What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot water?

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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot wate

Unread post by bullet4x4 » April 6th, 2014, 8:01 am

I boughta glind heat exchange unit off eBay for $150 comes with a flow jet pump I hooked up a thermo temp reg I also got off eBay for $30 so you can set the temp and it won't get to hot I ran the hoses out of the grill and the switch and am going to put a 60l caravan tank under the back of the vehicle so I can suck water from it or run a hose to a bucket or river it works well
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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot wate

Unread post by Fraser32 » April 6th, 2014, 4:20 pm

Hey rmore whats the kiss principle?? Please explain ha??
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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot wate

Unread post by Fraser32 » April 6th, 2014, 4:23 pm

bullet4x4 wrote:I boughta glind heat exchange unit off eBay for $150 comes with a flow jet pump I hooked up a thermo temp reg I also got off eBay for $30 so you can set the temp and it won't get to hot I ran the hoses out of the grill and the switch and am going to put a 60l caravan tank under the back of the vehicle so I can suck water from it or run a hose to a bucket or river it works well
Hey bullet 4x4, you given your unit a decent work put i assume, how hot can ypu get ypur water??
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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot wate

Unread post by rmoore » April 6th, 2014, 5:56 pm

Fraser32 wrote:Hey rmore whats the kiss principle?? Please explain ha??
KISS = Keep It Simple, Stupid

Meaning that the more simple things are, the less will go wrong with them.

Utilising insulated wire, switches, fuses, pumps, connectors, hoses, an electrical power source and so on [as may be the case when a pump is installed to a permanently mounted water tank] is way more complex - and expensive in terms of time and $'s - than just picking up a suitable vessel & pouring.
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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot wate

Unread post by Fraser32 » April 6th, 2014, 6:06 pm

Haha cheers for the clarification!
I may go the simple way still just chasing options!
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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot wate

Unread post by Fraser32 » April 6th, 2014, 7:11 pm

Anyone used an underbody tank on a style side ute without removing the spare?
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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot wate

Unread post by Fraser32 » April 11th, 2014, 2:01 pm

Hey guys looking at an under tray tank that will sit in the tub of my ute and am wondering if anyone has any ideas for getting a bilge into it obviously ill need to cut a hole but how would i got about re sealing it??
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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot wate

Unread post by dirtdiggler » June 6th, 2014, 12:35 am

rmoore wrote: Hot water? Presumably you will have a device for generating heat. I use a fire, others use stoves etc. Anyway, place a billy on the heat source, warm it up & shandy it with cold if a shower/tub/wash is wanted. You may be surprised at how far a 3L billy will go. You certainly don't need very hot water for a wash, just for dishes - maybe - and for cooking.
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This is exactly what we do for hot showers in the bush. It works really well and you don't need to buy or carry any additional stuff.

Dedicated hot water units and under bonnet heat exchangers are a gimmick IMHO. You already have everything you need to make hot water. A pot full of boiling water into a bucket will give you a nice hot shower.

It takes just as long for a pot of water to boil as it does for your engine to reach operating temp, and its a heck of a lot quieter, and doesn't fill your camp with the smell of diesel fumes!

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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot wate

Unread post by Les - PK Ranger » June 9th, 2014, 9:32 am

No hot water here, but just fitted a Dolium / Boab water (and diesel) tank in the back for a Simmo crossing we did . . .
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The pump works great, fits in beside tank . . . just going to upgrade the hose to a metal braided hose, and fit with tap at back of tub.
Room for the compressor in front of that when ready to fit / plumb in permanently.

Dolium / Boab also have the type you wanted, the vertical flat type that goes up front of the tub between the wheel wells http://aussiervproducts.com.au/42-litre ... e-shopping
(Hmm, just looked at the Dolium website, and they no longer have as extensive range of tanks as they did some weeks ago.)

Just watch the height.
I couldn't fit one of these due to it being too tall, and my tilt up front canopy window wouldn't open if fitted (I have tub liner though, which takes up some height).
Why I went the way I did, will just do own custom drawers to fill that back part up level to that of the tanks.
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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot wate

Unread post by Robdeo » June 10th, 2014, 10:25 am

I use multiple plastic water cans. Lets me carry how ever much I need, and having multiple smaller tanks means if something goes wrong I haven't lost ALL my water. Ie; a leak, contamination, etc.

As for hot water, so far I use a billy for hot or one of those solar showers for slightly-better-than-freezeing showers :-)

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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot wate

Unread post by Robdeo » June 10th, 2014, 10:26 am

Oh, I almost forgot, manually changing from one tank to the next is a good way of appreciating how much you are using and ensuring you have enough left. It's frustratingly easy to run out of water when a Family is involved!

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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot wate

Unread post by Les - PK Ranger » June 11th, 2014, 10:09 am

Yes, good point.
We decant to a 10lt plastic water container to monitor use, use this to dispense for cooking / drinking needs.
Basically know we have just under 6 of those in the main.

Using bombproof brass fittings and braided covered lines these tanks are pretty safe from damage . . . well, in the tub it is, not so much if mounting underneath perhaps.
I turn off the main tank outlet tap and pump when not in camp, and use the 10lt for on the road.
We generally have a couple of other 10lt / 15lt containers of water as back up / safety margin, usually one behind each seat in the cab, just in case it's overly hot, or delays etc.

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Re: What to use for a DIY water tank? Any ideas for Hot water?

Unread post by Brokeasa4x4 » March 1st, 2018, 6:27 pm

Pvc pipe with a tap on one end and a air intake line on the other end. Paint it black and she gets warm made 2 for my Ute, ones black for.hot water, the other a light green for the cooler water, cost me a total of like 20 for both and they hold about 45 litres of.water perfect for camping shower or washing your hands after work.

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