The Deluxe had very heavy cast iron connections below the trailer. The tank outlet was about 6" above ground level. (yes, there were scars from the past) I decided to change that out and remove the tank. The tank had been seeping for years but luckily, I had good wood to reframe and add a solid floor above. I left the "step up" to help with shower splashes.
The actual system included the tank, the shower trap, 2 tees and the outlet without a valve. ?? Not sure about no valve but EW! (not to mention the bottom drain on the tank itself) From the tank, a 3" pipe ran to the tee below the upper shower tee. The huge 3" cast iron tee must have weighed 20 lbs or more. Removing the tee was not easy and not fun.
I had to cut Dremel slices in the tee in order to place a cold chisel on either side to pry it enough to break off the threads. I went thru cutting wheels like candy and it took a couple of hours. Lots of iron filings filtering down... There was no room to use a decent tool, so the poor Dremel it was. (died soon thereafter)
The photos show the tee and results after the tee was removed. I used a reduced Fernco to connect it all together. Since there was no black water or tank, I felt comfortable using a direct drain for the shower and sink. That could be connected to a sewer, portable tank or drained with a hose. NOTE: This system must be "open" to use the shower or sink. I gained about 6" space from the drain cap to the ground.
I saw no other options because of the lack of ground clearance on the original outlet. Did it ever have a VALVE???
Have fun. Looks like a great project, to bad it wouldn't fit in my garage.
Thanks Tom. I’ve been measuring hard to try a chance at your axle off garage trick. I have 81” at my lowest point. I’ll do some more precise measurements before I try it. Looking forward to meeting you next weekend.
that’s my shop light I threw in there. I still have some mean looking spiders in there and I want all the light I can get. I can deal with rats,wasps and even snakes but I’m out on brown recluses. I’ve witnessed some of the damage they can do.
A bathroom from the days when an American could actually fit in that space.
As a person who is seeking a camper with a bathroom, you have me worried. I can't even walk straight through the front door...
We have a bathroom in our 65 with porta potty. I didn’t put the shower back in it. I’m 6’2 235 and I can fit in there and close the door. It’s so nice for those late night emergencies. I’ll post a pic of it tomorrow.
Some Deluxes had a converter, mine did; to the right and below the stove. (floor level) Be CAREFUL with the wiring for the bed lights, it goes right thru the edge wood. I'm thinking it would be easier to turn them into 12 volt lights, the wiring is skinnier.
I'm reliving my build and enjoying yours!!
PS: also, my Deluxe had been rebuilt by a Canadian RV company. They did good but necessitated me repairing the ceiling panels from the inside with extra blocking, etc. I didn't want to remove the brand new roof... Took me two days to prepare for the ceiling. Never again.
I grimaced as I saw the pictures. You have your work cut out for you, but that is a really cool trailer and can be with the person with the heart to work on it. Sounds like it's in the right place.
Just a tip, make sure you wear a respirator/dust filter on as you work in the trailer, especially in demo. Thanks for sharing your build. These are always exciting for us to watch, too!
Care to share the back story on how you got this one?
My wife and I came across the trailer 4 years when our gps took us through the mountains of north Alabama to get to my sisters new house so we could deliver some chairs I thought nothing else about it because around here if you see a shatsa in a yard, it’s usually not for sale and we had our 65 that we were in the middle of building. A few months ago my brother was getting tired of working on the gto’s that he had and wanted something different. I told him about this one and he went on the search to refind it. He searched a few times with no luck and then one day he called a me said he found it. It was at an abandoned house. He went back a few days later and finally found the son of the man that had bought it originally. The son said if it was up to him he could have it but he had 4 more siblings that he had to ok it with. He eventually made an offer but was declined. I ended up talking with the sister who was put in charge of the sale. She wanted more than my brother wanted to pay but I knew what it was worth to me. She was very sentimental about it because that was her memories when she was growing up. I eventually sent her pics of the 65 that we had rebuilt and convinced her that it was going all back to original and it wouldn’t be some Facebook ,Chip and JoJo crap that she would normally see. She agreed and we settled on a price and now it’s in my yard. I’ve talked with her a few more times and requested any pics from when they had it. It has a tag from 1981 and she can’t remember when her dad actually put it in the spot where I moved it from.
Got a new shop vac with more power and cleaned for over 2 hours. Lots of rat poop and dirt dobbers. Found this picture while cleaning the storage cabinet over the dinette. I sent a pic of it to the lady I bought it from, She said it was her great aunt and uncle. The aunt used to live in the trailer for a while, These old trailers have souls. Thats what I love about them. IMG_1743 by will andrews, on Flickr