Black Water Tank – The design of a great waste tank

Black water holding tanks are a key aspect of boondock camping, or otherwise where sewer hookup is simply not available. A black water tank is designed to hold, and facilitate the draining, of solid and liquid wastes from a toilet.

Here at ICON, we took a look at what makes a useful and durable RV black water tank.

Black Water Tank Key Considerations

Holding Capacity

You want a black water tank that has an appropriate capacity for your use. Usually, the more people you expect to use the washroom in your RV, the more capacity you will need for waste. Conversely, if you aren’t expecting to use it much, a small tank may be appropriate to keep weight down and conserve space. Tanks provided by ICON come in a variety of sizes to make getting the right capacity easy.

Durability

If there’s one thing you absolutely don’t want, it’s a busted or leaking waste tank. At ICON, we take tank durability seriously. Holding tanks are constructed of high impact ABS, with solvent welded seams. By the time we are done, any seam or fitting has become one with the tank. That makes for a durable construction!

Drainage

A tank has to slope towards a pre-designated point to be effective at draining. You want to be able to drain & flush the wastes out as effectively as possible. That’s why ICON has a variety of drain locations in their designs and channels embossed in the bottom to promote clean drainage & flushing.

Side Drain Black Water Tank

Side Drain Black Water Tank

Flexible Intake Position

The intakes are best installed according to where your plumbing goes through the floor. So having the flexibility to insert the intakes as necessary is crucial for an aftermarket replacement. The majority of ICON tanks have a flat top face, facilitating the installation of any intake or vent, anywhere on the tank!

Installed Intake Fittings

Installed Intake Fittings

Mounting Flanges

The tank must have a robust flange to help you mount it to the underside of your RV. That goes back to our solvent welded flanges. They are thick and robust for use in mounting the tank. You can use them to slide the whole tank onto a rail/angle iron, or you can pre-drill and mount with screws/bolts into the floorboards.

 

There you have it. Waste tanks are an important part of your plumbing in an RV and ICON has your back with the best tanks & accessories around.

Take a look at all ICON Black Water Tanks >>Click here.

 

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New RV Holding Tank Models

We have begun to expand on our RV holding tank category, adding 6 new models today. The sizing of the new tanks is based on tons of feedback from many of our aftermarket customers. These new tanks are longer and similar in dimension to commonly used tanks by trailer manufacturers. So going forward, finding the best fitting replacement will be easy as 1-2-3!

This is a small taste of the expansion we have planned in our rv holding tank category. There will be more new RV Holding Tanks added to our selection in the coming months.

Here are the RV Holding Tanks we’ve added this week: Continue…

Fleetwood Fender Skirts

ICON is your place to get Fleetwood Fender Skirts. We have the styles dating back to the early 90’s for brands such as Prowler, Mallard and Terry. If you have a newer brand like the Gearbox, Backpack and Orbit – no problem either, we still have you covered.

Fleetwood Fender Skirts

FS730 – Fleetwood Fender Skirts for a Fleetwood Mallard

Fleetwood RV was a large manufacturer of trailers & fifth wheels previous to 2010 when they refocused their efforts into Motorhome manufacturing. A number of high quality and well kept units still exist in the aftermarket today. Of course, as we all well know, some parts do wear out, such as the fender skirts. So if you are in need of a tandem axle fleetwood fender, take a look below. The ICON replacements are made of a stronger, more durable material – along with a UV protective coating.

It’s best to compare measurements to confirm a match, but typically you can narrow it down by looking at the style. We’ve written a post about finding the appropriate fender skirt using 3 simple steps. If you need help selecting a part, do not hesitate to contact us. Or even just leave a comment on this post.

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Winnebago Skylight Domes

Winnebago Skylight Dome replacements, particularly for the older units, can be hard to find.

Thankfully, there are ICON replacements now available. The SL1627 is a popular Winnebago style.

The SL1627 Winnebago Skylight:

Winnebago Skylight

Note that this can be used on other units aside from Winnebago. However, it is designed to match a common Winnebago configuration. There are also other sizes available that may match your Winnebago as well. It’s always recommended that you compare the hole size to the dome. You may also need to consider the dome height, as internal domes sometimes extend past the roofline.

Need a Winnebago Skylight dome that doesn’t match ones we offer? Get a custom dome created through our creator program.

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Keystone RV Fender Skirt Replacements

ICON has Keystone RV Fender Skirt Replacements, Largest selection to match any brand of keystone RV. Cougar, Montana, Zeppelin, Bullet, Hideout – Just to name a few. Keystone is a familiar name to many who have owned RVs due to their production of many leading and unique brands. It may come as no surprise then, that there is a huge variety in the style and size of their fender skirts. This can sometimes make it an issue getting the correct part. This is where ICON Aftermarket Fender skirts come into play.

Selection is simple with ICON – all Keystone RV Fender skirts are tagged with “Keystone” and possibly other, more specific, brands. So a simple search at IconDirect.com or Lookup-Our-Skirts.com will show them to you.

Keystone RV Fender Selection:

Keystone RV Fender

Keystone RV Fender Selection on Lookup-Our-Skirts.com

From there you should be able to narrow down the selection even further by comparing visually. Confirm based on dimension. Then you can place an order directly at IconDirect.com or take the model/part number to your preferred RV Servicer.

With specific models designed to fit your Keystone RV, ICON RV Fender Skirts are also built to last. Our fenders are formed of High Impact ABS and coated with UV protection.

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Jayco Fender Skirt Replacements

Jayco Fender Skirt replacements are among the top ICON products, largely due to the RV brands popularity.

If you have a Jayco RV and are needing a Jayco Fender Skirt, selection is really simple. There are a few widely used fender skirts and then a few that are used less often. We have replacements suitable for Jayco Eagles, Designers, Jay-Flights, Jay Feathers and Pinnacles. If you need a Jayco Fender, we’ve got it!

Jayco Fender Skirt FS700 is the most popular fender:

Jayco Fender Skirt - FS700

One of today’s most common Jayco Fender Replacement. Always confirm by measurement.

Other replacements can be found by searching our online store, IconDirect.com or by searching our lookup tool, Lookup-Our-Skirts.com. Confirmation by dimension should always be done, so take a look at the diagrams.

The original part is often quite damaged by UV. You’ll be surprised at how brittle the original parts become. Getting an ICON replacement with built in UV will improve the look and value of your RV for years to come.

Need help finding a Jayco Fender Skirt? Post your unit details in the comments & I’ll see what I can do to aid in your part search.

 

 

PS: We even produce other Jayco Plastic body parts. For example, here is a Jayco Jayfeather Corner Cap:

Jayco Travel Trailer Corner Cap

Jayco Travel Trailer Corner Cap

 

Yellowed Skylight? You’ll never guess how easy it is to replace!

Clear skylights can create a sense of openness and natural lighting. That’s the main reason to have a skylight! Unfortunately many factory installed domes are made out of material that will yellow and become cloudy with age and UV exposure. This can cause the lighting benefits to be subpar, not to mention the ugly looking thing if you look up!

Simple fix! Get a replacement ICON Skylight dome to replace the old weathered one. It’s typically a pretty straightforward DIY replacement. We’ll give you a top level explanation on how to replace below.

You’ll need:

Skylight Installation:

Use the paint scraper to uncover the original sealant from the screw heads & remove the screws. Run the scraper underneath the edge of the flange to break the seal and remove the dome.

Clean off the old sealant using the rag and mineral spirits (or other cleaner approved by your roof manufacturer). Let the area dry of all cleaner before continuing.

Run a thick bead of sealant all the way around the perimeter of where the new skylight domes flange will be placed. Set the dome overtop and move it back and forward slightly. You should see some sealant come up through the screw holes to ensure proper alignment.

Insert the screws, tightening just enough to see some pressure on the flange. Do not overtighten as this can lead to cracking and it is simply not necessary to tighten all too much. Now, run another bead along the outside edge of the skylight flange, bringing a loop up to each screw.

Clean & Clear, New Skylight Domes

Clean & Clear, New Skylight Domes

That’s it! You now have a new skylight dome installed!

I can see clearly now the rain has gone that the skylight has been replaced!

Is your RV rooftop parts ready for Spring?

Though winter isn’t officially over for quite some time, it is never too early to start thinking about getting the RV in ship shape.

Checking out the old RV rooftop parts before heading out should definitely be on your checklist. For one thing, squirrels and the like often make a home of RV AC units while they are stored. Beyond that, you should also be ensuring that all components are in travel ready condition. Original AC shrouds, skylights and vent covers do tend to start cracking over time.

RV Rooftop parts found here

 

Getting up top to do a preliminary check for damage can save you hassle down the road. Here are the more common rooftop components that could use a glance or two:

  • AC Shroud covers
  • Skylight domes
  • Vent covers
  • Plumbing & refrigerator vent covers
  • Check the rubber roofing for tears or cracks in the membrane
  • Satellite Dish

Keep your eye out for cracking around attachment screws or bolts. Parts that are sealed to the roof typically use a sealant that should not dry out and crack (such as a butyl rubber), but check around those parts to make sure there are no channels for water to leak in & cause further trouble.

Popular RV Rooftop Parts

You can find all of our popular rooftop replacement parts through our “Rooftop Replacements” category here:

http://www.icondirect.com/rooftop-replacements/

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

 

Huge Aliner Skylights

We have been expanding our selection of Skylight domes (especially on the larger end of the spectrum). Aliner Skylights tend to match that description, as shown here:

Aliner Skylights

Aliner Skylights

There are a number of skylight domes in stock that are suitable for Aliner Skylights or any RV. A handy table of the dome sizes is available here.  Most Aliner skylights are different from other RV skylights in that they are glued right onto the roof with no screws. They are also often much larger, going the full width of the ceiling. Here is a replacement we have that matches many Aliner “A-Frame Campers”: http://www.icondirect.com/rv-skylight-sl1864/.

That can also be used on other units as well (as long as the dome size matches). If you ever are needing a dome for your Aliner Skylights (or other RVs) and you can’t find an existing model (remember to measure correctly), we do have a custom skylight dome program.