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Discussion in 'Camping & Outdoor Gear' started by woytovich, Mar 17, 2018.
My solution for a low flow water faucet.
After trying several kinds of water carriers, I decided to go big and build a proper underbody water tank. 15 gallons capacity. We also fill up a 8 liter Hydrapak from the tank for drinking water.
Build is here:
100 series DIY solutions
whitenoisehow do you go about cleaning that?
Not @whitenoise but I did stay at a Holiday Inn once.
Starsan for cleaning water tanks the home brewing industry swears by it.
I havent cleaned the tank out yet but I was planning on using the RV standard "cup of bleach per gallon" and then flush out method.
Instructions from the tank manufacturer for sanitizing the tank:
Good to know I mistook your tank for SS.
SS would be too much $$...not that this setup was cheap .
My rig came with a bladder type water tank behind the rear panel in the back of my FZJ80. I think it hold about 6+ gallons. Not sure I would have gone that route, but it came with the rig. It actually works well and is pretty convenient.
Pics of that would be interesting if you could post some! How do you get water out of the bladder? Do you have to pull it out to fill and use?
I'll try and snap a pic after work today. Basically, there is a filler neck coming out of the panel near the top and a hose coming out of the neck on the bottom.
The water brick does look like a great company and product but options are good right? These are nalgene 4l carboys, my family has used them for years horse camping. These particular bottles are probably 20 years old at least, been rolled on by horses, frozen solid many times, still going strong. 4 fit pretty perfectly in a milk crate too. Nalgene 2123 for Google.
How durable are those water bricks? I'm looking for some type of water container to use in the rear passenger footwells, so my kids have to step on them or I usually have stuff stacked on top of them. I had a blitz jerry can water container that fit pretty well, but this past weekend I lost about half the water to leakage so I'm looking for something more durable.
I like the frontrunner water tank, but I'd prefer something I can take out at camp and not have to leave in permanently.
They are convenient for stacking on a flat surface or a mount of some sort. Also portable and flexible for options on where to carry. I'm not going to praise or derogate on the durability other than to say they're plastic. They're heavy when filled with water. I've put a hole in one of mine already - my fault - they were stacked, but not tied down well. Had to stop quickly and gouged one on the head of one of the seat bolts in my middle seat area. If you pull the middle seats and put the seat bolts back in to plug the holes, they stick up just a little. And the water brick slid across the head of the seat bolt and gouged a hole in it. Not a real sharp protrusion, but a hard edge and the relatively weak plastic water brick, heavy & full of water was damaged. Long story, I know...lol to make a point. Point is, if tied down and kept from sharp objects, they do the job. I wish the plastic was as thick as my Rotopax fuel containers...lol.
Thanks for the feedback, I might buy one to try out. I was also looking at the rotopax water containers, but these water bricks seemed like a good alternative and the dimensions are about right for what I need.
I know what you mean about the soft plastic. I used aquatainers for a while, they never failed on me but the durability felt questionable and their size makes them harder to store and move around. I'm hoping the carpeted surface in the foot well will be enough protection, but the foot well always seems to fill up with rocks and dirt after a camping trip so i'll have to be aware of that.
Here's a picture of the setup. Not much to see. A fill spout at the top and a tap at the bottom.
Looks convenient and 6 gallons is a useful amount to have available.