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Old 04-30-2014, 09:52 AM   #15
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Carl,
I think your trailer has been heavily modified. You are going to find some unique differences. That said, the outside drain would typically be used to connect to an external portable grey water tank, or by hose to a sewer connection.
You can find a wedge shaped portable grey water tank meant for pop ups that will store on a built in hinged ramp between the frame rails under the rear dinette.
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Old 04-30-2014, 11:53 AM   #16
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Some campers used a single tank for all waste water. Dolphin is one I know of because my parents owned one. More common is two tanks gray water for drains and black water for toilet.

You could be dealing with a vent stack issue. For water to flow into tank air has to flow out. Typically there will be a pipe with a cap coming up from the tank going through the roof. Wasp nests and debris in that can cause water to not flow down into the tank well, your floor drain and sink probably are on same pipe so if water can't get into tank it comes up through floor drain.

If both the floor drain and sink drain share a common pipe the floor drain may in effect be using the sink drain as a vent stack. Could test by stoppering sink drain and overflow, then try to feed water into floor drain. Does it back up? If you open sink drain does floor drain work?

Open the tank drain as you describe and there would be air flow allowing water to flow.

Just something to check on, not that I disagree with prior post on probable heavy modifications and/or provision for portable gray water tank.
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Old 04-30-2014, 09:08 PM   #17
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Roy,
Heavily modified is not the words I would use.
Rigged is more like it. The water lines to and from the water heater have been run in 3/8 copper tubing thru holes in the floor without sealing. Tacked up with aluminum strips nailed to the plywood across the bottom of the trailer. The electrical was run on a pigtail of a 14 ga. orange extension cord with a 30 amp breaker.
(trailer would burn up before the breaker would trip) Fresh water was run thru the floor across the back and up into the sink with clear vinyl tubing. Again unsealed. Windows screwed shut with lag bolts.
The axle has been raised with two pieces of angle iron welded together.
The frame is gouged from a welder who didn't know about heat settings and its out of alignment.
You get the picture. Modified? I think not.
The trailer is solid and doesn't leak. (other than the broken roof vent)
I have my work cut out for me but I admit, I have fallen in love with the little love bug.
Lord help me.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:24 AM   #18
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Roger,
The only vent is on the blackwater tank. A piece of 1/2'' pvc thru the roof. You are correct on the shower drain. It's vent is the sink. there is a fitting on the side with a pvc cap siliconed over it that connects to the drain line. I guess a portable tank is in my future.
Thanks to all of you for your help with my questions. I'm sure there will be many more to follow.
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Old 05-01-2014, 10:36 AM   #19
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Roy,
Heavily modified is not the words I would use.
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You get the picture. Modified? I think not.
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I have my work cut out for me but I admit, I have fallen in love with the little love bug.
Lord help me.
Carl,

I was trying to be politically correct in my comment.

I assume that you and I had similar words flash through our minds as we reviewed your current situation. Those words are not appropriate in this forum.

The Lord is helping you already. He has sent you here where you will find a wealth of knowledge, years of experience and the occasional difference of opinions. Many here will help you through your new found labour of love.

Trust me, ressurecting a trailer can be rewarding in more that one way. Our trailers may have come from the same place.
Restoring Our 1972 Boler American

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"I assume that you and I had similar words flash through our minds as we reviewed your current situation."

Yes you would be correct.

The more I study it the more I see that needs fixing or replacing but that's OK.
When I'm finished with it, it will be something to be proud of.
For my own knowledge, how were the water lines run from the factory?

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Old 05-01-2014, 12:04 PM   #21
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You know the old sign from the repair shop?
Labor Rate:
$10 per hour.
$15 per hour if you watch.
$20 if you offer advice.
$40 if you worked on it first and only brought it here after you messed it up.

Too bad you can't back charge labor on the go-fer now rigging that was done. But as you say, once you have it done right it will be an accomplishment to be proud of and enjoy.
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For my own knowledge, how were the water lines run from the factory?
I have yet to see an original toilet from that era from Tri-Fab.
It was simplistic or rustic, your choice.
A fresh water tank was under the curbside rear bench, with filler below the window. A line ran along the floor under the ensolite at the rear then under the rear streetside dinette bench to the kitchen cabinet. A short city water line ran from the streetside to the tap. The grey water either ran through an open hose through the floor by the streetside wheel well or later models to a capped connection behind the lower kitchen cabinet.
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Greetings all,
How about the water line to and from the water heater?
Please tell me they were not copper tubing run under the trailer.
I believe my best bet for replacement of all water lines will be braided flexible stainless steel. Any thoughts?

The closeup picture is the vent fan over the shower. The top has completely cracked and fallen of. Anyone seen one like this?
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