Water Storage - Roof Rack

Submitted: Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 15:23
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I am looking for 20 to 30 litre flat water tank to go on the roof rack. Web searches just seem to come up with rain water tanks 1000litre and above, whcich are not much use on the roof of a 4WD. Any help appreciated. Remember, I am in Darwin, so transportation to Darwin is a factor.
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Reply By: Allan B, Sunshine Coast, - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 15:29

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 15:29
Fred, for 20 litre wouldn't a plastic jerry can suffice? Or even two. It would be the cheapest way and off-the-shelf in Darwin.

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Reply By: Shaker - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 15:30

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 15:30
Look here & scroll down to 50 LITRE FLAT WATER TANK

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Follow Up By: Mick O - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 15:56

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 15:56
Fred,

I have a 50 litre flat poly tank from Opposite Lock. Couldn't open Shaker's link to see if it is the same one but it is quite robust, will take stuff on top of it and I have a hose with a garden watering gun on it for pouring. Be aware that you'll have to have a breather or as I do, undo the lid every now and then to ease the vaccum. This means you'll need to be able to get to it on the roof quite often. You would also have to sit it on ply if your rack has bars or on foam matting or similar if you have a mesh floor on the rack.

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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 16:37

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 16:37
I just checked the link, it works for me.
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Follow Up By: Mick O - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 17:46

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 17:46
Shhhhh I was at work!! ;-)
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 15:35

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 15:35
Whilst I do not advocate carrying water on a roof rack you could do this.
Purchase a small 40ltr caravan tank and mount it on the roof laying flat and you could even plumb it so it could be used from that position. Cost around $80.
However there are great behind rear seat tanks available from many outlets.
BCF, ARB, Opposite lock and the like and these often come with all the plumbing including a 12v pump. At a price of course. There are also many types of water bladders available that you simply lay on the floor. These also from the above. I have also seen home made ones from Pvc pipe that people have fixed to a roof rack.
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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 19:13

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 19:13
Thanks Guys,
I have ordered a 40 litre foot well tank from Opposite Lock and will continue to look for a 20 litre and flat container I can use for the roof rack with a tap fitting.

I now have several ideas from what you have given me.
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Reply By: Member - Duncs - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 20:29

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 20:29
A 150mm stormwater pipe 1850mm long carries approximately 32.5 litres.

Glue on caps fit one with a tap, and put an inspection eye in the system to facilitate filling.

Low profile water tank carrying just over 30l. Personally I would shy away from putting all that weight up that high.

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Reply By: Member - Joel and Michelle (WA - Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 21:23

Thursday, May 06, 2010 at 21:23
Hi Fred,
Agree with Shaker - www.dolium.com.au. We went to 4WD and Camping Show at Perth in March and were specifically looking for something like this. We are leaving for a trip round Oz with caravan and kids for 2 years and although we are set for water with the van we needed a flat container for the rooftop, for when we are 4WD and tenting it. We are getting our 55L rectangular tank next week, will let you know what it's like but they did seem very sturdy and strong. We checked out the flat ones as well as the footwells but felt having one on the rooftop was best for us.
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Reply By: CABROLET - Friday, May 07, 2010 at 15:01

Friday, May 07, 2010 at 15:01
Hi Have just installed a 21Lt water tank by The long Ranger under my Prado
Easy to install and well out of the way. Tanks available from ARB. Far better than having the weight on the top of the vehicle
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