Plastic Jerry Can Flood

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 21:16
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Just finished my camper conversion and installed a 20 litre plastic jerry can with plastic tap on the bottom and with a hose attached.
I was wondering why a lady at the BP servo gave me a strange look as I pulled in.
When I got out I found water pouring out from under the rear door: a camper van waterfall.

The tap on the can had managed to come off. Tightening revealed the thread had gone and this was the first time I have used it.

I need a jerry can shape with a tap but one with a reliable thread. Do any of the metal cans have a tap on the bottom and are the metal ones suitable for drinking water?
thanks
Stan
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Reply By: trainslux - Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 22:51

Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 22:51
Drill out the hole to suit a rain water tank outlet, the brass type that has the male threaded piece and a seal on both sides/ nuts that clamps to the wall of the tank.
Robust, servicable, versatile.

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Follow Up By: Stan2.8D - Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 23:06

Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 23:06
Thanks Trains: Extra primo good idea, thanks. Only trouble is I have started a big trip so no shed/tools. Have fished jerry can back out of caravan park bin, hopefully without any twitching of nearby net curtains
I will see if I can find a plumber's merchant and ask them if they could do the necessary perhaps.
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Follow Up By: Stan2.8D - Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 23:09

Thursday, Sep 29, 2011 at 23:09
Just wondering if there is a seal on both sides, how you get place the inside seal with no internal access?
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 08:02

Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 08:02
One of our "never go anywhere without it" products Shoo Goo , will solve that problem Stan.
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Reply By: olcoolone - Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 09:26

Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 09:26
Where they the cheap one or the better Rheem ones?
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Follow Up By: Stan2.8D - Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 11:13

Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 11:13
cheap. Didnt know there was a Rheem: where can you get them?
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 17:15

Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 17:15
I have had a tap in my one for three years without incident, it is a Rheem one Bunnings carry them
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:05

Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 10:05
This is made exactly for your situation, ask a plumbing or rural supplies .......
BLIND FIT OUTLET

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Reply By: Bushranger1 - Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 16:42

Friday, Sep 30, 2011 at 16:42
G,day Stan

I use these. Those drum taps are hopeless as they break all the time as you have found out!

Lid Tap
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Reply By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 08:47

Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 08:47
Two very good solutions there Shaker and Bushranger. Just logged them into the good ideas book

Thanks, Bruce.
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Reply By: Stan2.8D - Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 13:28

Saturday, Oct 01, 2011 at 13:28
Ended up fitting an agricultural barb fitting into the can, with some teflon tape, as that was all the nearest plumbing place could offer. It was the thread on the tap that was gone not the can. Then a hose clamp, a short length of 13mm pressure pipe and an agricultural 13mm tap: works well. Thanks everyone.
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Reply By: safarican s - Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 13:17

Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 13:17
Safari Can with pump in lid in a Toyota

Can send to you, anywhere in Australia one of our new Australian built Safari Cans with a manual water pump fitted to the lid. Go to www.safarican.com.au to view.
They are a roto molded rain water tank storage container with a food grade silicon seal, designed to go into a jerry can holder.
The Safari Can if completely full may weep a little around the seal under the lid in serious offroad or heavy braking but it won't leak out the bottom as it has no holes there. And when you want water just use the caravan hand pump, bonus is you can use Safari Can for other uses like esky and general storage as well.
They are $225 for a standard grey can. And $275 fitted with the pump and drinking water hose, plus $25 postage anywhere in Australia.
Good luck and enjoy your trip.
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