Bulk water bladders

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 01:39
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Has anyone out there got any info on bulk water bladders? I'm looking for a way other than 20Litre cans to transport water in the camper and thought this might not be a bad idea. I've seen small one, around 55L but there must be other sizes out there.

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Reply By: Lyds - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 07:33

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 07:33
try floatpac

if you look through the forum archives I think you'll find people have had mixed experiences with bladders, particularly with the taste (of the water, not the bladder) :-).

I now have a steel one in the back of the Patrol, and I'm happier with that than previous bladders.
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Reply By: Member - Mozza (NSW) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 07:34

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 07:34
try www.whitworths.com.au.. or any marine type supplier.. they use them in marine applications... not too expensive either!.
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Reply By: Member - David 0- Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 08:30

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 08:30
Had mine made from foodgrade plastic by a guy in Mackay. It needs some modifications, as the welds eventually seep. I reckon I know how to stop it from happening, basically needs to be welded then turned inside out so seams can;t seperate. Cost $120
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 08:55

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 08:55
Not sure if this is helpful, but on a trip to Cameron Corner we bought 2 x 5 litre containers of water, which, when we had used them up, kept the silver bladders and refilled them. Initially we froze them and put them in our cold box, but we now simply refill them and carry them with us if we are not useing the cold box. They can be made to fit anywhere, and after 18 months have not yet sprung a leak. Cost was only whatever we paid for the initial container of water, but I can't remember what that was.

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Reply By: pmacks - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 09:21

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 09:21
Just a thought if you need to carry water a regulary why not get a stainless steel water tank made to suit your vehicle? we had one fabricated that fits behind the cargo barrier it is easy to fill and holds about 45 lt and it will last us for the rest of our lives and the cost was around $350.00 fitted
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian H (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 00:45

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 00:45
I'm looking at carrying around 120 litres ..... stainless is just to dear.
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Reply By: Member - Hugh (WA) - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 10:56

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 10:56

Try Turtle Pac Flexible Pacs

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Reply By: David Au - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 14:29

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 14:29
Water bladders need to be contained otherwise they roll around and move everywhere. Have you thought about using a caravan plastic water tank.
The smallest one is 52 litre. Tanks are at the bottom of the page. Be patient if you are not on ADSL, the page is *HEAVY* graphics.
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Follow Up By: Member - David 0- Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 18:29

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 18:29
My water bladder sits in the rear footwell and moves not a millimetre, but the sloshing sounds can get to those with a weak bladder


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Reply By: joc45 - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 16:31

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 16:31
A friend had them fitted into space in the rear side walls of his 100-series LC, but when filled with water, the plastic wall linings of the LC bulged out something bad. Not a great success.
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 18:05

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 18:05
if you mean under the bed section in the trailer, then yeah grab a caravan tank and slide it in, whack some steel straps over it to hold it down . Camec i think do a nice 72? litre job which has all the bungs moulded with bsp threads, makes it very nice to hook up fillers/breathers/outlet pipe and pump. Some tanks have non threaded filler holes etc. A friend has this tank mounted under his trailer, just forward of the axle to give good weight dist, and has one of those caravan style manual pumps on the side. Works a treat.
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Reply By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 18:38

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 18:38
I just did a trip up the CSR and the into Rudal River N.P.of 4 weeks duration .

Before the trip I was thinking about getting a bladder but I was very pleased I did not , because during the trip , every time we found water either in the wells or in waterholes ( often at the head of gorges ) , it would have been impossible to fill the bladder at the site and then walk back to the car with it .

We all had 20 litre plastic containers , which we just took to the well or the waterhole and filled them up .

If you have a camper , doesn't it have jerry can holders ? If these now have fuel in them , get a long range tank and use this space for water jerry cans if you have no room in the car.

Cheers ,

Willie .
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Reply By: bb - Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 20:48

Tuesday, Feb 08, 2005 at 20:48
hello brian
a friend of ours that works at the hospital gave us some sayline bladders which we have used for carring water. they have a screw cap lid and hold about 20 liters.
they also fit neatley in a milk crate so you can stack them. prety sure the hospitals just throw them out. check them out .
se ya
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Reply By: Member - Melissa - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 01:00

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 01:00
Hi Brian,

We use a Opposite Lock 55L water bladder to complement our 2 x 55L tanks on the campertrailer. The bladder sits across the footwells in front of the back seats. Keeps the centre of gravity low. Can't say we've ever been annoyed by sloshing noise but the bladder can be a little awkard to fill and empty until you get your method worked out. And if a few drops get spilled in the process, hey it's only water. Might not be suitable if you have older kids but our two are still in car seats so the bladder doesn't interfere with their leg room. Matty tends to stand on it when getting in and out of the car but we keep a towel spread over it which gives a little bit of extra protection. No leaks after 5 years of use. I have seen a set-up where someone actually installed a false floor over the bladder so it was fully protected from passengers feet.

:o) Melissa
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Reply By: old-plodder - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 09:27

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 09:27
Was thinking of a bladder for the last trip.
Have a couple of 20l plastic water (jerry can style) containers.
Found it easier to just buy some large bottles of spring water from woolies.
14l plastic containers. Bit light but wrapped them in old towels.

Over a trip we keep some containers for good drinking water (no doubts about it's quality) and some containers for general water, i.e. washing and boil first before drinking, and as emergency water. We have some one who's stomach seems a little more susceptable to changes in drinking water.
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