Water Storage

Submitted: Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 09:00
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I want to fit a permanent water tank to my GU however I don't think I have room under the car to fit this there might be room for a little tank...I am after something that can hold maybe 50 l. I found these bags I can buy and put them in the quarter panels in the back but I think at $240 each for a 25l bag is a bit to much....what is everyone else doing for water storage. I am over taking water containers it's just taking up space where I can fit more beer :)

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Reply By: Wizard1 - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 09:13

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 09:13
Have a look at:

http://www.whitworths.com.au/main_home.asp

They have a variety of flexible water bladders designed for boats, etc.

Wizard
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Reply By: kev.h - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:28

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:28
I have seen a stainless steel tank custom made i think that sat behind the back seat between the wheel arches it was tapered on the front to fit the seat and vertical at the back maybe 200mm wide at the base and the same height as the seats it fitted behind the drawers but even without drawers would leave the luggage area free dont know what it held looked a good idea
hope this helps Kev
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:12

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:12
I actually bought a plastic caravan tank (52L) from the 12v shop for $85 and it fits perfectly between the arches of the surf. Then I built my own storage box around it to keep all me tools and recovery gear in. Works a treat, hooked it up to a FloJet pressure activated self priming water pump ($100) and we've got pressured water anywhere.
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Follow Up By: Gordon from Black River 4wd Club Inc - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 13:10

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 13:10
I built a Stainless tank to this design.

It holds 60 litres.

Can give you the actual dimensions if you want them.

Gordon
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Follow Up By: 80scruiser - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 21:53

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 21:53
Try one from these guys water tank
I have one and its capacity is 45 litres.
Graham is great to deal with. its tapered to sit behind the seat and bolts in between the wheel arches.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:35

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:35
I thought there was plenty of room under GUs? Same as GQ basically along chassis rail under drivers seat to rear seat??

There was a stainless tank on Ebay the other day that fitted over the rear left wheel arch.. Stainless jobby for $400.. 55ltr it was too. It looked good.. maybe see if its up again

I have a wedge shaped one that fits behind the middle seats and infront of cargo barrier :) Stainless off ebay $250 :)

if your putting it inside the car have a look at this [ View Image]from a mate who is gettin into doing storage stuff. The tank can be made to any shape and size, but anything custom will cost more than 'off the shelf'.
Concept Storage Solutions
http://au.geocities.com/c_ssol

The only thing with stainless is it will be lots of $100's for the storage capacity.

You say
" I am over taking water containers it's just taking up space where I can fit more beer"
...a tank inside the car will do the same.
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Follow Up By: cokeaddict - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 16:00

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 16:00
Spot On Truckster.
I have one bolted under car 95ltrs in fact. Fresh clean drinking water (so far) :-)
Runs an electric pump off a switch mounted to my rear bar with a tap to open / shut water flow. works a treat.
Dont ask me how much though, it was there when i bought the car. best way to go though, out of sight .. out of mind. Dont worry bout damage from offroading either, I have dome some pretty rough stuff with others in this forum and its as straight today as it was when she was fitted.

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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 20:33

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 20:33
My experience with underneath water tanks is they heat up alot so for good drinking water you would need to fill your days water bottles and keep them cool inside rather than drink straight from the tap. If fitting one from scrattch I would look at some kind of system that draws from the top with electric motor rather than gravity feed as while the tanks seem robust the taps are not.
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Reply By: Troll83 - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:41

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:41
That's why I want it under the car......I will have a look this weekend and see how much room I have under there and see what I can move to make room...will let you guys know how I go
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:54

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 10:54
here it is AT THIS PRICE BUY IT!!!

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=30862&item=4553493472
[ View Image]

$250
Stainless steel water tank with baffles, suit Toyota Landcruiser or Nissan Patrol, made to fit in rear of vehicle over wheel arch.

57 Litre capacity, dimensions 70cm long x 20cm wide x 54 cm high.

Local pick up preferred or you can arrange your own courier to collect.

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Reply By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:00

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:00
I reckon either Opposite Lock or TJM make one that fits under the passenger's side along the chassis. It was pretty big $$$$ from memory and required a hole to be drilled through the floor behind the back seat (middle row) sort or near the front of the wheel arch, which was for the filler pipe to be located. I think the outlet tap was just forward of the rear wheel.
Too much for me.....I carry a 20 litre jerry between the engel fridge and the cargo barrier (an area that would otherwise be difficult to utilise). That one is "plumbed" in semi permanently with a hose fitting and tap at floor level just inside the back door (near the jack's hidey hole). I can fill this one using the same outlet tap as it has a standard nylex hose male fitting.....and I have a narrow breather hose going from the top filler cap, weaved up through the cargo barrier so that sloshing won't see the water escaping.
I also have removed the plastic bit from the driver's side of the cargo area where you can normally store bottles of wd40 etc. The front portion of this is used to house the barret HF box, but the rear section is where I have a 10 litre water jerry can with a couple of foot of hose and another simple garden irrigation on/off tap.
Hope this helps.
Cheers
Roachie
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:20

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:20
yea I remember about $800-1200 at the 4wd show for some of the tanks they had on display... is it really that expensive to buy?
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Follow Up By: kev.h - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:27

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:27
instead of hole in floor you can run a hose up to the engine bay and have the filler on the firewall or other convenient place - I try to avoid holes if possible
Cheers Kev
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:49

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:49
I agree with no holes in floor.

try running it to a tap on the rear bumper, few in teh club have this setup
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:22

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 11:22
Hi Troll83,

I have a 60 litre tank in the back, very similair to the one posted by Truckster. However, mine is fabricated from 6mm HDPE (type of rigid plastic) and I then built a storage system around it. Click on my rig pic below to see the finished product.

One problem to watch for in under car tanks is the temperature they get to on a hot day. Also the location of taps can be vulnerable. But the trade-off for no lost interior space may be worth it. All depends on your needs I suppose. If you have a cargo barrier and no 3rd row seats, interior may be the way to go. But if standard interior, then under vehicle will save space.

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Reply By: Troll83 - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 12:09

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 12:09
I don't have the rear seats anymore but don't have a cargo barrier. I have enough room if it's just me and my partner going but the moment we have three or four people in the car...room is pretty little with all the gear. I might have to get a roof rack anyway and then I will have room to put the whole shed in
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Follow Up By: cokeaddict - Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 16:09

Friday, Jun 03, 2005 at 16:09
Troll,
Its damn hard to decide which way to go mate. So many things to get. But reading your last comments here, personally mate, Id get a cargo barrier first. I have seen the outcome of an accident with a station wagon half full of gear, Its not a pretty sight at all. All those things we chuck in the back for our trip look harmless enough UNTIL they become missiles heading straight for the occupants. I saw first hand what a fold away chair can do to a mans head after an accident. Thinking back to that day, you would think someone attacked him with an axe.
Ange
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Follow Up By: kev.h - Saturday, Jun 04, 2005 at 12:41

Saturday, Jun 04, 2005 at 12:41
i agree with the barrier should be the first thing that goes in anything above seat level no tied in properly becomes a missile some friends of mine owe their lives to a cargo barrier-they rolled thier patrol trying to avoiv a pig -it not only kept all the cr*p in the back but also was all that held the roof up a 4wd is prety heavy when it lands on its lid
cheers Kev
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Follow Up By: kev.h - Saturday, Jun 04, 2005 at 12:43

Saturday, Jun 04, 2005 at 12:43
i agree with the barrier should be the first thing that goes in anything above seat level not tied in properly becomes a missile some friends of mine owe their lives to a cargo barrier-they rolled thier patrol trying to avoid a pig -it not only kept all the cr*p in the back but also was all that held the roof up a 4wd is prety heavy when it lands on its lid
cheers Kev
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