footwell water bladder

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 16:25
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Hi all. Im thinking of getting a water bladder to go in the footwell of rear seat in the rodeo. Was checking out the fleximake options. Does anyone have any experience with one of these? Are they easy to fill and empty in situ? Do you need an electric pump of does gravity flow suffice? How does the water taste? Do i need the one specially moulded for the transmission hump or is a standard oblong form ok seeing as they are flexible? Thanks guys.cheers doc.
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 20:01

Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 20:01
Doc
Ours had a taste. The water slushes around, the noise bothered us. When cornering the water rushes to the side opposite your turning.
They are easy to fill and empty in situ (infact hard to do any other way) and yes gravity is good enough.
Ours did not have a transmission hump so cannot comment on that one.
CJ
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Follow Up By: oz doc - Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 20:27

Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 20:27
Thanks for that. Was yours a fleximake brand?doc.
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Follow Up By: CSeaJay - Monday, Feb 08, 2016 at 20:36

Monday, Feb 08, 2016 at 20:36
Sorry Doc, can't remember the brand. We gave it away some years ago now.
I should have added that we had kids in the back. Ttheir feet rested on it no problem, but corner and one pair of feet rises, the other side's feet drops.
Ha Ha,
Anyway, this and the above was the reason we gave it away to friends. I guess OK for a while or on main roads but four weeks on the CSR of this and above and we gave it to friends (no kids) who used it as washing and shower water so as to conserve their main supply
CJ
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Reply By: Member - Garth (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 21:09

Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 21:09
Doc, I've had a Fleximake 100 litre bladder in the floor well of my Prado since 2012. It's been fine for me. I had a another brand for 5 years prior to that but that was only 50 litres. I just use Mr Gravity to pour it out. I have a short water grade tube on the end to assist filling of containers. In terms of taste I can't say I've noticed.

It's quite robust and bends itself around whatever you wish.

All I do is "strerilise" it before I go away with Miltons tablets.

Been good for me over those years. I would buy another.

regards
Garth
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Follow Up By: oz doc - Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 21:14

Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 21:14
Hi garth thanks for that. Is yours noisy when the water sloshes.? Fleximake describe their box bladders as having internal connections between top and bottom which im wondering may dampen some of the water movement.doc.
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Follow Up By: Member - Garth (NSW) - Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 21:27

Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 21:27
Doc,
I find that as long as I fill it up and leave as little air in it as I can (I spend some time burping it when filling) it makes little noise (well not enough noise to be heard over the engine and tyres anyway!).
Garth
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Reply By: Member - eighty matey - Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 21:19

Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 21:19
G'day Doc,

we've had a fleximate 60 litre custom made bladder, with a hose, for a few years now.
We use it for our secondary water storage. If we get a chance to fill up aren't 100 % sure of the water we put it in this one.
We had it custom made to fit around / between other stuff in our Landcruiser foot well.
Very tough and works well.
Gravity fed.

Steve
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Follow Up By: oz doc - Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 21:25

Sunday, Feb 07, 2016 at 21:25
Ta for this. Do you use any form of filter?doc
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Follow Up By: Member - eighty matey - Monday, Feb 08, 2016 at 08:06

Monday, Feb 08, 2016 at 08:06
No.
The water we put into this bladder is usually of good quality that other people drink.
When our dog travelled with us we gave him the water from the bladder and we use it for washing hands and the like but it is our secondary water source. We could use it to drink if we have to but we have another stainless steel water tank built into our drawer setup that is purely for drinking water.
Steve
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Reply By: Crusier 91 - Monday, Feb 08, 2016 at 07:54

Monday, Feb 08, 2016 at 07:54
We have have a 100L in the footwell of the 80series since 2013. Purchased it via ebay from a company in Victoria, owned by Indians.
Also purchased a custom 40L that lives in a homemade box on top of the rear draws for cooking.
Fantastic product!
The 100L bladder is robust enough to have my 120w solar panel resting on it whilst travelling.
You do have to give the bladders a few really good flushes prior to using it to get rid of any taste of residue from factory. All hose and tap fittings that come with the bladders are the same as the garden fittings found at Bunnings.
Still no leaks after 3 years.
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Follow Up By: Crusier 91 - Monday, Feb 08, 2016 at 11:34

Monday, Feb 08, 2016 at 11:34
Due to your footwell, these bladders may not be suitable. There are solid plastic water contains on the market specifically made to mould around the humps in footwells, they only hold 50L and are far more expensive.
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Feb 08, 2016 at 14:04

Monday, Feb 08, 2016 at 14:04
I've had one from ARB for 10/13 years and use it as a secondary water supply and as a means of refilling tanks. I don't know who made it but have it reliable and only had one problem when I piled stuff on top it forced water out of the filler which it not normally a problem. All gravity most of the time but I do have a pump set up for creek/spring filling which is not normally needed.

Kind regards
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Reply By: Stephen F2 - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 21:22

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 21:22
You can get the poly solid tank then you can put anything on top very strong .Moulded to the hump.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 22:15

Tuesday, Feb 09, 2016 at 22:15
Not sure if you know these rear footwell water (and diesel) tanks are available, but might be worth a look.
Dolium / Boab water tank 40lt footwell
I have their 58lt tank in the back of the Ranger, and a very tough unit.
With the footwell unit, younger kids can rest their feet on it.
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