carrying water for parked van

Submitted: Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 13:17
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We found rather having to tow van to water source to fill tanks when parked up we had 2x100 litre inflatable tanks made and put them on the roof rack, blow them up by hose from the source,drain them into the van tanks on return from town.They are very strong reinforced material and roll up to around 500x150mm for storage.
Liquid containment on the Gold Coast was our supplier,good price, good bloke,
Paul was our contact, highly recommended!
This beats plastic containers.no lifting,no taking up valuable space.
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Reply By: Witi Repartee - Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 14:00

Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 14:00
Good labour saving idea. I wonder though, if most folks have roof racks rated at the 200kg plus required to carry these bladders.
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Reply By: Rockape - Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 15:32

Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 15:32
Des,
I must admit that having a 1/4 0f a tonne on the roof scares me.

RA.
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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 15:41

Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 15:41
It does sound a lot, but when you think of it being two people sitting up there it doesnt sound so bad........Ive had 4 people sitting up on my roof rack with no problems at all.........all depends on your set up obviously.

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Follow Up By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 15:44

Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 15:44
I hope you do not travel too far or too fast with such a top heavy rig.
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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 15:53

Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 15:53
Dont travel at all with 4 people up there, but done it plenty of times with two.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 17:56

Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 17:56
Hairy,
did you add the weight of the coool drinks.

I know the traveling distance won't be far and I guess on good roads but I have seen the damage a heavy roof rack and gear has done to a Tojo.

I just hope there are no panic stops cause something will have to give.

RA.



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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 18:10

Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 18:10
LOL..... all taken into consideration
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Follow Up By: Member - Des Y (QLD) - Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 18:27

Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 18:27
I do not usually carry both up top, as they fit across behind the rear seats folded forward if I fill both, however we usually only carry one at a time,our cruiser is high enough to drain in, but a boat bilge pump from water drained into a bucket is an alternative,or in the rear of a wagon or ute.
Depends on the unit used,sanity must prevail.
A short hose with snap fitting on the bladder with a plastic tap in line works fine for controlling filling and draining, without running to turn off filling tap.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 18:58

Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 18:58
Des,
thanks for the explanation. That makes a heap more sense.

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Reply By: Dennis Ellery - Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 22:28

Tuesday, Sep 04, 2012 at 22:28
I use eight 25 litre home brewing buckets with clip on lids to gather and store 200 litres of water when camped up –though wouldn’t use them on the roof rack when filled.
When empty they nest inside each other, are light and take up little room when empty.
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