plastic water cans

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 21:59
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Hi , I was wondering if anyone could give their opinion about the best drinking water cans , I've been looking at the Gerry can style to put around the wheel arches on the trailer so the brackets are good for fuel as well, but I've been told the nearly opaque white water cans are best, they filter out UV light and don't absorb as much heat as the darker ones. My disruption might be a bit off !! any opinions would be good thankyou strac.
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Reply By: pjd - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 22:23

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 22:23
get the dark green ones the water will get warm in any jerry can from being in the sun but in the dark jerrys the suns uv,s wont unstableise the water
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Reply By: Shaker - Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 22:58

Thursday, Jan 19, 2006 at 22:58
The white ones allow too much light in & the water grows algae. The best ones are the khaki ones as sold by Aussie Disposals & K-Mart.
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Reply By: Member - Tony G (ACT) - Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 07:06

Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 07:06
I have a green and a yellow water drum, in a 12 month trip around the block never had a problem with anything growing in them. Even though we picked up some very poor water in SA and the West.

Kept a 12 lt drum in the vehicle with good drinking water and refilled from tanks etc, where we could.
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Reply By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 08:56

Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 08:56
I use the square plastic drums.
Available in I think 10, 15 and 20 litres. Might be a 12 as well.
Buy a size that fits where you want it, I use the 15s under the back shelf.
Usually carry a couple in the back of the car for good drinking water, and another one or two for poorer water for washing.

I have been experimenting with buying the large spring water bottles from Woolies etc. Lighter plastic but seem OK if you wrap them in a rag to stop them rubbing through. Only get a couple of decent trips out of them though. Store them on thier back so the tap doesn't leak. Put them in recylcing when finished.
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Reply By: flappa - Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 09:01

Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 09:01
Never had a problem with the light blue Jerry can style ones.

Used them for years.

I also have a Dark green square tank I use.
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Reply By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 09:14

Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 09:14
Dark green plastic jerries. The Army's been using them for centuries ;-)
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Follow Up By: Wizard1 - Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 09:34

Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 09:34
Yes, the Army has had them for years, but try getting water out of one. You need to open both lids to assist air flow or the water gulps out, and then tilt it unless you are Hercules and can lift it. You loose a lot of water as it all sloshes out.

I've been in the Army 25 years and do not have one peice of its camping equipment when we travel because it is usually bulky, cumbersome and not user friendly except the entrenching tool (folding shovel).

We carry the squre 25 litre white drum (form Bunnings) which has its own tap which is stored in the lid (what a great idea, try doing that with an Army water jerry). Give a good rinse now and again, a little bleach when stored to keep the bugs out and its been fine for years.
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Reply By: fj60inOakford - Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 10:08

Friday, Jan 20, 2006 at 10:08
I've been using one of those 25 litre square containers (blueish - and has a tap so it's easy to get at) for years without any problems. Kmart - think I paid about $15 but it's probably double that now.

Since I build the custom draws in the back and have a few odd-shaped storage areas around wheel arches etc I've started saving those silver wine cask bladders. A few rinse-outs and they're fine. The good thing is the way they just flop into any space as long as you don't over-fill them. I've got 6 stashed around the back, no leaks so far. Plus it's a great reason to have that extra glass of red after dinner :-)
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Reply By: strac - Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 00:09

Saturday, Jan 21, 2006 at 00:09
WOW !!! I'VE never received so many responses in a forum, all opinions and ideas are great and have been taken on board. MY favorite though is the wine bladders idea but can't find any filled with whisky but I'm diligent. THANKS FOR INTREST IN MY QUESTIONS REGARDS STRAC.
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