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Old 09-30-2009, 08:04 PM   #11
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Re: Rain Barrel/Rain Water Catchment

also - we did incorporate a flush pipe so that the first bits of water are collected in the flush pipe rather than being stored in our rainwater tank.

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Old 10-01-2009, 05:28 PM   #12
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Re: Rain Barrel/Rain Water Catchment

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Sean- Curious as to why you'd add panels to the top of the roof? I mean all the rain that falls on the roof spills-over the sides anyway. And you'd just end-up with bird crap, bugs, leaves & everything else all-over the new panels sooner or later. 140 gallons for an inch of rain is a good bit of water
Just seems like it would be simpler to collect rain along a short axis of the bus rather than two long axes. But only if there is already a roof deck in the plans.
I think bird poop, dirt, leaves etc are inevitable regardless of the collection method.
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Old 11-10-2009, 12:35 AM   #13
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Re: Rain Barrel/Rain Water Catchment

sorry to folks who were once interested and perhaps have lost interest in our rainwater catchment system. we have finally finished and taken photos of what our system now looks like. more information is found on our website (since i don't know how to post photos here): http://wastenotwagon.wordpress.com. in a nutshell, we used pvc pipe (cut in half) as our gutters - running along both sides of the bus. those are channeled into the bus and the water is stored in a 55-gallon barrel. we have gate valves to prevent overflow. eventually we hope to have a hand pump for extracting water. right now, it is a closed container, holding water.

thanks for your patience and interest.
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Old 11-11-2009, 12:28 PM   #14
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Re: Rain Barrel/Rain Water Catchment

it seems to me that house gutters at highway speeds would be a disaster.... but on my inlaws rv they have a little have a tiny drip edge that channels then shoots the water off the back and it works well...could find somthing like that
i wouldn't drink or cook with vehicle runoff but that is just me ..... have you ever been on top of a flat top rv its just nasty
but your system ghetto or otherwise is nice
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Re: Rain Barrel/Rain Water Catchment

A 1 square meter solar still will process about 5 gallons of water per day. All you need is a shallow tray sealed with a glass lid. The lid is angled so that condensate runs down its surface into it's own "rain gutter" and runs off to a collection tank.

Of course, the collection amount depends on the amount of sunlight you have, but 5gpd is a reasonable expectation in temperate climes with decent sunlight.
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