Water storage solutions

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 03, 2019 at 23:53
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Hi Guys,

Looking at fitting either of these, or similar, behind the back seat of a MK1 PX XLT Dual Cab?

https://fmestore.com.au/product/hanging-water-bladder-tank70-ltrs-for-new-model-ford-ranger-fr70
https://www.expeditioncentre.com.au/online-store/browse-by-category/touring/water-tanks-bladders/boab-poly-water-tank-45lt.html

Seems like a good spot to store water. Any suggestions?
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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 07:08

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 07:08
G'day, I would rather keep the weight lower if possible, such as this one from BOAB. https://www.expeditioncentre.com.au/online-store/browse-by-category/touring/water-tanks-bladders/boab-poly-water-tank-40lt-footwell.html
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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 11:21

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 11:21
Looks good, but how do you access the water from the footwell tank - wouldn't the outlet pipe at the bottom be below the level of the door sill?
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 16:46

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 16:46
Wildmax, a hose from the fitting shown at the bottom, to get the last bit out, lift I suppose. If not, storage would be less than advertised...........
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 17:30

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 17:30
Or short hose, 12v pump (ciggy lighter connection ?), hose to outside the door to fill pots or bottles etc.
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 19:04

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 19:04
Or you can buy 4 X 10 spring water casks from a supermarket for $4 each, 2 will sit in each footwell and save you $225


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Follow Up By: Member - Wildmax - Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 23:16

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 23:16
Correct Stephen L, we do that of course for our drinking water :-)
I'm considering the footwell tank as a supplement to our camper tank for washing/cooking etc when we are spending long periods camping remotely. And of course in that position in the vehicle it has the advantage of being weight forward of the rear axle, instead of (for instance) in jerries on the draw bar.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 08:43

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 08:43
I can attest to the Boab / Dolium tanks, they are strong and from memory about 8mm walls.

Fitted 2 x 58lt about 5 - 6 years ago, one water and one diesel, at the front of my tub, and after approx 150k of touring no problems.

I don't consider you'd have any problems mounting that tank (well) behind the seat usual some decent fittings.
It's well forward in the cab there and height not too bad.

I recommend the footwell tanks for people with no (or small) children as a lot of times that area is dead space to a degree.
But then if there is space behind the back seat for the tank you're looking at, that is also dead space much of the time.

I used the std Boab water pump as shown in the link below.
Not the highest pressure / flow, but good for kitchen cooking, water bottle fills etc, and helps you be a little more frugal with water.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 11:49

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 11:49
I am not a fan of bladders because they usually have to hang and the stress of 70 L of water is significant. Bladders are far thinner than a poly tank and while resilient they can be holed more readily and gradually thin at stress points. A poly tank can be repaired with a soldring iron if need be.

I can attest to Dolium tanks in a different way. Bought one for water in the front of tub and it leaked around the boss where the drain fitting is moulded in. Absolutely poor production and never checked in manufacture either. Zero QA. Yes, replaced, but the replacement has poor moulding of the neck of the fiiler and while ok is very thin in spots.

I also use a red poly tankfor diesel from same maker. It was purchased as a damaged tank. Upon inspection the tank neck had received a hit and driven the neck down into the tank on one side. Hardly any thickness of neck wall and tank top where it joined. Maybe 1mm. Again very poor construction integrity. When repaired with additional poly welded into the neck and top fillet all is ok.

Best to check where fittings are moulded in or formed in, I have learnt. They may be perfect, some are not.

If in tub or behind a seat the hose can simply drain water out for use through an open doorway.
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Reply By: Gbc.. - Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 10:12

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 10:12
I like the hanging one behind the seat.
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Reply By: AeolusRicky - Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 14:42

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 14:42
Thanks Guys. I will have a look at the Boab and see if it fits behind the seat nicely. The one underneath seems good but I have a long range tank so not much space there and draws in the tray so no space there either.
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Reply By: David G (WA) - Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 15:08

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 15:08
I have used a 50l Boab tank mounted on the rear seat floor space of my 80 series. Bought originally to sit on the floor as the cruiser has a flat floor behind the front seats.
Have no use for it now as moving from camper to caravan.
If you are in Perth you can have it for $100.
See attached link for the specs.
http://www.dolium.com.au/retail_catalogue/WTP50T_item.html?ref_cat_id=Water_Tanks___Accessories

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Follow Up By: AeolusRicky - Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 15:14

Monday, Feb 04, 2019 at 15:14
Thanks David, would be ideal for what I need but I am in Noosa, QLD.
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2019 at 16:10

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2019 at 16:10
Bladders or tanks in the footwell of course have that constant sloshing noise of the water while driving
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Follow Up By: DiggZ - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2019 at 10:38

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2019 at 10:38
Mine is either full to the brim or empty so no sloshing.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, Feb 07, 2019 at 16:38

Thursday, Feb 07, 2019 at 16:38
Instead of any 'fancy' footwell bladder or hard plastic tank or even 20lt jerry cans we now fill the the spaces previously used by same with 5 and 10lt water packs from the super market [ same as wine casks ] for these reasons , #1 purity of water #2 not all water is in 1-2 containers #3 easy to monitor actual usage and of course no sloshing ,, yes it may cost a little more but the convenience and knowledge that the water is not contaminated is a 'small' price to pay ,
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2019 at 11:29

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2019 at 11:29
Worth having a look at the Enmach Industries site here to check out their range of poly water & diesel tanks. We have an 80L water under the tray, that’s done numerous Simpson crossings, as well as a 10K km journey last year into WA deserts with no dramas.

They also have an eBay store called Ballistic4x4.

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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Thursday, Feb 07, 2019 at 19:29

Thursday, Feb 07, 2019 at 19:29
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Carrying your water in multiple (at least two) containers has advantages.......

1) If you need to refill one with doubtful water then you can allocate that to washing while keeping the other for drinking.
2) If you are unlucky enough to get a leak you do not lose all your water.

Our water is in three separate 40 litre tanks.
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