the floor of the dinette, that houses its water tank. The underside of the trailer is much more irregular as a result.

The last inside shot is inside the hole, facing back. I have often wondered if a 12 VDC pump would fit there.

What I seem to miss on the bottom pics is where the drain cock is. You can kinda see it in the picture from the back. The hole is visible, but what is hard to see is a wedge shape that forms a conduit for plumbing from the tank compartment to the kitchen. This is also kinda visible in the picture of the interior detail of the drain cock.

Notice the mold in the lines! That is why I don't use the tank. Maybe some day, but it is portable tanks, that I can wash, for now.
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:29 AM   #17
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The advantage of having the water tank in the floor is not just an increase in storage space. During the first winter of our ownership we discovered we had a serious leak (the belly band was improperly sealed) by the icicle hanging from the unsealed drain hose hole. Any water that leaks into the rear of the trailer will find it's way into the tank cavity and out that hole. No wood there so no rot issues. The down side is how low the tank cavity sits below the bumper.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:57 AM   #18
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Because I added a 4" HSS square tube for a bumper, so I could put on a hitch receiver, the water tank is almost flush with it.
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Old 11-29-2012, 04:44 PM   #19
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The advantage of having the water tank in the floor is not just an increase in storage space. During the first winter of our ownership we discovered we had a serious leak (the belly band was improperly sealed) by the icicle hanging from the unsealed drain hose hole. Any water that leaks into the rear of the trailer will find it's way into the tank cavity and out that hole. No wood there so no rot issues. The down side is how low the tank cavity sits below the bumper.
I do a lot of camping in rough country and haven't ever had an issue with drag/catching anything on the water tank part of the mold...

I'd like to say, though, that for sheer "I'm gonna break this" potential, it'd be hard to beat the black drain setup on the 2008 Casita Spirit Deluxe, which I saw close up for the first time yesterday- it's on the street side in front of the wheel and can't be more than eight or ten inches off the ground!

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Yea, Casita does seem to be a bit adventurous with it's plumbing. Photo courtesy of Kevin K.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:12 PM   #21
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Yea, Casita does seem to be a bit adventurous with it's plumbing. Photo courtesy of Kevin K.
What the heck IS that????

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Old 11-29-2012, 05:29 PM   #22
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It's a waste trap. Keeps the smell on the smelly side.
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Old 11-29-2012, 05:34 PM   #23
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It's a waste trap. Keeps the smell on the smelly side.
Well, it'd be on the OUT side if it was on my trailer...bet I'd break that thing off the first time I went camping!

It looks like it holds more water than my trailer's bathtub, also known as "two cups of water and a washrag"...

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It's a waste trap. Keeps the smell on the smelly side.
I bet it's also good for picking up road kill for supper.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:32 PM   #25
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My 2009 Trillium 1300 has the water tank under the rear dinette which is now a permanent bed. We did put a couple of gallons into it when we first got it, after rinsing, of course. We didn't want to fill it because of the weight factor.
We haven't found anyplace where decent drinking water isn't available, so have stopped using the rig tank just to eliminate the winter servicing requirement as well as the weight. So we dumped a couple of gallons of pink stuff in, left it for awhile, then drained all we could.
We don't attach to campsite water supplies, either. We carry a couple of gallons of drinking water in former apple juice containers just because they are made of the heaviest plastic. If I need more water for washing dishes I just walk out and take some off the tap in my biggest pot, heat it on the stove, pour some into the sink with detergent, and use the pot for rinsing. So the only thing I have to deal with for winter is the sink drain.
We found one can buy drinking water for cheap in most food stores and we refill our apple juice cum water jugs there.
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Yea, Casita does seem to be a bit adventurous with it's plumbing. Photo courtesy of Kevin K.
Larry, at Little House Customs, has developed a kit that replaces that flimsy rubber trap with a hepro valve. All plumbing is much closer to the floor. Seems to be a very popular mod with the Casita crowd.
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Larry, at Little House Customs, has developed a kit that replaces that flimsy rubber trap with a hepro valve. All plumbing is much closer to the floor. Seems to be a very popular mod with the Casita crowd.
Are Casita folks buying the kit as an upfit, or for a repair after they ripped the factory stuff off going over a speed bump?

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I have switched the "P" traps, the term for the this piece of pipe to the Hepro valve in my Eggcamper, it gave me a lot more room inside and plan to do t he same in my Escape. The Hepro eliminates the 2-4" drop which holds water which gives you the barrier from gas. By eliminating it, you no longer need to worry about "winterizing the P traps with antifreeze" as there in no longer water in your drain system. Plus is eliminates the wasteful piece of plumbing that exists on the inside and on some units exterior, subject to being hit.
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