Various water tanks installation and
Anyway, the following photos are of the original tank after some minor improvements like an outer skin of thin aluminium sheet to help prevent long term erosion of the GRP and thermal insulation.
The white stuff is polystyrene to help prevent damage from being clamped up against the underside of the van floor. The red tube is the new breather pipe, whilst the white tube underneath is the feed to the water pump. The reason for such a large un-insinuated area on the side is that the exhaust silencer is too near the tank to allow any, however I may try something like Asbestulux board.
Whilst the capacity of the above tank was about 55 litres, we found it a bit too small as we where having to refill almost on a daily basis, certainly more if everyone had showers. Rather than try and find a suitable tank to fit the remaining under body space, I thought it best to make my own from GRP, thus making the best use of all the space available. Having taken a good look around under the vehicle, the best place seemed to be along the nearside sill.
I think its worth pointing out at this stage that the extra tank was well worth the effort as it took our fresh water capacity from 55 litres up to about 125 litres (not measured accurately, only timed after filling a 10 litre bucket).
The mould was made from wood and designed to collapse in on itself to make its removal easier. All the joins etc were filled very carefully and smoothed down, them main hours of polishing to avoid the GRP sticking to the mould
Above. Tank now fully sealed and complete with all the various pipe connections (feed to pump, tank interconnection to other tank, filler inlet, filler outlet to next tank, breather) (Yes the ground was dry at our place during the summer, hence the cracks!)
Below showing thermal insulation in place with an aluminium skin on the lower parts where its likely to get hit by spray and grit from the road.
The photos below are of the pipework from the shower
and kitchen unit to the grey waste water tank.
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